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Grapeman Farms adds  Stephen Harmer to sales team
With more than 40 years of proven experience in table grapes, Grapeman Farms, the Los Angeles-based company that originally operated as Stevco Inc., is not letting the COVID-19... Read more
Top Brass is poised for  a successful grape season
Grapes are sweet, healthy, and refreshing, which makes them a perfect fruit for spring and summer, consumers can look forward to a robust supply of high-quality grapes from... Read more
North Carolina fills niche for Northampton
Founded in 1959, Northampton Growers Produce was created to meet the needs on the East Coast. It soon became one of the largest fresh produce growers, packers and shippers... Read more
Flavor 1st continues growth in veg category
Though the Flavor 1st company name is only 15 years old, the roots run clear back to the 18th Century in western North Carolina. The company’s timeline noted that James... Read more
Parker Farms turning challenges into opportunities
Spring of 2020 has been strange and challenging, primarily because of the coronavirus, of course, but also because of the unusually cool weather on the western shore of the... Read more
Papen Farms hoping demand continues for vegetables
Richard Papen, owner of the 67-year-old Papen Farms, has been around the produce industry all his life and is shocked at what he’s seeing in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus. “It’s... Read more
Farm Pak celebrates 50th anniversary
Farm Pak Products is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new look to its brand and a revamped website. Johnny Barnes, president of the company, said his parents, Carson... Read more
McDaniel relies on Peru for summer program
With summer getting ready to kick off, McDaniel Fruit Co., based in Fallbrook, CA, was getting ready to receive its first load of Peruvian avocados, which are an important... Read more
Peru playing key role in Westfalia’s avocado business
The multinational Westfalia Fruit Group, a leading avocado grower and a supplier of fresh and processed produce to international markets, has increased its Hass avocado shipments... Read more
Calavo focusing on top quality from Peru
For the 2020 season, Calavo Growers Inc., headquartered in Santa Paula, CA, will only be importing, top-quality, No. 1 fruit from Peru. “We will have about the same volume... Read more
Ron Budd looking forward to New Jersey potato season
Rob Budd, vice president of Gloucester County Packing Corp., is looking forward to handling New Jersey potatoes, which should be harvested perhaps a week later than normal,... Read more
Vineland Produce Auction serving the industry since 1931
The Vineland Produce Auction opened for the 2020 season on Monday, April 27, and one week later was already seeing good volumes of a wide variety of vegetable items, according... Read more
Sunny Valley supporting retail partners
The produce industry is in unprecedented times as the COVID-19 pandemic creates challenges that no one has ever dealt with before. That’s why everything Sunny Valley International... Read more
Nardelli Lake View Farms starts spring with strong lettuce crop
The staff at Nardelli Lake View Farms, operating out of Cedarville, NJ, is doing well and working through the COVID-19 pandemic as best it can, practicing social distancing... Read more
Helping feed NJ’s hungry during the current crisis
bordentown, nj — If this story were written as recently as a couple of months ago, no one would have believed it. Our nation was enjoying a historic economy, and unemployment... Read more
Sonny Boy Produce working from new location
Sonny Boy Produce, formerly headquartered in Landisville, NJ, moved during the winter and is now working out of Safeway Fresh Foods in Vineland, NJ, according to Thomas Consalo,... Read more
R&R Flaim Next Generation Produce remaining upbeat during pandemic
Throughout his lifelong career as a vegetable grower, Ryan Flaim has not seen anything like the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic. “We saw a big drop off in... Read more
Index Fresh welcomes new CEO, kicks off Peru deal
As the new chief executive officer of Index Fresh, Steve Roodzant was being welcomed aboard as the Riverside, CA-based company was about to welcome the first fruit of its... Read more
Mission to increase imports from Peru
Mission Produce Inc. is expecting to sell more Peruvian avocados this year and to have them later in the season. “They delayed picking by about three weeks,” said Ross Wileman,... Read more
Dandrea Produce doing its part to help its community
Dandrea Produce LLC is doing its part to ensure its customers and employees are staying safe during the coronavirus crisis, and is also making sure the greater community... Read more

NY company cited for $600K PACA violations
As a part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on CKF Produce Corp. of Brooklyn, NY, for failing to meet its contractual obligations to the sellers of produce it Read More ...
C&S-Instacart partnership helps 3,000 independent grocers
Instacart and C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. have partnered to offer e-commerce and same-day delivery solutions to more than 3,000 C&S independent grocery retailers across the U.S. The new partnership shows both companies’ continued commitment to supporting independent grocers across the country and the diverse communities these Read More ...
Sunrise Logistics leveraging technology with new customer portal
Sunrise Logistics has built a successful business on three pillars: people, process and technology. And those three pillars are the basis of a new customer portal the company is now rolling out. Sunrise, located in Ephrata, PA, and a division of Four Seasons Produce, was established in 2006 and offers comprehensive Read More ...
Volm answering sustainable packaging demand
Volm Cos. Inc. is enabling fresh produce growers and packers to meet retail demand for displaying products in sustainable packaging. Marsha Verwiebe, director of marketing and communications for Volm, said a couple of new technologies are being used in trials, or are on their way to the marketplace. These sustainable Read More ...
IFCO introduces new RPC Mini Series
IFCO Systems launched a new RPC Mini Series. The Mini Series RPCs are the smallest reusable containers on the market specifically designed for the transportation of fresh food. The size of the RPCs allows retailers, growers and suppliers to efficiently use the available space when transporting convenience food and fresh, Read More ...

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