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An additional 35 people have reportedly been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 linked to Romaine lettuce harvested in the Salinas, CA, growing region. The number of people, now 102, was first reported as 40 when the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued an advisory Nov. 22 before increasing to 67 last week. A total of 58 hospitalizations have now been reported. The number of states affected... Read more

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Mother Earth expands mushroom line
Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, based in Landenberg, PA, has two separate, 100 percent organic growing divisions in the Pennsylvania towns of West Grove and Oxford. It also operates a quaint country store at its West Grove location, where consumers can buy fresh organic mushrooms. Mother Earth offers a wide variety of organic mushrooms — white, Crimini,... Read more

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Organics Unlimited roots run deep in organic bananas
Organics Unlimited is a preeminent grower and distributor of organic bananas in North America and has been a leader in the marketplace since it started operation in 2000. “We have been growing organic since day one because it produces the healthiest, best-tasting banana as well as being the safest thing for farmers, consumers, communities surrounding our... Read more

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Produce marketing veteran joins Starr Ranch Growers
Krista Beckstead, a produce industry marketing veteran, joined Starr Ranch Growers as a marketing and brand specialist. In the new role for the company, Beckstead will work on brand strategy, product development and overall marketing activities. “We are thrilled to have Krista’s marketing and branding... Read more