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Record sales and revenue for Blue Diamond
Blue Diamond Growers' global almond sales soared to $1.2 billion, up $189 million in fiscal year 2012-13. Value-added sales volume increased by 14 percent, even with a crop that was 7 percent smaller, according to Mark Jansen, president and chief executive officer, who addressed the cooperative's grower owners at the 103rd annual meeting. Value-added sales now represent more than 60 percent of the co-op's revenue, including... Read more

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To the editor, Regarding the story that appears in the Nov. 17 issue of The Produce News titled “New UC Davis Study Backs Up Earlier Canadian Findings that RPC Process Could Harbor Contaminants”:The Reusable Packaging Association and its member companies have a strong commitment to food safety. For generations, containers made from a variety of materials have... Read more

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Wohlford: ‘We think that this year is just the first in a string of record-breaking crops’
Energy and excitement are running high in Washington apple orchards this season. Producers such as Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers in Wenatchee, WA, expect careful long-range planning to pay significant dividends — fruit of exceptional volume, quality and size — in the coming years. “The 2014 crop is up quite a bit over last year,” National Marketing Representative... Read more

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Holtzinger Fruit Co. hires Paul Montmeny
Yakima, WA-based Holtzinger Fruit Co. recently welcomed retail and produce sales veteran Paul Montmeny to its team as sales manager. Montmeny brings over 25 years of experience in the apple/berry industry to Holtzinger. He has a diverse background of experience in marketing and selling apples, with... Read more

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Stemilt brings locales to life in new Rushing Rivers Pear video
Stemilt is giving consumers a look at its world renowned pear locales in a new video that highlights the company’s heritage and its position growing and packing pears in Washington state’s Wenatchee and Entiat river valleys. The video features high-definition aerial footage that was shot by... Read more