Chris Koger

Chris Koger

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

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.