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Cinco de Mayo theme of Eastern Produce Council May Philadelphia meeting

Celebrating “Cinco de Mayo in Philadelphia,” the Eastern Produce Council is planning its May meeting at The City of Brotherly Love’s produce terminal market.

The Packer honors doctor with Viva Fresh Award

AUSTIN, Texas – The Packer honored David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University with its inaugural Healthy Living Award March 28. Katz was the keynote speaker at the first Viva Fresh produce expo, hostedShow More Summary

Produce Alliance begins rebranding effort

A rebranding effort that includes a new logo, redesigned website, mobile app and new tools for client services has been announced by Chicago-based Produce Alliance LLC.

2015 Tour de Fresh sponsorships available

The 2015 Tour de Fresh, a four-day cycling event to benefit the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign, has sponsorship opportunities available.

Fresh Produce Inc. satisfies PACA reparation order

Fresh Produce Inc., Dallas, has satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release.

Tasteful Selections hosts bloggers

As a continuation of a grand opening, Tasteful Selections hosted food bloggers at its new facility in Bakersfield, Calif.

Work on payment protection continues, but not with RCC

The goal of creating a Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act-like trust system in Canada to give payment protection to fruit and vegetable sellers is out of the hands of the U.S.-Canadian Regulatory Cooperation Council and on the lap of Canadian politicians.

Chiquita pays former execs, board $36 million

The Brazilian companies that joined forces to pay $1.3 billion for Chiquita Brands International Inc. have paid former executives and board members another $36 million in separation payments, including $16.2 million to former CEO Ed Lonergan.

Allen Lund Co promotes Kleyn

The Grand Rapids office of Allen Lund Co. has promoted Jeff Kleyn to operations manager.

Ranno new president at Harvest Sensations

Produce industry veteran Doug Ranno has been named president of Los Angeles-based Harvest Sensations.

Tampa port to construct cold storage facility

A Tampa, Fla., port’s plans to construct a refrigerated warehouse has apparently touched off a battle between another Tampa Bay port over which one would dominate the fruit importing business.

DiMare hires organics manager, sales associate

The DiMare Co. has two new hires, a general manager for its organics division and a sales associate.

FDA opens registration for food safety meeting

The Food and Drug Administration has opened online registration for its meeting on implementation of food safety regulations.

United Fresh announces workshop topics

The United Fresh Produce Association has released the topics for its Learning Center Sessions at the group’s annual expo.

United Fresh announces board

Brian Kocher will assume the role of chairman of the United Fresh Produce Association on April 29 at the group’s meeting in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.

Village Farms, Florida Organic reach distribution deal

Village Farms International Inc. and Florida Organic Farms International LLC have reached an exclusive distribution agreement for organic fruits and vegetables.   It’s the first time that Village Farms has partnered with another grower to offer organic produce under its labels, according to a news release. Village Farms will start offering the items in the fall.  

Mission Produce promotes Bertels to succeed retiring director

Robb Bertels is now vice president of marketing for Mission Produce Inc., replacing marketing director Dave Austin, who is retiring.

USDA urges Congress to maintain healthy meal standards

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was joined by three health professionals in a news conference to urge Congress to maintain strong nutrition standards for school meals.

Consumer Reports releases residue-oriented Shopping Guide

Characterizing a group of fresh produce as “very high risk,” Consumer Reports released a shopping guide organized around pesticide residues.

United Fresh expresses support for trade authority

Congress should immediately pass Trade Promotion Authority for President Barack Obama, Robert Guenther told the House Agriculture Committee.

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