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Registration for SEPC's expanded fall conference opens May 23
The Southeast Produce Council will open registration on May 23 to its 2017 fall conference, which will feature a whole new look and platform with the addition of a full trade show and a focus on two key industry areas: organics and foodservice. Formerly known as the Southern Innovations Symposium, the annual event is now the Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo. It will offer attendees the intimate networking... Read more

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Early May brings fresh Mexican grapes into the Oppy label, with the stage set for good demand by a Chilean grape program poised to wind down quickly in April. Starting the season with Flames and Perlettes and continuing with Sugarones, Summer Royals and Red Globes, Oppy anticipates a large, high-quality harvest of Mexican fruit with promotable volumes available... Read more

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Grapeman Farms continues with new varieties of grapes
Grapeman Farms, which previously was Stevco Inc., in Los Angeles, is looking forward to a better season for Sonoran spring grapes this year, according to Jared Lane, vice president of marketing for the company. “We’ve been in the marketing of Mexican table grapes for 18 seasons now and we’ve seen it grow to where it is today,” Lane said.... Read more

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Stewart Precythe, president and CEO of Southern Produce Distributors, dies at age 68
David Stewart Precythe, president and chief executive officer of Southern Produce Distributors Inc. in Faison, NC, died Thursday, April 20, at his home, surrounded by family and friends. He was 68 years old. Mr. Precythe, a 50-year veteran of the produce industry, laid the foundation for Southern Produce... Read more