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Sixth Adams Produce official pleads guilty

John Alexander pleaded guilty to one federal charge instead of facing trial on a 33-count indictment, becoming the sixth Adams Produce Co. executive to plead in the investigation into defrauding the government.

Small apples harder to find this fall

Some apple shippers are scrambling to fill orders for smaller fruit this fall.

Chiquita vote was 2-to-1 againt Fyffes; execs future unknown

After their shareholders rejected a merger with Fyffes Plc. by a margin of more than two to one, the Chiquita board of directors unanimously approved a buyout offer of $1.3 billion from two Brazilian companies.

Why is the health image of produce slipping?

Consumer perceptions of fruits and vegetables as healthful is slipping, whether it’s fresh, fresh-cut, canned, frozen or in juice form, according to a survey from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Washington apples regain China market

Providing a key market outlet for a record volume crop, the Chinese market is open again to Washington red and golden delicious apples after a two-year absence.

20-day lag between state test and results in cilantro recall

Shenandoah Growers Inc. is voluntarily recalling 465 clamshells of cilantro because of possible salmonella contamination.

Ag groups seek methyl bromide for emergencies

More than 80 U.S. agricultural and commodity groups have signed a letter to Frank Lucas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, asking that Congress pass legislation to allow emergency use of the fumigant methyl bromide.

Lettuce market soars as Thanksgiving nears

Lettuce prices rose sharply in the last 10 days of October as Salinas, Calif., grower-shippers battled weather-related shortages of iceberg and romaine with their transitions to desert growing regions still a few weeks away.

Chile sees rebound year after tough 2013-14 campaign

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ronald Bown has attended the Produce Marketing Association’s annual Fresh Summit expo every year since 1987.

USDA sanctions four PACA violators

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce companies for failure to pay Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act reparation awards, according to a USDA news release.

National Geographic chronicles cross country berry journey

A writer and photographer from National Geographic trailed a truckload of strawberries from the Central Coast of California to a grocery store in Washington, D.C.

Braga Fresh returns to Lifetime TV

Braga Fresh Family Farms president Rod Braga is scheduled to appear again on the Lifetime Channel morning show, “The Balancing Act,” to discuss organic produce.

SureHarvest releases new sustainability system

SureHarvest released a sustainability performance management software with three new clients.

Rainier Fruit enlists automated shipping technology

Matson Fruit Co., sister warehouse of Selah, Wash.-based Rainier Fruit Co., completed installation of a new storage and shipping facility just in time for the start of the 2014 harvest.

Kawamura takes on production critics

Taking issue with critics of food production methods, A.G. Kawamura — a grower and former California Department of Food and Agriculture secretary — promoted investing in “systems of abundance and not scarcity” in a recent TED talk.

C.H. Robinson reports revenue increase in Q3

C. H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. reported results for its third quarter without mentioning its new Robinson Fresh operations.

Tomato campaign captures top marketing awards

The integrated communications campaign “I Love Puerto Rico Tomatoes” was recognized by the Puerto Rico Sales and Marketing Association with several top awards at the annual Marketing Excellence Awards Summit. The campaign, which promotes the local tomato harvest for 2014, won the “Best Use of Public Relations Strategy Award,” according to a news release.

Watermelon feast for marathon runners

The National Watermelon Promotion Board and National Watermelon Association provided tons of the fruit at Marine Corp Marathon festivities in Washington, D.C.

TKM expands fresh market lettuce production

BELLE GLADE, Fla. — TKM Bengard Farms LLC, one of the East Coast’s biggest fresh-cut lettuce suppliers, is increasing its presence in the fresh market.

Kiwifruit markets strong as California, Italy build

Kiwifruit markets remain strong heading into November as California and Italian fruit slowly filled an empty pipeline.

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