Produce Market Guide News

Produce Market Guide News

Blackberry-hepatitis A investigation over, no common source found

The Food and Drug Administration has completed a traceback investigation into hepatitis A cases linked to fresh blackberries, but a single, common source of tainted blackberries was not found.

Sheehan Genetics to open table grape varietal innovation center

Table grape breeder Sheehan Genetics LLC, Fresno, Calif., is building a research and development facility for new varieties for growers in California and the Americas.

North American Produce adds blueberries

North American Produce Buyers Ltd. at the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto will have a blueberry program this year, said Stephan Schmekel, executive vice president of sales and marketing.

J.E. Russell Produce hires Mike Pirri

J.E. Russell Produce Ltd. has hired Mike Pirri, a 21-year veteran of the produce industry with experience in wholesale and retail, to head up a new melon and grape program, said Hutch Morton, senior vice president.

The likelihood of an organic kale purchase

This organic powerhouse reigns as a favorite with consumers. Kale was the top commodity that consumers bought as organic at least some of the time, according to Organic Fresh Trends 2020.

Fyffes pineapple farm is Rainforest Alliance sustainability certified

Fyffes Anexco pineapple farm in Costa Rica earned Sustainable Agriculture Standard certification by Rainforest Alliance.

Fresh cut sales help buoy Fresh Del Monte earnings

Fresh Del Monte officials say 2019’s increase in earnings reflects the company’s diversification into fresh-cut and value-added, a move the company began with the purchase of Mann Packing two years ago.

2/19/20 Daily Newsflash Roundup: New Company to the Market & Updates

Feb 19, 2020 by Janice Wilson #Newsflash
Advance Transportation Systems, Inc. is a new company to the Market. Agro Merchants Group, Bay Valley Foods LLC, California Fresh Fruit Association, Crown Pacific International LLC, Organicos and others have updates.
Feb 19, 2020 by Janice Wilson #Newsflash

USDA files PACA complaint against Bain Distributors

Feb 19, 2020 by Chris Koger #Produce (General), #PACA, #USDA
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against Bain Distributors Inc. for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.
Feb 19, 2020 by Chris Koger #Produce (General), #PACA, #USDA

San Miguel evolution shifts greens supply to other growers

Increased regulations and other issues have prompted San Miguel Produce to reduce Ventura County, Calif., acreage and partner with other growers across North America to ensure a year-round supply.