Chris Koger

Chris Koger

FDA considers ‘regulatory actions’ against papaya distributor

CORRECTED: In response to a distributor’s refusal to recall Mexican papayas implicated in a salmonella outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration has alerted all of its customers and is pursuing other actions.

Matt Reus joins Arable Capital Partners

Arable Capital Partners has hired Matt Reus as a vice president in the Bellevue, Wash., office.

Interim tree fruit center named at Washington State University

Washington State University professor and horticulturalist Kate Evans is the interim director of the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center.

Ippolito hires focus on value-added, foodservice

Ippolito International, Salinas, Calif., has hired Jason Grolnick as sales/commodity manager and Jon Kiley as director of value added/business development.

Paul Hulsbos joins NatureFresh Farms in Mexico

NatureFresh Farms, Leamington, Ontario, has hired Paul Hulsbos as procurement manager, based in Mexico.

United Fresh to update harmonized GAP standard

The United Fresh Produce Association plans to update the Good Agricultural Practices Harmonized Standard, 10 years after its inception.

Bosch sells Packaging Technology business

Bosch is selling its Waiblingen, Germany-based packaging machinery business, which includes equipment used to package fresh produce, to Luxemburg-based CVC Capital Partners.

Mike Pirrone Produce names new president, Joe Pirrone returns

Mike Pirrone Produce, Capac, Mich., has promoted Matthew DeBlouw to president.

Choptank Transport promotes three women

Three women have been promoted at Choptank Transport, Preston, Md.

Apple Acres opens NY packing facility

Apple Acres LLC, Lafayette, N.Y., has opened a 60,000-square-foot packing facility, in time for the new apple crop, with harvest starting this month.