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COMPANY PROFILES

Hudson River Fruit Distributors continues family legacy
We’re in the dog days of summer, but it won’t be long before we start seeing signs of autumn, and one of the first hints that cooler days are ahead is the appearance of apples... Read more
Rice Fruit Co. kicks off 108th season
Rice Fruit Co., a packer of premium eastern apples in Gardners, PA, kicks off its 108th season this fall with a delicious crop. Founded in 1913 in nearby Biglerville,... Read more
Naturipe adds Colombia to avocado growing regions
Naturipe announced Thursday, Aug. 6 the expansion of their global footprint of avocados with their first season distributing Colombia avocados in the USA marketplace. ... Read more
New York Apple Sales launches Yes! Apples
For more than 50 years, New York Apple Sales has partnered with multiple growers and packing facilities throughout New York State to deliver an exceptional selection, competitive... Read more
BelleHarvest launches PAW Patrol partnership with Nickelodeon
Those who know a three-year old child, understand that PAW Patrol is “it” on television. “One in three preschoolers watch PAW Patrol,” a cartoon show, on the Nick, Jr. channel,... Read more
Fowler Farms investing in automation
Fowler Farms is well versed in apples grown on the East Coast, as the Wolcott, NY-based grower produces two dozen varieties of apples. “We are the East Coast’s largest grower/packer/shipper,”... Read more
Crunch Time Apple Growers expects significant increase in apple production
Crunch Time Apple Growers is a cooperative of 147 growers spread throughout New York State who are united with the mission to introduce new, flavorful apple varieties to... Read more
Brighter Bites launches produce coupon with 99 Cents Only Stores
The continuing COVID-19 pandemic has brought much uncertainty into all of our lives, and this uncertainty is especially magnified for those who identify as food insecure.... Read more
Wada Farms anticipates quality onion and potato crops out of Northwest
In contrast to the challenging weather issues growers in Idaho and Eastern Oregon faced during the 2019 growing season, this year “Mother Nature has been very kind,” said... Read more
Westfalia expects growing demand & supply
(Editor’s Note: Following is a Q&A interview with Paulina Theologou, Group Commercial Executive, Westfalia Fruit. It has been edited for space considerations.) The Produce... Read more
I Love Produce unleashes new campaign name for the Fall
I Love Produce is laser focused on garlic and ginger. Jim Provost, president and one of the founders of the West Grove, PA-based company, has been working on the commercial... Read more
Connecticut farmers get much-needed support during pandemic
It’s safe to say that Connecticut’s produce industry has never seen a year quite like 2020. During these tumultuous times the state has dedicated its efforts and resources... Read more
Challenging times cause garlic sales adjustments
Like many other produce crops, demand for garlic has been materially affected by COVID-19 as consumers react to both the virus and the government-mandated regulations. Demand... Read more
Maurice A. Auerbach satisfying existing customers
Maurice A. Auerbach Inc. has long been a leader when it comes to garlic on the East Coast. Packing its products under the AuerPak brand name, the company specializes in garlic,... Read more
Oxyion Generators help make Henry’s plant sanitation unsurpassed
The multiple safety measures that went into the design and construction of Henry Avocado’s packing and distribution center in 2018 were just a beginning. Since then, empowered... Read more
Coronavirus impacts avocado season  with drop in foodservice sales
The fresh fruit and vegetable industry has done relatively well in the first half of 2020 considering that the novel coronavirus has completely upended our economy. But there... Read more
Mission Produce extending shelf life of avocados
For more than 35 years, Mission Produce has invested in people, state-of-the-art technology and an avocado-specific infrastructure to expertly serve its customers, growers... Read more
Juana Gomez promoted to newly created position at Monterey Mushrooms
Juana Gomez has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief People and Culture Officer with Monterey Mushrooms. Gomez spent 22 years at Earthbound Farm, one of... Read more
Cherry Industry Administrative Board welcomes new executive director
The Cherry Industry Administrative Board has hired Meghan Swain as its new executive director, effective Aug. 24. Swain brings a multi-faceted background defined by nonprofit... Read more
TopLine Farms looking forward to summer season
Family is a word heard often at TopLine Farms, as the greenhouse grower operates thanks to the hard work of five families that came together to grow and ship their specialty... Read more

Ayco reports jump in bagged asparagus sales
Ayco Farms is experiencing a substantial increase in bagged asparagus sales to some of its largest retail customers as consumer trends are changing in today's economy. “Bagged asparagus grabbed attention and seems to have kept traction due to consumer trends and the convenience of packaged produce,” said Avi Nir, Ayco Read More ...
Natural Grocers announces new director
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. announced that David C. Rooney was unanimously elected to the company's board of directors on Aug. 5. Rooney's election filled the vacant seat on the board created by the previously announced retirement of Michael T. Campbell, which was effective Aug. 5.  Rooney will serve an initial Read More ...
New cold storage and cross-docking operation Glacier Peak opens in Washington
Randy Hartmann, co-owner of Glacier Peak, a new cold storage, packing and cross-docking operation in Wapato, WA, announced its acquisition of the 55,000-square-foot cold storage warehouse Washington Harvest. Hartmann shared that "the purchase of this cold storage and packing operation is intended to provide for greater capacity and Read More ...
Keep on organic summer fruit for September success
Summer is cruising by and Stemilt’s Artisan Organics peach and nectarine season is doing the same. Now is the time to plan and push sales starting Labor Day and through the remainder of September, according to Brianna Shales, Stemilt’s senior marketing manager. Retailers should plan ads and focus on creative displays to show off Read More ...
Kroger launches contactless payments pilot in QFC division
The Kroger Co. launched a contactless payments pilot across the QFC division, located in Seattle, WA, allowing customers to use their mobile device for a more seamless checkout experience. The pilot includes the acceptance of Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, mobile banking apps and contactless chip cards, Read More ...

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Western growing regions getting hit by rain, cooler temps

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