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$250M new investment announced by Apeel Sciences

A quarter of a billion dollars in new investment this week was announced for Apeel Sciences, a company with a new postharvest treatment for fruit and vegetables. Apeel markets itself as “on a mission to... more »

Gold Coast Packing supplies 600 fresh produce boxes to residents

In response to shelter in place orders due to COVID-19, Gold Coast Packing, a leading grower, shipper and processor of fresh produce, partnered with sister winery, Costa de Oro, to offer local central coast residents... more »

Leafy greens group responds to report identifying foodborne illness source

California leafy greens growers are pledging to incorporate findings from a report issued today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into its ongoing process to strengthen required food safety practices on farms. Leafy greens... more »

Denver is site as PHA, PMA’s COVID-19 Fresh Food Fund launches

The COVID-19 Fresh Food Fund, a partnership program led by The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and Produce Marketing Association, launched May 16 in Denver, Colorado, with the first delivery of food boxes filled... more »

LGMA, Western Growers to offer remote food safety audits

Mandatory government food safety audits of leafy greens farms under the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement are continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Announced May 18 by Western Growers (WG) and the California Leafy Greens Marketing... more »

Misionero first processing-only facility to be EFI certified

After two years of preparation, Gonzales, California-based Missionero, a grower of organic leafy greens, announced its Gonzales facility received Equitable Food Initiative certification. According to a news release, this makes the Gonzales facility the first processing-only... more »

Viva Fresh holds ‘Bloom Where You are Planted’ event

While the industry may not have gotten the opportunity to go to Viva Fresh this year, Mission, Texas-based Viva Fresh is bringing various events to the industry – one of them In Bloom’s “Bloom Where... more »

California strawberry growers enhance safety practices for COVID-19

Over the past nine weeks, the California Strawberry Commission’s (CSC) bilingual outreach and training team has been in the fields providing guidance and training to ensure the safety of our vital workforce in the midst of... more »


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