Chris Koger

Chris Koger

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.

David Arana joins Jacobs Farm Del Cabo

Organic vegetable and herb grower Jacobs Farm Del Cabo, Santa Cruz, Calif., has hired David Arana as strategic sourcing manager.

Jim Knutzon leads SCS’ Food and Agriculture division

Jim Knutzon has been promoted to oversee the SCS Global Services’ Food and Agriculture Division.
Jan 07, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #People

Tom Nunes V named president at The Nunes Co.

The Nunes Co., Salinas, Calif., has elected Tom Nunes V as president of the company.
Jan 07, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #People

Youth charities benefit from Opal apple sales.

FirstFruits Marketing is using the appeal of Opal apples to fund youth groups through the Youth Make a Difference Initiative.

Tasti-Wee grape tomatoes appearing in grocery stores

Tasti-Lee Tomatoes are now available as a grape tomato snacking variety, marketed as Tasti-Wees.

Jan 04, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #Tomatoes

Giorgio purchases Country Fresh Mushroom Co.

Fresh mushroom grower-shipper Giorgio Fresh Co. is acquiring Country Fresh Mushroom’s packing and distribution/sales operations, through subsidiary Giorgio.

Fresh Concepts promotes Patricia Jimenez

Patricia Jimenez has been promoted to director of national contracts at Fresh Concepts Inc., Murrieta, Calif.

Jan 02, 2019 by Chris Koger #Foodservice, #People