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Peru playing key role in Westfalia’s avocado business
The multinational Westfalia Fruit Group, a leading avocado grower and a supplier of fresh and processed produce to international markets, has increased its Hass avocado shipments... Read more
Calavo focusing on top quality from Peru
For the 2020 season, Calavo Growers Inc., headquartered in Santa Paula, CA, will only be importing, top-quality, No. 1 fruit from Peru. “We will have about the same volume... Read more
Ron Budd looking forward to New Jersey potato season
Rob Budd, vice president of Gloucester County Packing Corp., is looking forward to handling New Jersey potatoes, which should be harvested perhaps a week later than normal,... Read more
Vineland Produce Auction serving the industry since 1931
The Vineland Produce Auction opened for the 2020 season on Monday, April 27, and one week later was already seeing good volumes of a wide variety of vegetable items, according... Read more
Sunny Valley supporting retail partners
The produce industry is in unprecedented times as the COVID-19 pandemic creates challenges that no one has ever dealt with before. That’s why everything Sunny Valley International... Read more
Nardelli Lake View Farms starts spring with strong lettuce crop
The staff at Nardelli Lake View Farms, operating out of Cedarville, NJ, is doing well and working through the COVID-19 pandemic as best it can, practicing social distancing... Read more
Helping feed NJ’s hungry during the current crisis
bordentown, nj — If this story were written as recently as a couple of months ago, no one would have believed it. Our nation was enjoying a historic economy, and unemployment... Read more
Sonny Boy Produce working from new location
Sonny Boy Produce, formerly headquartered in Landisville, NJ, moved during the winter and is now working out of Safeway Fresh Foods in Vineland, NJ, according to Thomas Consalo,... Read more
R&R Flaim Next Generation Produce remaining upbeat during pandemic
Throughout his lifelong career as a vegetable grower, Ryan Flaim has not seen anything like the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic. “We saw a big drop off in... Read more
Index Fresh welcomes new CEO, kicks off Peru deal
As the new chief executive officer of Index Fresh, Steve Roodzant was being welcomed aboard as the Riverside, CA-based company was about to welcome the first fruit of its... Read more
Mission to increase imports from Peru
Mission Produce Inc. is expecting to sell more Peruvian avocados this year and to have them later in the season. “They delayed picking by about three weeks,” said Ross Wileman,... Read more
Dandrea Produce doing its part to help its community
Dandrea Produce LLC is doing its part to ensure its customers and employees are staying safe during the coronavirus crisis, and is also making sure the greater community... Read more
Marolda Farms growing rainbow swiss chard for the first time
Marolda Farms was handling some early spring New Jersey crops the first week in May, and was looking forward to a nice variety of more items in the coming weeks, according... Read more
F&S Produce not letting COVID-19 keep them down
From the very start of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing quarantine, the leaders and associates of F&S Produce were determined to fulfill the important work of supplying... Read more
D’Ottavio off to slow start this spring in New Jersey
“We are off to a slow start in Jersey this spring,” Michael D’Ottavio, president of D’Ottavio Farms in Vineland NJ, told The Produce News the first week in May. “With so... Read more
Dan Graiff Farms adjusting as Jersey spring produce gets underway
Dan Graiff Farms was handling a small amount of New Jersey product the first week in May, and was looking at a "big variety" of items in good volume by the end of the month,... Read more
Consalo Family Farms sees strong crops ahead
Consalo Family Farms, based in Vineland, NJ, maintains vegetable and blueberry growing operations year-round and continues to expand in the state.  Last season, the... Read more
Del Rey Avocado anticipates extension of Peruvian season
With the shipments of Peruvian avocados to the United States running about three weeks later than last year, Del Rey Avocado Corp. expects the season to extend further into... Read more
Stemilt looks for June start, larger fruit for NW cherries
Expecting cherry volumes in the Northwest to be less than those of 2019, Stemilt Growers in Wenatchee, WA, is also looking for “exceptionally large” fruit as the regional... Read more
Starr Ranch estimates 3 million boxes of 2020 cherries
Looking to a June 1 start for picking, with volume hitting June 5, Starr Ranch Growers could have upward of three million boxes of cherries this year, according to Brent... Read more

New Zealand Envy and Jazz expected to turn heads
The New Zealand apple crop has landed, and retailers and shoppers should expect fresh, large and exceptionally flavorful apples to hit stores in June, enabling high-quality, year-round apple programs from T&G Global. T&G’s New Zealand apple volumes are up compared to last year, with Jazz and Envy driving the program, Read More ...
Western Growers mourns longtime staffer Tom Oliveri
Tom (Tommy O) Oliveri, a longtime Western Growers staffer who retired from the association in January 2018, several months shy of his 40th anniversary, died in his home Thursday morning, May 28. He was 67. Over four decades, Mr. Oliveri demonstrated uncommon dedication to the WG membership, establishing himself as a Read More ...
Homegrown Organic Farms earns EFI certification, shipping labeled product next week
Homegrown Organic Farms announced its certification from Equitable Food Initiative for its California-grown, organic stone fruit.  This certification demonstrates Homegrown Organic Farms’ dedication to the improved lives of its direct employees and all those associated with their organization.  EFI-labeled product will Read More ...
Magic Sun hires new sales operations director
Magic Sun, a leading hydroponic tomato grower in Mexico, is seeing strong growth and increasing interest in its program to deliver high-quality, year-round greenhouse-grown product. Alejandro Santander, vice president of sales and operations and one of the original founders of Magic Sun, indicated that the overall tomato market Read More ...
Buehler’s names new EVP of sales and marketing
Buehler’s Fresh Foods, a leading supermarket chain in northeast Ohio, promoted Mike Davidson to the position of executive vice president of sales and marketing. In Davidson’s new role his responsibilities include oversight of all current sales and merchandising departments, marketing, customer insights, central kitchen Read More ...

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