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Avocado packers seek sustainable alternatives

The volume of bagged avocados continues to increase every year as consumers seek convenience and/or value options, and retailers discover another way to merchandise avocados and drive sales of multiple pieces of fruit.

Eco Farms doubles avocado bagging capacity

Eco Farms, Temecula, Calif., has doubled the ripening capacity in its packinghouse, said Gahl Crane, sales director.

Mission Produce hires Mike Browne

Mission Produce Inc., Oxnard, Calif., has hired Mike Browne as chief operating officer, according to a news release.

Index Fresh on the cutting edge of GEM avocado variety

Several California growers offer the new GEM avocado, but credit for bringing the variety to the forefront should go to Index Fresh Inc., Riverside, Calif.

California avocado crop rebounds

California’s avocado crop is expected to rebound in 2020, with the state’s growers shipping 369 million pounds — about a 70% increase over last year — according to the Irvine-based California Avocado Commission.

Inspections of leafy greens uninterrupted by virus

Inspections of California and Arizona leafy greens, as outlined in the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements for those crops, continue despite the spread of COVID-19.

The Packer reschedules West Coast, Sustainable shows for August

The West Coast Produce Expo and the Sustainable Produce Summit, presented by The Packer and Farm Journal, are being postponed until August due to concerns about the coronavirus COVID-19.

New avocado commission ads have that California vibe

The California Avocado Commission, Irvine, has a new advertising campaign, transforming the letters “C” and “A” in avocados to iconic representation of what the state has to offer.

California table grape growers hear about research, promotions

California table grape grower-shippers recently met to discuss the latest research and trends, along with promotions for the next marketing year.

California growers expecting good, typical season

Good weather this winter should result in plentiful supplies of top-notch spring produce from California’s grower-shippers.