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Peru gets green light for U.S. pomegranate shipments
Peru’s agriculture ministry, known as Minagri, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service reached an agreement in mid-June that will permit shipments of Peruvian pomegranates into the United States. Minagri estimates that exports of Peruvian pomegranates to the United States will be between 10,000 and 20,000 metric tons, valued at between $15 million and $30 million.Peruvian... Read more

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The proliferation of food shows on network and cable television has given a boost to a lot of specialty produce items. And it has also created an opportunity for produce firms because some of these items are just not readily available or are hard to find in your conventional, mainstream supermarket. “A store might carry turmeric root but it’s in... Read more

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HLB Specialties sees great potential for organic papaya category
HLB Specialties, a distributor of tropical and specialty produce that bills itself as a papaya specialist, added an organic option to its line of papayas about a year ago, and so far the results have been positive. “More people are discovering the health benefits of papayas, and being able to offer an organic option is a bonus,” said Lorenz Hartmann... Read more

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Sobeys names new chief merchandising officer
Sobeys Inc. announced the appointment of Lyne Castonguay as chief merchandising officer for the company. Castonguay will oversee all aspects of Sobeys go-to-market strategy, with responsibility for category management, marketing, data insights, research, procurement, private label and merchandising as... Read more