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Homegrown sees rise in organic citrus demand
Homegrown Organic Farms, located in Porterville, CA, is celebrating its 20th year as an organic marketer of citrus and the company continues to see growth across all of its categories. Over the last six years, the company has seen a big interest in organic citrus from retailer. Prior to that, much of the business had been managed by distributors and wholesalers. “Citrus is big, but we are a lot more than that as a company,” said Craig Morris, citrus category director... Read more
West Pak focuses on branded bagged avocados
Capitalizing on the seemingly unstoppable avocado craze, West Pak Avocado Inc. is focusing a considerable portion of its attention on the continued development of bagged avocados, offering retailers several different options to sell to consumers. At the recent Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit convention om Orlando, FL, the firm was touting its “I Love Avocados” brand of both conventional and organic bagged fruit as well as its newest addition to that... Read more
SnapDragon apple fans get  their chomp on in the Big Apple
Crunch Time Apple Growers recently brought the monster crunch to New York City. The launch party for SnapDragon apples was held at the Andaz on Friday, Oct. 26, and a live SnapDragon apple tasting was held in Times Square on Sunday, Oct. 28. The event launched the season for SnapDragon apples and celebrated partnerships with specially created cocktails and several innovative dishes featuring Snapdragons created by Andaz chefs. Sunday’s event brought SnapDragon... Read more
Setton Pistachio going nuts for NY Produce Show
Joseph Setton, vice president of domestic sales for Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, based in Terra Bella, CA, said the company is super excited to have its New York-based team members meet with retailers at this year’s New York Produce Show and demonstrate to them its variety of pistachio and pistachio value-add products. “Pistachios are the second largest nut in dollar sales (up from third last year) and are leading the growth in the nut category,” he said. “With... Read more
Trucco to showcase chestnuts, kiwifruit and other holiday favorites
Located at the Bronx, NY, Hunts Point Terminal Market, Trucco has been the leading importer and distributor of fresh Italian chestnuts for decades. Today it is also well known as a distributor of numerous fresh produce items, dried fruits and nuts. Customers have come to depend on the company for the outstanding quality of the chestnuts produced by its growing partners in Italy. Sasha LoPresti, director of business development, said the New York Produce Show,... Read more
Phillips Mushroom Farms growing in production, advancements and staff
Kennett Square, PA-based Phillips Mushroom Farms is a leading mushroom producer in the United States., and it’s on a fast-track to getting even bigger. The company’s Warwick, MD, facility is currently being expanded for the fourth time — this time adding 80,000 square feet to its facility —which will be in production by January 2019. When completed, it will be the largest single growing facility in the United States. National Sales Manager Kevin Donovan told... Read more
NYAA ready for meaningful  NY Produce Show experience
The New York Apple Association, based in Fishers, NY, has big plans for this year’s New York Produce Show, and it all starts with making meaningful connections with buyers and decision makers in its target markets. “We also want to share one of our main messages: There are a multitude of ways to pair distinctive, flavorful New York apples with favorite holiday treats, entrees, desserts, beverages and more,” said Cynthia Haskins, president of the NYAA. “This is... Read more
NatureFresh Farms sending  sales duo to NY Produce Show
NatureFresh Farms, headquartered in Leamington, ON, will send two sales representatives — Danny Dib and Spencer Lightfoot — to the 2018 New York Produce Show, and the two will serve as delegates for the company as they stroll around the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. “The event creates a good opportunity to network and meet customers from the East Coast region,” said Ray Wowryk, director of business development for NatureFresh Farms, adding that the company... Read more
ERC offers unusual Mexican produce distribution
ERC Produce is a Mexican produce grower-packer-exporter, based in San Luis Rio Colorado, which is just south of Yuma, AZ. The firm’s Vice President Alberto Harfusch said ERC has a distribution policy of shipping from Yuma in the wintertime and Salinas, CA, in the summer. The U.S. shipping areas send the Mexican products offered by ERC, and transportation is available from these major shipping hubs. “It’s closer to where our customers are already picking up,” said... Read more
TMK gears up for NY Produce Show
As in past years, T. M. Kovacevich-Philadelphia Inc., located at the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, will head to the New York Produce Show joining together with other merchants from the market in one shared booth. The PWPM will occupy Booth No. 254, and attendees who visit will get a chance to meet with all of these different companies. “Guests that come by the booth will learn about our state-of-the-art facility, services and products,” said... Read more
Giorgio Fresh prides itself on innovation
Behind Booth No. 234 at this year’s New York Produce Show, Giorgio Fresh Co. will be showcasing its innovation, something for which the company is proud to be known. “We are excited to once again have a booth and we will be highlighting our new ovenable microwaveable stuffed mushrooms, which come in three great flavors—Artichoke, Spinach & Cheese, Fiesta Cheese and Cheese & Imitation Bacon Bits,” said Greg Sagan, EVP sales & marketing for the Blandon,... Read more
Despite weather challenges, Nash Produce still optimistic about sweet potatoes
Each December, Nash Produce makes the pilgrimage from Nashville, NC to New York City to take part in the New York Produce Show, and this year the company will operate Booth No. 437, answering questions on how two hurricanes affected the 2018 sweet potato crop. “Nash Produce was prepared for the 2018 volume decrease, due to farmers planting less acres of sweet potatoes,” said Tami Long, director of marketing and business development for the company. “Then two hurricanes... Read more
Setton Farms prepares for busy holiday season
With the holiday season just around the corner, Setton Farms’ California pistachios are in demand and the company is gearing up for a busy few months. Joseph Setton, vice president of domestic sales for Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., located in Terra Bella, CA, said the company continues to push pistachios as an ingredient during the holidays. “They are such a versatile nut and add a premium feel to any dish from desserts to appetizers to side dishes,”... Read more
Village Farms asks, ‘Are you sweet or smooth?’
Village Farms had a few things to celebrate at PMA’s Fresh Summit. First, Village Farms celebrated the success of its flagship tomato variety, Heavenly Villagio Marzano. Launched at the 2011 Fresh Summit, it has seen unprecedented success for the past seven years, according to Bret Wiley, senior vice president of sales for Village Farms. “The success of Heavenly Villagio Marzano is attributed to a number of key factors, no one else has a tomato just like our Heavenly... Read more
Misionero unveils  product  innovations
Misionero, a leading grower and pioneer in the organic leafy greens category, unveiled its new salad kits, bowls, and washed-and-trimmed lettuces at PMA Fresh Summit. Misionero is passionate about providing fresh food with fresh thinking and its latest items are a result of that dedication to innovation, said company officials. The brand showcased all of its innovations at the show including items such as Sweet Earth Taco Salad Kits, Asian Salad Wraps, and Earth... Read more
Havel  foresees  a ‘different’ Mexican  season
“I think this season will be a little bit different,” Jerry Havel, director of sales and marketing for Fresh Farms LLC, said of the 2018-19 Mexican vegetable deal. “There has been a lot of rain, especially in Sinaloa, since mid-September.” Beyond the storms, there have been unusual cool periods in Mexico. Also impacting the fall deal were hurricanes in Florida and Georgia. “My early feel is that it could be a highly inconsistent market,” said Havel. Speaking... Read more
Already a leading provider of plastic consumer packaging and accessories for shippers and grocery retail use, Watsonville, CA-based Pacific AgPak Inc. recently introduced some new packaging options to expand its offerings. “We introduced our organic one-pound strawberry corrugated package, designed to give growers options to help differentiate their organic strawberries from the conventional package,” said David Baum, president of the company. “We also have two-pound,... Read more
Pro Label International announces next-generation PLU labeling machine
Pro Label International Inc., a manufacturer of produce-labeling equipment and PLU labels, announced the release of its latest model, the PL 2000 label applicator with optional print-on-demand functionality. The PL 2000 is a logical next step to Pro Label’s earlier model, the PL 1900. It has similar footprint and is interchangeable with the earlier model, making installation very simple. Design improvements include quick release unwind and re-wind label reels... Read more
BlueSkySearch celebrates 20 Years
When BlueSkySearch launched in 1998, the idea was to offer an executive search firm that would specialize in the produce industry, as the segment had long had trouble finding qualified produce and agriculture professionals for top jobs. The company launched — Online Job Center for the Produce Industry and quickly became a top online source for the industry. This year marks the 20th anniversary of BlueSkySearch, and things only look to be getting... Read more
Delta Fresh is growing veg and reefer warehouses
Delta Fresh Sales LLC has a touch for producing big refrigerated warehouses. It’s not bad in the vegetable business either, as the family-operated firm has also been a leading Mexican grower for 90 years. Third-generation family member Thanasi Panousopoulos told The Produce News on Oct. 2 that the firm will be opening its new, 210,000 square-foot Nogales cold warehouse this month. The massive facility dominates a hillside on Interstate 19 on the drive from Rio... Read more