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2015 Jersey Fresh produce season underway with good quantities of high-quality crops
The 2015 Jersey Fresh produce season is underway and should be highlighted by good quantities of high-quality produce. According to the New Jersey state climatologist, this winter was a cold and snowy season with below-average temperatures. March temperatures averaged 35.8 degrees, which is 5.3 degrees below normal and ranks as the 14th coldest winter since 1895. March 2015 was 0.5 degrees “milder” than March 2014. With the... Read more

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Produce Pro Software, a fully integrated, customizable software solutions, training and strategic business consulting firm based in Woodridge, IL, is releasing its brand-new Quality Control App, which allows users to perform product inspections, capture product images, and generate inspection reports, all without extra steps or messy paperwork. “No more taking... Read more

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Eastern Fresh Growers meeting growing demand for asparagus
Eastern Fresh Growers Inc., in Cedarville, NJ, is making major strides in its production and handling of locally grown asparagus. Tom Sheppard, company president, told The Produce News the company has increased its asparagus production to 350 acres, as compared to about 100 acres a few years ago. “Asparagus plants have a lifespan of 16 or 17 years,” explained... Read more

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Oppy strengthens greenhouse sales
Oppy’s greenhouse business just got a boost with the addition of category expert Justin Ruta to the company’s Newark, DE-based sales team. Ruta joined the marketer in the role of senior sales representative in mid-May, bringing with him proven greenhouse sales and marketing capabilities and well-rounded... Read more

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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 apples will reach North American shores by the end of the month, according to David Nelley, Oppy’s executive category director,... Read more