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Retailers, growers, distributors and processors gathered in Monterey, CA, Wednesday, July 12 as the 2017 Organic Produce Summit kicked off with its opening reception. Industry members got down on the dance floor last night; today they’ll get down to business at a series of educational sessions and on the OPS exhibition floor.

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Valencia oranges, great for juicing, snacking and marinades, are in peak season during the summer months. It's also a great time for grapefruit, which is perfect for breakfasts — or cocktails in the evening. If you’re looking for something to drink a little earlier be sure to grab some lemons for lemonade — or on-trend lemon water.

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There is an ever-increasing demand for specialties from Red Sun Farms, according to Carlos Visconti, chief operating officer. This includes the company's flavorful Monarch Pearls and brightly colored Chef's Collection.

This demand has allowed Red Sun to develop new innovative packaging concepts and sizes, including 1.5- and two-pound top-seal bowls. In addition to the company's new organic grape in a fiber pint top-seal.

Red Sun Farms' vertical integration is the key element in its ability to produce such a wide variety of specialties to meet customer demands. This concept ensures freshness and quality through control of all aspects of production, from seed selection to distribution.

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Adam Cooper, vice president of the Wonderful Company, chatted with The Produce News at the recent United Fresh Produce Show in Chicago to discuss the wild success of the company’s Halos, pistachios, Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice and Pom Poms fresh pomegranate arils. The success that the brands experienced in the past year was driven by a $100 million marketing campaign, and Cooper said the momentum will continue in the coming year with another $100 million-plus campaign.

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Screen-Shot-2017-06-22-at-10.05.56-AMCHICAGO — At Sunshine Bouquet Co., it's all about trends and design. In its booth at the International Floriculture Expo, June 14-15, here, the company displayed its 2018 offerings and some of the new products coming from its farm.

Aaron Pickering, the company’s director of marketing and product design told The Produce News, “We spend a lot of time researching current trends and designing to keep up with them. We see what is offered at the shows in Paris, London and the U.S. and we translate those trends into the those bouquets we showed at IFE.”

Check it out as Laura Hoy, marketing manager for Sunshine Bouquet Co., chats with Maggie Giuffrida of The Produce News about one of her favorite products, the Sweet Pea Collection.