Amy Sowder

Amy Sowder

Mushroom Council partners with meat group for veal promotion

With summer grilling in mind, the Mushroom Council and the North American Meat Institute partner for a retail grilling promotion encouraging consumers to pair veal and mushrooms while entering to win prizes. 
Jul 16, 2019 by Amy Sowder #Produce Retail, #Mushrooms

Idaho Potato Commission’s Don Odiorne gets CAFÉ Champion Award

Don Odiorne was honored with the first Champion Award from the Annapolis, Md.-based Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education for his help connecting the foodservice industry to culinary educators. 
Jul 12, 2019 by Amy Sowder #People, #Foodservice, #Maryland

Northeast news: QPMA leaders prepare for conference with new events

MONTREAL — The Packer's Northeast editor, Amy Sowder, stopped by the Quebec Produce Marketing Association's offices to meet CEO Sophie Perreault and her staff — and learn about the coming conference in Quebec City.

SweeTango apple growers forecast top crop for early-season sales

Members of the Wenatchee, Wash.-based Next Big Thing Growers’ Cooperative estimate that the 2019 crop of SweeTango Apples will be high-quality with a range of sizes and abundant conventional and organic availability.
Jul 11, 2019 by Amy Sowder #Apples, #Produce Crops

Idaho Potato Commission awards culinary educators

At Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, N.C., three culinary instructors won a 2019 Idaho Potato Commission Leadership Innovation Award for Excellence in Foodservice Education.

Mushroom Council, Bon Appétit award $25,000 for blended burger

Rachel Johnson of Austin, Texas, created a $25,000 burger — using a patty of minced mushrooms and pork.

Applewood Fresh Growers prepares for big managed-variety season

Applewood Fresh Growers, Sparta, Mich., expects production increases for several apple varieties and has added equipment to meet those needs.
Jul 10, 2019 by Amy Sowder #Produce Crops, #Apples, #Michigan

Stemilt’s Kyle’s Pick cherries return

Throughout July, Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers is striving to ensure that premium Kyle’s Pick cherries are the impulse buy shoppers make.

Pair reunite to form new organic fruit company

Mill Valley, Calif.-based TerraFresh Organics, a new organic fruit company in partnership with Harbinger Group, will focus on supplying organic citrus, mangos, stone fruit and grapes in North America.
Jul 09, 2019 by Amy Sowder #Organics, #People

A & A Organic Farms expands tomato line

Watsonville, Calif.-based A & A Organic Farms has expanded its heirloom tomato program, and has an array of additions, from Persian cucumbers to broccoli, to its product lineup.