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West Coast Expo names Brighter Bites as Golf Tournament beneficiary

The Packer’s West Coast Produce Expo has named Brighter Bites as the event’s golf tournament beneficiary.

Give your input on The Packer's 125th anniversary issue

Taking measure of progress in the produce industry over the past 125 years is no simple task, but The Packer has helped to chronicle that journey since its founding in 1893.
May 06, 2019 by Tom Karst #Opinion, #The Packer

Strawberry commission plans promotional programs

The Watsonville-based California Strawberry Commission has a wealth of programs on tap this season to encourage consumers to buy California strawberries.

Greenhouse growth cools

Better protected from the unpredictability of weather, outdoor pests and contamination, indoor growing of all kinds offers more reliability and consistency that means it’s a category to last, say proponents.
Apr 03, 2019 by Amy Sowder #The Packer

Watermelon and orange demand climbs on Produce Market Guide

Last week watermelon and orange content dominated Produce Market Guide searches. Strawberries, lettuce and celery rounded out the top five searches on the platform that connects produce buyers and sellers.
Apr 02, 2019 by The Packer Staff #The Packer

Greenhouses keeping up with demand

Tim Heydon touched the brick of proprietary soil in the first room. “Everything we do is USDA-certified organic, and it starts with the soil system,” said the CEO of Shenandoah Growers, Harrisonburg, Va., one of the largest commercial indoor fresh herb growers in the U.S. 

Then and now: Reminiscences of a Packer Man - in 1923

A few years ago, Larry Danielson — a retired former employee of the Red Book (now Produce Market Guide) — mailed The Packer a slim 89-page paperback book.

Infographic: Berry purchases by region

Blueberry, blackberry, cranberry, raspberry and strawberry purchases from across the nation.

Stats show preference for California fruit

Judging from numbers from Nielsen Co. LLC, consumers in the western part of the U.S. are particularly fond of California avocados.
Mar 27, 2019 by Tom Burfield #The Packer, #California

Exports play important role for Golden State crop

Even with this year’s smaller-than-usual crop, California avocado shippers may find some profitable opportunities outside of the domestic market.