Marketing

Is organic healthier? Consumers think so.

According to recent research released by Mintel, customers buy organic food for multiple reasons.Here’s a summary from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT):Research from Mintel shows that Americans appear confused about the benefits of organics,... more »

A renewed interest in root pruning

Recent weather conditions are promoting bud break and bloom in stone and pome fruit. The bloom is concentrated and pressing everyone’s schedules with multiple activities simultaneously. Michigan State University Extension has a project in tart... more »

Dosatron introduces nutrient delivery system kits for fruit growers

Dosatron International has introduced Nutrient Delivery System Kits.“Based on grower demand for a do-it-yourself system, Dosatron developed a multi-nutrient delivery system that is customizable for each grower’s needs,” said Chris Lundgren, Dosatron’s national sales manager... more »

Precise Manufacturing loans hedger to MSU research center

Precise Manufacturing of Casnovia, Michigan, recently loaned a one-sided Bear Back hedger to Michigan State University's (MSU) Clarksville Research Center, to be used for research and demonstration purposes, said Phil Schwallier, an MSU Extension educator.The... more »

Venture capitalists, produce industry leaders to hear pitches from technology start-ups

Six start-up entrepreneurs will present their business concepts and breakout products to venture capitalists and produce industry experts on May 13 during the “What’s the Pitch?” session at Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) second annual PMA... more »

Cranberry marketing order up for vote

USDA announced April 22 that cranberry producers will vote from May 1-26, 2015, on whether to continue their federal marketing order.According to a news release, the marketing order requires that a continuance referendum be held... more »

Illinois Summer Horticulture Field Day set for June 11

To learn more about growing fruit trees, pumpkins, mums, sweet corn, asparagus, cider making, beekeeping or get the latest information on new varieties, fruit thinning and integrated pest management practices then don’t miss the opportunity... more »

Riveridge Produce promotes, adds new staff

As part of its ongoing expansion plans, Riveridge Produce has added Kari Soldaat to its sales team as an account manager. Soldaat, of Rockford, Michigan, holds a business administration degree with a major in food... more »

Georgia blueberry growers approve assessment

Georgia blueberry growers agreed to continue the assessment on blueberries grown in Georgia during a recent referendum, held Jan. 21 through Feb. 20.The blueberry marketing order passed with 77.45 percent of eligible grower ballots cast... more »

April declared ‘Michigan Wine Month’

April has been declared “Michigan Wine Month” to honor our state’s wide selection of quality wines and the wine industry’s significant contribution to the economy, Gov. Rick Snyder said.The number of wineries in the state... more »


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