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IGA names president and CEO

John Ross, current president of Inmar Promotion Network, has been named president and chief executive officer of IGA Inc., succeeding current IGA Chairman, President and CEO Mark Batenic. Ross will begin his tenure mid-October, working closely with Batenic during the transition. Batenic will remain chairman of the board until his retirement Dec. 31, 2018, transitioning in [...]

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Cleanup from Hurricane Irma a daunting task

Major hurricanes like Irma take a major toll on farmland, even when it’s very early in the season. When Irma scathed the western side of Florida in early September, plantings in North Florida were in their early growth stage in greenhouses intended to protect them. Other young plants were already planted in fields, typically covered [...]

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New leadership at Rice Fruit Co.

Ben Rice and Brenda Briggs are the new leaders of Rice Fruit Co. At the company’s Sept. 14 board of directors meeting Rice was elected president, succeeding his father, David Rice. Briggs, vice president of sales and marketing, assumed the leadership of sales at the company earlier this year when John Rice stepped back from [...]

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A very berry boost for organic sales

For retailers looking to boost organic sales focus should be placed on berries and packaged salads. In an educational seminar prior to the opening of the New England Produce Council show entitled Excellence in Organic Merchandising, Matt Seeley, chief executive officer of the Organic Produce Network, emphasized that berries and packaged salads were driving organic [...]

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Pure Palm now shipping fresh crop Medjool dates

Pure Palm Produce, a Bakersfield, CA-based grower that specializes in California-grown Medjool dates, is now shipping fresh crop from the Coachella Valley. “The 2017 Medjool Date Harvest is under way in California’s Coachella Valley,” said Ben Antongiovanni, president of Pure Palm Produce. “This year’s harvest was about 10 days later than last year, but in [...]

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Publix honored for food-safety innovation

Food Marketing Institute presented its inaugural Food Safety Innovation Award in conjunction with the International Food Protection Training Institute to Publix Super Markets Inc. for demonstrating a commitment to the advancement of food protection through performance, practice, creation, sustainability and leadership. “We created this award to recognize companies that have made an innovative contribution and [...]

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Peru maintains position in world asparagus market

In 2016, Peru represented 40 percent of the world’s supply of asparagus and about 43 percent of the total U.S. import dollar value. These numbers have remained fairly consistent over the past five years, though typical market fluctuations have occurred. Peru continues to maintain fairly steady supplies of product into the United States the entire [...]

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Potato Lovers Month display contest gets new partner, more chances to win

The Idaho Potato Lovers Month display contest, which the Idaho Potato Commission has been running annually for more than a quarter of a century, is a major component of the organization’s retail promotion programs, and it has been successful beyond initial expectations. During the early years, “we were lucky if we hit 1,000” entries in [...]

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Scaring up sales with spooky foods

Frieda’s Specialty Produce is encouraging retailers to summon shoppers to the produce department with a spooky foods display featuring out-of-this-world fruits and vegetables, along with traditional fall pumpkin and squash. “Halloween is the perfect time to showcase your tropical fruits and specialty vegetables as shoppers will be looking for unique, spooky items for their Halloween [...]

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Dole exploring sale, could go for $2 billion

Dole Food is exploring a sale, according to the Wall Street Journal. Based on comparable companies, WSJ suggested that Dole could be worth $2 billion. In an email to The Produce News, William Goldfield, director of corporate communications at Dole, said the company had no comment to offer regarding the potential sale. Citing people familiar with the matter, WSJ said the [...]

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