Chris Koger

Chris Koger

PMA, SVG Ventures partnership boosts tech start-ups

SVG Ventures, Los Gatos, Calif., is partnering with PMA, through a three-year agreement that brings tech panel discussions to Fresh Summit and a technology challenge giving companies the chance to pitch to investors.

USDA mushroom report change surprises industry

The USDA's 2018-19 mushroom production report had some surprises for the industry, showing an 8% drop in both sales and volume, which at 846.5 million pounds is the lowest production since 2009-10.
Aug 23, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Mushrooms, #USDA

Statements pour in on U.S.-Mexico tomato agreement

Numerous produce industry and other groups have issued statements in the wake of a new agreement setting floor prices for Mexican tomatoes sent to the U.S.

Fifth-generation owner of Fowler Farms dies

John V. Fowler, one of the fifth-generation owners of Fowler Farms, Wolcott, N.Y., has died.

FDA releases Arizona romaine sampling results

A Food and Drug Administration program that tested numerous romaine samples from Yuma, Ariz., found just one E. coli sample, which was non-pathogenic.

Progressive Produce hires Dominic DeFranco as VP of sales

Progressive Produce, Los Angeles, has hired Dominic DeFranco as vice president of sales.

Chilean kiwifruit see sales lift with first marketing campaign

More than 19,000 tons of Chilean kiwifruit had been shipped to North America in early August, with supplies expected into October.

Mucci Farms acquires controlling interest in Orangeline Farms

Mucci Farms, Kingsville, Ontario, has acquired a controlling interest in greenhouse grower Orangeline Farms, Leamington, Ontario, and plans more expansion in the U.S. and Canada.

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.

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.