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Vidalia onion growers sell operations to billionaire Bill Gates

In its third generation of growing and shipping produce from the Vidalia, Ga. region, the Stanley family has apparently sold its operations to entities owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Fresh Summit sets records, shows global reach

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Produce Marketing Association’s 2014 Fresh Summit set records and drew praise from exhibitors and attendees for its global reach.

Bailey Farms recalls serrano peppers

Pepper grower Bailey Farms Inc. has recalled more than three tons of serrano peppers sent to retailers and wholesalers after a positive test for salmonella.

Chile freeze damage likely limited

For the second straight year, Chile has been hit with unusually cold fall weather, but damage should be much lighter than last year.

California grape volumes high for holidays

ANAHEIM, Calif. — As California table grapes move through their heaviest shipping months of the year, volumes are close on the heels of last year’s record crop of 116 million 19-pound boxes.

UPDATED: Bolthouse CEO is Produce Marketer of the Year

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jeff Dunn, president and chief executive officer of Bolthouse Farms, has been named Produce Marketer of the Year by The Packer.

Fresh produce products included in SunBurst recall

Several fresh produce items are among more than 130 products under recall by SunBurst Foods, Goldsboro, N.C., because of possible listeria contamination.

Green bean volumes down 50% for Thanksgiving

Grower-shippers expect ample high-quality supplies of most Thanksgiving produce staples this year, with green beans the notable exception.

Wal-Mart adds detail to sustainability plans

Wal-Mart is adding some detail to its recent pledge to create a more sustainable food system, revealing goals to help farmers manage input use and changes in buying practices aimed to reduce fruit and vegetable waste.

Center for Produce Safety seeks research proposals

The Center for Produce Safety has begun requesting proposals on food safety research for 2015.

PTI to focus on distribution center preparedness

The readiness and ability of distribution centers to receive produce cases with GS1-128 barcodes encoded with standardized product identification and batch/lot numbers should be the focus of the Produce Traceability Initiative in 20...

Coastline takes Nutraleaf on the road

ANAHEIM, Calif. — As the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit drew to a close, Coastline Family Farms representatives had already hit the road for Atlanta and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. It ran Oct. 19-22.

Nonprofit honors Ready Pac

The Midnight Mission, a Los Angeles nonprofit, named Ready Pac Foods Inc. among a list of honorees at its Golden Heart Awards Gala.

Frieda’s promotes spooky-looking items for Halloween

In keeping with the Halloween spirit, Los Alamitos, Calif.-based Frieda’s Produce is promoting spooky yet healthful specialty fruits and vegetables.

Mushroom sales grow, but production challenges loom

The U.S. mushroom industry is on pace for huge growth this year, but it also faces production challenges.

Envy turns the category green with new campaign

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Envy apples are not even a little humble about their new consumer marketing campaign launched at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit.

Potandon serves up new varieties

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Idaho Falls, Idaho-based Potandon Produce is doing something it never has before with its brand — marketed potatoes. Ralph Schwartz, vice president of marketing, said the company plans to launch organic potatoes under the Potandon brand for the first time this November. The new offering is under the Potandon logo introduced earlier this year.

SF produce mart celebrates new building

More than 150 produce merchants, city leaders and community members joined to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market’s expansion.

Brazilians boost bid for Chiquita on eve of shareholder vote

The day before a vote on its $1 billion merger deal with Fyffes Plc., officials with Chiquita Brands International Inc. notified sharehold-ers that two Brazilian companies had upped their unsolicited bid for a second time, offering $14.50 per share.

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