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WASHINGTON — Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bill this week that would merge all food-safety-related programs across 15 agencies into a single, independent food-safety agency. The two lawmakers have introduced the bill before with little success, but they’re hoping to gain support from fiscally conservative members of the new GOP-controlled Congress. The bill would transfer food regulators,... Read more

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Season halfway mark at DNE a great way to kick off grapefruit month
“We’re just past the halfway mark on this 2014-15 Florida season, and the grapefruit has sized up nicely and at its peak flavor now,” said Mark Hanks, vice president of sales and marketing, North America, for DNE World Fruit Sales, headquartered in Fort Pierce, FL. “It’s a great way to kick off National Grapefruit Month, which starts Feb. 1. Our Ruby Reds are... Read more

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Spice World reporting a steady increase in organics over the past two years
Louis Hymel, director of purchasing and marketing for Spice World Inc., headquartered in Orlando, FL, told The Produce News that the company is seeing a steady increase in organic demand over the past two years. “Consumers are focusing on eating healthier,” said Hymel. “Spice World has produced and handled organic garlic for more than a decade.” A display of... Read more

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Interfresh welcomes Shonna Williams to sales staff
Interfresh Inc., a national supplier of fruits and vegetables, announced that Shonna Williams has joined the company’s sales team at its Orange, CA, headquarters. Williams’ produce career began in 1995 when she was a produce manager for Stater Bros. Markets in San Bernadino, CA. She has also held procurement... Read more

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Avocados from Mexico’s Super Bowl ad set to air during big game
Avocados from Mexico will become the first fresh produce brand to broadcast an ad during the Super Bowl during the big game this Sunday, Feb. 1 between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. The 60-second spot, called The Very First Draft, is scheduled to air in the first quarter... Read more