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Mr Greens Produce shifts gears to assist retailers
As Florida supermarkets struggle to keep fresh produce on the shelves in the midst of the COVID-19 corona virus pandemic, Mr Greens Produce has stepped up to the plate to... Read more
R.C. Hatton continues to fight
“Farmers are fighters and survivors,” noted Paul Allen, vice president and co-owner of Pahokee, FL-based R.C. Hatton Inc., responding to the uncertainty that faces the produce... Read more
In uncertain times, Weis-Buy Farms delivers
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has caused one of the most turbulent years for the produce industry in memory, but Weis-Buy Farms is adapting to make the changes necessary... Read more
Duda Farm Fresh Foods sees growth in value-added tray pack corn
Six generations of the Duda family have been working at Duda Farm Fresh Foods in Oviedo, FL—a legacy that began when Andrew Duda set his sights on the American Dream on just... Read more
Baloian Farms to kick off 2020 California Bell pepper season
As a leader in West Coast pepper production, Baloian Farms along with its Coachella partner, Belk Farms, will celebrate their 32nd season together in the Coachella Valley... Read more
Opal brand ambassador's tips for spending additional time at home
With more people staying at home these past few weeks, Opal decided to host an Instagram live last week with its brand ambassador, Cynthia Sass, to help provide helpful information... Read more
Atlas continues strong performance in California dates
The California date industry is on a roll and Atlas Produce & Distribution is rolling along with it, converting new date enthusiasts along the way. “Our date almond... Read more
Food Freshness Card helping produce last longer, look better
Keeping fresh fruits and vegetables fresher and longer lasting is a goal of all produce departments. Rick Hassler and his son, RJ Hassler, are owners of the Brockton, MA,... Read more
AgroFresh Consumer Intelligence provides insights for produce industry
AgroFresh Solutions Inc., a global leader in produce freshness solutions, has launched a consumer research series called AgroFresh Consumer Intelligence to identify key factors... Read more
The Grower Network adds two to sales staff
Ever since The Grower Network began in the summer of 2016, by several of North America’s premier growers of high-quality Bell peppers, the Lake Park, GA-based entity has... Read more
California avocado growers bounce back with good volume
In its final pre-season crop forecast, the California Avocado Commission announced a 369 million pound crop for 2020, which was significantly greater than 2019 volume. This... Read more
Whole Foods Market recognizes Del Rey with Supplier Award
Fallbrook, CA-based Del Rey Avocado Co. was one of 32 brands recently honored by Whole Foods Market for providing outstanding quality, environmental stewardship, organic... Read more
HAB releases new category market development tool
The Hass Avocado Board just released a new Avocado Category Market Development Tool designed to help retailers and industry stakeholders identify, quantify and prioritize... Read more
Eco Farms doubles ripening capacity
Responding to retail and consumer demand, Eco Farms Avocado Inc. in Temecula, CA, has significantly increased its ripening capacity at its Southern California packing facility... Read more
Giumarra expands avocado packing facility
The Giumarra Cos. avocado division has increased its ability to both ripen and bag fruit with an expansion at its Escondido, CA, packing and distribution plant. “For our... Read more
Pexco changing with the times
In 2019, Pexco Produce Sales quietly celebrated its 50th anniversary. The long-time grower, shipper and consolidator of domestic and international produce, working on the... Read more
CAC champions celebrating  Cinco de Mayo with avocados
The California Avocado Commission, headquartered in Irvine, CA, represents more than 3,500 growers producing avocados on nearly 55,000 acres in the Golden State. The Commission... Read more
Setton Farms pistachios a ‘complete protein’
Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., the nation’s second largest pistachio grower and processor based in California’s Central Valley, announced that U.S.-grown roasted pistachios... Read more
Yes! Apples has its game on in the apple industry
Since Glenmont, NY-based New York Apple Sales’ launch of its new Yes! Apples’ branding initiative at the 2019 Produce Marketing Fresh Summit in Anaheim, CA, last October,... Read more
Rice Fruit Co. launching new items as it moves into spring
Steeped in over a century of apple growing, Garners, PA-based Rice Fruit Co. is highlighting a few exciting items in its mix of apples as it moves into spring this year. Vice... Read more

COVID-19 triggers shifts in consumer food preferences
The coronavirus and government quarantines have triggered significant shifts in consumer shopping behavior, packaging preferences as well as purchase priorities. That’s the topline finding from a national consumer survey released by Category Partners. According to a national study of 2,000 consumers, survey participants say Read More ...
Lidl opens new regional distribution center to meet customer needs
Lidl formally opened its state-of-the-art regional headquarters and distribution center in Cecil County, MD. The new 700,000-square-foot facility will serve as the backbone of Lidl’s regional store network, quickly supplying products to stores in five states. Lidl invested more than $100 million in the project which will Read More ...
Consumers turn to apples in challenging times
Americans are stocking up on apples as they contend with the COVID-19 crisis, especially Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji and Granny Smith. Consumers are favoring packaged apples, which jumped up 34 percent in volume in the last four weeks ending March 21, and likely more than that since. As consumers hunker down, they are turning to Read More ...
Progressive Produce anticipates late spring and summer asparagus supply
As consumers continue to look for fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables to serve their families during these difficult times, Progressive Produce will begin shipping its strongest supply of the year of nutritious and versatile asparagus to shoppers across the United States and Canada. "As retailers discover what the new Read More ...
USDA files action over NJ company's $750K PACA violations
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against Southern Sun LLC. The company, operating from New Jersey, allegedly failed to make payment Read More ...

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