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More than 1,600 members of the San Quintín community received free access to health care offerings, including pediatric, women’s health, dental and optometry services, in May as part of the first Health Fair organized by farmworkers employed by BerryMex — one of Driscoll’s largest independent growers in Mexico. Fair Trade Committee members were elected by farmworkers to represent them in the implementation of projects with funds generated... Read more
Future's so bright, Summer Cuties got to wear shades
Sun Pacific Marketing Cooperative Inc. in Pasadena, CA, dresses up its Summer Cuties with a pair of sunglasses on the packaging to connote the arrival of the season as well as the shift in point of origin from California to Chile. A bag of Summer Cuties.Howard Nager, vice president of business development for the firm, noted that the California production of mandarins and clementines stretches from November into early May. This season there was a several-week gap... Read more
Sunview escapes heat, jumps out to early start with grape expectations
The start of the season often sets the tone for the rest of the year so Sunview Marketing International in Delano, CA, was happy to see its San Joaquin Valley grape deal get off to a fast start. Charles Alter, sales manager for the firm, said the extreme heat that plagued the valley from mid-June through this conversation in mid-July was expected to take its toll, but Sunview’s production got off to a faster start than expected. He noted that much cultural... Read more
Sunny Valley’s N.J. peach crop looking great thanks to Mother Nature
Sunny Valley International’s New Jersey peach crop is in great condition in both quality and volumes this year. And it’s expected to have a slightly earlier start this season. In mid-June, Bob Von Rohr, director of customer relations for the Glassboro, NJ-based company, said that the winter chill hours and good moisture have combined to ensure a great crop. “The peach trees had an outstanding bloom with a good crop set,” said Von Rohr.... Read more
WestRock rolling out packing solutions for customers
Although Norcross, GA-based WestRock won’t be exhibiting at the upcoming PMA Foodservice show, the company is still doing what it can to help produce companies find winning solutions for their goods. Dwight Morris, vice president of strategic growth at WestRock and a long-time produce industry supplier, said business has been good, but the company recognizes that growers in certain parts of the country are dealing with the fall out of weather — either... Read more
Alliance Rubber bands and Protape bundle freshness with sustainability and traceability
Alliance Rubber, based in Alliance, OH, makes pallet bands among a bunch of other non-produce bands, but it’s the produce-centric packaging that is a major focus for the company. This year, the company is headed to PMA Foodservice, where it will operate Booth No. 3316, and team members are looking forward to meeting with others in the industry and showing how the company’s products can help. “People coming to the Alliance Rubber booth can learn... Read more
David J. Elliot focuses on consistent  quality and top-notch customer service
For the past year, produce industry veteran Larelle Miller has been reinitiated in California’s pear industry, serving as sales manager for David J. Elliot & Son/DE Orchards LP, based in Courtland, CA. And while the company may not be the leader in the industry, it’s definitely a name that people love and trust — a reputation it has had since the 1860’s, when gold miners would bid gold nuggets for the great tasting pears from Stillwater... Read more
Basciani Foods is a mushroom specialist in the foodservice industry
The PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo is the perfect place for Basciani Foods Inc., headquartered in Avondale, PA, to “strut its mushroom stuff.” The company is a leading player in supplying fresh mushrooms to the foodservice industry. General Manager, Fred Recchiuti, said, “Ninety-percent of our business is in the foodservice industry. “Basciani Foods does everything,” he continued. “We grow all sizes of white mushrooms and... Read more
Wayne E. Bailey at the top of its game with Petitelings
Always at the top of his game, George Wooten, president of Wayne E. Bailey in Chadbourn, NC, continues to live up to his reputation as an innovator in the sweet potato industry. At the 2016 PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo, the company introduced its new trademarked name, Petitelings, for its sweet potato fingerling potatoes. Wooten explained, “Petitelings are perfect for foodservice operators because they offer consistency in size, and they save in labor.... Read more
Potandon is one-stop shop for foodservice potatoes and onions
Potandon Produce LLC, which is headquartered in Idaho Falls, ID, has “the largest dedicated supply base in the industry” for potatoes and onions, “with shipping locations in all key growing areas,” according to Dick Thomas, vice president of sales and marketing. “Therefore, we can provide all of our customers with a year-round one-stop shop for all major varieties of potatoes and onions,” he told The Produce News in a June 20... Read more
Spice World highly recognized in the foodservice industry
Long recognized as a progressive company across the nation for its wide product line, including jarred and Squeeze Garlic, Spice World is once again looking forward to greeting customers and potential customers at the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo on July 28-30 in Monterey, CA. The company will exhibit at Booth No. 1103. The Orlando, FL-based company is known for staying ahead of the curve when it comes to product innovations, including in its foodservice... Read more
Babé Farms Specialties highlights Honey Cone Cabbage at PMA Foodservice
Chefs and foodservice operators are on a seemingly constant search for the newest, most unique item to add to their menus. And once again, Babé Farms of Santa Maria, CA, is offering a bright new item to quench their desire. Marketing Manager/Business Development, Ande Manos, said the company, a leader in the specialty produce industry, will be highlighting Honey Cone Cabbage at Booth No. 708 during the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo, July 28-30 in Monterey,... Read more
Rainier bullish on organic blueberries as 2017 season takes shape
As blueberry consumption continues to increase and demand ramps up as well, Rainier Fruit Co. in Yakima, WA, keeps pace with new varieties in its all-organic program. And according to Rainier Director of Domestic Sales Blake Belknap, this year’s Northwest crop promises great fruit for a “blueberry-starved window” during late summer and into the fall. He said, “For us here at Rainier, the 2017 season looks to be an excellent crop with availability... Read more
Rocky Produce staying busy
The end of spring is always a busy time for Rocky Produce Inc. in Detroit, and Dominic Russo, buying and sales director/logistics coordinator for the fourth-generation family-owned company, said 2017 is shaping up to be one of its busiest. “This time of year, fruit is selling in a big way. There are summer fruit items that are just starting to take off now,” he said. “Our goal is to take care of our customers and continue to partner with growers... Read more
Riggio Distribution remains productive at Detroit Produce Terminal
As a wholesaler in Detroit, Riggio Distribution Co. touches on all aspects of the produce industry. As an anchor tenant at the Detroit Produce Terminal, the company offers a full line of fresh fruits and vegetables which are shipped seven days a week to retail customers and foodservice customers and sourced from area growers. “Michigan seems to be doing pretty well and the economy seems to be doing much better,” said Dominic Riggio, president of Riggio... Read more
Cool-Pak offers logistics help for LA area imports
In 2013, Cool-Pak Solutions opened its doors in the Los Angeles area to offer logistics help for produce firms importing or exporting product in or out of Southern California, primarily through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The company also works on product imported through San Diego to the south or Port Hueneme to the north, but Chief Operations Officer Vincent Calvillo said its Carson, CA, location is perfectly suited for imports from the twin Los... Read more
NatureFresh growing and shipping greenhouse vegetables year-round
A leading greenhouse grower, marketer and shipper of high quality greenhouse produce, Leamington, ON-based NatureFresh Farms continues to grow and ship greenhouse vegetables year-round. “NatureFresh Farms opened a 40,000-square-foot distribution center in the Toledo, OH area late last fall to help us fill the increase in demand for our greenhouse produce,” said Director of Marketing, Chris Veillon. “The facility will operate year-round to support... Read more
Village Farms continues to innovate
Doug Kling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Village Farms, headquartered in Heathrow, FL, said the biggest thing that the company is concerned with moving forward is continuing to innovate with exclusive varieties that deliver unique brand promise to the consumer. “We continue to drive with something unique and exceptional flavor, shelf life and value to the consumer so at the end of the day, regardless of where you happen to sell it,... Read more
D’Arrigo Bros. continues strong commitment to local growers
D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York, located on the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, NY, has its roots in locally grown produce. A multi-generational family-owned-and-operated company, it has served the New York metropolitan area for over 50 years. It delivers everything the fresh fruit and vegetable industry has to offer with its fleet of 50 trucks. Gabriela D’Arrigo, marketing and communications director and organic buyer, said the company has... Read more
Torrey Farms a key player  in the New York produce deal
Torrey Farms is a key player in the New York produce deal, and that makes sense since the farm’s tradition dates back to the 1600s. “We’re a major supplier in the summer of cucumbers, green beans, cabbage, and we have over 1,000 acres of each of those,” said Maureen Torrey, co-owner of the Elba, NY-based farm. “We have about 300 acres of zucchini and yellow squash, and then about 150 acres of winter squash and then about 150 acres... Read more