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With avocados being one of the main benefactors, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has proposed a new guidance for the use of the “healthy” claim on food labeling, and, though the guidance is open for public comments, it is effective immediately. Emiliano Escobedo, executive director of the Hass Avocado Board, told The Produce News on Friday, Sept. 30, that the organization is already using the new descriptor.... Read more

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New broccoli icing technology touted by Freshtex
Alamo, TX-based Freshtex Produce LLC is using a new technique to ice its broccoli that President Kenny Alford claims significantly increases shelf life. “The quality of the broccoli is important, but just as important is the icing system,” he said. “That makes all the difference in the world.” Freshtex began 18 years ago as a partnership... Read more

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When three of the best growers in northwest Mexico joined forces and formed Marengo Foods Co. LLC, the company name they chose had special meaning and gives their business model focus. The company and brand name — Marengo — was the name of Napoleon’s horse, which was named after the first victory he had as head of France in which he liberated... Read more

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KB Holding Inc. announced the hire of Joel Chace as vice president of real estate. In his new role, Chace will spearhead the growth of Kings Super Markets and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market. “We are delighted to welcome Joel to our team,” Judy Spires, president and chief executive... Read more