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Sakata Seed America sells onion breeding program

Sakata Seed American, Morgan Hill, Calif., has sold its onion breeding program to Cape Town, South Africa-based Zaad Holdings Ltd.

NC McDonald’s illnesses not related to cyclospora outbreak

A wave of illnesses traced to a Brevard, N.C., McDonald’s restaurant is norovirus, and the county health department said it’s not related to a multi-state outbreak from cyclospora in the fast food chain’s salads.

How the pros parse trends

Aug 06, 2018 by Ashley Nickle #Opinion, #Foodservice, #PMA
Trends excite consumers and therefore intrigue retailers and restaurant operators as well — especially in the Instagram era.
Aug 06, 2018 by Ashley Nickle #Opinion, #Foodservice, #PMA

Lawmaker criticizes FDA handling of cyclospora outbreak

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., is pressing Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb for specifics about the investigation of the cyclospora outbreak linked to product sold by Fresh Express.

Peru asparagus to ramp up as U.S. winds down

Importers report good volume and quality for Peruvian asparagus, with interest expected to tick up as production in numerous other regions finishes up.

Packer Insight — Leafy greens task force and China tariffs

Editor Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss the big stories of the week, including recommendations from the Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force and the latest back-and-forth with China on trade.

Avocado shipper slows ripening with Hazel Technologies

Shelf-life enhancement company Hazel Technologies has a new partnership with AMR Agro, a Dominican Republic green-skin avocado packer-exporter.

Sysco’s FreshPoint to add fresh-cut capabilities in Dallas

Sysco Corp. is expanding its FreshPoint Dallas facility with a 65,000-square-foot projects that stresses sustainability and adds fresh-cut operations.

Del Fresco to more than double greenhouse strawberries this fall

Canadian greenhouse grower Del Fresco Produce is launching the second phase of its strawberry production, bumping acreage from six to a total of 17 acres.

Albertsons, investment firm partner to fund new grocery tech

Albertsons Cos. and venture capitalist Greycroft have created a fund that could put as much as $50 million toward developing technologies for the grocery space.