Chris Koger

Chris Koger

Watermelon board counts successful 2018 promotions

The National Watermelon Promotion Board, Winter Springs, Fla., cited social media and digital programs as key parts of a successful 2081 domestic promotion campaign.

Former Del Monte, Sunsweet exec Bill Haase dies

William “Bill” Haase, former vice president of sales and marketing for Del Monte Fresh Produce and CEO of Sunsweet Growers, has died.

Canada adds to outbreak count, romaine investigation continues

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added to the number of cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce in that country.

FDA looks at labeling standard, plans to allow romaine return

In a trio of tweets Nov. 23, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb referred to plans to allow romaine to return to the market, and a possible new labeling standard to aid in tracing products in future outbreaks.

FDA believes E. coli-tainted romaine is from California

In a Thanksgiving Day tweet, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency believes the source of the E. coli-tainted romaine responsible for a nationwide ban on the lettuce is California.

Automated Packaging Systems introduces 2 baggers

Automated Packaging Systems, Streetsboro, Ohio, has two new Autobag packaging systems for flexibility with large bags.

Nov 21, 2018 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Packaging

Federal agencies to industry: stop shipping romaine

Federal agencies are asking romaine lettuce shippers to stop packing and selling their product as a second E. coli outbreak traced to the lettuce is under investigation.

UPDATED: CDC warns against romaine in E. coli outbreak

National health authorities are telling consumers, retailers and restaurants to avoid romaine lettuce in yet another E. coli outbreak with cases in 11 states and Canada.

Let’s Blend holidays: mushrooms in stuffing, green bean casserole

Monterey Mushrooms has a seasonal package for the Let’s Blend line of finely diced mushrooms, inviting consumers to use the products in stuffing, green bean casseroles and other holiday menu items.

Reggie Brown: From 4-H to negotiating trade

From raising chickens for a  4-H project to representing Florida tomato growers, Reggie Brown has been dedicated to Florida’s agricultural industry.