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Industry remembers DatePac co-founder Steve Shadle

Steve Shadle, who instrumental in the formation of DatePac LLC, which consolidates and packs for the Bard Valley Date Growers Association members, has died.

Remembering Nina Balducci, pioneer of NYC specialty foods retailing

Nina Balducci, a pioneer of specialty foods retailing in New York City at Balducci’s, and part of the foundation of Baldor Specialty Foods, Bronx, N.Y., has died.

Remembering apple professional Tim Byrne

Timothy Byrne, who helped launch several branded apples in the U.S., has died.

Dandrea Produce’s Ron Dandrea dies

Produce industry veteran Ron Dandrea, 57, died April 11.

‘Industry legend’ Willie McRae dies at 65

Willie McRae, president of Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based McRae Produce, died April 2 at the age of 65.

Apple industry veteran Scott Hanses dies

Apple industry veteran Scott Michael Hanses, 62, died March 13.

Fresh Direct co-founder Kam Chiu Lee remembered

Kam Chiu Lee, co-founder of Fresh Direct Produce Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, has died.

George Lamont, apple grower, industry advocate remembered

George Lamont, a N.Y. apple grower who “retired” in the late 1990s but was instrumental in forming the Premier Apple Cooperative a few years later, has died.

Dennis 'Denny' Donovan of Garin Co., Dole, remembered

Dennis “Denny” Donovan, who spent almost three decades of his career at the Garin Co., Salinas, has died.

Imperial Date Gardens’ Isabel Nuñez remembered

Isabel Nuñez, a pioneer in the date industry and a founding member of the Bard Valley Date Growers, has died.