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Kurrle named USApple's senior VP
Diane Kurrle, U.S. Apple Association’s vice president of public affairs, has been named senior vice president. Kurrle is being recognized for more than 10 years of tireless work on critical industry issues. “We are creating an expanded portfolio of responsibilities to leverage Diane’s unique talents, relationships and experiences both inside and outside of... Read more
Duda Farm Fresh wins chef demo with value-added celery and radish ministicks
Duda Farm Fresh Foods won the chef demo competition at the PMA Foodservice Conference with a recipe that featured the company’s value-added fresh celery and radish ministick products. On Saturday, July 26, Chef Todd Fisher created and served a recipe for Lemongrass Steamed Chicken Bahn Mi Bun with "Dandy" Radish and Celery “Quickles” that won the chef demo competition.... Read more
Industry members remember fallen SPC leader Terry Vorhees
The passing of Terry Vorhees, executive director and co-founder of the Southeast Produce Council, at age 64 the evening of July 30 sparked an outpouring of grief and respect from stunned peers and colleagues as the news spread rapidly through the produce industry. The Produce News reached out to industry influencers and Southeast Produce Council members and... Read more
PMA, Sesame Workshop seek bright, healthy future for children
Current collaborations between producers of fresh produce, trade organizations and government officials will pave the way for a healthier America in the future. Last October, First Lady Michelle Obama — honorary chair of the Partnership for a Healthier America — announced that the Produce Marketing Association and Sesame Workshop had joined forces with the organization... Read more
Expoalimentaria to draw global exhibitors and attendees to Peru
Peru will be the world capital of food Aug. 27-29 when the trade fair Expoalimentaria will open its doors to 2,500 international buyers, who will have the opportunity to do business with more than 650 exhibitor companies from Peru and other countries. The Jockey Club Convention Center in Lima, Peru, will set the stage for this mega event, organized by ADEX with... Read more
Terry Vorhees dies at 64
Terry Vorhees, executive director of the Southeast Produce Council, died Wednesday night, July 30, after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 64 years old and a resident of Ruskin, FL. Mr. Vorhees had a long and successful career in the produce industry, including serving as a representative of the California Tree Fruit Agreement for many years. But his professional... Read more
Chilean Fresh Fruit Association wins Sensory Experience Contest at PMA Expo
A recipe entered by the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association won top honors at the Produce Marketing Association’s Sensory Experience Contest at this year’s PMA Foodservice Expo. The recipe, created for CFFA by Executive Chef Don Cortes, is Chilean Fruit Medley Gazpacho with Grape, Bacon and Brie Melt, an innovative interpretation of the classic soup-and-sandwich... Read more
A couple of Baltimore-area businesses are taking the lead in a national movement, ‘eat brighter!’ to inspire young children and their families to eat healthier. With the help of friends from Sesame Street, Savage, MD-based fresh produce supplier East Coast Fresh and grocery retailer Mars Supermarkets are putting emphasis — and marketing — in the produce department... Read more
Stemilt begins sixth season of all-organic peaches and nectarines
Harvest is under way for Stemilt’s all-organic peach and nectarine crop in Washington state, and natural farming methods are proving yet again to deliver summer fruits with true dessert flavors. “This is the sixth season that our entire peach and nectarine crop is grown and certified as organic," Roger Pepperl, Stemilt's marketing director, said in a press release.... Read more
A court hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 15 in connection with charges filed against two top officials at Mucci Farms, headquartered in Kingsville, ON. General Manager Danny Mucci and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Joe Spano face charges of defrauding the public and three major grocery store chains by misrepresenting the country of origin of greenhouse... Read more
Ready Pac celebrates new Wrap Kits with vacation giveaway
Ready Pac Foods, Inc. recently launched its latest contest promotion, Elite Eats. This indulgent-inspired promo gives contestants the chance to win an ELITE spa vacation for two at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix — valued at $3,000, courtesy of Ready Pac. Contestants enter by voting for their favorite new Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Wrap Kit on Ready... Read more
I Love Produce donates money to local Peru village school
I Love Produce, a pioneer in importation of organic ginger from Peru, took part in a new harvest celebration and ceremony to commemorate its donation of $13,440 to the local village school called the "Antonio Raymondi" secondary school. The school donation program was initiated by I Love Produce to give back to the local native Asháninka Community of Churingaveni... Read more
Sage Fruit teams up with Marvel to 'snack like a super hero'
Sage Fruit announced the release of an exciting new product line that will feature Marvel characters. Beginning July 2014, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man cherry packaging will be available at retailers nationwide. This will include Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man pouch bags, as well as Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man point-of-purchase display bins. Based on recent Q... Read more
NatureSweet Tomatoes announced the return of the Glorys Homegrown Tomato & Chef’s Challenge tour for 2014 on July 28. The contests will put green thumbs and cooking skills to the test with four events beginning Aug. 9 and concluding Sept. 6. This year, the tour kicks off in Indianapolis, marking the 53rd challenge conducted to date. Since 2003, NatureSweet... Read more
T&A introduces George T's Special Colossal Romaine Heart
Tanimura & Antle introduced a new lettuce variety, George T's Special Colossal Romaine Heart, in honor of company co-founder George Tanimura, who is celebrating his 100th year in 2014. This new seed variety combines two of George Tanimura's favorite lettuces — Iceberg and Romaine Hearts — and offers superior flavor, improved sustainable value and impressive... Read more
Driscoll's once again partnered with Wegmans Food Markets to sponsor the eighth annual Strawberry Days fundraiser to benefit The Children's Home Society of New Jersey. The three-day fundraising event aims to promote a healthy summer snack while raising awareness and critical funds for the at-risk babies, children and families of New Jersey. For each carton of... Read more
Lantao opens new fruit import distribution facility
Lantao, which imports premium fruit from around the world into China, has opened its seventh fresh fruit import distribution facility in Qingdao, Shandong Province. Jim Provost of I Love Produce LLC and John Wang, chief executive officer of Lantao, were on-hand to help kick off the celebration. Shandong is one of the top farm export provinces in China,... Read more
Peach harvest in southwest Michigan is under way. “A few are in now,” said Barry Winkel, the partner and general manager of Benton Harbor, MI-based Greg Orchards & Produce Inc. The volume will grow in the last days of July. Red Haven peach harvest will begin from this area in the first week of August, Winkel said. Southwest Michigan’s peach trees were... Read more
After months of discussions, the primary food-safety agencies for the United States and Mexico signed a statement of intent July 21 to form a partnership to promote the safety of fresh agricultural products. Officials from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, along with Mexico’s National Service for Agro-Alimentary Public Health, Safety & Quality, and... Read more
Growers throughout California's Central Valley are reporting optimal growing conditions for pomegranates. Ralph Melendez, field operations manager for Slaydeco Inc., a principal grower of early season varieties, expects the company's Granada’s to start shipping by the end of the last week of July. “A consistently warm summer has moved our traditional start date... Read more