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Michigan packer-shipper debuts $22 million facility

Heeren Bros., a family owned wholesaler, marketer and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables in Michigan, officially debuted its new, $22 million processing facility in Alpine Township in mid-December. Heeren Bros. distributes a diversified line... more »

New virus linked to bee colony collapse disorder

A rapidly mutating virus has leaped from plants to honeybees, where it is reproducing and contributing to the collapse of colonies vital to the multibillion-dollar agricultural industry, according to a new study. Los Angeles TimesClick... more »

United Fresh to partner with University of Georgia for food safety workshop

United Fresh is partnering with The University of Georgia on the GAPs/HACCP/HARPC workshop designed to establish an in-plant HACCP program for the fresh produce industry.GAPs, GMPs & HACCP Food Safety for the Fresh Produce Industry... more »

United Fresh offers free listeria guide

Two recent outbreaks have demonstrated the vulnerability of some fresh and fresh-cut operations to listeria harborage leading to product contamination. Some customers and supplier operations have implemented listeria testing programs without a good understanding of... more »

Cranberry research seeks longer shelf life

A new adjunct professor at Washington State University (WSU) is trying to find ways to extend the cranberry season beyond the fall and winter holidays. Frank Caruso recently retired after 28 years at the University... more »

United Fresh honors Del Monte Fresh Produce

The United Fresh Produce Association honored Del Monte Fresh Produce as the Produce Industry Advocate of the Year last week at the Washington Public Policy Conference. Del Monte Fresh Produce has been a long-time leader... more »

FDA to hold additional public meetings on FSMA Proposed Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced two additional public meetings on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Rules on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies. These meetings... more »

Kass to deliver keynote address at the Washington Public Policy Conference

Sam Kass, executive director of Let’s Move!, senior nutrition policy advisor and assistant chef at the White House, will highlight the important role fresh produce plays in Let’s Move! as keynote speaker at the United... more »

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