The future of Mexico’s grape industry “is very strong,” in the view of Jerry Havel, the director of sales and marketing for Fresh Farms, in his office in Rio Rico, AZ.   Mexico consistently produces grapes that are “very sweet and large in size year in and year out.  The grape quality is outstanding.” Specifically of the coming season, he said, “I am looking forward to another great year.” The industry indicates... Read more

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Giorgio Fresh touts success of Shiitake mushrooms
According to recent research released in a market forecast report prepared by Research and Markets, globally, the Shiitake mushroom market was projected to be the fastest growing segment of mushrooms from 2014 to 2019. Bill Litvin, senior vice president of sales and national account manager for Giorgio Fresh, headquartered in Temple, PA, said with this forecast... Read more

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Southern Selects specialty produce exceeding consumer trends
There are categories in the specialty fresh produce industry that are showing real strength today. And Pompano Beach-headquartered Southern Specialties is on top of them. Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development for the Pompano Beach-based company, told The Produce News that the trends continue to evolve in several different directions. “We’re... Read more


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Weis names Brent Mertes regional VP
Weis Markets has promoted Brent Mertes, formerly with Safeway, to regional vice president. He will oversee the day-to-day operations of 51 stores located in south central Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. Mertes will report to David Gose, senior vice president of operations.Brent Mertes Prior... Read more


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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 Montreal Science Centre. The Produce News caught up with key players in the Canadian industry at the soiree for a preview of the CPMA... Read more