While the agriculturally rich Rio Grande Valley has been spared the brunt of the most recent storms and flooding in Texas, nine months of above-average rain has taken its toll in the fresh produce growing areas, with many acres having already been lost. “We’ve had 60 inches of rain from the fall through the spring,” said Jimmy Bassetti, president of J&D Produce Inc. in Edinburg, TX. “No one has been spared.” These May... Read more

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Jim Allen, president of the New York Apple Association, said that developing trade negotiations with Cuba could be of interest to the state’s apple industry. “Governor Cuomo was in Cuba in late April, and I have been barraged with questions from both the New York agriculture industry as well as the press covering his trip, asking about New York apples to Cuba. Emil... Read more

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RedLine Solutions, a leader in produce traceability and inventory solutions, announced that Auvil Fruit Co. has deployed RedLine Cooler to manage and track its growing inventory. Auvil Fruit Co. saw business steadily increasing in recent years to now producing about 1.4 million boxes of apples and 57,000 boxes of cherries each year. As business grew, managing... Read more


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Sun Belle Inc. adds to sales team
Sun Belle Inc., an international berry and specialty marketer and distributor, has added Jan McDaniels and Bob Hylka to its growing produce sales and marketing team. McDaniels is in Los Angeles overseeing Sun Belle’s distribution facility near Los Angeles International Airport and handling West Coast... Read more


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SEPC duffers hit the links at Terry Vorhees Golf Classic
A rollicking casino night that raised $50,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on day one of the second annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic was just a build up to the main event. The following morning, some 130 Southeast Produce Council duffers raised another $50,000 on the esteemed... Read more