New Apple Debuts Through Dole
-- A record crop of Cameo apples is making the new variety widely available for the first time since it hit the stores in the United States and United Kingdom last year, according to Dole Northwest, the apple's primary marketer, based here.
Company officials say they will distribute an estimated 250,000, 40-pound boxes this year, an increase of more than 400% over the 1997 harvest.
Cameos, which originated as a "chance seedling" in the early 1980s, is described as a crisp, juicy, sweet-tart, bi-colored apple, according to officials, that is grown in Oregon and Washington state.
FMI, Produce Receivers Team Up
WASHINGTON -- The Food Marketing Institute, here, and the North American Perishable Agricultural Receivers, representing wholesale produce receivers, have announced the formation of an alliance that will permit NAPAR to participate in information exchange forums, as well as access to membership benefits, among other things.
Each organization will maintain its separate identity and form of governance, according to FMI officials, though NAPAR's administrative operations will be relocated within FMI headquarters. Patrick Davis, FMI's director of membership, will oversee NAPAR's administrative duties within FMI.