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Produce on parade at Southern Exposure 2020
TAMPA, FL — Produce was certainly on parade during the Southeast Produce Council's 2020 Southern Exposure trade show, Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Tampa Convention Center, here. Check... Read more
AFM promotes March Madness and Cinco de Mayo
TAMPA, FL — Stephanie Bazan, vice president of trade and market development for Avocados from Mexico, took time out of the busy trade show at the recent SEPC... Read more
Retailers give rave reviews of Southern Exposure 2020
TAMPA, FL — The Produce News caught up with retailers on the Southern Exposure trade show floor to find out what they thought of this year's conference and expo. Find out... Read more
Tony Dungy scores major points as keynote speaker during Southern Exposure 2020
TAMPA, FL — Expo day at Southern Exposure 2020, here, kicked off with an inspirational message from retired NFL player and head coach, Tony Dungy, during the Keynote Luncheon... Read more
Southern Roots Luncheon inspires attendees
TAMPA, FL — The women of Southern Roots gathered on Friday, Feb. 28, for their annual luncheon during the 2020 Southern Exposure confernece and expo at the Tampa Convention... Read more
Behind the mask at Southern Exposure 2020
TAMPA, FL — The Southeast Produce Council's 2020 Southern Exposure kicked off Friday, Feb. 28, with a Mardi Gras-themed Opening Gala. Find out who's behind the mask in our... Read more
United Fresh honors Emanuel Lazopoulos at gala dinner
TUCSON, AZ — The 2020 FreshStart Conference, hosted by the United Fresh Produce Association, took place Jan. 14-16 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, here. The... Read more
WFP Breakfast inspires and empowers lady leaders
ANAHEIM, CA —The third and final day at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit Convention & Expo, which took place Oct. 17-19, here, included the... Read more
The 411 from PMA Fresh Summit 2019 (Part 2)
ANAHEIM, CA — The Produce News hit the trade show floor at PMA Fresh Summit 2019, Oct. 17-19, here, to find out what's hot off the press in the world of produce. Check... Read more
The 411 from PMA Fresh Summit 2019
ANAHEIM, CA — The Produce News hit the trade show floor at PMA Fresh Summit 2019, Oct. 17-19, here, to find out what's hot off the press in the world of produce. Check... Read more
Fresh Summit exhibitors enchant customers with magical products (Part 2)
ANAHEIM, CA — The Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit 2019 took place Oct. 17-19, here, and since Anaheim is home to one of the most magical places... Read more
Fresh Summit exhibitors enchant customers with magical products
ANAHEIM, CA — The Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit 2019 took place Oct. 17-19, here, and since Anaheim is home to one of the most magical places in... Read more
Fresh Summit kicks off with a global street festival
ANAHEIM, CA — Get ready to be immersed in culture, fun and flavor as the Produce Marketing Association brings together food, music and drinks from three different... Read more
Fresh Summit State of the Industry Forum for the Future preview
With Fresh Summit coming up quickly, Cathy Burns, chief executive officer of the Produce Marketing Association, shared a preview of some of the trends and perspectives... Read more
Southern Innovations exhibitors shine on the trade show floor (Part 2)
NASHVILLE, TN — The Southeast Produce Council's Southern Innovations 2019 took place Sept. 12-14 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, here,... Read more
Southern Innovations exhibitors shine on the trade show floor
NASHVILLE, TN — The Southeast Produce Council's Southern Innovations 2019 took place Sept. 12-14 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, here,... Read more
The women of Southern Roots gather for annual luncheon
NASHVILLE, TN — On Thursday, Sept. 12 the women of Southern Roots gathered for their annual luncheon, featuring guest speaker and friendship expert, Shasta... Read more
Southern Innovations 2019 opening party brings out all the produce stars
NASVILLE, TN - The Produce News is live in Nashville, TN — capital of country music and host city of the 2019 Southern Innovations conference and expo! And... Read more
Buyers give rave reviews of PMA Foodservice show
MONTEREY, CA — With over 1,800 attendees from across the foodservice produce supply chain and more than 40 states in attendance, the Produce Marketing... Read more
Divine Flavor talks special products and upcoming plans
MONTEREY, CA — With a mission to produce fresh, organic, and sustainable non-GMO foods, Nogales, AZ-based Divine Flavor is a strong believer in taking care of... Read more
OPS exhibitors share what's new in the world of organics
MONTEREY, CA — The Produce News hit the trade show floor to find out what's new in the world of organics at the 2019 Organic Produce Summit, July 10-11, here. Find... Read more
OPS exhibitors give fishy answers
MONTEREY, CA — The Produce News hit the trade show floor at the 2019 Organic Produce Summit, July 10-11, here, and since Monterey is known for its scenery and... Read more
Attendees explain why OPS is the event to be at
MONTEREY, CA — With a dynamic educational lineup, more than 200 retailers, and an expected crowd of over 1,500 attendees, the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit... Read more
OPS 2019 kicks off in Monterey
The Organic Produce Summit kicked off last night in beautiful, beachside Monterey, CA. Before we can get down to business on the trade show floor, we need to find... Read more
PBH helps connect industry to influencers
CHICAGO — The Produce For Better Health Foundation is making it it's mission to help connect the produce industry with social media influencers. The foundation... Read more
Wonderful showcases seedless lemons
CHICAGO — With an eye toward continued innovation in the produce industry, The Wonderful Company officially launched its new line of seedless lemons at the... Read more
Hot off the press at United Fresh
CHICAGO — On day two of the United Fresh trade show, here, The Produce News heated the oven back up as we asked exhibitors what was hot off the press at their... Read more
Inside scoop from retailers at United Fresh 2019
CHICAGO — The Produce News caught up with retailers at the 2019 United Fresh Convention & Expo to find out what they look for on the trade show floor. Check... Read more
Deep (dish) conversations at United Fresh
CHICAGO — United Fresh 2019 attendees certainly worked up an appetite on the busy trade show floor June 11-12. In a city known for it’s pizza, we couldn’t resist... Read more
United Fresh 2019 gets the party started
CHICAGO — United Fresh 2019 kicked off Monday, June 10, with an opening party at Crystal Gardens along Navy Pier, here. Find out who is in attendance at this year's show... Read more
Attendees bid adieu to CPMA 2019 in Montreal
MONTREAL — Before CPMA 2019 officially came to a close, attendees celebrated one last time with dinner and a show by Canadian indie pop band, Walk Off The Earth,... Read more
CPMA exhibitors give 'berry' entertaining answers (Part 2)
MONTREAL — The CPMA show is Canada’s largest event dedicated to the fruit & vegetable industry. The show attracts over 4,000 participants from all segments of... Read more
CPMA exhibitors give 'berry' entertaining answers
MONTREAL — The CPMA show is Canada’s largest event dedicated to the fruit & vegetable industry. The show attracts over 4,000 participants from all segments... Read more
CPMA's 2019 Convention & Trade Show kicks off
MONTREAL -- The Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 Convention & Trade Show kicked off Tuesday, April 2, here, and already scored some major points with... Read more
The 411 on the Southern Exposure trade show floor
ORLANDO, FL — The Southeast Produce Council's 2019 Southern Exposure Conference & Expo took place March 7-9 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin... Read more
Ladies of Southern Roots gather for an inspirational lunch
ORLANDO, FL — The ladies of Southern Roots gathered for a scrumptious lunch on Friday, March 8, at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, here,... Read more
Southern Exposure 2019 attendees party like it's 1999
ORLANDO, FL — Southern Exposure 2019 attendees were treated to a little blast from the past as they "partied like it's 1999" at the opening reception on Friday... Read more
Southern Exposure 2019 kicks off with a roaring applause
ORLANDO, FL — The Southeast Produce Council held its annual VIP/board of directors dinner Wednesday evening, March 6, just prior to the opening of the 2019 Southern... Read more
Key buyers to attend PMA Fresh Connections: Retail
More than 30 produce buyers from 24 companies are scheduled to attend Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Connections: Retail event April 10-11 in Philadelphia,... Read more
WGA honors Stephen Patricio with a magical dinner
PALM DESERT, CA — Before the Western Growers' 93rd Annual Meeting came to a close, attendees raised a toast to the 2018 Award of Honor recipient, Stephen Patricio,... Read more
Former U.S. Navy SEAL inspires WGA attendees
PALM DESERT, CA — One of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time, and former SEAL Team Six leader, Rob O’Neill, spoke during the Chairman's Lunch... Read more
Sun Pacific talks new grape varieties
ORLANDO, FL — The Produce News catches up with Kate Reeb of Sun Pacific to find out how the company is investing in new grape varieties. Find out what she... Read more
WGA's AgSharks make dream a reality for start-up company
PALM DESERT, CA — The second year of the AgSharks competition at Western Growers' 93rd Annual Meeting was a huge hit with five start-up companies presenting... Read more
Sev-Rend focuses on green packaging
ORLANDO, FL — The Produce News recently caught up with Jeff Watkins of Sev-Rend to find out why the company is focusing on green packaging right now. Hear what... Read more
WGA grows n' glows at 93rd annual meeting
PALM DESERT, CA —The Western Growers 93rd Annual Meeting got off to a glowing start with it's Party with the Partners on Monday evening, Oct. 29, at the JW... Read more
Pure Flavor's new snack items full of pure goodness
ORLANDO, FL — Pure Flavor was showing off its snack items that are full of pure goodness at PMA Fresh Summit 2018 in Orlando, FL. Watch as The Produce News catches... Read more
Kwik Lok gets stronger through collaboration
The Produce News chatted with Ron Cardey, the new vice president of sales and marketing at Kwik Lok during PMA Fresh Summit 2018 in Orlando, FL, to find out what... Read more
Sunkist talks all things citrus
The Produce News caught up with Sunkist’s new Director of Communications, Christina Ward, to talk all things citrus at PMA Fresh Summit 2018 in Orlando, FL. Find... Read more
Hot off the press at PMA Fresh Summit
ORLANDO, FL — Trade show day two at PMA Fresh Summit at the Orlando Convention Center, here, was a huge hit with lots of exciting news shared by exhibitors. Get... Read more
IFCO says RPC's are the solution to industry issues
ORLANDO, FL — The Produce News recently caught up with Dan Martin, the new president for North America at IFCO, to find out all the latest happenings... Read more
Women's Fresh Perspectives Breakfast inspires attendees to go for the gold
ORLANDO, FL — Named as one of People magazine’s “25 Women Changing the World,” Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn is not only known for her incredible talent, and... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit attendees walking on sunshine
ORLANDO, FL — The 2018 Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit Convention & Expo took place Oct. 18-20 at the Orlando Convention Center, here, and... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit kicks off with Global Street Festival
Orlando, FL — The 2018 Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit Conference & Expo kicked off Thursday, Oct. 18, by treating attendees to a selection of food... Read more
Southern Innovations 2018 tops the charts
NASHVILLE, TN — The Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice expo took place Sept. 6-8 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort... Read more
Southern Roots helps women make meaningful connections
NASHVILLE, TN — In today's technology-driven age, strong professional connections are more important than ever, and that's exactly the message the Southern... Read more
Southern Innovations throws a bash in the Nash
NASHVILLE, TN — The Southeast Produce Council is keeping the party alive with a jam-packed schedule at its second-annual Southern Innovations Organic & Foodservice... Read more
Southern Innovations kicks off country style
NASHVILLE, TN — The second annual Southern Innovations Organic and Foodservice Expo kicked off Wednesday, Sept. 5 with the BOD/STEPP-UP Dinner at Jason Aldean's... Read more
PMA Foodservice serves up some fresh ideas
MONTEREY, CA — Hungry for fresh ideas? PMA Foodservice is the show for you! With an entirely revamped, two-day program complete with a new theme, new schedule... Read more
Buyers share what they look for on the trade show floor
MONTEREY, CA — The 2018 Produce Marketing Association's Foodservice Conference & Expo, July 27-29, here, proved to be a huge success with an entirely revamped,... Read more
PMA Foodservice celebrates women in produce
  MONTEREY, CA — The 2018 Produce Marketing Association's Foodservice Conference & Expo, July 27-29, here, proved to be a huge success with an entirely revamped,... Read more
Having a field day with Tanimura & Antle
SALINAS, CA — A strong crop starts with a strong, well-planned foundation — and that’s exactly what Tanimura & Antle has established here at its farm in the... Read more
Part 2: OPS exhibitors explain why they go organic
MONTEREY, CA — With record-breaking attendance, the 2018 Organic Produce Summit, which took place July 11-12, here, certainly brought out the best the organic... Read more
OPS exhibitors explain why they go organic
MONTEREY, CA — With record-breaking attendance, the 2018 Organic Produce Summit, which took place July 11-12, here, certainly brought out the best the organic... Read more
OPS attendees learn and grow
People from across the country attended the Organic Produce Summit, July 11-12, in Monterey, CA not only to do business, but also to learn a great deal... Read more
Organic Produce Summit kicks off in Monterey
The jam-packed, two-day Organic Produce Summit kicked off July 11 with an opening reception at the Monterey Conference Center. With more than 1,200 attendees, 130... Read more
Emerson launches new product
CHICAGO — Emerson recently announced the launch of its new GO Real-Time Reusable Tracker, allowing customers to recharge and reuse the device. It is intended... Read more
United Fresh 2018 attendees get their grub on
CHICAGO — The Produce News video crew certainly worked up an appetite browsing the United Fresh 2018 trade show floor aisles at McCormick Place, June 25-27, here. Check... Read more
California avocados helping consumers celebrate the holidays
CHICAGO — What makes almost any party complete? Some chips and guac of course! The California Avocado Commission is helping consumers celebrate the upcoming Fourth... Read more
Getting blown away at United Fresh
CHICAGO — The 2018 United Fresh trade show floor opened Tuesday, June 26. While Chicago has a reputation for being pretty windy, it was the exhibitors that blew... Read more
United Fresh show kicks off with journey through time
CHICAGO — The 2018 United Fresh show kicked off Monday evening, June 25, with a little journey back through time at The Field Museum, here, and The Produce News was... Read more
The Star Group shines bright
Supplying the highest-quality fruits and vegetables and searching the globe for great taste, The Star Group strives to be the most innovative team in the produce industry.... Read more
The best moments from CPMA 2018
Vancouver, BC — From the opening reception to the educational sessions, trade show floor and everything in between, there was certainly a lot to cover at the Canadian... Read more
CPMA attendees share best tips for living healthy
VANCOUVER — The 93rd annual CPMA Convention & Trade Show, "Live Healthy, Eat Fresh," took place April 24-26 at the Vancouver Convention Center, here. And as we all... Read more
CPMA 2018 keeps it so fresh, so clean
VANCOUVER — The 93rd annual CPMA Convention & Trade Show, "Live Healthy, Eat Fresh," took place April 24-26 at the Vancouver Convention Center, here. And as... Read more
CPMA 2018 kicks off with a mind-blowing start
Vancouver, BC — The 93rd annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association Convention & Trade Show got off to a mind-blowing start with the Chair's Welcome Reception... Read more
WFPC attendees learn how to 'Own It'
MIAMI — With the desire to help develop and leverage the talents and passions of women in the produce industry, the sixth annual Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference,... Read more
WFPC attendees take it to the next level
MIAMI — The workshops at the Center for Growing Talent by PMA's Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference are broken up into three different levels — emerging leaders,... Read more
WFPC attendees gain insight from educational sessions
MIAMI -- The Center for Growing Talent by PMA's 2018 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference, April 15-17, at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, here, has been jam-packed... Read more
Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference kicks off
MIAMI — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA's 2018 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference kicked off, Sunday, April 15 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, here. The... Read more
Giumarra talks blueberry deal
The Produce News caught up with Gary Caloroso of Giumarra Cos. during the Southeast Produce Council’s 2018 Conference & Expo, “Where Produce is King,” to talk all... Read more
Sun Pacific makes mighty plans for 2018
Sun Pacific is well-known for its Cuties Clementines, but now it's bringing us another delicious and healthy treat — Mighties Kiwi! Learn more about this suprisingly... Read more
Sun Pacific talks citrus
Citrus season is in full swing, and Sun Pacific has got your Vitamin C needs covered with its wide variety of oranges. Find out what the company is currently... Read more
Tastyfrutti talks upcoming deals
Philadelphia-based Tastyfrutti International Inc. is gearing up for a lot of exciting things in the next few months. First on deck is its stone fruit and pear... Read more
People behind the products at Southern Exposure
TAMPA, FL — The Produce News already gave you a glimpse of what new products people were "all shook up" over at Southern Exposure 2018 -- Where Produce is King, and... Read more
Southern Roots sets sail with Grace Killelea
TAMPA, FL — Designed to help women make meaningful connections in the produce industry, Southern Roots is a dynamic leadership program that always provides enriching... Read more
SEPC attendees share some food for thought
TAMPA, FL — The Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Exposure show, "Where Produce is King," took place March 1-3 at the Tampa Convention Center, here, and was... Read more
SEPC attendees get 'all shook up' on the trade show floor
  TAMPA, FL - The Southeast Produce Counci's 2018 Southern Exposure show, "Where Produce is King," took place March 1-3 at the Tampa Convention Center, here, and... Read more
Southern Exposure 2018 parties like a king
TAMPA, FL — The Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Exposure Conference and Trade Show — "Where Produce is King" — kicked off Friday, Feb. 23 in true Elvis style... Read more
Chilean blueberry season: the most blue-tiful time of the year
We’re in the heart of the Chilean blueberry season, and 5,876 tons of blueberries were shipped to the United States and Canada during Week 3, including 899 tons... Read more
AFM gives sneak peek of Super Bowl ad
Avocados From Mexico has just revealed its official Super Bowl Teaser ad, featuring Chris Elliott as a cheesy sales rep of a perfect world full of avocados. AFM... Read more
Superfresh Growers' journey from dinosaur trees to robotics
It's cold and snow-covered in eastern Washington, and Superfresh Growers is looking at how to improve its fruit for this year. With a lot of options for new orchards,... Read more
Wonderful Brands to ring in new year in grand fashion
The Wonderful Co., parent to healthy brands POM Wonderful, Wonderful Halos, and Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds, will debut it’s first-ever consumer-facing campaign... Read more
Heritage of Sunkist Delite Mandarin-growing family promoted during peak season
Sunkist Growers is celebrating Mandarin season with a new addition to the Sunkist Family Stories program.The Mulholland family, an Orange Cove, CA-based citrus... Read more
Superfresh Growers' End of Harvest Party
On a blustery fall day, the Superfresh Growers team joined Dave Gleason, chief horticulturist, for the annual End of Harvest Party. Warehouse managers... Read more
Honeybear’s Pazazz variety makes an impact
Retail record-breaking apple variety Pazazz is set to make its biggest impact yet for retailers across North America. The premium variety, now in its fourth... Read more
Sev-Rend now serving leafy greens; plans for more segments
NEW ORLEANS — As it approaches its 25th anniversary, Sev-Rend Corp. is extending its packaging reach to Mexico. Tony O’Driscoll, Sev-Rend’s new... Read more
Sun Pacific gets mighty
Sun Pacific is definitely known for its Cuties, but now it's getting pretty mighty! The Produce News' Maggie Giuffrida recently caught up with Howard Nager, vice... Read more
Wonderful news for the produce department
The Wonderful Co. just had its biggest year yet, and there are a lot of exciting things on the horizon. The Produce News’ Maggie Giuffrida recently caught up with... Read more
Joan Wickham introduces Sunkist Delite mandarins
It’s the beginning of citrus season and Sunkist sure has a lot to offer! The Produce News’ Maggie Giuffrida recently caught up with Joan Wickham, director... Read more
Tastyfrutti's Andy Economou's expectations for the 2017-18 Chilean import fruit season
The Chilean season is about to start, and Andy Economou of Philadelphia-based Tastyfrutti International Inc. sure is excited about it. First on deck to arrive in... Read more
Honeybear Brands brings the Pazazz
Elgin, MN-based Honeybear Brands brings the Pazazz everywhere it goes with the help of its new flavor-packed apple. The Pazazz apple is in its fourth year of commercial... Read more
CGTbyPMA celebrates emerging leaders
New Orleans — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA is doing its part to mentor young, driven employees of produce companies through its Emerging Leaders... Read more
The people behind the products
NEW ORLEANS — Yesterday, The Produce News showed you what produce items exhibitors were jazzed about at PMA Fresh Summit 2017, but today we’re giving... Read more
Products to get jazzed about
  NEW ORLEANS — With 1,000 plus exhibitors and close to 20,000 attendees from over 60 countries, the 2017 PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo, here, definitely... Read more
Retailers give rave reviews of PMA's Fresh Summit
NEW ORLEANS — The Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit brings out the best of the best in the produce industry, and this year's event —... Read more
Women's Fresh Perspectives Breakfast inspires at PMA Fresh Summit
NEW ORLEANS -- The Center for Growing Talent by PMA hosted its annual Women's Fresh Perspectives Breakfast during the 2017 PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo,... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit takes on Mardi Gras World
New Orleans -- The 2017 Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit Convention & Expo taking place Oct. 19-21, here, is certainly picking up steam! The show... Read more
SEPC’s Ultimate Tailgate Experience
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC — This year the Southeast Produce Council's annual fall conference took place Sept. 28-30 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort, here. The... Read more
SEPC's new chairman of the board
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC -- The Southeast Produce Council's 2017 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo, the first SEPC fall conference to include a trade... Read more
Excitement erupts from Southern Innovations
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC -- The Southeast Produce Council's annual fall conference has always been a wonderful event, with interesting educational workshops, enjoyable... Read more
IPC commercial scores big during Boise State football game
The Idaho Potato Commission launched its new television commercial during the Boise State University vs. University of Virginia football game that aired live from... Read more
Southern Innovations expo reels in new products
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC — The Southeast Produce Council's Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo, held Sept. 28-30, at the Westin Hilton Head Island... Read more
SEPC attendees show off that Carolina shag
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC — Thursday night was party night at the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo, Sept.... Read more
SEPC attendees learn from leaders at Southern Roots Luncheon
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC — Women leaders in the produce industry gathered Thursday, Sept. 28, for the Southern Roots Luncheon during the Southeast Produce... Read more
SEPC cruises into S.C. Yacht Club for Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC — The Southeast Produce Council Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo officially kicks off today, but last night SEPC members... Read more
Falling for the NEPC expo
BOSTON — Taking place in a city rich with history, the 2017 New England Produce Council's 18th annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo was certainly one for... Read more
NEPC expo knocks it out of the park
BOSTON -- Taking place in a city rich with history, the 2017 New England Produce Council's 18th annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo was certainly one for the... Read more
NEPC expo ideal for retailers
BOSTON — The New England Produce Council's 18th annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo was held Sept. 12-14. We caught up with representatives from... Read more
New England Produce Council expo kicks off
BOSTON — The New England Produce Council kicked off its 2017 Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo Tuesday evening, Sept. 12, with the opening cocktail reception... Read more
Wonderful teams up with NFL stars to kick off its biggest-ever football campaign
Wonderful Pistachios, America’s fastest-growing snack brand, is kicking off its biggest football campaign ever during the first week of the National Football... Read more
Organic produce trends with Farm Star Mary
Targeted to millennials, Farm Star Living’s latest video featuring founder Mary Blackmon educates consumers on the latest organic trends found at the Organic Produce... Read more
Organics Unlimited talks increased acreage, volume and more
  San Diego, CA-based Organics Unlimited places a huge emphasis on seeing the “whole picture” when it comes to growing and eating organic. “It... Read more
Produce Pro Software changing the produce industry
Monterey, CA —  Produce Pro Software is helping to change the produce industry. Dave Donat, company president, took some time to chat with The Produce News... Read more
USA Onions hosts brunch, celebrates 60th anniversary
MONTEREY, CA — The Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee/USA Onions co-sponsored a pre-PMA Foodservice Expo VIP Customer Brunch with Southwind Farms Fingerling... Read more
Church Bros. Farms knows how to party
MONTEREY, CA - The Produce News crashed the Church Bros. Farms Ranch Party on Saturday, July 29, here, during the 2017 PMA Foodservice Conference &... Read more
PMA Foodservice trade show and tell (Part 2)
MONTEREY, CA – Attendees and exhibitors got the opportunity to “innovate the plate” during the PMA Foodservice trade show on Sunday, July 31... Read more
PMA Foodservice: What are buyers looking for?
MONTEREY, CA – Attendees and exhibitors got the opportunity to “innovate the plate” during the PMA Foodservice trade show on Sunday, July 31 at the... Read more
PMA Foodservice trade show and tell
MONTEREY, CA – Attendees and exhibitors got the opportunity to “innovate the plate” during the PMA Foodservice trade show on Sunday, July 31 at the... Read more
Women’s Fresh Perspectives Reception at PMA Foodservice Conference
MONTEREY, CA — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA hosted the Women’s Fresh Perspectives Reception on Saturday night, July 29, during the 2017 PMA Foodservice... Read more
2017 PMA Foodservice show kicks off in style
MONTEREY, CA — The 2017 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo kicked off in style with the opening reception at the Monterey Marriott Hotel, here. Attendees mixed... Read more
In Season: Bay Baby Produce putting a smile on your (pumpkin's) face
Started with nothing more than some soil and the idea to give pumpkins a little more personality by painting faces on them, Burlington, WA-based Bay Baby Produce... Read more
The people and produce of OPS 2017
Monterey, CA — The second annual Organic Produce Summit, held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa, here, was jam-packed with people and a whole... Read more
California dreamin’ at the Organic Produce Summit
Monterey, CA — In a world where kids are asking for fruit instead of candy we’ll have an avocado in every house, Autumn Glory apples in every hand, and artichokes... Read more
OPS gives attendees food for thought
Monterey, CA — The educational sessions at the Organic Produce Summit, which took place July13-14 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, here, gave attendees some... Read more
Sold-out OPS a hit with retailers
The Organic Produce Summit, held July 12-13 in Monterey, CA, was sold out for attendees and exhibition booths. More than 900 people were in attendance, including... Read more
Silver Vase showcases its orchids at IFE
Silver Vase Orchids began as a tiny south Florida shadehouse in 1988, and has since grown to a multi-million square-foot production range, run by Andrew and llma Bartha. Today,... Read more
OPS gets down on the dance floor before getting down to business
Retailers, growers, distributors and processors gathered in Monterey, CA, Wednesday, July 12 as the 2017 Organic Produce Summit kicked off with its opening reception.... Read more
Getting excited about summer citrus with Sunkist
Valencia oranges, great for juicing, snacking and marinades, are in peak season during the summer months. It's also a great time for grapefruit, which is perfect... Read more
Adam Cooper recaps Wonderful year
Adam Cooper, vice president of the Wonderful Company, chatted with The Produce News at the recent United Fresh Produce Show in Chicago to discuss the wild success... Read more
Red Sun Farms' specialties and innovative packaging
There is an ever-increasing demand for specialties from Red Sun Farms, according to Carlos Visconti, chief operating officer. This includes the company's flavorful... Read more
Sunshine Bouquet shows off floral arrangements
CHICAGO — At Sunshine Bouquet Co., it's all about trends and design. In its booth at the International Floriculture Expo, June 14-15, here, the company displayed... Read more
Movers and shakers bust a move at United Fresh expo
CHICAGO — With four collocated shows, there was an abundance of activity last week at United Fresh 2017, held June 13-15 in the West Hall at McCormick Place... Read more
Produce passion at United Fresh 2017
CHICAGO — This year United Fresh attendees were able to experience every segment of the supply chain in one exhibit hall at the FreshTEC Expo, FreshMKT Expo,... Read more
Reception Honoring Women in Produce honors Lorelei DiSogra
  Each year the Reception Honoring Women in Produce, which is held in conjunction with the United Fresh convention and expo, selects one individual to share... Read more
United Fresh reels in a crowd at opening party
The United Fresh opening party was held Tuesday, June 13 at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Industry members gathered to catch up with friends and peers while making... Read more
Farm Star Fave: Mission Produce
Oxnard, CA-based Mission Produce has heavy volume of avocados coming from Peru, with good supplies expected throughout the summer. In her latest Farm Star Fave... Read more
Great summer ahead for Domex Superfresh Growers
Cherry season should start around June 12, and Mike Preacher, marketing director for Domex Superfresh Growers, said the company should be shipping through most of... Read more
Apio shakes up single-serve salads
Apio Inc.’s new Salad Shake Ups salad bowls come in three different offerings — Avocado Ranch, Tropical Lime and Raspberry Acai. Each salad’s patented... Read more
Side Delights a mainstay of a successful summer
Fresh Solutions Network recently announced the launch of its Side Delights celebration of summer program with three promotions, one for each month of the season:... Read more
IFCO supporting its Canadian customers
In 1992, the International Food Container Organization, better known as IFCO, was convinced it had built a better mousetrap in the perishable packaging business... Read more
Emerson helping to safeguard the world's food supply
Emerson recently announced its extension and leadership in cold chain management with the acquisitions of PakSense and Locus Traxx. Already a leader in serving... Read more
Green Giant Fresh cutting down prep time
Green Giant Fresh featured several new items at the recent CPMA Convention & Trade Show. The company’s Merritt Bruce talked about its Cauliflower Crumbles... Read more
Mucci brings its Cherto tomatoes to CPMA
Mucci's new greenhouse-grown Cherto tomato is a cherry tomato-on-the-vine with a lot of flavor packed inside. “Consumers want taste, and this is what we want... Read more
Red Sun's tiny tomato with huge flavor
Jim DiMenna, president and chief executive officer of Red Sun Farms, said the company’s cherry tomatoes on the vine continue to demand more acreage each year.... Read more
Jazz apples always refreshing
Fresh-crop New Zealand Jazz apples are arriving in the United States now, decked out with a sharp new look and attitude geared to drive even stronger sales of the... Read more
Ocean Mist showcases Season & Steam line at CPMA
Ocean Mist Farms' Joe Feldman was at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 92nd annual convention and trade show, showcasing sweet baby broccoli... Read more
Day two on the CPMA trade show floor
TORONTO — The 2017 CPMA Convention & Trade Show, which took place May 9-11 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, here, was a rousing success from... Read more
WestRock a one-stop shop for produce packaging
When it comes to produce packaging, WestRock said corrugated containers are still the cleanest, most versatile and economical shipping solution for products. They... Read more
Mary B. hits the CPMA trade show floor
  TORONTO — The 2017 CPMA Convention & Trade Show, taking place May 9-11 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, here, got off to a great start with its... Read more
CPMA 2017 opening night scores major points
  TORONTO — The 2017 CPMA Convention & Trade Show, May 9-11 in Toronto, already scored some major goals with its annual "Half Your Plate Hockey Game" followed... Read more
Attendees give 2017 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference rave reviews
MIAMI — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA hosted its fifth annual Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference April 23-25 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne... Read more
Mel Robbins teaches WFPC attendees her '5 Second Rule'
MIAMI — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA hosted its fifth annual Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference April 23-25 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay... Read more
 Farm Star Fave: Sunsweet
In this new video Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle online brand promoting the farm-to-everything movement, talks about Sunsweet and... Read more
Maggie G. sits down with founding members of WFPC
MIAMI — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA hosted its fifth annual Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference April 23-25 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Resort,... Read more
Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference kicks off with opening reception
MIAMI — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA hosted its fifth annual Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference April 23-25 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay... Read more
Another successful Viva Fresh Expo comes to a close
AUSTIN, TX — The 2017 Viva Fresh Expo took place April 20-22 at the Austin Hilton Hotel and the Austin Convention Center, here, in the Live Music Capital of the World.... Read more
Farm Star Fave: Green Giant Fresh
In this new video Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle online brand promoting the farm-to-everything movement, talks about Green Giant... Read more
Viva Fresh 2017 trade show floor
Austin, TX — The 2017 Viva Fresh Expo took place April 20-22 at the Austin Hilton Hotel and the Austin Convention Center, here, in the Live Music Capital of the World.... Read more
Viva Fresh 2017 gets down to business on the trade show floor
Austin, TX — The 2017 Viva Fresh Expo took place April 20-22 at the Austin Hilton Hotel and the Austin Convention Center, here, in the Live Music Capital of the World.... Read more
Viva Fresh kicks off with rockin' opening party
Austin, TX — The Welcome Reception for the 2017 Viva Fresh Expo took place Friday, April 21, at Maggie Mae’s — a local legend here in Austin, the Live Music... Read more
Maggie G. hits the links at the Viva Fresh Golf Tournament
Austin, TX — The 2017 Viva Fresh Expo, taking place April 20-22, got off to a swinging start with the third annual Viva Fresh Open Golf Tournament presented by Wonderful... Read more
Taylor Farms celebrating steps to a sustainable future
Taylor Farms has announced a new renewable and alternative energy system at its Gonzales, CA, facility. This three-tiered system will utilize wind, solar and cogeneration... Read more
Fill My Cart rolls through SEPC Southern Exposure
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, rolled into Southern Exposure 2017 with Fill My Cart to find the must-have produce that should be filling grocery carts:... Read more
Wilcox Fresh relaunching Potato Jazz
Rexburg, ID-based Wilcox Fresh uses cutting-edge technology in both the planting and harvesting stages of potato production. At the Southeast Produce Council's recent... Read more
Nothing hotter than Steamables potatoes
Eight farming families across the United States come together to form Fresh Solutions Network. At the Southeast Produce Council's recent Southern Exposure the organization... Read more
Great Vidalia season ahead for Shuman Produce
Shuman Produce is coming off a bumper crop of Vidalia onions, and after experiencing very favorable growing conditions for 2017, the Vidalia onion industry should... Read more
Getting Redventurous with Black Gold's red potatoes
Black Gold Farms is a few weeks away from harvesting its red potatoes in Texas. “The crop looks great,” said Leah Halverson Brakke, director of business... Read more
Melon 1’s Crisp Delight is almost too good
The Syngenta-grown Crisp Delight watermelon is Melon 1’s exclusive variety, according to Rachel Syngo, director of business development. Designed for the fresh-cut... Read more
Strong summer in the works for Mission Produce
Starting the third or fourth week of April, Oxnard, CA-based Mission Produce will have heavy volume of avocados coming from Peru, with good supplies throughout the... Read more
Oneonta, Nash and Sbrocco at Southern Exposure
The Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure trade show floor was filled with great products. In this video you’ll hear about Oneonta’s pears,... Read more
Ocean Mist's Season & Steam line streamlines cooking
Diana McClean, director of marketing for Ocean Mist Farms, was at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure showcasing the company’s Season &... Read more
Potandon's petite potatoes pack a punch
Potandon Produce’s Klondike mini potatoes pack a lot of flavor — and convenience — into a small package. With several options available, including... Read more
Duda Farm Fresh Foods making celery exciting
Duda Farm Fresh Foods is bringing excitement to the celery category. Dan Duda, president and chief operating officer, said the company’s fresh-cut celery sticks... Read more
Mucci's new Cherto cherry tomato-on-the-vine
Nick Williamson, key account manager for Mucci Farms, showed off an exciting new product at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure in Orlando, FL.... Read more
IFCO’s RPCs, an environmentally friendly world traveler
Craig Kelly, IFCO’s vice president of sales, didn’t have to travel very far to get to this year’s Southern Exposure, but every day his company’s... Read more
Superheroes, cruises and Idaho potatoes
This year’s Potato Lover’s Month Retail Display Contest winner will be taking a cruise, but the big question is whether they’ll bring Mary Blackmon,... Read more
Sunkist features sweet lineup at Southern Exposure
With an easy-to-peel rind, Sunkist's Gold Nugget mandarins are currently at the peak of their season, as are the company's candy-like Pixie tangerine. Julie DeWolf,... Read more
Tastyfrutti’s Andy Economou talks end of Chilean deal, transition to Mexican, Coachella grapes
Now that the Chilean grape season is coming to an end, Andy Economou of Tastyfrutti International discussed market conditions with Mary Blackmon, founder of... Read more
The magic of Southern Exposure's opening reception
The Southeast Produce Council kicked off its annual conference and trade show March 9 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL, and magic was in the... Read more
PMA: stronger, faster, better together
Cathy Burns, chief executive officer of PMA, is an avid cyclist. In this video, Burns describes how her experience on the bike, teaming with other riders, parallels... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: The Nunes Co.
In this new video Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle online brand promoting the farm-to-everything movement, talks about The... Read more
Farm Star Living Product Harvest 2017
Farm Star Living’s Product Harvest 2017 farm-to-everything showcase, held Jan. 26 in Atlanta's W Hotel, enabled produce companies to share their messages and... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: NatureSweet tomatoes
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle online brand promoting the farm-to-everything movement, takes some time to talk about "Tomatoes Raised... Read more
New variety of grapes arriving from Chile in February
A new grape variety from Chile will be available in North America starting in early February. Sable seedless black grapes offer a unique blend of muscat and tropical... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: Trucco’s KiwiStar kiwifruit
With more Vitamin C than an orange and more potassium than a banana, Trucco’s KiwiStar brand kiwifruit gets a glowing review from Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm... Read more
Farm Star Living features Taylor Farms Chopped Salad
Taylor Farms brought the original chopped salad kits to market in 2012. Since then the company has expanded its offerings in the category, including Organic Chopped... Read more
Sunkist Minneolas now in season
The Minneola tangelos, which is the largest piece of fruit in the mandarin family, is currently entering its prime marketing season. Typically available from... Read more
Pummelos in peak of season
Available from Sunkist from October through April, pummelos are currently in the peak of their season. Sometime referred to as a Chinese grapefruit, they are botanically... Read more
Amazon's first brick-and-mortar grocery store reshapes shopping experience
Amazon's first brick-and-mortar grocery store, Amazon Go, has launched in Seattle. The company said the 1,800-square-foot location offers the world’s most... Read more
California citrus harvesting off to fast start
With the Christmas marketing pull in sight, California’s citrus harvest is well underway with good quality and good volume the order of the day. The... Read more
Farm Star Living goes behind the scenes at Fowler Farms
Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle online brand promoting the farm-to-everything movement, went behind the scenes at Fowler Farms to see what apple growing and... Read more
Fred Wescott of Honeybear Brands reveals new, exciting apple varieties
Elgin, MN-based Honeybear Brands prides itself on identifying, developing, nurturing and bringing the finest apple varieties to market for retail partners... Read more
Sunlight International expects firm grape supplies through Christmas
Grape supplies are expected to hold firm through Christmas. Nick Dulcich of Sunlight International in Delano, CA, shows off the company's Pretty Lady Christmas packaging,... Read more
The Wonderful Co. gives inside scoop on new campaign
The Wonderful Company announced today the launch of a new $30 million promotional campaign called “Good Choice, Kid.” that features its popular... Read more
Nick Dulcich of Sunlight gives fall grape forecast
Nick Dulcich with Sunlight International in Delano, CA, wants to assure produce buyers that the fall grape harvest is still going strong. Dulcich operates from... Read more
Mary B. chats with Ocean Mist, Chiquita, Del Monte, Wonderful, PakSense and IPC at PMA Fresh Summit
With a total of 1,200 exhibitors at this year's PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL, Oct. 14-16 at the Orange County Convention Center, there was certainly no shortage... Read more
Mary B. chats with Oakes Farms, Nash Produce, Shuman Produce, Red Sun Farms, Kwik Lok, and Sun World on the trade show floor
With a total of 1,200 exhibitors at this year's PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL, Oct. 14-16 at the Orange County Convention Center, there was certainly no shortage... Read more
Day two on the trade show floor at PMA Fresh Summit
With a total of 1,200 exhibitors at this year's PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL, Oct. 14-16 at the Orange County Convention Center, there was certainly no shortage of... Read more
On the trade show floor at PMA Fresh Summit
The Produce Marketing Association's 67th annual Fresh Summit Convention & Expo, Oct. 14-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, set a... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit kicks off with opening reception
Orlando, FL — Attendees and exhibitors of the 2016 PMA Fresh Summit Convention and Exposition enjoyed good company, great conversation and delicious food last night,... Read more
Del Monte's dancing bananas take over Chicago
On Sept. 15 a flash mob of bananas appeared in the middle of Pioneer Court in downtown Chicago. As onlookers curiously watched, over 35 bananas performed... Read more
Half Your Plate campaign launches second set of Chef Michael Smith  instructional cooking videos
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association announced the launch of the second part of a new series of instructional cooking videos geared at educating consumers... Read more
Top Chef winner and judge Richard Blais talks about hot produce trends
MONTEREY, CA — Chef Richard Blais, the genius behind restaurants like Atlanta's FLIP Burger Boutique (now with locations in Birmingham Nashville) and San Diego's... Read more
Mann's reaches out to millennials and Gen Z with Veggie-Go video
Just in time for the back-to-school rush, Mann Packing released its latest video in the Inside the Valley series as an ode to the company’s millennial interns. “The... Read more
Church Bros. rocks the ranch at annual bash in the California hills
MONTEREY, CA — Church Bros.' annual party at its private family ranch in the California hills near here has become an annual tradition in the Salinas Valley —... Read more
Christopher Ranch celebrates 60th with elegant California hillside soiree
GILROY, CA — Garlic wasn't the only aroma in the air as Christopher Ranch recently celebrated 60 years as one of the nation's top providers of "the stinking... Read more
Top chefs turn out for PMA Foodservice competition
MONTEREY, CA — Top chefs representing Duda Fresh, Hollandia Produce and the National Mushroom Council squared off at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel & Spa here... Read more
Wrapping up business on the PMA Foodservice floor
MONTEREY, CA — Edible flowers, wild mushrooms, frozen pomegranate and a system that lets purveyors hydroponically grow herbs and veggies on the spot — it's hard... Read more
PMA Foodservice Spotlight: On the show floor in Monterey
MONTEREY, CA — The foodservice industry sets the bar high for produce providers — the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo, held here July 28-31 at the Hyatt... Read more
On the floor at the PMA Foodservice show
MONTEREY, CA — Some 2000 people gathered here July 28-31 at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa for the annual PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo. Four days of educational... Read more
Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception at PMA Foodservice
MONTEREY, CA — The PMA Center for Growing Talent's 10 year anniversary celebration continued here with the Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception July 31 as part... Read more
PMA science chief talks building consumer trust
MONTEREY, CA — For most of the last decade, Bob Whitaker has led the food-safety efforts of the Produce Marketing Association and thus the industry as PMA's... Read more
PMA Foodservice show gets off to quick start at opening reception
MONTEREY, CA -- The 2016 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo got off to a fast start with a packed opening reception at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa here July... Read more
Bacon and grapefruit? Chef Jill Davie makes it work
Everything's better with bacon — Sunkist Chef Jill Davie even a found a way to make it work with grapefruit in a quick and easy shrimp wrap that's perfect for... Read more
Walmart gives Organic Produce Summit rave reviews
New suppliers, new products and new packaging were just a few of the things that blew away Walmart representatives at the sold-out Organic Produce Summit, held July... Read more
Buyers galore at Organic Produce Summit
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, caught up with several buyers at the Organic Produce Summit, held July 13-14 in Monterey,... Read more
Mary B hits the show floor at Organic Produce Summit
Monterey, CA — The inaugural Organic Produce Summit, held July 13-14 at the Monterey Hyatt Resort & Spa, was a huge success with a sold-out trade show floor... Read more
Sold-out Organic Produce Summit kicks off with opening reception
Retailers, growers, distributors and processors gathered in Monterey, CA, last night as the inaugural Organic Produce Summit kicked off with its opening reception at the... Read more
Inaugural Kale Cup champ crowned
Gideon (The Truth) Oji of Marrow, GA, hoisted the Kale Cup as the World’s healthiest eating champion at Kale Yeah! The World’s Healthiest Eating Championship,... Read more
North Carolina summer ag update
ELIZABETH CITY, NC — When one thinks of North Carolina agriculture, one thinks of sweet potatoes — and that's understandable since the state leads the... Read more
NatureSweet's quick pasta toss for the weekend
CHICAGO — Looking for a quick, fresh, healthy meal option for the weekend? We caught up with NatureSweet staff home economist Ali Mendez at United Fresh, who whipped... Read more
South African summer citrus hits U.S. shores
CHICAGO — Two decades ago, summer citrus wasn't much of a factor in U.S. produce departments. Since then, new import programs from around the globe have filled... Read more
More surprises from United with Mary B's Grab Bag
Farm Star Living Founder Mary Blackmon took to the floor at United Fresh and dazzled exhibitors with the Grab Bag. In the second installment, Blackmon meets up... Read more
Wrapping up business on the United Fresh show floor
CHICAGO — They came, they saw, they conquered — and they moved a whole lot of produce. Chefs, champagne and food galore lured attendees to booths at United... Read more
Wendy’s video highlights Church Bros. Farms
Wendy’s has featured Church Bros. Farms in the first video in a series called Profiles in Quality. The video, Lettuce… From Start to Fresh, takes a tour... Read more
More from the United Fresh floor
CHICAGO — Kohlrabi spaghetti and watermelon cocktails were among the more intriguing offerings on the trade show floor at United Fresh, held at McCormick Place... Read more
Farm Star Living dazzles Dan Crowley of Well-Pict
Caught on film — or should we say video! Farm Star Living Founder Mary Blackmon took to the floor at United Fresh and dazzled exhibitors with the Grab Bag. Some... Read more
United Fresh Reception Honoring Women in Produce
CHICAGO — Veteran industry consultant and leadership guru Julie Krivanek was honored for her achievements at the United Fresh 2016 Women in Produce reception,... Read more
Northwest apricots available for limited time
Cold winters and an extra hour of sunshine help enhance the flavor of CMI’s Northwest apricots. This year the company has come out with a high-graphic pouch... Read more
Day 1 from the United Fresh show floor
CHICAGO — Thousands of international delegates thronged The Windy City for United Fresh 2016 at McCormick Place Convention Center. Produce and packaging, food... Read more
Opening soiree kicks off United Fresh 2016 in style
CHICAGO — United Fresh 2016 got under way here June 21 with an elegant opening reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Attendees from around the world... Read more
Farm Star Living in the house at United Fresh
At United Fresh, Farm Star Living will be having fun filming a new consumer video for shoppers. It will share information and trivia about a variety of companies and... Read more
U.S. Potato chief talks state of the industry
ELIZABETH CITY, NC — Small potatoes are big business. They weathered the recession without a slip but now there are bigger challenges ahead. The Produce News caught... Read more
History meets youth at NC potato partners Pamlico Shores
ELIZABETH CITY, NC — Dawson Pugh and Hunter Gibbs were childhood friends, playing on land their families have farmed here for generations. For the last decade... Read more
CMI’s Rainier cherries at their peak
The Rainier cherry harvest reaches its seasonal harvest peak this week, yet few retailers or consumers will ever have an opportunity to see the harvest in person. CMI... Read more
S.C. commissioner talks 'peachy' produce picture
MONETTA, SC — South Carolina's top crop is peaches, but Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers wants folks at home and beyond to know there's much more to the... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: Peri & Sons sweet on onions and sustainability
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, takes some time to talk about Peri & Sons. In addition to producing a variety of high-quality onions — white, yellow,... Read more
Fast and furious N.C. potato deal fills summer gap
ELIZABETH CITY, NC — North Carolina's potato season is short but sweet: six weeks starting in mid-June and all done by the end of July. It fills a critical summer... Read more
Avocados from Peru aboard USS Bataan for superfoods breakfast
Avocados from Peru hosted a superfoods breakfast May 27 to honor the 2,000 men and women of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps who proudly serve on board the USS... Read more
Half Your Plate launches new video series
Half Your Plate has launched a new series of instructional cooking videos geared at educating consumers on how to select, store and prepare popular vegetables. Each... Read more
Banner Vidalia harvest wrapping up with storage full
VIDALIA, GA — Some growers here are calling this the best Vidalia onion crop in 30 years — all agree it's the best in recent memory with great volume and... Read more
State-of-the-art cherry packing
At the peak of cherry production last season, CMI navigated a drone through the new McDougall & Sons Baker Flats facility, capturing close up action of the organized... Read more
Despite record fall flooding, South Carolina peach crop thriving as season starts
MONETTA, SC -- Despite a "100-year" flood last fall that led to some tree and crop loss in prime production areas, the South Carolina peach season began this week... Read more
Farm Star Living recipe features Sunsweet's diced prunes
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle brand promoting the farm to everything movement, headed into the kitchen to make granola bars featuring Sunsweet's... Read more
Vidalia Spotlight: G&R Farms' Dasher talks about banner 2016 crop
GLENNVILLE, GA — The Dasher Family has been growing Vidalia onions and raising cattle here for generations. Walt Dasher said this year's onion crop is one of the... Read more
Vidalia Spotlight -- Shuman Produce
REIDSVILLE, GA -- Six weeks ago, John Shuman of Shuman Produce Inc. believed a high-quality, promotable crop of his RealSweet Vidalia onions was on the way. He was... Read more
Bland Farms humming along as Vidalia season ramps up to full speed
VIDALIA, GA — There's something different at Bland Farms as this Vidalia season continues at full-pace: a third-generation of Blands has entered the ranks of executive... Read more
Domex benefitting from ideal spring weather
Spring temperatures have been great in eastern Washington, and a lack of frost means that things are looking good for Domex Superfresh Growers. “There’s a lot going... Read more
Vidalia Spotlight — Generation Farms
LYONS, GA — The folks from Coggins Farms in Lake Park, GA, and Stanley Farms, here, have been farming for, well, generations. So it made perfect sense when earlier... Read more
CPMA says goodbye to Calgary
CALGARY — It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the best of times because the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 91st annual expo, held here... Read more
Forget golf — CPMA takes to the ice for hockey classic
CALGARY — Most trade shows feature a golf tournament charity fundraiser. But the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo starts with a puck drop in the annual... Read more
Maggie talks women's objectives with top PMA leadership at WFPC
SAN DIEGO — The Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference is a ground-breaking program designed exclusively by women in the produce industry for women in the produce industry.... Read more
Maggie G at the PMA Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference in San Diego
SAN DIEGO — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA celebrated its 10th anniversary by welcoming attendees to sunny San Diego April 17-19 for the 2016 Women's Fresh Perspectives... Read more
The last roundup from the CPMA expo floor
CALGARY — The 91st Canadian Produce Marketing Association show April 10-12 was the last roundup here — next year a rotation begins between Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal... Read more
More from the CPMA show floor with Maggie G and Mary B
CALGARY — From tropical tastes to local favorites to an apple that won't turn brown, our Maggie Giuffrida and Mary Blackmon found it all on the show floor at the Canadian... Read more
Maggie G and Mary B from the CPMA trade show floor
CALGARY — Our tag team coverage of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association 2016 expo continues with a first look at business on the trade show floor. This... Read more
Maggie G and Mary B team up for CPMA opening soiree
CALGARY — This is the last time the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo will be held here (a rotation of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal starts next year) and... Read more
Maggie G checks out golf Texas-style at Viva Fresh tourney
SAN ANTONIO, TX — Country music, Jerry Jeff Walker and Pitbull on the golf course? Must be San Antonio. Dozens of duffers brought out their A game (or as... Read more
Talking 'bout Texas — the social side of Viva Fresh
SAN ANTONIO, TX — Just a few short years ago, what is now the Viva Fresh Expo, held here at the JW Marriot Hill Country Resort & Spa March 31-April 2, was the... Read more
Maggie G wraps up business on the Viva Fresh floor
SAN ANTONIO, TX -- With 170 exhibitors and more than 1,500 attendees, there was enough happening on the show floor at the 2016 Viva Fresh Expo, held March 31-April... Read more
Viva Fresh gets down to business Texas-style on the trade show floor
SAN ANTONIO, TX — They say everything's big in Texas and that was certainly true of the 2016 Viva Fresh Expo March 31-April 2 at the JW Marriot Hill Country Resort &... Read more
Viva Fresh attendees get a sneak peek at the new San Antonio Wholesale Produce Market
SAN ANTONIO, TX — Viva Fresh attendees got a sneak peek at the sparkling new San Antonio Wholesale Produce Market with a pre-grand opening tour as part of the expo schedule... Read more
Florida Marketrack Spotlight: Locus Traxx keeps up with produce
JUPITER, FL — It started with a simple idea: Help transporters track loads during shipment, keeping up with real-time temperature, location and security monitoring for... Read more
Golf and rain: Mixed emotions in Central California
On March 11, 127 golfers showed up to Kings River Golf & Country Club in Kingsburg, CA, hoping it would rain. The California Fresh Fruit Association held its 45th... Read more
Florida Marketrack Spotlight: Nickey Gregory Miami
MIAMI — Based in Atlanta, the Nickey Gregory Co. opened a second location here in 2010 and quickly became one of the largest distributors in the area. Now the company is... Read more
'Masterchef' winner Whitney Miller signs on to promote Vidalia onions this season
VIDALIA, GA — The Vidalia Onion Committee always brings something special to the table to market its annual crop. The season will begin April 25 and Whitney Miller,... Read more
Vidalia recovers from rough start, crop could be early
VIDALIA, GA — Early season weather problems have been overcome and the region is expecting a normal season with a crop that could be above average in quality despite... Read more
Southern Exposure social scene lights up south Florida
HOLLYWOOD, FL — Three yacht parties in 24 hours? Oh yeah — and that was even before the Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure expo officially kicked off. While... Read more
Produce for Kids raises the bar at Southern Exposure
HOLLYWOOD, FL — Produce for Kids has raised some $5.7 million for children's charities since its inception in 2002. The organization said thanks and unveiled its plans and... Read more
SEPC duffers rock the golf course at Southern Exposure
HOLLYWOOD, FL — From Led Zeppelin to lizards, it wasn't your typical golf tournament. That was made even more apparent by the golf ball cannon available to duffers on... Read more
Mary B says 'FILL MY CART’ (Part 3)
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, zooms into Southern Exposure 2016 with “FILL MY CART!” to show shoppers the must-have produce that should be in their grocery... Read more
More Maggie G from the expo floor at Southern Exposure
HOLLYWOOD, FL — A record crowd packed the Diplomat Hotel and Resort here March 3-5 for the Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure 2016 conference and trade show.... Read more
Mary B and Produce Connection's Marc Dudley
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, caught up with Marc Dudley of Produce Connection while on the trade show floor at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern... Read more
Mary B's 'FILL MY CART’ Part 2
Farm Star Living zooms into Southern Exposure 2016 with “FILL MY CART!” In order to show shoppers the must-have produce that should be in their grocery carts, Mary... Read more
Maggie G hits the expo floor at Southern Exposure
HOLLYWOOD, FL — A record crowd packed the Diplomat Hotel & Resort here March 3-5 for the Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure 2016 conference and trade... Read more
Whole Foods meets with Mary B at Southern Exposure
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, took some time at the Southeast Produce Council's 2016 conference and trade show to speak with Sean McGoldrick, team leader... Read more
Grower-retailer partnerships developed at Southern Exposure
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, caught up with Jim Brinkley of Natural Markets Food Group on the trade show floor at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern... Read more
Joe Klare celebrates lifetime of achievement at SEPC
HOLLYWOOD, FL — One of the most familiar faces in the industry, Joe Klare of the Castellini Group of Cos., was recognized at the Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure... Read more
Mary B says 'FILL MY CART’ at SEPC
Farm Star Living zooms into Southern Exposure 2016 with “FILL MY CART!” In order to show shoppers the must-have produce that should be in their grocery carts, Mary... Read more
Loblaws talks with Mary B at SEPC
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, took some time at the Southeast Produce Council's 2016 conference and trade show to speak with Eric Biddiscombe of Loblaw.... Read more
Southern Exposure helps Wendy’s stay fresh
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, caught up with Joe Loiacano of Wendy’s on the trade show floor at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure 2016.... Read more
First female 'Top Gun' pilot's message soars at SEPC Southern Roots Luncheon
HOLLYWOOD, FL -- Lt. Carey Lohrenz made history as the first fully qualified female Navy aviator to fly the F-14 Tomcat fighter in the United States military, earning... Read more
SEPC Southern Exposure 2016 — Produce in Paradise — sets sail from Hollywood, FL
HOLLYWOOD, FL — The Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure 2016 Produce in Paradise expo set sail March 2 with a sunset dinner cruise for the executive council and... Read more
Maggie G takes the 10 for Talent challenge
The Center for Growing Talent by PMA, formerly known as the PMA Foundation for Industry Talent, is celebrating its milestone 10th anniversary this year. In addition... Read more
SEPC 2015 remix: Getting down to business
Yesterday we showed you the social side of the Southeast Produce Council 2015 Southern Exposure show, now we're focused on business, just like SEPC. If you are heading... Read more
SEPC Southern Exposure 2015 remix
With the Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure expo on the way to Hollywood, FL, later this week, we thought it would be a good time to show you a couple of remixes... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: Procacci Bros.
In her latest video Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, talks tomatoes — specifically Santa Sweets UglyRipe heirlooms from Procacci Bros. Below Blackmon... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: North Shore Living Herbs
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, discusses how North Shore Living Herbs helps to bring flavor — and your own personal farm — into the kitchen. Below Blackmon... Read more
IPC's retail display contest
Running until mid-March, the Idaho Potato Commission's 2016 Potato Lover’s Month Retail Display Contest has double the number of award levels, double the number of spud-friendly... Read more
An early look at the 2016 Vidalia onion crop
VIDALIA, GA — It's far too soon to know just how the 2016 Vidalia onion deal — due to hit the market in late April — will eventually come off. But, despite some adverse... Read more
'Super' Vidalia awards banquet
VIDALIA, GA — It was fitting that Super Bowl XXVI champion and hometown hero Fred Stokes was the featured speaker at the annual Vidalia onion awards banquet held here... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: Taylor Farms and the Green Monster smoothie
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, discusses what makes Taylor Farms such a special company — from its focus on sustainability to its work with more than 100... Read more
Aliens, Scott Baio star in AFM’s 2016 Super Bowl ad
Avocados from Mexico, whose 2015 Super Bowl ad spot received critical acclaim from media pundits, is returning to the Big Game lineup again in 2016. This year’s ad,... Read more
Robot harvester a reality for strawberries
PLANT CITY, FL — With labor already in short supply and a crisis looming, agricultural technology has turned its sights toward automation. But there's always been some... Read more
Florida strawberry deal light through Valentine's Day, volume after
PLANT CITY, FL — Unseasonable heat brought on an early, heavy start to the Florida strawberry season that began before Thanksgiving and lasted through Christmas. Now... Read more
In the orchards with Honeybear Brands
Honeybear Brands of Elgin, MN, started as a small orchard in the Mississippi River Valley of Minnesota. Today, the company has relationships with growers around the globe.... Read more
Mary B. sweetens up the holidays with Sunkist oranges
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle brand promoting the farm to everything movement, is sweetening up the holiday season with Sunkist dark... Read more
Artist and illustrator Shirley Chapman makes the produce industry look good
California artist and illustrator Shirley Chapman has spent much of her career in the produce industry — she's even won a Clio Award, the advertising industry's version... Read more
What's a pummelo?!? Maggie G investigates
It looks like a small basketball, but don't dunk it. Native to Southeast Asia, the pummelo is the largest fruit in the citrus family. It's also one of the grandparents that... Read more
Mary B turns the holidays inside out with Fowler Farms apples
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle brand promoting the farm to everything movement, headed into the kitchen with McIntosh apples... Read more
CMI give bird’s eye view of new packing facility
With over 500,000 square feet of new packinglines equipped with the latest technological machinery, capturing the scope of McDougall & Sons’ new operation on video... Read more
After a decade, Miss Florida Citrus again representing crop
For eight decades starting in the 1920s, the Florida citrus industry crowned a queen each year to represent the crop as a world ambassador. The pageant was abandoned in... Read more
Seald Sweet rolls out impressive new trade show booth with nod to history
Seald Sweet International started over a century ago as a cooperative of Florida citrus growers. Things have changed quite a bit since then. Now, with Belgian partner... Read more
Mary B features Peri & Sons Sweetie Sweet onions
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle brand promoting the farm to everything movement, headed into the kitchen with Peri &... Read more
Kid chef Haile Thomas helps Wholesum Harvest shine
Wholesum Family Farms is one of North America’s fastest-growing organic producers, with farming and greenhouse operations in the United States and Mexico. Miguel Crisantes... Read more
BBC Technologies revolutionizing packing and filling
New Zealand-based BBC Technologies is revolutionizing packing and filling with an assortment of new machines introduced to the U.S. market in the past year. At the... Read more
 N.Y. apples a perfect fit for NYC students
New York City schools now distribute 35 million New York state apples to schoolchildren each year. That makes New York City schools the single-largest customer of... Read more
NFL great Fred Stokes teams up with Vidalia
Fred Stokes spent 10 years terrorizing NFL quarterbacks as a hard-charging defensive end out of Georgia Southern University. Now he's teamed up with the Vidalia Onion Committee... Read more
Mary B pre sells shoppers on Sunsweet Thanksgiving stuffing recipe
Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle brand promoting the farm to everything movement, features videos with quick and easy healthy recipes. Just in time for Thanksgiving,... Read more
Honeybear rolls out new apple with 'Pazazz'
Honeybear Brands of Elgin, MN has always been an innovator in the apple game. Its first big breakout came with the Honeycrisp, originally developed at the University... Read more
PMA social scene sizzles from flaming donuts to rock and roll
ATLANTA — Anyone who's ever been part of the PMA Fresh Summit social whirl probably won't be surprised to see donuts set ablaze and one of the industry's own heading up... Read more
PermaTherm parked an F-150 where?!?
ATLANTA — PermaTherm Industries, a maker of premium insulated metal refrigeration panels headquartered here, has long claimed to have the strongest product in the industry.... Read more
Maggie G wraps up business on the PMA trade show floor
ATLANTA — Almost 20,000 attendees from 63 countries packed the Georgia World Congress Center here Oct. 21-25 for PMA Fresh Summit 2015. The number of attendees set a record... Read more
More from the PMA trade show floor in Atlanta
ATLANTA — Avocado ice cream, a kohlrabi jack-o'-lantern and a sort-of disturbing giant peach — that's part of what we found on the trade show floor at PMA Fresh Summit here... Read more
Mary B tours PMA Fresh Summit
Join Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, as she tours the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit exposition floor. The record-breaking trade show opened... Read more
Day 1 from the PMA trade show floor
ATLANTA — Well over 20,000 people descended on the Georgia World Congress Center here for PMA Fresh Summit 2015 Oct. 21-25. Our PMA video series continues as Maggie Giuffrida... Read more
Maggie G talks produce with Walmart's Wenninger, IFCO's Walsh
ATLANTA — Walmart has made a major commitment to consumers in the produce department over the last year. That continues with the release of a new wood-grain reusable plastic... Read more
Miss America and Maggie G talk produce at PMA
ATLANTA — The stars come out at PMA but few have ever shined brighter than Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, who spent Saturday at Fresh Summit in the Shuman Produce... Read more
Pre-PMA Spotlight on Atlanta: Mary B tours Atlanta's top restaurants
Join Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, as she goes behind the scenes at some of Atlanta's top restaurants. Farm Star Living is welcoming PMA Fresh Summit... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit's 'fishy' opening reception
ATLANTA -- PMA Fresh Summit 2015 got under way here with a spectacular welcoming reception at the Georgia Aquarium Oct. 23. Maggie Giuffrida and Mary Blackmon teamed... Read more
Pre-PMA Spotlight — Welcome to Atlanta!
Hotlanta! Home to Coca-Cola, CNN, Peachtree Street — and of course the site of PMA Fresh Summit 2015 Oct. 23-25. In September we spent some time exploring the South's... Read more
Pre-PMA Spotlight on Atlanta — Varsity is the world's largest drive-in
ATLANTA — "What'll ya have? What'll ya have? What'll ya have?" That mantra is as familiar to Georgians as the Pledge of Allegiance, and many have heard it since childhood.... Read more
Pre-PMA Spotlight on Atlanta — The Oakwood Cafe
FOREST PARK, GA — Congressmen, athletes and entertainers — not to mention a whole lot of produce people — have been flocking to the Oakwood Cafe on the Atlanta State... Read more
Pre-PMA Spotlight on Atlanta: Baker Farms family heritage keeps Georgia 'green'
NORMAN PARK, GA — The Baker family has been farming here in central Georgia for generations. In 1970, Terry Baker planted some cabbage and Southern vegetables. When... Read more
Pre-Pma Spotlight on Atlanta: 60 years of history at the Atlanta State Farmer's Market
FOREST PARK, GA — The 150-acre Atlanta State Farmers Market here pretty much runs as a self-contained town, with 24-hour traffic every day of the year, restaurants,... Read more
Mucci Farms and 'Sesame Street' eat brighter!
Mucci Farms uses a combination of new technologies and old-world growing techniques to deliver quality produce. Now the company is using some of the best know "Sesame... Read more
Sunkist making big impression with eat brighter!
Sunkist Growers — one of the first eat brighter! partners — continues to make a big impression with colorful "eat brighter!" packaging on several of its products.... Read more
Pre-PMA Spotlight on Atlanta: The Nickey Gregory Co.
FOREST PARK, GA — Nickey Gregory has been on the Atlanta State Farmers Market since he started helping his dad out 50 years ago when he was school kid. In 2000, he... Read more
Expert Kevin Coupe talks online retailing and making the most of the Millennial market
CHATHAM, MA — You know Kevin Coupe from Morning News Beat and as the author of a pair of well-known books, "The Big Picture" and "Retail Rules." Coupe was the... Read more
Maggie G soaks up some Cape Cod flavor
CHATHAM, MA — When you think of old Cape Cod, you think Pilgrims, boats, lighthouses, clam "chowdah" and a whole lot of history. Our video series from the New England... Read more
PMA's new member directory
Exclusive to Produce Marketing Association members, the new PMA Member Directory can help individuals find their next business partner. The new directory features... Read more
NEPC show host to fruit from Chile, veggies from Jersey and more
CHATHAM, MA — Our series from the New England Produce Council Expo 2015 — NEPC by the Sea — held here Sept. 16-18 continues with another look at the beachside trade... Read more
Caloroso, Hoxie and Giumarra's new avocado packaging
Today’s consumers demand health and flavor, and Nature’s Partner and Giumarra are promoting nutritious, versatile avocados in an effort to grow avocado sales. Their... Read more
NEPC takes business beachside at Cape Cod outdoor trade show
CHATHAM, MA — The historic and elegant Chatham Bars Inn here was the setting for the New England Produce Council 2015 Expo — NEPC by the Sea — Sept. 16-18. Our Maggie... Read more
NEPC 2015 kicks off with Cape Cod clambake
CHATHAM, MA — The New England Produce Council Expo 2015 — "NEPC by the Sea" — kicked off in grand style on Cape Cod with a ritzy beachside clambake at the historic... Read more
Potandon transitioning from storage to fresh potatoes
Purple, pink, red, white — it’s a whole new world for potatoes. And a whole new season. Our Maggie Giuffrida caught up with Jamey Higham, Potandon's vice president... Read more
Everybody needs a (spuddy) buddy
  Everybody needs a buddy, as our Maggie Giuffrida found out from the Idaho Potato Commission. Armand Lobato provided the lowdown on all the marketing materials the... Read more
Food safety comes first throughout Chick-fil-A supply chain
We all think of chicken when we think of Chick-fil-A, but salads and other produce are a hugely important part of the chain's success. Chick-fil-A Manager of Food Chain... Read more
The social side of PMA Foodservice and Monterey
MONTEREY, CA — Our Maggie Giuffrida did a little California dreaming while we were on the West Coast for the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo here. From Pebble Beach... Read more
How does Christopher Ranch peel all that garlic?
What do auto mechanics and Christopher Ranch have in common? A lot, when it comes to garlic. Imperfect garlic bulbs are still perfectly delicious, they're just... Read more
Cooking with the Fit Foodie at the PMA Foodservice show
MONTEREY, CA — Chef Mareya Ibrahim, the Fit Foodie, is an award-winning chef, entrepreneur and media veteran who showed our Maggie Giuffrida how to whip up a mean... Read more
Avocado and chocolate? Some delicious avocado options
We all know avocados are extremely versatile. It's obviously the go-to dip for any occasion. But how about a chocolate truffle with a creamy avocado center? Chef Mark... Read more
'New-Fashioned' cocktails with Sunkist Chef Robert Danhi
What's a "new-fashioned" cocktail? Sunkist Chef Robert Danhi showed our Maggie Giuffrida at the PMA Foodservice Convention & Expo in Monterey, CA, July 24-26. A... Read more
Industry leaders offer advice at Women's Fresh Perspectives reception
MONTEREY, CA — A packed house turned out for the PMA Foundation Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception at the Marriott Monterey as part of the PMA Foodservice Show here July... Read more
PMA Foodservice: Network, network, network
More than 1,800 fresh produce and foodservice professionals convened in Monterey, CA, for the 34th annual PMA Foodservice Conference — with one major goal in mind — to... Read more
PMA Foodservice education session highlights
More than 440 attendees tuned in for education sessions at the PMA Foodservice Conference in Monterey, CA. Speakers included celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Gerry Ludwig and... Read more
Hustle and bustle on the PMA Foodservice expo floor
MONTEREY, CA — What's new in the foodservice world? The Produce News Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida had just under six hours to find out as the 2015 PMA Foodservice... Read more
Seaside opener sets the tone for PMA Foodservice show
MONTEREY, CA — The 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo kicked off with a seaside gala here July 24. The Produce News Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida, the... Read more
PMA Foodservice awards
Exhibitors were awarded for various contests at the 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference, including the Chefs Talk: A Strolling Lunch event, Sensory Experience Contest, Best... Read more
Fresno Food Expo taking back Fresno’s identity as Food Capital of the World

The 2015 Fresno Food Expo boasts an 86 percent growth in the number of participating exhibitors and a 400 percent growth in buyers since the expo first began in 2011.... Read more
Catching up with Bryan Silbermann at PMA Foodservice show
MONTEREY, CA — The 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo kicked off with a seaside gala here July 24. Record numbers of attendees were expected, as Bryan Silbermann,... Read more
 PMA Foundation Career Pathways students try specialty produce items
College students interested in learning more about careers in the fresh produce industry joined the PMA Foundation Career Pathways program at PMA Foodservice Conference... Read more
Great Lakes International Trading's Awesome Apricot Yummy Fruit Bus
For some youngsters — and their parents — it’s the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich, an apple or fruit cup and some carrots sticks day after day in lunch... Read more
ALDI's Calif. expansion gets help from popular comedian in video series
ALDI launched an online video series in collaboration with Ben Bailey, popular comedian and Emmy award-winning host of "Cash Cab." The series is equal parts education and... Read more
Cherry volume reaches annual peak
It doesn’t matter if the crop is large or small. It doesn’t matter if the weather is good or bad. Every year in the Northwest, at some point the cherry season peaks.... Read more
Plenty of promotional opportunities for Chilean citrus
Chile’s first 2015 shipment of Navel oranges to the United States departed from the port of San Antonio during the week of June 8 with a total of 11,200 boxes destined... Read more
Karen Brux shares the latest updates on Chilean clementines
The Chilean Fresh Fruit Association’s Karen Brux pays a visit Chile to bring you the latest crop updates on Chilean citrus. Chilean clementines, she notes, will be available... Read more
United party scene rocks Chicago from dusk til dawn
In the finale of our United Fresh 2015 video series, Mary Blackmon heads out on the town to check out the sights of Chicago. She also drops in on the UF party scene,... Read more
Mary Blackmon tackles day two from the United Fresh show floor
Innovations, fake food and a giant walking Listeria bug? All part of our look back at United Fresh 2015, which continues with a whirlwind tour of day two from the... Read more
Scenes from Chicago: United Fresh trade show Day 1
Our Mary Blackmon hit the trade show floor running at United Fresh in Chicago. Here we bring you the best from day one of the proceedings. Next up in our United series:... Read more
Mary Blackmon talks South African citrus as season's first ship arrives
With the season's first shipment of South African citrus arriving on the docks of Gloucester City, NJ, June 15 and unloading this week, The Produce News caught up with... Read more
Beauty and culture behind Peruvian avocados
Now in its fourth season shipping to the United States, avocados from Peru are being promoted by the Peruvian Avocado Commission in a video series showing the beauty and culture... Read more
Chef Jill Davie and Mary Blackmon spice up United Fresh
Chef Jill Davie is famous for her work at L.A.'s renowned Josie restaurant and for numerous television appearances, including several Food Network showdowns. She's also... Read more
Tom Stenzel and Brian Kocher talk shop with Mary Blackmon at United Fresh
Our Mary Blackmon caught up with United President Tom Stenzel and incoming Chairman of the Board Brian Kocher of the Castellini Group for an exclusive interview about... Read more
Mary Blackmon at the United opener at Chicago's Navy Pier
United Fresh 2015 attendees packed the Crystal Gardens at Chicago's famed Navy Pier June 8 for a spectacular opening reception before the trade show kicked off June... Read more
Milk in a bag and an 80-pound fruit? A peek inside Loblaws’ showcase Montreal store
Loblaws has long catered to its Québécois audience via its regional Provigo stores, but the company upped the ante with the opening of a Provigo Le Marché superstore... Read more
PMA Tech Knowledge Symposium
The second annual PMA Tech Knowledge Symposium took place in Monterey, CA, May 11-13. More than 200 fresh produce and floral industry members convened to explore emerging... Read more
JAZZ-y journey sparks season start
From the branch to the bowl, the journey of a New Zealand JAZZ apple to market is chronicled in a new video from brand owner Turners & Growers. Fresh crop JAZZ... Read more
SEPC duffers hit the links at Terry Vorhees Golf Classic
A rollicking casino night that raised $50,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on day one of the second annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic was just a build... Read more
SEPC's casino night at the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic
More than 130 Southeast Produce Council golfers descended on Alpharetta, GA, earlier this month for the second annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic, raising more... Read more
Peachy times ahead for Georgia as season begins
Georgia might not be tops in production these days — that distinction belongs to South Carolina — but state mottos and license plates all agree it's still the Peach... Read more
CPMA's more than business — the social side of Montreal
The 90th annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention in Montreal was 72 hours of non-stop business April 15-17. But there was time for a little fun. In the... Read more
Vidalia celebrates history and heritage as 2015 season begins
The 2015 Vidalia onion season officially got under way April 27. Earlier in the month we spent some time in the field with the people who've been growing Vidalias for... Read more
 PMA Fresh Connections: Retail
More than 150 members of the fresh produce and floral supply chain gathered in Philadelphia in April for Produce Marketing Association Fresh Connections: Retail. The... Read more
Mary Blackmon gets cooking with Food Network Chef Roger Mooking
Star chefs were abundant at the 90th annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention in Montreal April 15-17, from new CPMA Half Your Plate Campaign... Read more
Sarah Hoxie compares apples to apples at CPMA
An apple a day is always good policy. But as Sarah Hoxie found out at the 90th annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention April 15-17 in Montreal, you... Read more
Day two from the CPMA expo floor
Our video series from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 90th annual convention April 15-17 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal continues with a look at the... Read more
CPMA open for business on the expo floor
Record numbers of attendees and exhibitors packed the Palais des congrès de Montréal April 15-17 for the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 90th annual convention... Read more
CPMA 2015 convention and trade show kicks off with spectacular soiree
  The Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 90th annual convention and trade show kicked off April 15 with the Chair’s Welcoming Reception at the spectacular... Read more
 FPFC holds Northern California Expo
PLEASANTON, CA — The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its annual Northern California Expo April 8 at the Alameda Fairgrounds, here. The event featured more... Read more
Consumers dish on Vidalia onions and upcoming season
VIDALIA, GA — Vidalia onion season officially starts two weeks from today. It's a rite of spring that consumers everywhere look forward to, and there is no better... Read more
Vidalia onion crop straight from the fields
VIDALIA, GA — Short supplies of sweet onions from elsewhere have the market primed for the annual Vidalia onion crop, which by all accounts is shaping up to be the... Read more
Hoxie, Seald Sweet's Desana discuss Mexican grape deal
Most people know Seald Sweet International for citrus. But the company and its global partner Univeg have made major moves in grape and tree fruit markets. Seald Sweet's... Read more
Marzetti video series connects to consumers, gives to charities
Marzetti, a leader in refrigerated dressings and produce dips, is reaching out to consumers with a four-part video series. The company will donate up to $5,000... Read more
SEPC gets down to business at trade show
After two days of play, the Southeast Produce Council 2015 Southern Exposure trade show and expo got down to business Feb. 28 at the Caribe... Read more
SEPC goes back to the 1950s at gala
Car hops and ice cream shops, leather jackets and poodle skirts — was it really the Southeast Produce Council 2015 Southern Exposure fabulous Friday night gala... Read more
Legendary QB talks football and Manning family values
Archie Manning was a football legend in the Southeastern Conference long before he was the keynote speaker at the Southeast Produce Council Southern... Read more
Gold medal skier Picabo Street taps into 'Southern Roots' at SEPC women’s luncheon
The Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Roots program for women in produce kicked off at the organization’s fall meeting in 2014 and continued with a Feb. 26 luncheon... Read more
Record crowd packs Reunion golf courses for SEPC Tom Page Classic
Close to 300 duffers churned up the Reunion Resort golf courses Feb. 26 for the Southeast Produce Council’s annual Tom Page Golf Classic at the Southern Exposure... Read more
Southern Exposure kicks off in Orlando
  The Southeast Produce Council 2015 Southern Exposure trade show and expo kicked off Wednesday night with dinner for the executive council and guests at... Read more
Celebrity ad campaign and ‘iconic’ branding of fruits and vegetables
WASHINGTON — The Produce Marketing Association has approved $1 million to launch a new, celebrity-endorsed fruit and vegetable marketing blitz, called FNV, that will... Read more
First lady stars with Big Bird and Billy Eichner in ‘eat brighter!’ video
First lady Michele Obama, Sesame Street’s Big Bird and comedian Billy Eichner of Billy on the Street star in a Funny or Die video released this morning... Read more
AFM Super Bowl ad airs during big game
Avocados from Mexico became the first fresh produce brand to broadcast an ad during the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 during the game between the Seattle Seahawks and... Read more
New Products Showcase: Stemilt Fresh Blenders provide convenience to consumers
A healthy, nutritious breakfast is just a fingertip away with Stemilt Growers’ new “Fresh Blenders” line of apples. “It became quite evident to us through consumer research... Read more
Commitment to quality, innovation drives Potandon
Potandon Produce LLC, headquartered in Idaho Falls, ID, has carefully crafted a business model that can be summarized this way: Excellence beyond expectation. Senior Vice... Read more
Sunkist's  S’alternative Citrus Hack
Sunkist has released a new Citrus Hacks video that focuses on its S’alternative program, which is aimed at educating consumers on how they can reduce sodium intake by seasoning... Read more
New consumer pack released by Owyhee Produce
A new mesh sleeve consumer pack designed to minimize onion skin flaking is now available from Owyhee Produce of Nyssa, OR. In describing the Sleeve Pack, which holds... Read more
Sunkist's Citrus Hack video series
Sunkist has developed a video series called Sunkist Citrus Hacks to inspire consumers to get creative this citrus season. "The videos are a spin-off of 'life hacks' — the... Read more
Stemilt brings locales to life in new Rushing Rivers Pear video
Stemilt is giving consumers a look at its world renowned pear locales in a new video that highlights the company’s heritage and its position growing and packing pears... Read more
IPC launches new national television commercial
For the past two years, the Idaho Potato Commission's national television commercial has featured the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck and a perplexed potato farmer... Read more
PMA TV recaps Fresh Summit 2014
Two years after a record-breaking convention in Anaheim, CA, PMA Fresh Summit returned to the city with a new record number of exhibitors and produce industry members from... Read more
New POM Wonderful TV campaign to kick off pomegranate season
POM Wonderful, one of the world’s larger producers of Wonderful variety pomegranates and a leading premium refrigerated juice company, is celebrating fresh pomegranate... Read more
Whole Foods Market and Instacart partner to offer one-hour delivery across 15 major U.S. cities
Whole Foods Market and one-hour grocery delivery service Instacart announced a new partnership that enables customers to have Whole Foods products delivered in as... Read more
Domex Superfresh self-driven platforms helping workers, fruit quality
In an orchard update from Domex Superfresh Growers, Dave Gleason talks about the beginning of this year's apple harvest and the use of self-driven, multi-level platforms that... Read more
Mushroom Council continues strong promotion, mushroom consumption swelling
“Mushroom blendability is the driving and emerging trend for mushrooms in both foodservice and retail,” said Bart Minor, president of the Mushroom Council. “Mushrooms are... Read more
Domex Superfresh apple orchard update
This year is progressing nicely and the apple harvest is set to start about a week early. The weather has been ideal for growing fruit, and Domex has a record size crop hanging... Read more
PMA’s record-setting foodservice conference
It was a record-breaking year at Produce Marketing Association’s 33rd annual Foodservice Conference, including the unseasonably warm temperatures in Monterey, CA, which soared... Read more
Eastern Washington cherry and apple crop updates
"Cherry harvest is progressing and the fruit is beautiful with excellent quality," said Dave Gleason, chief horticulturalist for Domex. "We've spent the past 52 weeks preparing... Read more
Grapes from California campaign kicks off on Food Network
A new television campaign for Grapes from California launched in June on the Food Network. “These commercials showcase the natural beauty, easy versatility and great... Read more
Fresh & Easy rebranded in new marketing campaign
Fresh & Easy launched a full-scale marketing campaign inviting customers to discover an all-new Fresh & Easy. Since transferring to new ownership in November, the... Read more
Cherry crop update from Domex
Dave Gleason, chief horticulturalist for Domex Superfresh Growers, provides and update on this year's cherry crop in one of its lower Yakima Valley orchards. Harvest is progressing... Read more
PMA launches redesigned website, provides better access to resources
In response to member feedback and as part of its new strategic plan implementation, the Produce Marketing Association unveiled its redesigned website (www.pma.com) Tuesday,... Read more
Protecting the 2014 Pacific Northwest cherry crop
As producers move into the 2014 cherry production season in the Pacific Northwest, they will concern themselves with protecting the precious fruit from rain and the damage... Read more
Good season expected for Pacific Northwest cherries
Mother Nature has been a cooperative lady in the Pacific Northwest, and the region's producers are anticipating a good cherry season for the highly prized fruit in 2014. It's... Read more
Wish Farms' consumer program features recipe videos
Wish Farms is offering a year-round supply of conventional and organic strawberries and blueberries. With the Florida strawberry season completed, focus has turned to the... Read more
Domex Superfresh Growers' orchard tech
Domex Superfresh Growers continues to innovate with use of GPS-equipped tractors as technology moves from the drawing board to the orchard. Use of GPS allows the tractor to... Read more
Produce Alliance leads fundraising campaign for children’s hospital
Produce Alliance LLC, one of the larger produce management services companies in the United States, leverages its national distribution and grower-shipper network to lead... Read more
Local sponsorship fuels national health and fitness messaging for California Giant
California Giant Berry Farms has teamed up with the local D-League Basketball Team for the Golden State Warriors this season and launched a kids club to promote health and... Read more
CMI's high-quality KIKU apples
From picking at the peak of ripeness, to polishing and preserving freshness, to packing, there are a lot of steps involved in making sure that "KIKU" brand apples are high... Read more
E. Armata completes renovation of Hunts Point facility
E. Armata, a fourth-generation family-run fruit and vegetable wholesaler located in the Hunts Point terminal market in the Bronx, NY, has been in business... Read more
Limited supplies of Kanzi apples hit the market
Washington-grown "Kanzi" brand apples are hitting U.S. markets this week. Due to high demand for this premium apple — in combination with limited early production on young... Read more
Super Bowl spud challenge a win-win for food banks
During the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, several challenges have been made by fans of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks — including a major wager between the... Read more
Florida's wintertime strawberry production leads the nation
Florida Strawberry Growers Association Executive Director Ted Campbell talks about Florida’s $400 million winter strawberry deal as the season ramps up to full volume this... Read more
Atlanta’s General Produce named Georgia Family Business of the Year
General Produce Inc. of Atlanta began more than 50 years ago as a purveyor of bananas and has since grown to become one of the Southeast’s larger distributors of produce —... Read more
Georgia Pecan season in full swing during National Pecan Month
Sure, Georgia is known for peaches, but since the late 1800s the state has led the nation in pecan production. November is National Pecan Month and Georgia pecan growers are... Read more
Meijer reduced carbon footprint by nearly 60 percent in three years
Midwest retailer Meijer operates one of the largest all-clean diesel fleets in North America. As part of its ongoing green initiatives, the Grand Rapids, MI-based retailer’s... Read more
Banana journey from jungle to supermarket is an amazing ride
Ever wonder just how bananas get from tropical jungles to suburban supermarkets? It’s quite a journey as Turbana, a leading supplier of bananas and vegetables from Colombia,... Read more
Turbana partners with One Laptop Per Child organization
Turbana, a leading supplier of bananas and vegetables from Colombia, has partnered with the One Laptop Per Child organization to bring rugged, durable laptops to remote impoverished... Read more
Florida’s Wish Farms 'pixies' get tongue-in-cheek credit for work behind the scenes
They say anyone who loves their job never works a day in their life. Florida strawberry, blueberry and vegetable giant Wish Farms takes that idea one step further in a series... Read more
T&A's field-packed lettuce impresses in the field and online
When buyer-segment demand spurred Tanimura & Antle to reintroduce it's field-fresh packaged leaf lettuce, the Salinas-based company had a trick up its sleeve, or at least... Read more
Georgia Peaches launch YouTube channel; videos help council connect with consumers
As part of its ongoing promotional and educational program, the Georgia Peach Council has launched a YouTube channel to inform consumers about one of the state’s more popular... Read more
Tanimura & Antle’s packaging preserves lettuce and profits
Bulk produce may have a traditional farm-fresh appearance, but Tanimura & Antle’s field-packed lettuce actually delivers field freshness. “We select special packaging... Read more
Growing California video series wins two Telly Awards
The Growing California video series, a partnership betweeen CDFA and California Grown produced in association with California State University-Sacramento, has been recognized... Read more
Del Monte's 'Find Your Inner Chef' competition
MIAMI — Kara Adanalian of Fresno, CA, took top honors in the Del Monte Fresh "Find Your Inner Chef" competition, besting runner-up Karen Gulkin of Greeley, CO, in a cook off... Read more
T&A's Artisan lettuce perfect for Fourth of July celebrations
As the Fourth of July approaches and consumers are shopping for their parties and cookouts, Tanimura & Antle's field-packed heart-healthy Artisan lettuce is sure to catch... Read more
Retailers, growers join Produce for Kids to provide $4 million in donations to charities in a decade
Produce for Kids has donated more than $4.1 million to children’s charitable concerns, including the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and DonorsChoose.org. The program... Read more
Buyer demand drives T&A's reintroduction of 'Field-Fresh' wrapped leaf lettuce
Someone once said, "What's old is new again." Reviving a unique harvesting technique originally launched a decade ago, Salinas-based Tanimura & Antle has reintroduced... Read more
RockTenn’s Meta series improves efficiency with better strength and cost savings
Norcross, GA-based RockTenn, one of North America’s leading vertically integrated packaging manufacturers, has introduced a pair of products that can provide produce shippers... Read more
Salinas-based Mann Packing’s new video supports sustainability of its vegetable trays
Mann Packing, based in Salinas, CA, released a new video and ad campaign at the recent United Fresh 2013 convention in San Diego, which looks to reinforce the sustainability... Read more
Perfect weather turns Vidalia onion crop around, second half yields and quality are ‘phenomenal’
As the Vidalia onion season started in mid-April, growers feared they had a disaster on their hands. With seed stem bolting through the crop, it appeared that as much as half... Read more
Young company aims for growth by staying hands-on
Kelly Bros. Inc. out of Exeter, CA, is an up-and-coming fruit company devoted to working hands-on with its suppliers and customers. The company is just three years old and... Read more
Shuman Produce promotes its ‘RealSweet’ onions with promotional products
Shuman Produce in Reidsville, GA, is giving away the ultimate grilling tool, its ‘RealSweet Sportula’ – a multi-use heavy duty spatula – in a spring promotion. Here, Shuman... Read more
California Giant Berry Farms signs on with FoodLink
In March, California Giant Berry Farms, based in Watsonville, CA, agreed to use FoodLink, a commerce and traceability platform, for item-specific tracking on all of its strawberries... Read more
Agriculture brings science and math to life for North Carolina high school students
Students and teachers from high schools in Rowan County, NC, are engaged in a new project that seeks to bring science and math concepts alive through agriculture. They are... Read more
Industry turns out in full force for United Fresh 2013 in San Diego
Thousands of produce industry members and affiliates headed to San Diego last week for United Fresh 2013, May 14-17. From the opening night gala aboard the USS Midway to the... Read more
Vidalia deal driving demand in sweet onion category despite seasonal volume reduction
VIDALIA, GA – Retailers and consumers alike anxiously await the beginning of the Vidalia onion season – and with good reason. The world-famous onion virtually created the... Read more
  Southeast Produce Council helps Paul Anderson Youth Home grow the future with ‘Goodness Garden’
 VIDALIA, GA – As the Southeast Produce Council grows and prospers, it is increasing its philanthropic outreach. One of its most recent projects is underwriting a garden at... Read more
North Carolina Strawberry Project looking to breed better berries with help of culinary experts
In a dynamic, first-of-its-kind partnership, North Carolina State University at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis and Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, joined... Read more

 

California poised for large strawberry crop
The California acreage devoted to strawberry production is up a bit this year, which points to a record year in volume. Consider that from 2014 to 2018, California farmers have introduced higher yielding varieties while decreasing acres, resulting in record levels of production year after year. Last year was expected to Read More ...
H-E-B, Favor double delivery service area
H-E-B and Favor Delivery have expanded service to support even more Texans. With this move, Favor has doubled its delivery coverage area statewide to give more Texans access to on-demand delivery from restaurants and stores, and to support more seniors via the H-E-B & Favor Senior Support Program. In rapid response to the Read More ...
Potandon Produce adds Midwest Regional Sales Manager
As it looks to grow its value-added product offerings and strategic partnerships, Potandon Produce LLC, based in Idaho Falls, ID, has announced the hiring of John Palczynski as Midwest regional sales manager, a new position. Palczynski, who will work remotely from his home outside of Chicago, will be an ambassador for Read More ...
Sun Fresh bullish on Pristine crop
Now in its 21st year of operations, family-owned Sun Fresh International is doing its best to survive the craziness that the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on the world. Before any of this hit, the company was having a good season, especially with its Blanc Seedless variety marketed as Pristine. “The fruit quality Read More ...
Produce Box Project aims to nourish frontline responders
Washington, DC, healthcare workers at Children’s National Hospital were the recipients of a much appreciated and nutritious delivery of fresh produce boxes from the supply management company Produce Alliance LLC, and their charity arm, Produce Alliance Foundation. Children’s National Hospital was the kick-off event for the Read More ...

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