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The National Mango Board conducts ongoing consumer research to explore consumer awareness, knowledge about mangos, buying habits, barriers to purchase and many other factors of consumer attitudes relative to mangos. Understanding consumer purchasing behavior is key to increasing mango consumption in the U.S. In 2013, the NMB conducted an in-depth consumer attitude and usage study to better understand consumer purchasing behaviors.... Read more

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Southwest Michigan apple  production slightly down
Speaking for the apple crop in southwest Michigan, Barry Winkel, partner and the general manager of Greg Orchards & Produce Inc., located in Benton Harbor, MI, said the crop is down from last year. “I would suspect the 2013 crop was the largest-ever” in that corner of Michigan, Winkel said. Having back-to-back gigantic crops would be unheard-of, he added. Barry... Read more

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Jack Brown working on ‘five-year window’
Jack Brown Produce Inc., located in Sparta, MI, “is taking a look at the next five-year window,” said John Schaefer, Jr., president of the firm. “We will have a lot of new acreage and a lot of upgraded acreage. The growers looked at their older blocks and decided to switch to newer, better strains. And they looked at what their customers wanted to buy.” That... Read more


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Augie Consalo, N.J. produce veteran, dies at 81
Augustus (Augie) Consalo of Vineland, NJ, died Aug. 21 at Kennedy Stratford Hospital. He was 81. Mr. Consalo was former vice president of William Consalo & Sons Farms Inc. and past president of W.C.S. Trucking Inc. He was a member and former two-term president of the United Fresh Fruit &... Read more


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Mushroom Council continues strong promotion, mushroom consumption swelling
“Mushroom blendability is the driving and emerging trend for mushrooms in both foodservice and retail,” said Bart Minor, president of the Mushroom Council. “Mushrooms are on target to make a big impact at foodservice and retail that will improve consumers’ nutrition and maybe improve the cost to prepare... Read more