Florida’s prominence as a supplier of quality fresh produce from the fall through spring seasons is underpinned by geography, diversity and industry know-how. “Abnormally cold weather conditions and winter storms often pose the primary threat to healthy crop conditions and yields. Florida is fortunate to have most of its fresh market production come from the southern part of the state which has historically been less likely... Read more

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Murakami heads into 2016 ahead of last year
An early start to the 2015-16 shipping season for Murakami Produce in Ontario, OR, has the company, and most of the Treasure Valley, ahead in shipments over the same date in 2014. Grant Kitamura, president and general manager of Murakami, said Nov. 13 that a slowdown in early November was giving way to holiday demand and the region remains “optimistic for the... Read more

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Village Farms’ full line of greenhouse produce on display
Creativity beyond some imaginations seems to pour naturally out of Heathrow, FL-based Village Farms, a leading hydroponic producer with greenhouses located in the United States and Canada. Helen L. Aquino, director of brand management and communication for Village Farms, said the company is again looking forward to exhibiting at the New York Produce Show and... Read more


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Director of export sales joins Sun World
As part of its efforts to expand the availability and distribution of Sun World branded grapes worldwide, Sun World International LLC has appointed Juliana Escobar to the position of director of export sales. Escobar will be responsible for the company’s export go-to-market strategy, overseeing export... Read more