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Del Monte Pacific restructures U.S. supply chain

Del Monte Pacific plans to move to an "asset-light strategy" and divest production facilities of U.S. subsidiary Del Monte Foods.
August 22 , 2019

NZ: Rockit Global "step-changes" business with new HQ and packhouse

“This project signifies the growth of the apple industry in Hawke’s Bay, and signals the coming of age of Rockit and a reflection of our confidence and belief in our product and brand,” says CEO.
August 22 , 2019

Mucci Farms acquires Orangeline Farms

Aside from the Orangeline acquisition, North America-based produce company Mucci also announced "aggressive" expansion plans in Canada and the U.S.
August 21 , 2019

Chilean kiwifruit: First North American promotion leads to strong sales growth

The kiwifruit campaign has included everything from digital coupons and demos to sales and display contests at both regional and nationwide chains.
August 21 , 2019

New U.S.-Mexico tomato trade deal met with mixed reactions

While the FPAA has warned that the new tomato deal will unnecessarily slow border traffic, harming industries, the FTE has said the agreement will protect against dumping.
August 21 , 2019
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