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Celery still hot, buyers taking ‘what they can get’

Celery’s high prices, high demand and low supply show no sign of changing soon.

Rains cut California cherry production

Emerging from the wettest May many can remember, California cherry growers and shippers say harvests will be late and production will be down due to rain-related fruit damage.

Vick Family Farms expands organics

Wilson, N.C.-based Vick Family Farms is expanding its organic line of Natural Gold sweet potatoes, said Charlotte Vick, partner.

North Carolina Sweet Potato expands marketing efforts

North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission now is working with a new marketing agency — Raleigh, N.C.-based Fresh-West-Vaughan, said Kelly McIver, the commission’s executive director.

‘Local’ thrives in Carolina

“Local” means “regional” in the Carolinas, as far as marketing fresh fruits and vegetables goes, suppliers and marketers say.

Packer Insight — FreshPACKMoves and avocados

The Packer's editor Tom Karst and Produce Retailer editor Ashley Nickle discuss their week's travels, to FreshPACKMoves in Pismo Beach, Calif., and to a California Avocado Commission event in San Diego.

Millennials Eat — Kiwi!

Produce Retailer editor Ashley Nickle and The Packer's copy editor and designer Amelia Freidline discuss 2019 Fresh Trends consumer research on kiwi, from how it fares with families to which regions favor the fruit.

USDA announces assistance for farmers hit by tariffs

Cherry, grape, cranberry and tree nut producers are among U.S. growers who will receive direct payments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this year to offset damage caused by retaliatory tariffs.

Sage Fruit has retail display bin for cherries

Sage Fruit Co. will have a new cherry bin this year for retailers to use during the cherry season.

Stemilt Growers installing new cherry line

Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers LLC soon will unveil a new Ultimate cherry line with electronic defect sorting and sizing technology, said Brianna Shales, communications manager.