Five Walmart locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and California that closed in April will reopen in late October or early November, the Bentonville, AR, retailer announced. The closure of the stores, which affected more than 2,000 employees, drew backlash from the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, which claimed Walmart closed the stores in retaliation of workers organizing at a California location,... Read more

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Belleharvest’s top technology and new apple varieties
BELDING, MI — An evolution of the apple industry demands that packers offer the very best technology to growers and the customers who have grown to have very high expectations. In addition to apple varieties coming into the packinghouse, Belleharvest Sales Inc. continues to upgrade its grading and packing technology. Christopher Sandwick, Belleharvest’s vice... Read more

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Lantao, Domex Superfresh team up for great Gala season
The first-ever shipment of Gala apples grown in the Pacific Northwest was exported to Lantao China by Domex Superfresh in early August under a new trade protocol. “We are very bullish on the demand for Washington state Galas by China’s consumers,” said Jim Provost, vice president North American Sourcing, Lantao. “We feel the Washington state Gala is superior... Read more


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Natalia Gamarra Joins PMA as global business development manager
Natalia Gamarra joined the Produce Marketing Association Aug. 3 as the new global business development manager. Gamarra holds eight years of international business experience and possesses proficiency in several languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Her knowledge and impressive... Read more