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With fresh pomegranates expected to harvest about seven to 10 days earlier than normal this year, Simonian Fruit Co. plans to ship early-season varieties starting Sept. 1. Shipping under the "SIMCO" brand, Simonian is one of the more experienced pomegranate grower-shippers in the industry, with more than 35 years of handling the autumn fruit. The first variety to ship will be the Urbanekgranate, a proprietary variety to Simonian.... Read more

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“The main focus of our business continues to be bringing in a great crop and satisfying our customers,” Peter Forrence, vice president of Forrence Orchards in Peru, NY, told The Produce News. “In a generational business like ours we just hope that the next generations will want to continue the traditions that we have developed during our history, which dates... Read more

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Hudson River Fruit Distributors looking forward to great season
Hudson River Fruit Distributors in Milton, NY, was established in 1963 by Isadore (Izzy) Albinder, along with his son Harold Albinder. Today the company is in its fourth generation of ownership and management. Alisha Albinder represents the fourth generation and works in operations. She explained that Izzy Albinder first entered the business by selling apples... 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