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Farm Pak celebrates 50th anniversary
Farm Pak Products is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new look to its brand and a revamped website. Johnny Barnes, president of the company, said his parents, Carson... Read more
McDaniel relies on Peru for summer program
With summer getting ready to kick off, McDaniel Fruit Co., based in Fallbrook, CA, was getting ready to receive its first load of Peruvian avocados, which are an important... Read more
Peru playing key role in Westfalia’s avocado business
The multinational Westfalia Fruit Group, a leading avocado grower and a supplier of fresh and processed produce to international markets, has increased its Hass avocado shipments... Read more
Calavo focusing on top quality from Peru
For the 2020 season, Calavo Growers Inc., headquartered in Santa Paula, CA, will only be importing, top-quality, No. 1 fruit from Peru. “We will have about the same volume... Read more
Ron Budd looking forward to New Jersey potato season
Rob Budd, vice president of Gloucester County Packing Corp., is looking forward to handling New Jersey potatoes, which should be harvested perhaps a week later than normal,... Read more
Vineland Produce Auction serving the industry since 1931
The Vineland Produce Auction opened for the 2020 season on Monday, April 27, and one week later was already seeing good volumes of a wide variety of vegetable items, according... Read more
Sunny Valley supporting retail partners
The produce industry is in unprecedented times as the COVID-19 pandemic creates challenges that no one has ever dealt with before. That’s why everything Sunny Valley International... Read more
Nardelli Lake View Farms starts spring with strong lettuce crop
The staff at Nardelli Lake View Farms, operating out of Cedarville, NJ, is doing well and working through the COVID-19 pandemic as best it can, practicing social distancing... Read more
Helping feed NJ’s hungry during the current crisis
bordentown, nj — If this story were written as recently as a couple of months ago, no one would have believed it. Our nation was enjoying a historic economy, and unemployment... Read more
Sonny Boy Produce working from new location
Sonny Boy Produce, formerly headquartered in Landisville, NJ, moved during the winter and is now working out of Safeway Fresh Foods in Vineland, NJ, according to Thomas Consalo,... Read more
R&R Flaim Next Generation Produce remaining upbeat during pandemic
Throughout his lifelong career as a vegetable grower, Ryan Flaim has not seen anything like the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic. “We saw a big drop off in... Read more
Index Fresh welcomes new CEO, kicks off Peru deal
As the new chief executive officer of Index Fresh, Steve Roodzant was being welcomed aboard as the Riverside, CA-based company was about to welcome the first fruit of its... Read more
Mission to increase imports from Peru
Mission Produce Inc. is expecting to sell more Peruvian avocados this year and to have them later in the season. “They delayed picking by about three weeks,” said Ross Wileman,... Read more
Dandrea Produce doing its part to help its community
Dandrea Produce LLC is doing its part to ensure its customers and employees are staying safe during the coronavirus crisis, and is also making sure the greater community... Read more
Marolda Farms growing rainbow swiss chard for the first time
Marolda Farms was handling some early spring New Jersey crops the first week in May, and was looking forward to a nice variety of more items in the coming weeks, according... Read more
F&S Produce not letting COVID-19 keep them down
From the very start of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing quarantine, the leaders and associates of F&S Produce were determined to fulfill the important work of supplying... Read more
D’Ottavio off to slow start this spring in New Jersey
“We are off to a slow start in Jersey this spring,” Michael D’Ottavio, president of D’Ottavio Farms in Vineland NJ, told The Produce News the first week in May. “With so... Read more
Dan Graiff Farms adjusting as Jersey spring produce gets underway
Dan Graiff Farms was handling a small amount of New Jersey product the first week in May, and was looking at a "big variety" of items in good volume by the end of the month,... Read more
Consalo Family Farms sees strong crops ahead
Consalo Family Farms, based in Vineland, NJ, maintains vegetable and blueberry growing operations year-round and continues to expand in the state.  Last season, the... Read more
Del Rey Avocado anticipates extension of Peruvian season
With the shipments of Peruvian avocados to the United States running about three weeks later than last year, Del Rey Avocado Corp. expects the season to extend further into... Read more

New York Apple Association earns prestigious honor
The New York Apple Association’s series of videos featuring New York apple growers and Kelly Springer, registered dietitian for NYAA, have won two prestigious Telly Awards. "The New York Apple Association is pushing the boundaries for video and television innovation and creativity at a time when the industry is both Read More ...
Rainier nears attractive blueberry goal
As summer approaches and the upcoming Washington blueberry season nears first pick, Rainier Fruit Co.'s 100 percent organic blueberry operation is on track to earn the title of Bee Better Certified in July of 2020. “Rainier Fruit has been family owned and operated for five generations and it goes without saying that we Read More ...
Good Foods, good news for business development, sales
Good Foods, a category leader of plant-based dips and good-for-you products, announced the hiring of Lionel Mendoza as vice president of business development and the promotion of Brittany Vetter to national director of sales – retail. As vice president of business development, Mendoza will be focused on progressing and nurturing Read More ...
Foodservice closures: Where does the produce go?
The closures of restaurants, hotels and schools have left growers with heaps of fresh produce without a destination. With crops often grown exclusively for the foodservice industry, growers who produce crops with a large percentage of production destined for this vital market segment are faced with incredible challenges Read More ...
Danny Dumas resigns from Del Monte Fresh Produce
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. announced that Danny Dumas has decided to leave the company effective May 29, 2020. During his tenure of over 20 years with the company, Dumas has held several positions, including, vice president operations, Europe and Africa, vice president North America sales and product management Read More ...

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