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Packer Insight — Potato Expo, FreshStart and Frieda

Catch up on the biggest stories of the week with Packer Insight, this week featuring coverage of the Potato Expo in Las Vegas, the FreshStart Conference in Tucson, Ariz., and the passing of industry legend Frieda Caplan.

UPDATED: Industry pioneer Frieda Rapoport Caplan dies

(UPDATED, Jan. 21) Produce industry pioneer Frieda Rapoport Caplan, 96, has died.

Banded organic cara caras available from Morning Kiss Organics

Morning Kiss Organics, Chelsea, Mass., expects to see its biggest year for specialty citrus, with sales of cara caras increasing significantly over the past five years.

Frieda’s launches specialty citrus in pouches

With winter and the height of citrus season in mind, Los Alamitos, Calif.-based Frieda’s Inc. is rolling out grab-and-go pouches for two specialty citrus offerings.

Crystal Valley purchases specialty importer Joco produce

Crystal Valley Foods, Miami, is finalizing the purchase of Asian, tropical and specialty fruit and vegetable importer Joco Produce, Medley, Fla.

Harvest Sensation partners with Best Buddies for inclusive hiring

Harvest Sensations, Miami, has a partnership with Best Buddies International, a non-profit organization enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD).

From jackfruit to passion fruit, Melissa's talks specialties

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Tree-ripened mangoes and fresh-cut jackfruit are a couple of the hot produce trends to watch for in the coming months.

Costa Rica produce to be exhibited to U.S. marketers

Costa Rica plans to bring a wide assortment of produce to the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit.

Yellow plums threaten figs' dominance on Produce Market Guide

Figs have spent a month in the No. 1 spot on Produce Market Guide, but yellow plums gave them a run for their money last week, climbing two spots from the week before to land at No. 2.

Florida pushes back on import mamey

Florida specialty fruit growers are pushing back against the possible importation of mamey sapote from Mexico.