Chris Koger

Chris Koger

FSMA course in Colorado focuses on preventive control rule

Produce industry associations are sponsoring a three-day Food Safety Modernization Act training class in Delta, Colo.

Los Angeles’ Umina Bros., Choumas Produce join forces

Two Los Angeles produce distributors that were founded more than 100 years ago, Umina Brothers and Choumas Produce, have joined forces.

Chiquita promo builds on success of Lego movie

You could say “Everything is Awesome!” about Chiquita’s new tie-in with The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
Jan 18, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #Bananas

HLB cases on the rise in California

The number of huanglongbing (HLB) detections in California increased 160% from 2017 to 2018, according to the California Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program.

CPS challenge offers $500K to target cause of outbreaks

The Center for Produce Safety, Woodland, Calif., is sponsoring a $500,000 challenge, seeking answers to cross-contamination issues in growing areas.

FDA resumes fresh produce inspections during shutdown

The Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 15 plans to start inspections of high-risk food facilities, which include leafy green processing plants, using mostly unpaid furloughed employees.

Honeybear kicks up Pazazz apple marketing

Honeybear Brands, Minneapolis, is rolling out a national campaign for Pazazz apples that involves targeted marketing at more than a dozen retail banners, with a focus on Eastern seaboard locations.
Jan 14, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #Apples, #REGION

Brent Scattini heads Seven Seas' West Coast operations

Seven Seas has hired Brent Scattini as vice president-West Coast.
Jan 14, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #People

FDA seeks way to resume more inspections during shutdown

The FDA has stopped routine inspections of fresh produce and other food facilities because of the partial government shutdown, but its commissioner says plans are underway to somewhat remedy that.

E. coli outbreak over, but not the investigation into romaine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from coastal counties in California appears to be over.