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Industry veterans launch agribusiness consultancy
Marcos Mada, formally of Fresh Del Monte and Walmart, and Jerry Wagner, formally of Farmers Best International, have formed Mada Wagner LLC, a partnership for agribusiness consulting. "We are geared to offer a wide range of consulting services to firms in the produce industry but will be focusing mostly on project management, best practices reviews and implementations and strategic planning,” said Mada. Jerry... Read more

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Setton Farms’ pistachios tops in flavor, versatility, retail opportunity
Pistachios are so versatile and flavorful that they are consumed in nearly every imaginable way — from snacking whole to an ingredient for virtually every meal course, from appetizers to desserts. For retailers, pistachios offer a bonus. They can be displayed almost anywhere in the store alongside a multitude of products. While pistachios are traditionally... Read more

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SunDate sees strong demand continuing
DJ Ryan, sales manager for SunDate LLC in Coachella, CA, said the renaissance for dates continues with increasing supplies met by increasing demand. As the industry moves into the fall holiday period, he expects both promotions and sales to increase from what has already been a strong start to the season. The California date crop is divided among two main varieties... Read more


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Associated Wholesale Grocers has announced the retirement of Bob Pickerill, senior vice president and division manager of its Kansas City division. Pickerill will retire at the end of 2016, and effective Jan. 1, 2017, David Gates will assume the vacated position. Pickerill joined AWG in 1997 at... Read more