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Mann Packing acquisition boosts Fresh Del Monte’s U.S. sales

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., Coral Gables, Fla., reports its 2018 acquisition of Mann Packing Co. led to higher sales in North America for the year.

New NW apple company has sights on growth

A North Carolina agriculture asset management firm has purchased Yakima Valley, Washington-based apple companies Legacy Fruit Packers, Valley Fruit and Larson Fruit Co.

Questions remain in FDA romaine E. coli investigation

An FDA report on an E. coli outbreak traced to California romaine offers no smoking gun into how and where the pathogen was transferred to the lettuce and distributed to numerous outlets.

Trend of fewer fresh apples in storage continues

The apple industry had 78.9 million (42-pound) bushels of fresh-market apples in storage as of Feb. 1, 12% less than the same time in 2018, and 7% off the five-year average.
Feb 12, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Apples

PMA and United Fresh task force addresses recent food safety issues

Last year proved to be a difficult year for the leafy greens sector, with three outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce.

Strawberries in demand for Valentine's Day as California rains persist

Demand is high for Florida strawberries as Valentine's Day approaches and rain hampers production in California.


14 U.S. farms win Cultivating Change Local Farm grants

Fourteen U.S. farms won a collective $85,100 from the Cultivating Change Local Farm Grant Program for improving the safety, efficiency or sustainability of their operations.

U.S. Apple asks for USMCA ratification, end to tariffs

The U.S. Apple Association, which represents a specialty crop significantly affected by retaliatory tariffs, asked President Trump for action on trade issues on the night of his State of the Union address.
Feb 06, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Exports, #Apples

Bipartisan group seeks end to tomato agreement with Mexico

Florida legislators have gathered bipartisan support from dozens of House and Senate colleagues in a push to terminate the suspension agreement between the Department of Commerce and Mexican tomato growers.

Tucker: hydroponic organic certification is settled issue

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - U.S. Department of Agriculture organic certification of hydroponic operations is a settled issue, USDA National Organic Program Deputy Administrator Jennifer Tucker said Feb. 1.