Amy Sowder

Amy Sowder

Taking in Italy's gorgeous produce displays

On a recent whirlwind guided group tour of Italy’s most storied cities and historic villages, a rainbow of produce popped into my field of vision.
Apr 30, 2019 by Amy Sowder #Opinion, #Produce Retail, #Italy

Apple association grant gives NY district a snack station

The U.S. Apple Association awarded a $4,000 Apples4Ed grant to help the Rensselaer City School District in New York create a healthy snacking program encouraging student participation in physical activity — basically an outdoor snack station in the middle of a running track.

USApple awards Baltimore school with Apples4Ed Grant

Robert W. Coleman Elementary as part of its 2019 Apples4Ed program

South Africa looks to summer citrus plans

In Citrusdal, South Africa, members of Summer Citrus from South Africa have made plans for the summer season of U.S. imports.

New Jersey ups its peach game to stay competitive

The New Jersey Peach Promotion Council is funding research on new peach varieties to stay in the game when competition heats up.

CHEP partners with Food Banks Canada to fight food waste

Brampton, Ontario-based CHEP Canada has added Food Banks Canada to its network to reduce food waste and get food more efficiently to Canadians experiencing hunger.
Apr 23, 2019 by Amy Sowder #Produce Tech, #Canada

Jeep giveaway leaves apple fans Jazz’d up

About 550 cartons of Jazz apples from the orchards of New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay flew to Tokyo for Japan’s annual springtime holiday, Golden Week.

Fyffes donates bananas to NYC fundraiser

Coral Gables, Fla.-based Fyffes Inc. donated 2,500 bananas to participants at PurpleStride New York City.

Greenhouse growth cools

Better protected from the unpredictability of weather, outdoor pests and contamination, indoor growing of all kinds offers more reliability and consistency that means it’s a category to last, say proponents.
Apr 03, 2019 by Amy Sowder #The Packer

Greenhouses keeping up with demand

Tim Heydon touched the brick of proprietary soil in the first room. “Everything we do is USDA-certified organic, and it starts with the soil system,” said the CEO of Shenandoah Growers, Harrisonburg, Va., one of the largest commercial indoor fresh herb growers in the U.S.