Chris Koger

Chris Koger

GreenFruit Avocado’s 2-count boxes debut at PMA foodservice

Avocado grower-shipper Greenfruit Avocado, Newport Beach, Calif., is introducing new cartons at the Produce Marketing Association’s Foodservice Conference and Expo.

Gills Onions continues sustainability with solar project

Gills Onions, Oxnard, Calif., is celebrating a decade of sustainability initiatives by adding a solar energy project at its processing facility.

StePac’s Xtend Iceless packaging shifts from traditional method

StePac, Tefen, Israel, is changing the traditional shipping method of packing broccoli and other vegetables in ice, with its modified atmosphere/modified humidity packaging.

U.S., Guatemala, H-2A program addresses ‘irregular migration’

UPDATED: The U.S. and Guatemala are pursuing a program to boost H-2A workers from that country, in an effort to stem what the Department of Homeland Security calls irregular migration patterns.

Church Brothers releases 3 new foodservice items at PMA

Church Brothers Farms, Salinas, Calif., is introducing Sweet Baby Broccoli, Tuscan Baby Romaine and Sandwich Ready Leaves at the Produce Marketing Association’s Foodservice Conference and Expo.

USDA files administrative complaint against The Fruit Club

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against The Fruit Club, Sioux Falls, S.D., for violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.
Jul 22, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce (General), #PACA

Ocean Mist brings Chef Vacca to PMA Foodservice show

Ocean Mist is bringing chef Christopher Vacca to the Produce Marketing Association’s Foodservice Conference & Expo to create Tuscan Style Braised Baby Artichokes to sample on the show floor.

Wisconsin celery grower starts Midwest harvest

Trembling Prairie Farms Inc., Markesan, Wis., is harvesting celery through the first week of October.

Clear Labs adds listeria testing, mapping capabilities

Clear Labs, Menlo Park, Calif., has new listeria testing and environmental mapping capabilities on its Clear Safety platform, a rapid detection method that reduces the time needed to pinpoint sources of contamination.

Produce groups receive $ millions to offset tariffs, trade barriers

The USDA named 49 recipients of Agricultural Trade Promotion funds — designed to spur new export markets for growers hurt by tariffs and other trade disruptions — including 11 produce industry groups.
Jul 19, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Exports, #USDA, #China