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September/October 2017

The Latest Word — PMA webinar digs into top research from Center for Produce Safety

Millennial Nectar — Younger consumers drive growth of hard cider market

Confronting Challenges — TOMRA in search of solutions to pressing customer issues

Oodles of Noodles — Equipment manufacturers deliver new machines for new kinds of cuts

Big Data, Big Picture — Innovations in IoT help produce processors streamline business



Past issues

March 2008

February 2008

  • Fresh Cuts by Carol’s Cuts 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 the company’s fresh-cut facility by 3,000 square feet, Caviar responded, “If we need 3,000 (square feet), let’s do 7,000.”
  • Fresh Focus: Call an Audible When a Recall Occurs
  • Fresh on the High Seas David Mizer doesn’t pull any punches, and he’s calling the produce industry “shy.”
  • Going Where Kids Are
  • Join the Club WalMart has aggressively been implementing radio frequency identification into its stores and distribution centers, and now its warehouse store, Sam’s Club, is doing the same.

January 2008

December 2007

  • A Mixed Bag The fresh-cut industry may have started with plain lettuce washed and bagged, but it’s grown into a multi-billion dollar industry that is increasingly changing product mixes to appeal to a wider audience. Many salads now include a meat or pasta item, and fresh-cut fruit and vegetable snacks often include a side dip or another product.
  • Dulcinea Farms When fresh-cut processors develop a new product, a lot of research goes in to finding a fruit or vegetable that will handle the cutting process and deliver a favorable eating experience for the customer. But Dulcinea Farms was fortunate – its PureHeart Seedless Watermelon and Extra Sweet Tuscan Style Cantaloupe were as good cut as they were whole fresh produce.
  • Facing an Energy Crisis
  • Fresh Focus: Microbiological Testing

October 2007

  • Irradiating Produce FDA is considering a rule change concerning irradiated products: If the irradiation does not change the taste or texture of the product, then it would not have to be identified as irradiated.
  • It Starts with Sales
  • Ocean Mist Farms Castroville, Calif., is called the Artichoke Capital of the World, so it’s only natural that the biggest name in artichokes, Ocean Mist Farms, would call Castroville home.
  • Pre-Cooling Fresh-Cuts As the food distribution system has developed over the years – with most of the food that Americans eat grown far away from where they live – maintaining cooler temperatures during transit has become important for shelf life and quality.
  • Texas Two-Step

September 2007

  • Growing Into Organics Although organic onions make up only a small part of Gills Onions’ business, the company is looking to expand its retail offerings with organic packages.
  • Produce of the Americas Southern Specialties started nearly 20 years ago as an importer of produce from Guatemala, but a food safety scare caused the company to expand its supplier base and growth expanded from there. The Pompano Beach, Fla.-based company is now a vertically integrated grower, shipper, importer, re-packer and processor of specialty fruits and vegetables.
  • The Big Challenge in Schools
  • Trade Show Booth Development

July 2007

  • Summer Fun
  • Summer Sweets In 2006, 335 million people visited more than 600 amusement parks in the United States. That amounts to estimated revenues of $11.5 billion, a $4 billion increase over 1996.
  • Traceability Provides More Than Safety
  • Working Together In the wake of the 2006 outbreak of E. coli in bagged spinach, processors are looking for faster, more accurate testing equipment to catch contamination before fresh-cut products leave the facilities.

June 2007

  • A Traveling Man
  • Battling O157:H7 Bo Reagan sees the produce industry asking some of the same questions the beef industry started asking in 1993.
  • Marketing with Newsletters
  • Policing Produce Dole Fresh Vegetable launched a produce quality pilot program in March 2006 to see if radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags could improve the quality of leafy green products in the supply chain.
  • Stuck in Limbo B&P Packing Company was between a rock and a hard place. On the one side was the city of Soledad, which wanted the processor to move from its downtown location to a 7-acre parcel outside of the downtown area that was being revitalized.

May 2007

  • Employee Preparedness in Food Safety
  • F&S Expanding Fresh-Cuts In its 25 years, F&S Produce Co., Rosenhayn, N.J., has grown from a seasonal grower/processor to a fresh produce distributor, frozen processor and fresh-cut processor moving more than 50 million pounds of fruits and vegetables annually.
  • Protection from Civil Suits Americans’ increased consumption of fresh produce brings increased risks in terms of the number of outbreaks of foodborne illnesses and related lawsuits.
  • Safety By Design Sanitary design is a holistic approach to creating an environment that will reduce the risk of contamination in a fresh-cut produce facility.
  • Spinach Report In a display of detective skills worthy of Sherlock Holmes, state and federal investigators hunted down the bacteria that caused 205 people in 26 states to become ill and three to die last September after they ate bagged California spinach.
  • TV News and Old News

April 2007

March 2007




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