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Crunch Pak’s Opera fresh-cut pears hit retail stage

Crunch Pak, which pioneered apple slices 20 years ago, is offering sliced pears to retailers under the Opera label.

SmartWash now available to European fresh-cut firms

JBT Corp. and SmartWash Solutions have entered into a partnership to offer fresh-cut produce processors in Europe a food safety solution.

University of California’s annual fresh-cut workshop is soon

The Postharvest Technology Center at the University of California-Davis has scheduled its 21st Annual Fresh-cut Products Workshop in September.

Crunch Pak sliced apple packs to feature SpongeBob characters

Crunch Pak is offering sliced apples in SpongeBob SquarePants-themed packaging.

Inc. Magazine recognizes Cece’s Veggies for skyrocketing growth

Vegetable “pasta” maker Cece’s Veggie Co., Austin, Texas, made Inc. Magazine’s annual list of fastest-growing private companies, with a three-year revenue growth of 23,880% to put it at No. 3.

Ippolito hires focus on value-added, foodservice

Ippolito International, Salinas, Calif., has hired Jason Grolnick as sales/commodity manager and Jon Kiley as director of value added/business development.

Get Fresh Cos. expands, hires Andy Hamilton as SR VP

Get Fresh Cos. of Las Vegas has completed an expansion of its processing division.

Jasper Trujillo joins Fox Packaging

Fox Packaging, McAllen, Texas, has hired Jasper Trujillo as business development manager.

FDA finds no “potential point of contamination” in outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration, which inspected a Del Monte Fresh Produce processing facility in the wake of salmonella cases linked to vegetable trays, has found no trace of salmonella.

CORRECTED: Chiquita snacks highlight health, convenience

Fresh Express has teamed up with parent company Chiquita for a new line of snacking products called Chiquita Bites and Chiquita Sticks.