Chris Koger

Chris Koger

Homegrown Organic hires Parker Anderson in sales

Homegrown Organic Farms, Porterville, Calif., has hired Parker Anderson as sales category manager.

Watermelon association says ‘Aloha’ to Hawaii

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii —The watermelon industry gave the National Watermelon Association a big “mahalo” (thank you) to the group for its first conference off the mainland in its 105-year history.

California Avocado Commission seeks exports to China

As trade talks with China progress, the California Avocado Commission is seeking to advance its 14-year campaign to allow California avocados access to China, which is seeing leaps in demand for the fruit.

Dole honors females with ‘Captain Marvel’ inspired promo

Dole is honoring fictional and real female superheros with a promotion centering on Captain Marvel and her alter-ego Carol Danvers.

Mann Packing acquisition boosts Fresh Del Monte’s U.S. sales

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., Coral Gables, Fla., reports its 2018 acquisition of Mann Packing Co. led to higher sales in North America for the year.

Dried Arctic ApBitz snacks available on Amazon again


Arctic ApBitz dried apple snacks are available through Amazon again, with a new variety.
Feb 19, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #Apples

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.