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David Martinez joins River Fresh Farms

River Fresh Farms, Salinas, Calif., has hired David Martinez as senior vice president of business development.

California citrus industry rolls out best practices against HLB

California’s Citrus & Pest Disease Prevention Committee, a grower-funded initiative, has endorsed a set of best practices for growers in response to the threat of huanglongbing (HLB).

John Giumarra Jr. was ‘champion’ for California grape industry

John G. Giumarra Jr., whose legal expertise helped guide not only the family business, but aided in greater grape exports for the overall California grape industry, has died.

Del Rey Avocado hires Brent Portell as operations manager

Del Rey Avocado, Fallbrook, Calif., has hired Brent Portell as operations manager as the company opens a new facility in Vista, Calif.

California pear suppliers expect good volume this year

California pear grower-shippers say they anticipate ample supplies of fruit, although the first promotable volumes likely will be a bit late during the 2019 season.

Late-season supplies spur more California avocado promotions

California Avocado Month (June) is drawing to a close, but the California Avocado Commission has launched a new program to support the brand through the rest of the season.

United Fresh show leaves Chicago, announces future locations

The United Fresh Association has announced locations and dates for its next four conventions and expos.

Western Costcos to promote Equitable Food Initiative produce

The Equitable Food Initiative is partnering with Costco Wholesale in California, Oregon and Washington to boost consumer awareness and sales of EFI-certified fruits and vegetables.

Butterfly completes Bolthouse Farms’ acquisition

Los Angeles-based private equity company Butterfly has closed on the $510 million acquisition of Bolthouse Farms, Bakersfield, Calif.

Commission busy during California Avocado Month

California Avocado Month is June, and that means outreach to consumers involving social media influencers, recipes, public relations campaigns and more.