Spud truck to log 19,000 miles in 2014

The Idaho Potato Commission’s giant potato on wheels is gearing up for another tour. ... Read More


Rivermaid Trading joins cherry optical sorting revolution

When Rivermaid Trading Co. begins packing cherries April 22, it will become the latest grower-packer to join the California cherry industry’s technological revolution. ... Read More


Markets for smaller limes weaken slightly

Lime markets were still at historic highs in mid-April, but they were showing some signs of coming down. ... Read More


Auditor liability changing as courts, companies speak up

BALTIMORE — The responsibilities of food safety auditors, brought into the spotlight by the deadly cantaloupe-related listeria outbreak of 2011, are increasing as their customers and the courts review who is liable in foodborne illness ... Read More


Corby joins Save Mart

Jim Corby joined Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart Supermarkets as its director of produce. ... Read More


Fruit, vegetable prices on the rise with drought

Avocados and lettuce may see the biggest produce price increases this year because of drought conditions in California, one economist believes. ... Read More


Test checkers' produce I.D.
“Oh my! Is this bok choy?” the cashier asked, examining the vegetable closely.

“I believe it is baby bok choy,” I answered.

She spun the little price look-up wheel on the checkstand. “Well, all I’ve got here is bok choy. That’s okay, isn’t it?” She rang it up without waiting a reply.
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Start prepping for Easter’s onslaught
Easter sales rank just behind July Fourth and Christmas. Fresh produce adorns every part of the big meal. It’s important to prepare a produce merchandising scheme now to maximize sales and profit margins. Here are a few notes from the holiday file.
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Looking out for No. 1 -- bananas, that is
How does the average produce department manager regard the top-selling produce item? He takes it for granted. Often under-regarded, nothing else in the produce aisle requires anywhere near the same amount of preparation and care as bananas. On the same token, no other item consistently sells so well either. According the The Packer’s 2013 Merchandising Guide, bananas lead all produce categories, providing nearly 6% of a produce department’s sales.
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Get your Gator Eggs
This is a review of packaging more than it is a process or product, but I have to tell you as a new mom (again), I love the idea of Gator Eggs. They’re baby food sized! Read More

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