Chris Koger

Chris Koger

Winter Sweetz grapefruit shipping from Texas

Lone Star Citrus, McAllen, Texas, has started its Winter Sweetz brand grapefruit season.

International mango, pineapple groups hire Patrick Kelly

The International Mango Organization and International Pineapple Organization hired Patrick Kelly as the director of innovation, a new role for both groups.

Mexico’s Rio Rico Farms stresses social programs for workers

Rio Rico Farms, Hermosillo, Mexico, which supplies Bridges Produce Inc., Portland, Ore., with organic vegetables, views social programs as a way to change workers’ lives on and off the farm.

Alliance for Food and Farming educates dieticians through webpage

The Alliance for Food and Farming has long advocated for the produce industry in spreading the word about the healthy attributes of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Natural Delights moves to recycled plastic packaging

Natural Delights, Yuma, Ariz., is launching new packaging made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic for its dates.

Ryan Talley starts new role as Western Growers’ board chairman

Ryan Talley, co-owner and farm manager of Talley Farms, Arroyo Grande, Calif., is the new chairman of the board of directors at Western Growers.

Sakata Seed America hires Brian Just as senior plant breeder

Sakata Seed America, Morgan Hill, Calif., has hired Brian Just as sweet pepper lead and senior plant breeder.

Chilean Blueberry Committee names Felipe Silva president

Felipe Silva, general manager of Zurgroup, is the Chilean Blueberry Committee’s new president.

Church Brothers hires Grace Ho as VP of food safety, quality

Church Brothers Farms, Salinas, Calif., has hired Grace Ho as vice president of food safety and quality.

Chuck Ciruli Jr. named Pillar of the FPAA at annual gala

TUBAC, Ariz. — The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas used to be a local organization, dealing with local problems for the importers when it was called the West Mexico Vegetable Distributors.