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USDA expands citrus disease quarantine areas in 3 states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded quarantined areas for citrus greening in California, Texas and Louisiana after the disease was detected in plant tissue samples in multiple locations in the states.

What's On Ad — Peaches, grapes, nectarines

Yellow-flesh peaches led the way last week as the most promoted fruit in the U.S., with more than 15,600 stores putting peaches on ad for a weighted average price of $1.49 per pound.

Sage Fruit excited about organic

About 23% of the fruit produced by Sage Fruit Co. LLC, Yakima, Wash., is organically grown, and that makes Chuck Sinks, president of sales and marketing, a happy man.

Pacific Organic adds to sales and grower relations

Pacific Organic Produce, San Francisco, has hired Gerry Chua, Manuel Pinon and Tina  Barnes to it sales and grower relations teams.

Consumers crave organic avocados

With avocados ranking No. 1 on the Environmental Working Group’s Clean Fifteen list of produce items, you might think sales of the organic version of the fruit would be minimal.

Organic growth continues, but at a slower pace

The organic produce category may not be expanding at the dizzying speed it was a few years ago, but the growth rate remains significant, and grower-shippers don’t see a substantial drop-off anytime soon.