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California pear volume down in 2016
Volume estimates released by the California Pear Advisory Board on June 20 show that the state's fresh pear volume is expected to be down when compared to the last crop year. According to the report, California fresh pear producers are expected to move approximately 2.5 million 36-pound boxes this season, a decrease of 10 percent when compared to 2015. An approximate breakdown of pear varieties and difference from the 2015... 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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The United Fresh Produce Association announced the 12 members of the 2016-17 United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program Leadership Class 22. Sponsored by a generous grant from DuPont Crop Protection, this program was launched in 1995 and has graduated more than 200 program participants. The Produce... Read more