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Fruit Royale adapting  to stay ahead
Fruit Royale, Inc. is an experienced grower shipper of table grapes with more than 1.5 million cases of fresh grapes produced in the Central San Joaquin Valley each year. The... Read more
Crown Jewels enjoying the San Joaquin Valley
Crown Jewels Produce has long been a trusted name in grapes thanks to centuries of combined experience at the top, and working with some of the best grape growers in the... Read more
Grapeman Farms adds  Stephen Harmer to sales team
With more than 40 years of proven experience in table grapes, Grapeman Farms, the Los Angeles-based company that originally operated as Stevco Inc., is not letting the COVID-19... Read more
Top Brass is poised for  a successful grape season
Grapes are sweet, healthy, and refreshing, which makes them a perfect fruit for spring and summer, consumers can look forward to a robust supply of high-quality grapes from... Read more
North Carolina fills niche for Northampton
Founded in 1959, Northampton Growers Produce was created to meet the needs on the East Coast. It soon became one of the largest fresh produce growers, packers and shippers... Read more
Flavor 1st continues growth in veg category
Though the Flavor 1st company name is only 15 years old, the roots run clear back to the 18th Century in western North Carolina. The company’s timeline noted that James... Read more
Parker Farms turning challenges into opportunities
Spring of 2020 has been strange and challenging, primarily because of the coronavirus, of course, but also because of the unusually cool weather on the western shore of the... Read more
Papen Farms hoping demand continues for vegetables
Richard Papen, owner of the 67-year-old Papen Farms, has been around the produce industry all his life and is shocked at what he’s seeing in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus. “It’s... Read more
Farm Pak celebrates 50th anniversary
Farm Pak Products is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new look to its brand and a revamped website. Johnny Barnes, president of the company, said his parents, Carson... Read more
McDaniel relies on Peru for summer program
With summer getting ready to kick off, McDaniel Fruit Co., based in Fallbrook, CA, was getting ready to receive its first load of Peruvian avocados, which are an important... Read more
Peru playing key role in Westfalia’s avocado business
The multinational Westfalia Fruit Group, a leading avocado grower and a supplier of fresh and processed produce to international markets, has increased its Hass avocado shipments... Read more
Calavo focusing on top quality from Peru
For the 2020 season, Calavo Growers Inc., headquartered in Santa Paula, CA, will only be importing, top-quality, No. 1 fruit from Peru. “We will have about the same volume... Read more
Ron Budd looking forward to New Jersey potato season
Rob Budd, vice president of Gloucester County Packing Corp., is looking forward to handling New Jersey potatoes, which should be harvested perhaps a week later than normal,... Read more
Vineland Produce Auction serving the industry since 1931
The Vineland Produce Auction opened for the 2020 season on Monday, April 27, and one week later was already seeing good volumes of a wide variety of vegetable items, according... Read more
Sunny Valley supporting retail partners
The produce industry is in unprecedented times as the COVID-19 pandemic creates challenges that no one has ever dealt with before. That’s why everything Sunny Valley International... Read more
Nardelli Lake View Farms starts spring with strong lettuce crop
The staff at Nardelli Lake View Farms, operating out of Cedarville, NJ, is doing well and working through the COVID-19 pandemic as best it can, practicing social distancing... Read more
Helping feed NJ’s hungry during the current crisis
bordentown, nj — If this story were written as recently as a couple of months ago, no one would have believed it. Our nation was enjoying a historic economy, and unemployment... Read more
Sonny Boy Produce working from new location
Sonny Boy Produce, formerly headquartered in Landisville, NJ, moved during the winter and is now working out of Safeway Fresh Foods in Vineland, NJ, according to Thomas Consalo,... Read more
R&R Flaim Next Generation Produce remaining upbeat during pandemic
Throughout his lifelong career as a vegetable grower, Ryan Flaim has not seen anything like the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic. “We saw a big drop off in... Read more
Index Fresh welcomes new CEO, kicks off Peru deal
As the new chief executive officer of Index Fresh, Steve Roodzant was being welcomed aboard as the Riverside, CA-based company was about to welcome the first fruit of its... Read more

Kroger expands plans for high-tech fulfillment centers
The Kroger Family of Cos. and Ocado announced the continued expansion of their partnership with plans to construct three new customer fulfillment centers in the Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest and West regions.   "Kroger is incredibly excited to construct three additional industry-leading Customer Fulfillment Centers across Read More ...
Onions 52 welcomes Food Lion's Clay Jones to sales team
Onions 52 Inc. has welcomed Clay Jones to its sales and business development team. Jones is based in San Antonio, TX, and will be focusing on new account development and expanding business with current customers. “We could not be happier to have Clay join our team,” said Shawn Hartley, vice president of sales. “With Clay’s Read More ...
Simple labeling changes can escalate sales
Simple changes on a produce packaging label can drastically influence consumer purchases of that product. Tony Cook, chief executive officer of Great Lakes Label LLC, said his customers have seen this immediately build retail sales by as much as 30 percent. Cook, who in 1994 started the company in Comstock, MI, credits the Read More ...
Tops' new safety and risk leader
Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania and Vermont, promoted Natalie Fisher to manager of safety and risk for the company. Fisher began her career with Tops in the stores in 2001 and was promoted to various roles until her appointment as safety specialist for the Read More ...
Giltner sees silver lining amid coronavirus pandemic
The current coronavirus pandemic has presented challenges that few could have imagined. In the face of those challenges, Giltner Inc. has found a way to stay the course and continue to provide the high level of service its clients have come to expect. “We’ve had tough conversations with some of our customers, but they Read More ...

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