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USA Pears remains nimble  as ever during pandemic
Just as COVID-19 has altered much of daily life, so has it challenged long-standing retail promotions strategies. In the midst of ever-changing conditions, the team from... Read more
Starr Ranch Growers expects to triple volume in organic component of pear program
“Our organic [pear] program is nearly tripling in size this year,” said Dan Davis, director of business development at Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers in Hood River, OR, more... Read more
Apple Acres projects strong apple season
For more than five decades, Apple Acres has been operating out of Central New York’s famed “Apple Valley,” growing, packing, and shipping apples throughout the state. The... Read more
Amid lighter industry crop, Stemilt expects increase over last year in pear volume
With the start of the pear harvest just “a week or so” away, Brianna Shales, senior marketing manager of Stemilt Growers LLC in Wenatchee, WA, told The Produce News Aug.... Read more
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

Giumarra's farm-to-grocery peaches take to the sky
The Giumarra Cos. recently completed a test flight shipment to deliver peaches grown in the San Joaquin Valley to Southern California-based grocery retailer Gelson’s. The test included Cessna aircraft loaded with freshly harvested Henry III variety peaches at Reedley Municipal Airport on the morning of Aug. 7. The Read More ...
Whole Foods offering modernized lessons in #adulting
Whole Foods Market launches Home Ec 365, a digital curriculum designed to modernize the fundamentals of home economics and put a brilliant twist on the basics. Through a series of virtual classes, each with a contemporary take on mastering everyday home tasks and need-to-know life skills, “students” will learn everything from Read More ...
Tasteful Selections celebration continues with a new theme
Tasteful Selections' celebration continues with the company's 10-year anniversary campaign launching a new theme this month. Since coming to market in 2010, Tasteful Selections has been a pioneer and leader in the bite-size potato category — owning and operating the entire planting, harvesting and packaging process. With Read More ...
Industry veterans reimagining procurement
Fresh produce industry veterans Doug Fisher and Joe Cimino — each with over 30 years of growing, buying and distribution experience — have teamed up to form Re Fresh, a new produce procurement company. Re Fresh combines breakthrough predictive analytics with the more personal old-school way of doing business, to enhance Read More ...
Magic Sun expands year-round offerings, organic varieties meet market demands
The fresh produce market, like all grocery categories, is experiencing new challenges relating to the COVID-19 virus. Significant changes with restaurant and foodservice sectors required a balancing act for growers and shippers to find viable options for seasonal volume. The “work from home model” has also created a new market Read More ...

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