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Flavor 1st continues growth in veg category
Though the Flavor 1st company name is only 15 years old, the roots run clear back to the 18th Century in western North Carolina. The company’s timeline noted that James... Read more
Parker Farms turning challenges into opportunities
Spring of 2020 has been strange and challenging, primarily because of the coronavirus, of course, but also because of the unusually cool weather on the western shore of the... Read more
Papen Farms hoping demand continues for vegetables
Richard Papen, owner of the 67-year-old Papen Farms, has been around the produce industry all his life and is shocked at what he’s seeing in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus. “It’s... Read more
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

Superfresh Growers berry season about to begin
Northwest berry season is only a week away, and Superfresh Growers and Norris Farms are excited to deliver premium blueberries and kiwi berries.  These two multi-generation family growers complement each other in farming, marketing and logistical expertise. Harvest is expected to start the week of June 9, with great Read More ...
Food Lion acquires 62 stores from Southeastern Grocers
Food Lion has entered into a transaction to purchase 62 BI-LO/Harveys Supermarket stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia from Southeastern Grocers. The addition of these stores will deepen the company’s ability to serve more customers with fresh and affordable products to nourish their families. “We are so Read More ...
NEPC announces cancellation of 2020 expo
Locally, nationally and globally, so much has changed in such a short time. The produce industry has been tested in ways that we probably never could have imagined, including at the New England Produce Council Inc. After much consideration, the NEPC board of directors has decided to cancel the 21st NEPC Produce Floral & Read More ...
Oppy skyrockets into cherry season
As the summer beckons, Oppy is excited to bring the highly anticipated Orchard View cherry brand to eager domestic and international markets, with an extraordinary crop this year that promises incomparable quality. Thanks to an exceptional growing season, Oppy expects cherries of exemplary quality from the Pacific Read More ...
Retailer sees familiar faces take leadership roles
The United Family recently announced three people moving into new leadership opportunities. Tony Crumpton was named the chief merchandising officer; Greg Ammons will move to executive vice president of supply chain and strategic projects; and Chris Farr will be director of e-commerce. Early in his career, Crumpton was a Read More ...

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