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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.

Hass board touts avocados’ nutrition benefits

The Irvine, Calif.-based Hass Avocado Board has been spreading the word about the nutrition benefits of hass avocados.
Mar 25, 2019 by Tom Burfield #The Packer, #Avocados

California Avocado Commission's marketing to focus on Western markets

California avocado growers will focus mainly on California and the West, and marketing programs will be targeted to and customized for those customers.
Mar 25, 2019 by Tom Burfield #The Packer, #Avocados

Banana companies invest in sustainability, efficiencies

In the quest for sustainability and social responsibility, banana companies are looking for ways to create efficiencies, conserve resources and improve conditions for workers.

University of Florida offers stone fruit events

The University of Florida’s Plant Science Research and Education Unit has scheduled a Stone Fruit Workshop and Field Day.
Mar 21, 2019 by Amy Sowder #The Packer, #Peaches, #Florida

Florida Classic adds white peach

Florida Classic Growers is introducing a white-fleshed peach variety in limited quantities this season. 
Mar 21, 2019 by Amy Sowder #The Packer, #Florida, #Peaches