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FTC files complaint; wants to stop Sysco-US Foods merger

Sysco Corp. officials say the Federal Trade Commission will not prevail in its complaint that its planned acquisition of US Foods would violate federal anti-trust laws.

Langdon-Johnson leaving NC Sweet Potato Commission

Sue Johnson-Langdon, the longtime head of the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, plans to leave the group after 25 years.

Walmart Savings Catcher drops produce

In an e-mail to Savings Catcher program participants, Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it is discontinuing certain items, including produce, effective immediately.

Brookshire’s honors 2015 Grower of the Year

Tyler, Texas-based Brookshire Grocery Co. named Marc Green of G-MC Produce as its 2015 Grower of the year.

United Fresh sets 2015 Fresh Impact Tours

Sixteen town hall meetings in eight U.S. states and in Ontario, Canada have been scheduled between February and September as part of the United Fresh 2015 Fresh Impact Tours.

Arizona extends citrus quarantine

Gila Bend, about 69 miles from Phoenix, has become the first site in Arizona’s Maricopa County to come under quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid.

Wal-Mart sees traffic increase; promises to work on fresh produce

After nine consecutive quarters of decreases in store traffic, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported an increase in the fourth quarter of its 2015 fiscal year and acknowledged there is still work to be done, particularly with fresh produce.

4Earth Farms again receives SQF certification

For the second year, 4Earth Farms has received the highest level of Safe Quality Food certification.

First Aussie mangoes arrive in U.S.

Australian mangoes are now in U.S. grocery stores for the first time.

Freezes threaten southeast, blueberry growers assess damage

Georgia and Florida blueberry grower-shippers are assessing possible damage as consecutive nights of freezing temperatures endangered fruit while other freeze warnings could affect central and south Florida crops.

Chopped chef champ clears broccoli rabe hurdle

SALINAS, Calif. — Broccoli rabe and fennel from D’Arrigo Bros. of California were on the menu for a cooking competition at the National Steinbeck Center won by Monterey chef Todd Fisher.

Dole’s ‘Get Up and Grow!’ targets consumption, retailers

Dole is promoting increased fresh produce consumption with a new initiative — Get Up and Grow! — whose features include an interactive online pledge consumers can take to move toward a plant-based diet

Federal judge sets trial date for former Adams Produce COO

Federal judges have set a trial date for Steve Finberg, former chief operating officer of Adams Produce Co., and delayed sentencing for the defunct company’s chief financial officer John Alexander, pending his anticipated testimony against Finberg.

Texas judge puts Obama policy on hold

Another layer of confusion was added to the immigration reform debate after a Texas federal judge put on hold the Obama Administration’s three-month old policy of allowing four million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country legally and qualify for benefits.

Homegrown Organic to grow Giumarra stone fruit

Homegrown Organic Farms plans to grow and distribute a proprietary line of premium stone fruit owned by The Giumarra Cos.

Lipman promotes potatoes through “Taters and Maters” campaign

Lipman promotes potatoes and tomatoes through a “Taters and Maters” campaign.

Southeast blueberry growers facing hard freeze warnings

Blueberry grower-shippers are preparing crops the evenings of Feb. 18-19, with hard freezes forecast for Georgia and Florida.

Sunkist tops $1 billion again

Sunkist Growers revenue surpassed $1 billion in 2014 for the fifth straight year and grower payments hit $1.1 billion, up from $873 million the year before.

Researcher returns to avocado commission

Timothy Spann has rejoined the California Avocado Commission as research program director.

Lettuce prices fall, but still in play

A big mismatch in weather patterns between where lettuce is grown and where most of it is consumed sent iceberg shipping prices tumbling to $5.50-7.25 for film-lined 24s.

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