Facility Operations

Consumer acceptance of GM crops increasing

The use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) is growing every year, despite vocal opponents of the technology. But GM crops have the potential to b... continue reading »

Sales increases at retail generally better than whole produce

Retail sales of fresh-cut fruit products rose slightly in 2008, as did the average retail price for value-added fruit. Fresh-cut vegetable dollar sale... continue reading »

Mexican processor expanding as market matures

In 2000, Fresh Cut magazine featured a two-year-old Mexican fresh-cut processor that was doing about $500,000 in sales. Eight years later – and 1... continue reading »

Davy Crockett Economics

I’ve spent an entire day following the economic crisis that is upon us.

General Motors’ stock hit a 55-year low, and F... continue reading »

New policy covers growers in a recall situation

When a recall occurs, processors and shippers are usually insured from product loss and the associated costs. But until now the grower hasn’t had... continue reading »

Market disruptions force processors, foodservice to innovate

According to the most recent consumer price index, fruit and vegetable costs are up about 6 percent, but growers, processors and distributors are scra... continue reading »

New processor sets up shop in Arizona

In the early ‘90s, Henry Chavez saw a need for cooling operations in San Luis, Ariz., so he started Spindle Cooling and Warehousing. As that comp... continue reading »

Third Coast Produce brings fresh-cut line in-house

The coastal area of Texas is America’s “third coast,” and like the East Coast and the West Coast it makes huge contributions to the eco... continue reading »

Family-owned shipper expands fresh-cut operations

When Scott Danner, chief operating officer for Kansas City, Kan.-based Liberty Fruit Co., told owner and CEO Arnold Caviar that he needed to expand th... continue reading »

Facing an Energy Crisis

As I write this column, the cost for a barrel of crude oil is expected to top $100, surpassing the $95 inflation-adjusted cost in 1980. In 1999, oil f... continue reading »