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N.C. sweet potato production rises to meet demand
Consumer demand in the United States for sweet potatoes has risen by 40 percent since 2008. With exports rising exponentially during the same period, North Carolina, a leading state in sweet potato production, has increased its volume to meet the demand. “North Carolina’s growers and shippers have invested heavily in producing and marketing a quality product not just seasonally but every day throughout the year,” Jose Calderon,... Read more

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Lakeside Organic Gardens, which was founded in 1996, donated over $250,000 to organizations in California's Pajaro Valley that are committed to making the local community better. “We’ve had a good year this year and in good times we should try to share that with other people in the community who have less,” Dick Peixoto, owner and grower, said in a press release Peixoto... Read more

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High-quality products from New World Farming Trade
“We strive toward our goal as a team dedicated to the mission of growing, supplying and servicing customers with high-quality products and information,” Jim Mulcahy, North American sales manager for New World Farming Trade, told The Produce News. “This starts with our focus on growing, packing and shipping according to Good Manufacturing Practices [commonly referred... Read more

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Mann Packing adds industry veteran to sales team
Mann Packing recently hired Julie Bowman as the company’s Eastern regional sales manager. She most recently was senior director of private label for Pinnacle Foods, and prior to that she spent more than 20 years in multiple sales and marketing roles at Campbell Soup Co. She is based in New Jersey and... Read more

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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 onions in a single column, Owyhee General Manager Shay Myers said the benefits are immediately apparent. “When it comes to... Read more