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USDA seeks applications for $16.8 million in grant for SNAP incentives

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making available $16.8 million in funding to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — food stamps — increase purchases of fruits and vegetables.

Alliance report card gives low marks for consumption, promotion

Despite healthy eating gains in schools and an expansion in incentive programs to boost fresh produce consumption among food stamp recipients, America’s fruit and vegetable consumption has declined by 5% in the last five years.

FDA answers food safety questions at Web event

The first in a series of food safety-themed Web seminars sponsored by the Produce Marketing Association and the United Fresh Produce Association explored questions relating to the final food safety rule for preventive controls.

Marketing Plus hires new staff member

Fresno, Calif.-based Marketing Plus hired Claudia Nicolaou as business development director.

USDA awards $35 million to support farmers markets, food hubs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced about $35 million in grant funding to support farmers markets and local and regional food systems.

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal reached

Bringing potential trade gains for fresh produce exporters, a deal among 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership has been reached.

FDA official answers questions on preventive controls rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The final preventive control food safety rule is in the books, but questions about the rule’s impact remain at the Washington Conference.

FDA looks to implementation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lifting the lid on the Food and Drug Administration’s priorities for implementation of the preventive controls food safety regulation, attendees at the Washington Conference heard from both federal and state food safety experts about the challenges that are ahead.

500 pitch for industry priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 20th annual United Fresh Produce Association Washington Conference featured lobbying pushes on child nutrition programs, federal drought legislation and a continued emphasis on the need for immigration reform and a revised agricultural guest worker program.

Stabenow vows to protect child nutrition programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Giving strong support for current school lunch nutrition standards and for keeping the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program only for fresh produce, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., found a receptive audience at the United Fresh Washington Conference.

Fruits and vegetables central to solving health problems, Ryan says

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Escalating health care costs may doom efforts to balance the budget, and that is one reason why Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, is a strong supporter of healthier school meals.

Windset Farms joins fight against breast cancer

Windset Farms is going into its fourth year of partnership with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

TQL Moves That Matter supports Where Angels Play Foundation

Cincinnati-based Total Quality Logistics plans to donate $1,000 this month to the Where Angels Play Foundation as part of its Moves That Matter program.

Southern Specialties names sales director

Kristen Francisco is set to begin a new job in October as sales director for Southern Specialties Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla.

FFVA honors RCMA head, raises record funds for programs

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida’s produce industry honored the head of a farmworkers’ children’s charity and raised a record amount of money for the organization that cares for the children of farmworkers.

Brandstorm speaker to address generational differences

Generational communications expert Phil Gwoke will speak at the Nov. 1-2 United Fresh Produce Association’s BrandStorm event in San Francisco.

Michael Robinson, 63, veteran Duda executive, dies

Michael Robinson, a longtime employee of A. Duda & Sons Inc., has died.

Church Brothers names food safety director

Church Brothers LLC promoted Megan Chedwick to the position of director of food safety and sustainability.

FFVA meeting tackles food safety, marketing

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Sessions at the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s Sept. 23-25 convention covered a variety of topics including concerns over the Food Safety Modernization Act, genetically modified foods, water regulations and global marketing of the state’s crops.

Robinson Fresh introduces new Mott’s sliced apple items

Eden Prairie, Minn.-based C.H. Robinson has added organic varieties and value-added fresh apple products to the Mott’s brand.

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