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As soon as June 27, 2016, avocados from any Mexican state will be allowed into the United States, as long as packers follow a systems approach for shipping and the protocol has been certified. On Feb. 5, 1997, the U.S. Department of Agriculture first allowed limited shipments of Mexican avocados into the United States.  Initially, those shipments had to be from the state of Michoacán and were limited to 19 Northeastern... Read more

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Stellar Distributing increases organic fig offerings in five different varieties
With increased acreage in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Madera, CA-based Stellar Distributing Inc. is expecting to have a lot more organic figs to sell this year. “We are going to have five different varieties,” said Sales Manager Kurt Cappelluti, listing Brown Turkey, Sierra, Black Mission, Tiger and Kadota as the varieties in which both... Read more

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M. Levin and Company celebrating 110 years in business
This year marks M. Levin and Company’s 110th year in business. Mark Levin, chief executive officer for the company, which is located on the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, said he feels this is a great accomplishment. “We have remained family owned and operated during this time,” said Levin. “In their own way each generation has... Read more


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Florida produce industry veteran Ira Boris dies at 100
Ira Borris, founder of I. Boris Co. on the Pompano market, died May 23, just a few days short of his 101st birthday. Mr. Boris was born in Ardmore, PA, in 1915 and made his way to south Florida in 1946 as a produce broker on the Pompano State Farmers Market. In 1954, Mr. Boris founded I. Boris Co.,... Read more