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Mike Pirrone Produce names new president, Joe Pirrone returns

Mike Pirrone Produce, Capac, Mich., has promoted Matthew DeBlouw to president.

Applewood Fresh Growers prepares for big managed-variety season

Applewood Fresh Growers, Sparta, Mich., expects production increases for several apple varieties and has added equipment to meet those needs.
Jul 10, 2019 by Amy Sowder #Produce Crops, #Apples, #Michigan

Michigan asparagus season has successful close

The seven-week Michigan asparagus season ended in late June, with a record crop.
Jul 10, 2019 by Cristin Shepard #Asparagus, #Michigan

New Michigan apple partnership adds Elite Apple supply

The newly formed joint sales alliance of Grand Rapids-based Michigan Fresh Marketing and BelleHarvest has added Sparta, Mich.-based Elite Apple as another supplier.

SFL Cos. moves to prepare for growth

SFL Cos., a supply chain management and logistics firm specializing in fresh produce and refrigerated goods, is moving to accommodate growth.

Heeren Bros. Inc. and Walsma & Lyons announce joint-venture merger

Comstock Park, Mich.-based Vine Line Produce Distribution is a new organization formed by the merger of Heeren Bros. Inc. and Walsma & Lyons.

Belleharvest, Michigan Fresh unite to market apples

Michigan apple marketers Belleharvest Sales Inc. and Michigan Fresh Marketing are combining sales desks in a union that will represent about 150 growers and three million bushels of apples.

Fresh market takes on greater importance for Michigan asparagus

Michigan asparagus growers are fending off competition from imports and battling for long-term survival while leaning on H-2A for labor needs and moving an increasing percentage of asparagus on the fresh market.

Michigan apple industry expects a big crop

Bloom was about 10 days late and harvest could be about four or five days late for Michigan apples, but early signs point to a full crop.

Michigan set for good volume when weather warms

Michigan produce growers said rain and cool weather have delayed crop progress through May, but that was all subject to change in the weeks ahead.