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Taylor Farms CEO Bruce Taylor to keynote FreshTEC Conference
Bruce Taylor, chief executive officer of Taylor Farms, will put the spotlight on innovation as keynote speaker at this year’s United FreshTEC Conference, debuting Tuesday, June 13 at McCormick Place in Chicago. In addition to Taylor’s keynote, conference attendees will participate in expert panel discussions on pre- and post-harvest automation, food safety in packing and processing operations, and an intense look... Read more

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Rene Produce extends Roma tomato shipping season
rio rico, az — In late February and this March Rene Produce LLC plans to be shipping its complete line of Mexican vegetables, according to Jaime (James) Hernandez, the firm’s sales manager. These items are green and red Bell peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, conventional and organic Romas and round tomatoes. The firm’s Euro-cucumber deal was expected... Read more

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Farmer’s Best’s Tarriba expresses lessons learned from Agropark
rio rico, az — Leonardo Tarriba does not grow vegetables in Queretaro. But that doesn’t deter him from admiring vegetable production there. Tarriba is the chief executive officer of Farmer’s Best International LLC, which is one of the larger growers in Mexico. The sophisticated growing operation of Famer’s Best is centered in Culiacan,... Read more


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Bobbi Ecker-Blatchford, floral industry icon, dies
Barbara (Bobbi) Ann Ecker-Blatchford, 85, died at her home on Paw-Paw Lake near Watervliet, MI, Feb 3. Ms. Ecker-Blatchford devoted 60-plus years of her life to the floral industry, establishing innovative floral techniques and concepts, studying trends and acting as a mentor to many, according to a... Read more