Chris Koger

Chris Koger

Del Monte vegetable trays linked to salmonella outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration is inspecting a Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc. facility after four cases of salmonellosis were linked to vegetable trays produced there.

Rainier Fruit promotes sales staff

Rainier Fruit, Selah., Wash., has promoted Blake Belknap to vice president of sales and Blaine Markley has director of domestic sales.

Bostock New Zealand selling organic apples directly in U.S.

Organic apple grower and exporter Bostock New Zealand will be marketing apples in the U.S. this summer, with direct sales from a North American office.

Organic Trade Association lauds members of Congress

The Organic Trade Association has named two members of Congress — Dan Newhouse (R-Wash), and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) — as the group’s Organic Champion Award recipients.

FirstFruits Marketing takes another bite out of hunger

FirstFruits Marketing, Yakima, Wash., has been sponsoring the Take a Bite out of Hunger campaign for nine years, donating about two million pounds of apples to food banks across the country.
May 21, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #Apples

Fresh-cut pears available from Crunch Pak soon

Crunch Pak, which pioneered sliced apple availability at retail and foodservice, is introducing sliced and diced fresh-cut pears.

Officials find $18.5 million in drugs in carrot shipment in Texas

Customs and Border Protection officials found $18.5 million worth of methamphetamine in a commercial load of carrots crossing into Pharr, Texas.

Kwik Lok offers more sustainable option with Eco-Lok

Bag closure company Kwik Lok Corp., Yakima, Wash., has introduced Eco-Lok, a sustainable product made from a plant-based biopolymer.

Brian Jenny joins BrightFarms

Brian Jenny has joined BrightFarms, Irvington, N.Y., as vice president of sales.

Organic Summit features analysis of new consumer data

The fourth annual Organic Produce Summit will feature consumer data and analysis on growing sales of organics, backed by new research on what’s driving fresh produce sales in the sector.