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Produce Market Guide News

Progressive Produce hires Dominic DeFranco as VP of sales

Progressive Produce, Los Angeles, has hired Dominic DeFranco as vice president of sales.

Chilean kiwifruit see sales lift with first marketing campaign

More than 19,000 tons of Chilean kiwifruit had been shipped to North America in early August, with supplies expected into October.

AWG enlists ProfitTrax to help retailers reduce shrink

Kansas City, Kan.-based Associated Wholesale Grocers has partnered with Smart Retail Solutions to help its members cut down on shrink.

Midwest Apple Improvement Association launches new website

The Midwest Apple Improvement Association has a new website, www.MAIAApples.com.

Mucci Farms acquires controlling interest in Orangeline Farms

Mucci Farms, Kingsville, Ontario, has acquired a controlling interest in greenhouse grower Orangeline Farms, Leamington, Ontario, and plans more expansion in the U.S. and Canada.

UPDATED: Deal struck between Commerce Department, Mexican growers

(UPDATED, 1:28 p.m.) Mexican tomato growers and the U.S. Commerce Department struck a deal for a new tomato suspension agreement late Aug. 20.

Chilean cherry exports to China rising as U.S. imports drop

Led by fast-rising imports of cherries, China is claiming a greater share of Chilean stone fruit exports.

USDA expands citrus disease quarantine areas in 3 states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded quarantined areas for citrus greening in California, Texas and Louisiana after the disease was detected in plant tissue samples in multiple locations in the states.

What's On Ad — Peaches, grapes, nectarines

Yellow-flesh peaches led the way last week as the most promoted fruit in the U.S., with more than 15,600 stores putting peaches on ad for a weighted average price of $1.49 per pound.

Sage Fruit excited about organic

About 23% of the fruit produced by Sage Fruit Co. LLC, Yakima, Wash., is organically grown, and that makes Chuck Sinks, president of sales and marketing, a happy man.