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Almond crop forecast down 3 percent

Almond crop forecast down 3 percent

MODESTO — California’s 2015 almond crop forecast is down by about 3 percent from May’s subjective forecast, the Almond Board of California said Wednesday.

The updated forecast is also down about 4 percent from last year’s crop.

The objective forecast is based on 890,000 bearing acres and finds the crop for 2015-16 will be 1.80 billion meat pounds

“This year’s objective estimate reflects the continued and unprecedented stress that California almond growers are experiencing as they cope with historic drought conditions,” said Mike Mason chairman of the Almond Board of California. “The California agricultural community is certainly hoping that the drought abates next winter, but in the meantime, growers are doing everything within their power to conserve water.”... Read More

One Table dinner brings out Modesto for United Way

One Table dinner brings out Modesto for United Way

MODESTO — Two hundred guests, 10 sponsors, one table.

United Way of Stanislaus County & Datapath IT put on a huge family-style dinner, called the One Table community dinner, for Modesto residents to raise $25,000 for the Graduation Coach program, which helps at-risk youth graduate from high school.

“I saw it in Park City, a similar concept,” said Datapath IT Vice President David Darmstandler. “We took that same concept and changed it, kind of made it our own here.”... Read More

Blog: Panera hiring in Modesto

Blog: Panera hiring in Modesto

MODESTO — Here’s another sign Panera Bread is close to opening in Modesto. The company is hiring.

According to its website, there are seven positions open, including bakers, catering coordinators, customer service workers and production associates... Read More

California wines sales, popularity continue to grow

California wines sales, popularity continue to grow

SAN FRANCISCO – California domestic wine shipments were up 4.4 percent form last year while retail value of the state’s wine rose 6.7 percent, according to the California wine institute.  ... Read More

Outdoor dining event planned for June in Modesto

Outdoor dining event planned for June in Modesto

MODESTO – Chefs in the Modesto area have joined together to organize an outdoor gourmet dinner party, starting at 6 p.m., June 7, on 15th street.

The party will feature the specialties of chefs Joe Hargrave of Tacolicious, Gema Martinez of Redwood Café, Paul Tremayne of Concetta, Ray Ashak of Vito’s, and Blake Humble of Commonwealth.

The event will take place the middle of 15th Street between J and K Streets, feature live music and wine along with a 150-foot dinner table. Appetizers and champagne will be served, starting at 6 p.m., followed by dining and music... Read More

Gallo adds to growing its growing Napa region operations

Gallo adds to growing its growing Napa region operations

MODESTO —  E. & J. Gallo Winery  announced it has purchased the Cypress Ranch and a portion of the Palisades Vineyard in California’s Napa Valley.

The purchase totaled 642 acres of Napa Valley property, including about 258 acres of vineyards. The vineyards produce premium red wine grapes including: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Malbec... Read More