Chris Koger

Chris Koger

New NW apple company has sights on growth

A North Carolina agriculture asset management firm has purchased Yakima Valley, Washington-based apple companies Legacy Fruit Packers, Valley Fruit and Larson Fruit Co.

Meal kit company Chef’d, others cited for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is restricting California and New York businesses from operating in the industry, including meal kit company Chef’d, which closed abruptly last July when it ran out of funds.
Feb 14, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #USDA, #PACA

Vision Import Group names Tony Mitchell in VP role

Vision Import Group, Hackensack, N.J., has hired Tony Mitchell as vice president of sales and business development.

Questions remain in FDA romaine E. coli investigation

An FDA report on an E. coli outbreak traced to California romaine offers no smoking gun into how and where the pathogen was transferred to the lettuce and distributed to numerous outlets.

Village Farms distributes healthful snacks at fundraiser

Village Farms, Heathrow, Fla., participated in the 15th Annual Cars for the Cure fundraiser for the American Lung Association, handing out snacking tomatoes to the crowd.

Manter machines combine into single unit for multiple bag sizes

Netherlands-based Manter International B.V. showcased its new bag placer and semi-automatic bagger at Berlin’s Fruit Logistica recently.

Trend of fewer fresh apples in storage continues

The apple industry had 78.9 million (42-pound) bushels of fresh-market apples in storage as of Feb. 1, 12% less than the same time in 2018, and 7% off the five-year average.
Feb 12, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Apples

Wonderful’s Halos promotion thinks inside the box

When it comes to snacks, Wonderful Citrus wants parents to know Halos “checks all the boxes:” healthy, convenient and prep-free.

PMA names womens’ leadership events theme: I WILL

The Produce Marketing Association’s Center for Growing Talent is launching a new year of leadership development for women, with the theme “I WILL” for Women’s Fresh Perspective events.
Feb 11, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce (General), #PMA, #People

JOH announces hires for New England, Mid-Atlantic divisions

JOH, Billerica, Mass., has hired Christine Boettcher as an account executive in the New England division, and Christine DiGirolamo as an account manager in the Mid-Atlantic division.