Chris Koger

Chris Koger

CPS challenge offers $500K to target cause of outbreaks

The Center for Produce Safety, Woodland, Calif., is sponsoring a $500,000 challenge, seeking answers to cross-contamination issues in growing areas.

FDA resumes fresh produce inspections during shutdown

The Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 15 plans to start inspections of high-risk food facilities, which include leafy green processing plants, using mostly unpaid furloughed employees.

Honeybear kicks up Pazazz apple marketing

Honeybear Brands, Minneapolis, is rolling out a national campaign for Pazazz apples that involves targeted marketing at more than a dozen retail banners, with a focus on Eastern seaboard locations.
Jan 14, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #Apples, #REGION

Brent Scattini heads Seven Seas' West Coast operations

Seven Seas has hired Brent Scattini as vice president-West Coast.
Jan 14, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #People

FDA seeks way to resume more inspections during shutdown

The FDA has stopped routine inspections of fresh produce and other food facilities because of the partial government shutdown, but its commissioner says plans are underway to somewhat remedy that.

E. coli outbreak over, but not the investigation into romaine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from coastal counties in California appears to be over.

No categories for Viva Fresh Gateway to Innovation Awards

The Gateway to Innovation Awards at the Viva Fresh Expo is doing away with categories to accept submissions covering all aspects of the industry, including production, packing, packaging, technology and food safety.

Lower apple storage numbers continue through season

Fresh apple shippers on Jan. 1 had almost 92 million bushels (42 pounds) in fresh and controlled-atmosphere storage, a 16% drop than at the same time in early 2018.

Bill Warmerdam, founder of Warmerdam Packing, dies

Bill Warmerdam, who founded Warmerdam Packing, Hanford, Calif., with his wife Audrey, died Jan. 8. He was 80.
Jan 09, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #People

Michigan growers unite, form Applewood Fresh

A group of Michigan apple growers have joined another long-time grower-packer to form Applewood Fresh Growers LLC.