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Karen Ruth Pool Carlson, a female trailblazer in California's produce industry, died April 7 following a long illness. She was 77. Ms. Carlson was born in Salt Lake City and relocated to Bakersfield, CA, where she resided for 40 years. She first began her produce career in 1972 at Tenneco West, where she worked as a marketing manager for 14 years. After that, she was director of sales and marketing at Cal World, where she... Read more

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Restaurant recognizes Lakeside Organic Gardens workers with meal
Charlie Hong Kong Restaurant honored field workers who harvest and pack chard for Lakeside Organic Gardens with a special lunch of Asian fusion cuisine on Earth Day. The restaurant has purchased over 70 tons of chard from Lakeside in the past five years. Restaurant Owners Rudy and Carolyn Rudolph are seen in the upper left-hand corner. Members of their staff... Read more

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Flavor Tree Fruit Co.’s cherry program focuses on proprietary varieties
In its cherry program, The Flavor Tree Fruit Co. LLC, exclusive sales agent for Warmerdam Packing in Hanford, CA, is best known for its proprietary Sequoia cherry variety. The company also has other varieties, but the focus is on proprietary varieties, according to Maurice Cameron, managing partner. “Predominantly, our trend for our company is to be in proprietary... Read more


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Interfresh Inc. adds Steven Beyer to its sales staff
Orange, CA-based Interfresh Inc., a national supplier of fruits and vegetables, announced the addition of Steven Beyer to its sales staff in Vernon, CA. “We’re thrilled to have Steve on board,” said Chris Puentes, Interfresh president. “I’ve known Steve both personally and professionally for nearly... Read more


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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 create a planting line within an inch of accuracy. A specialized plant platform pulled behind the tractor opens the ground so trees... Read more