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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on seven produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry: Magnolia Brand Produce Inc., operating out of Vardaman, MS, for failing to pay a $145,210 award in favor of a Mississippi seller. As of... Read more

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Vision Import Group promoting high-quality Spanish lemons at Southern Exposure
Sales and Partnership Development Director Allan Napolitano, and Senior Sales Manager George Uribe, will be manning the Vision Import Group booth, No. 460, at the Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure Conference and Trade Show in Orlando on March 9-11. Donald Souther, senior vice president of marketing and sales development for Vision Produce Co., said... Read more

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Innovation driving W.P. Produce
Reflecting back on 2016, the three-decade, family-owned-and-operated W.P. Produce considers it a winning year. “It began with the removal of the import ban on certain products from Dominican Republic due to the Med-Fly,” said Desirée P. Morales, vice president of the Miami-based company. “This was extremely important to us since our... Read more

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South Carolina Watermelon Queen crowned at ceremonies in Columbia
COLUMBIA, SC — Blakely Sullivan Johnson, the 19-year-old daughter of Dean and Brent Johnson of Denmark, SC, was crowned South Carolina Watermelon Queen at ceremonies, here, during the 45th annual meeting of the South Carolina Watermelon Association. Laura Schurlknight, the 2016 state watermelon... Read more