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Precoolers contribute to longer shelf life

Precooling can reduce costs, and prompt and thorough precooling is the most important step in establishing an effective cold chain, according to Global Cooling Inc.

Lipman hires chief financial officer

Immokalee, Fla.-based tomato grower Lipman has hired Drew Yurko as chief financial officer. Yurko, who previously worked as chief financial officer for FreshPoint, brings 20 years of experience in financial management to Lipman. “We are fortunate to have someone of Drew’s caliber join our team,” said CEO Kent Shoemaker in a news release. Show More Summary

Photos from FPAA annual convention

TUBAC, Ariz. -- The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, Nogales, held its 47th annual meeting Nov. 5-7 in Tubac. The Packer Editor Greg Johnson covered the event and took these photos.

Braga Fresh celebrates employee's 45-year anniversary

Soledad, Calif.-based Braga Fresh Family Farms is celebrating employee Gavino “David” Cardenas’ 45-year milestone.

Village Farms creates new strategic development position

St. Petersburg, Fla.-based greenhouse grower-shipper Village Farms International Inc. hired Lyra Vance to fill the newly created position as director of strategic business and sales development.

LGMA offers new app for handwashing

ATLANTA — New field workers can learn about proper handwashing from a smartphone thanks to a new app from the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.

Companies experience success at Fresh Summit expo

ATLANTA — Many of the retail and wholesale buyers and suppliers exhibiting at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit found success.

Pepperl accepts Marketer of the Year award

ATLANTA -- Roger Pepperl, marketing director for Stemilt Growers Inc., Wenatchee, Wash., accepted The Packer’s Produce Marketer of the Year award Oct. 24 at PMA Fresh Summit.

The Packer launches job board

LENEXA, Kan. — The Packer has unveiled a new service for the produce industry — The Packer Jobs: All Careers Produce.

Willett leaving Northwest Horticultural Council

After nearly 20 years, Mike Willett is leaving the Northwest Horticultural Council to be manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission.

Alsum Farms representative rides in Tour de Fresh

Gary Stevens from Alsum Farms & Produce, Friesland, Wis., is a cyclist on the Tour de Fresh event.

California Giant adds director of retail sales

California Giant has promoted Nick Chappell to director of retail sales, a new position at the company.

Debus leads Reusable Packaging Association

Tim Debus says he will maintain strong ties to the fresh produce industry in his new role as president and chief executive officer of the Linden, Va.-based Reusable Packaging Association.

Ideal Sales satisifies PACA reparation order

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

Survey reveals low food safety trust in private label brands

A new global survey reveals that just 12% of global consumers said they completely trust the safety of the private and national food brands.

PACA-like approach gets more support

As Canada’s Oct. 19 national election draws closer, two out of three major political parties have endorsed establishing a Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act-like mechanism in Canada.

Retail report shows sales, volume gains in second quarter

The second quarter 2015 FreshFacts on Retail report from the United Fresh Produce Association shows moderate sales and volume gains for fresh produce compared with the same period a year ago. Retail produce sales were up 2.6% and fresh produce volume was up 3.4% for the quarter, according to the report.

C.H. Robinson adds Chicago office

Eden Prairie, Minn.-based C.H. Robinson has announced plans for a 207,000-square-foot office building in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood that will be ready for occupancy by late 2018.

Vilsack: sustainability out as goal for dietary guidelines

Bowing to food industry and Congressional pressure, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell said that sustainability will not be a factor in developing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines will be released later this year, perhaps in December.

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