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Mastronardi’s Honey Bombs on the way; snack tomato hits YouTube

Mastronardi Produce’s newest product in the “Bombs” line of snacking tomatoes, Honey Bombs, will be appearing in stores in May.

Pride and Pain: Farmer-Soldier Sacrifices for Country and Family

Sacrifice: Joseph Sparacio will plant no seed and tend no crops in 2020. Instead, the farmer-patriot has left behind everything he loves to answer the call of duty.

Catch up on this month’s tomato content

A lot has happened in the tomato industry this month. Catch up here on the latest tomato news brought to you by The Packer.

More retail sales data show significant spike in fresh produce sales

IRI and Nielsen numbers for the week ending March 14-15 indicate fresh produce sales continue to soar as cities and states imposed more restrictions to contain the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19.

Not just for guacamole: Avocados are on the menu everywhere

As more consumers eat more avocados during more dayparts, the fruit is turning up on more restaurant menus.

New inspections for Mexican tomatoes at border coming soon

The U.S. Department will start inspecting Mexican tomatoes entering the U.S. on April 4, as part of the suspension agreement with the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.

Record meth seizure found in tomato, pepper load

Arizona Customs and Border Protection officers made a record methamphetamine seizure when a commercial truckload of tomatoes and peppers attempted to cross into the U.S.

Village Farms production picks up for season

Village Farms International Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, is ramping up supplies of greenhouse tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers for the season.

Florida growers expecting good crop this spring

Thanks to mostly favorable growing weather, Florida grower-shippers anticipate a strong spring season for their fruits and vegetables.

Traina Foods has new product

Traina Foods Inc., Patterson, Calif., has announced the launch of Pasta Toss, the latest fruit-forward product in its Traina Home Grown line.