The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council applaud the commitment from the Liberal Party of Canada and Liberal Agriculture Critic Mark Eyking to establishing a Canadian mechanism comparable to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act in the United States and to restoring Canada’s preferential access to PACA programs. “CPMA raised this issue when we met with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau... Read more

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Phillips Mushroom gears up for completion of 3rd Maryland expansion
When Phillips Mushroom Farms, headquartered in Kennett Square, PA, completes the third expansion of its Warwick, MD, facility, the company will increase its production to about one million pounds of mushrooms per week from it. National Sales Manager, Kevin Donovan, told The Produce News that the expansion would double the size of the facility, which opened about... Read more

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Lone Star Citrus Growers aims to revitalize grapefruit category
This winter, Lone Star Citrus Growers is looking to revitalize the grapefruit category and reverse the trend of declining sales. Although Texas grapefruit sales are strong and growing, total category consumption has been on a dramatic decline for the past 20 years. With Texas grapefruit offering retailers a high-margin product during the winter months, the Lone... Read more


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Nathan Esformes, partner in Pacific Tomato Growers, dies at 83
Nathan J. Esformes, who founded Pacific Tomato Growers along with his brother, Joseph, and the Heller family, died Oct. 5 following an extended illness surrounded by his family. He was 83. Mr. Esformes was a 65-year resident of Miami area and was a graduate of the University of Miami. He served two... Read more