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Texas onion deal should have strong finish
The Texas sweet onion deal hasn’t gotten started yet but it appears to be poised for a very good second half. Acreage is down an estimated 10 percent and the crop is trending two weeks to three weeks early, with a mid-March start expected. That could mean that by mid- to late April, supplies will be short and a very good market could be the result. Don Ed Holmes, owner of The Onion House in Weslaco, TX, and a longtime... Read more

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DNE World Fruit in Fort Pierce, FL, continues its more than a decade long commitment to the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure Conference and Expo. In February, the company announced that Delano, CA-based Wonderful Citrus had acquired its assets. DNE will exhibit at Booth No. 422 at the Southern Exposure event. In attendance representing the... Read more

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Spice World will have full line of garlic and other specialty items on display
Spice World, headquartered in Orlando, FL, grows its domestic conventional and organic garlic in California. The company offers its diverse line of products — from fresh whole garlic bulbs, fresh peeled, ready-to-use minced and chopped along with its popular Squeeze Garlic — in both options. “Our ongoing goal is to fill every consumer need... Read more

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Bobbi Ecker-Blatchford, floral industry icon, dies
Barbara (Bobbi) Ann Ecker-Blatchford, 85, died at her home on Paw-Paw Lake near Watervliet, MI, Feb 3. Ms. Ecker-Blatchford devoted 60-plus years of her life to the floral industry, establishing innovative floral techniques and concepts, studying trends and acting as a mentor to many, according to a... Read more