ApRecs Helps Grower Deliver 1st Pears to China

Stemilt Pears arrive in China was a headline on The Packer website this fall. An excerpt from the article: The first pears shipped to China by Stemilt Growers Inc. have arrived. Starkrimson pears grown in Washington by Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt arrived in China in September, according to a news release from Shanghai, China-based Lantao, Stemilt’s partner […]

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Successful Fruit Storage discussion with Dr. Dirk Kopcke

Dr. Dirk Kopcke is the leader of the Department of Fruit Quality and Fruit Storage at the Esteburg Research Institute in Jork, Germany. Dirk will be speaking at the Washington State Horticulture Annual Meeting this December on Successful Fruit Storage without DPA and New Developments in CA and DCA Storage Technology. The combined Washington State […]

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Will Food Safety Drive Innovation?

Preston W. Blevins career spans over forty-five years with two related careers. The first as a manufacturing operations and supply-chain practitioner, and the second in the ERP/supply-chain software industry. During his second career, he has specialized in helping companies understand, acquire, implement, and maintain world-class business practices and systems using advanced information technology. Responsibilities during this second career […]

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Lean Service Waste of Opportunities Lost

In a recent blog post, Lean Service Waste in Food Safety, I introduced the seven Lean Service Wastes as defined by Bicheno and Holweg (2009). The service waste we will address in this Monday’s blog on Lean Service Waste is Opportunities Lost. An opportunity lost to retain or win customers, a failure to establish rapport, […]

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Food Safety Compliance as an Obligation

Preston W. Blevins career spans over forty-five years with two related careers. The first as a manufacturing operations and supply-chain practitioner, and the second in the ERP/supply-chain software industry. During his second career, he has specialized in helping companies understand, acquire, implement, and maintain world-class business practices and systems using advanced information technology. Responsibilities during this second career […]

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Can the Food Industry be more Proactive dealing with Regulations?

Recently, Preston W. Blevins authored the book Food Safety Regulatory Compliance: Catalyst for a Lean and Sustainable Food Supply Chain (Resource Management). Preston career spans over forty-five years with two related careers. The first as a manufacturing operations and supply-chain practitioner, and the second in the ERP/supply-chain software industry. Blevins has authored more than fifty conference white […]

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Gwen Hoheisel discusses the Application Technology Session for the WSHA Annual Meeting

Gwen Hoheisel received her B.S. in Zoology from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Entomology focusing on IPM and Insect Diversity at Pennsylvania State University. Gwen now works for Washington State University extension with a focus on grapes and tree fruit.  Currently she is focusing on sustainable pest management and application technologies.  Gwen […]

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