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Western Veg-Produce has partnered with West Coast Berry Farms LLC, a third-generation strawberry grower in Oxnard, CA, owned by Bobby and RC Jones. The two companies have done business together for more than 22 years, and starting in 2018 they will work together to provide the industry with premium-quality strawberries in promotable volumes, year-round. West Coast Berry Farms recently took control of more than 1,500 acres of strawberry farms amongst the three major... Read more
Schwan’s reaches milestone
Schwan’s Home Service Inc. has reached a major milestone in giving back over $12 million to a variety of community organizations through its Schwan’s Cares fundraising program. The company has given back to communities across the country, through fundraising, since 2006. In 2012, Schwan’s set out to improve its fundraising program by building a platform that would provide an even easier and more effective tool for groups to raise funds. What ultimately... Read more
Wayne E. Bailey to feature its count the Petitelings contest
As with years past, Wayne E. Bailey, will present a check to the charity of choice of the winner of the company’s count-the-Petitelings sweet potatoes’ contest at its booth, No. 1117, at the PMA Fresh Summit on Oct. 19-21 in New Orleans. Last year the company filled three glass cylinders with its trademarked Petitelings, asked visitors to guess how many were inside. The winner received a check for $2,500 to give to its charity. Brian Silberman, past... Read more integrates with QuickBooks
RedLine Solutions, a leader in produce traceability and inventory solutions, announced that its web-based warehouse management system,, now offers integration with Intuit QuickBooks accounting software. is designed specifically for the produce industry, helping increase operational efficiencies and staff productivity in large and small grower-shippers. This web-based subscription software helps streamline processes, visibility and traceability... Read more
Jersey Fresh continues to meet the  demands of produce growers and retailers
The Jersey Fresh banner will be flying at PMA. Joe Atchison III, coordinator for agricultural development, and Christine Fries, marketing specialist, at The New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Division of Marketing & Development, will be manning Booth No. 5458, greeting visitors with enthusiasm over all that the state has to offer. “Our team will be promoting the more than 100 fresh fruits and vegetables grown by farm businesses across the state... Read more
Redline Solutions software as fresh as the produce that it manages
In line with its approach to keeping its software as fresh as the produce that it manages, RedLine Solutions, the leader in produce traceability and inventory management, announced today the release of version 3 of its popular RedLine Cooler warehouse management software for grower-shippers. The new release includes support for Android devices, including Zebra’s revolutionary single plane TC8000 handheld scanner, which scans barcodes three times faster... Read more
Giorgio Fresh serving up  a flavor of Italy and tasty  mushroom treats at PMA
One of the larger growers of fresh mushrooms in the world, Giorgio Fresh Co., headquartered in Temple, PA, will be showcasing its range of specialty and organic mushrooms and new product offerings at the PMA Fresh Summit on Oct. 19-21 in New Orleans. The company’s booth, No. 145, is always a highlight at the event, and is keeping with its rank as a major player in the produce industry. Greg Sagan, incoming executive vice president of sales and marketing,... Read more
Duda Farm Fresh Foods launches new website
Consumers seeking recipe inspiration and information about their favorite fruits and vegetables have a new resource thanks to Duda Farm Fresh Foods. The brand recently announced its new, user-friendly and fully redesigned website, updated with a fresh look and feel. Complete with modern white wood and marble aesthetics, the new site reflects current trends and creates consistency across each of the brand’s communication channels. Another new feature includes... Read more
Excitement over 2017 California heirloom garlic crop
Patsy Ross, marketing director for Gilroy, CA-based Christopher Ranch, said the company is excited to share its new crop of California Heirloom Garlic with the attendees of the 2017 PMA Fresh Summit, Oct. 19-21, in New Orleans. Christopher Ranch will have strong company representation at its booth, No. 2017. “Christopher Ranch owners, Bill Christopher, Ken Christopher and Jason Christopher, will be at the Fresh Summit, along with our sales, logistics, marketing... Read more
Brambles, the global supply-chain logistics company operating in more than 60 countries, primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands, has published its Sustainability Review for the 2017 Financial Year. The review includes updates on CHEP and IFCO’s sustainability program and its progress toward its 2020 sustainability goals. These goals are based on the company’s Better Business, Better Planet, Better Communities, sustainability program and are closely... Read more
Ben B. excited to  work and play at  PMA Fresh Summit
The Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo is always a favorite event of people in the produce industry, especially Detroit-based Ben B. Schwartz & Sons. “It is one of our favorite shows to attend,” said Nate Stone, special projects for Ben B. “This year it’s going to be even more special for us because we are co-hosting a concert at the House of Blues with Pretty Lady Vineyards and Maxco Packaging.” Drew,... Read more
The AvocaDOs and DON'Ts of the ripe avocado revolution
Oxnard, CA-based Mission Produce has led the ripe avocado revolution and continues to innovate in the avocado category. With over 35 years of experience and 11 ripe centers globally, the Mission Produce team has developed a best practices avocado guide, AvocaDOs and DON’Ts. Mission Produce is rolling out two versions simultaneously. One is geared toward retail and contains helpful handling practices, merchandising tips and consumption data. The second is... Read more
North Carolina sweet potatoes have a bright future
If North Carolina is king when it comes to sweet potatoes, then Kelly Precythe has a special throne in the kingdom as he watches over a third-generation operation deep in the heart of the Tar Heel State. The president of Southern Produce Distributors, Precythe, is a lone entrepreneur when it comes to the company, which handles about 13,000 acres of mostly Covington variety annually, in Faison, NC. “This year is a really good year for production so far,”... Read more
I Love Produce warms up for Fresh Summit at Pennsylvania State Foosball Championships
In advance of I Love Produce’s Foosball Challenge and foosball table raffle at the PMA Fresh Summit, the owners, employees and the foosball pros representing them at the convention, participated in the Pennsylvania State Foosball Championships held in Philadelphia Oct. 5-8. The tournament is part of the International Foosball Promotions world tour, which consists of more than 20 events hosted in cities throughout the United States, including the World Foosball... Read more
With many shipping points, Wada Farms has sweet potato availability coast to coast
Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC in Idaho Falls, ID, has been in the potato and onion business since 1943 and diversified into sweet potatoes about seven years ago. Since that time, the company’s sweet potato operations, which started with one or two people on the ground in North Carolina, has expanded significantly, with grower relationships and shipping points throughout the Southeast and on the West Coast “North Carolina is the heart and soul of the... Read more
Nicknamed, “LIVE from NY,” New York Apple Sales' new website premiered Thursday, Oct. 6. “We are pleased to join with Mason Digital in Fairport, New York in announcing that after nearly eight months of web construction, New York Apple Sales Inc.’s new website is now live,” said Jim Allen, vice president of marketing for the leading apple grower and shipper headquartered in Glenmont, NY. “The site has the same address,,... Read more
Born in chance encounter, sweet potato chips now a hit
LUCAMA, NC — Dewey R. Scott is a self-confessed “sweet potato nerd,” so when he bumped into Stan Smith in a chance meeting in London in 2006, it was only natural that a family deal would result. “I had a bunch of sweet potatoes to sell, and Stan was looking for a family business he could get into with his family,” he recalled, “so one family business led to another.” Scott Farms, here, is now the largest importer of sweet... Read more
Uesugi Farms to host internationally sanctioned pumpkin weigh-off
Uesugi Farms, a second-generation grower and one of California's top producers of peppers, Napa cabbage and other produce, opened its annual Pumpkin Park on Sunday, Oct. 1. The fall attraction draws more than 100,000 visitors in the month of October, including many who come to watch its internationally sanctioned Pumpkin Weigh-Off. "We look forward to the opening of the Pumpkin Park every fall," said Pete Aiello, Uesugi Farms general manager. "It brings back... Read more
Optimism reigns at NoKota Packers
As a prognosticator, Steve Tweten, president and CEO of NoKota Packers Inc., is conservative by nature. “Right now, it’s not looking too bad,” Tweten said, as the Red River Valley red potato harvest began to roll in early September. “We barely started harvest. It’s too soon to tell, but the color looks nice. We’ve had no rain for ten days, so we’re harvesting.”Steve Tweten Tweten is optimistic, however, that the... Read more
Zespri to feature packaging options at PMA Fresh Summit
At the PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans, attendees are invited to the Zespri booth (No. 901) to blend up a smoothie on Zespri’s blender bike or relax with a cool, refreshing kiwitini. Additionally, regional market development managers will be on hand to plan customized programs and visitors will have an opportunity to go on a virtual reality tour inside a New Zealand kiwifruit orchard. Zespri’s vast assortment of product packaging, including a new on-the-go... Read more