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Rocky Produce sees berry good things on the horizon
Rocky Produce has been delivering a full line of high-quality fruits and vegetables for more than 50 years to retailers throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, South, and Ontario. And the Detroit, MI-based company has no plans of slowing down any time soon.The Rocky Produce team “Business has been going really well,” said Dominic Russo, buying and sales director/logistics coordinator for Rocky Produce. “Our relationships with our growers are strong. Whatever they... Read more
The Giumarra Cos. gearing up for Chilean harvest
The end of the year means the start of the season in Chile, and The Giumarra Cos., is predicting good quality and volumes based on its early projections from the field. Los Angeles-based The Giumarra Cos. has been working with growers in Chile since the 1970s, bringing fresh Chilean fruit to the U.S. market. “Today, our product line from Chile includes grapes, blueberries, avocados, stone fruit, cherries, apples, citrus, kiwifruit, pears,... Read more
Rainier focuses on year-round planning with retail partners
Andy Tudor, vice president of business development at Rainier Fruit Co. in Yakima, WA, recently noted a consistency in market and demand for apples this season as traditional varieties sell well and newer varieties continually gain in popularity. In perspective, he said, “Our focus is always on moving the entire manifest,” and he continued, “The challenge with this year’s crop is smaller fruit size and trying to get retailers to move to the heart of the manifest.... Read more
Autumn Glory continues to shine for Domex Superfresh Growers
Domex Superfresh Growers is a leading grower and shipper of both conventional and organic apples, offering all major apple varieties including Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Pink Lady, and Granny Smith. It is also the exclusive grower of the Autumn Glory apple, a variety known for having a very sweet, firm flesh with subtle notes of caramel and cinnamon. “We like to take the watch apart every single day and find a better way of putting it back together, with an emphasis... Read more
In 1993 when Sev-Rend was founded in St. Louis by Robert (Bob) Williams Sr. and his son, Robert (Rob) Williams Jr., they had one in-line two-color printing press that was utilized to manufacture Strip Tags that were marketed solely to the produce industry. As the company has grown so has Sev-Rend’s product portfolio. Soon it was offering a plethora of tags and labels, such as the widely known Wineglass Tag and the Clip-to-Clip Tag. As the product offering grew,... Read more
NYAA bullish about NY apples
Since 1959, a majority of New York state apple growers have agreed to pay an assessment to promote New York state apples and apple products, provide grower communications, and conduct consumer research, and the New York Apple Association, Inc. takes that responsibility seriously. “Our primary mission is to promote demand for New York state apples and apple products by bringing our industry’s sellers together with retailers, consumers and other buyers,” said Cynthia... Read more
Abundant supplies of high-quality apples in storage at Hudson River Fruit Distributors
For apple producers in general, nothing is much better than having good growing conditions that result in a high-quality crop of good sized fruit. That’s what Hudson River Fruit Distributors is reporting this season. The company, based in Milton, NY, is a multi-generational fruit grower whose experience and expertise enables it to keep its finger on the pulse of every detail of every crop, from winter hibernation to bloom and all the way through to harvest, storage,... Read more
Chilean deal on track for excellent season
Andreas Economou, who knows a thing or two about the Chilean winter fruit deal because he has seen many of them, believes the 2017-18 season will be an excellent one — especially on the heels of the 2016-17 season “Compared to last year, it should be an excellent crop with a very good market,” said the chief operating officer of Tastyfrutti International Inc. Economou recalled that last season there was a lot of early fruit from Chile that resulted in a market... Read more
Potato Lovers Month gives big sales boost for Wada Farms customers
“Wada Farms is excited for the 2018 Idaho Potato Lovers Month,” said Eric Beck, marketing director for Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC in Idaho Falls, ID. “We’ve been participating” in the Idaho Potato Commission’s Potato Lover’s Month retail display promotion “for several years now,” he said. “We have seen retailers take advantage of this promotion and seen a great lift in their sales.” Potato Lovers Month is February, although the commission now runs the display... Read more
Tanimura & Antle rings in 2018 with New Year’s promotion
Tanimura & Antle is ringing in the New Year with a three-week promotion to motivate consumers to take on a healthy lifestyle in 2018 with its Artisan Lettuce and Artisan Romaine. The promotion titled New Year – Fresh Start will begin Jan. 9 and run through Jan. 30.   New Year – Fresh Start is a multi-faceted promotion that targets both trade and consumer audiences, offering each a way to kick off the New Year in a healthy way. The promotion comprises a... Read more
Daily Harvest launches new line of Harvest Bowls
Daily Harvest has launched a new line of Harvest Bowls -- nutrient dense combinations of vegetables, spices, herbs, seeds and sometimes grains -- just in time for 2018 New Year's resolutions. This launch comes on the heels of Daily Harvest's recent $43 million Series B funding. Celebrities Bobby Flay, Shaun White and Haylie Duff now join Serena Williams and Gwyneth Paltrow as investors. As a perfect food hack for any busy schedule, Daily Harvest’s new collection... Read more
New Year, New You, new Mann Packing campaign
Mann Packing is committed to revolutionizing the way people think about fresh veggies, and with its New Year, New You promotional campaign, the company is doing just that. With an IRC on its award-winning Veggie Slaw Blends, and newly formed partnerships with Registered Dieticians across the United States and Canada, the company aims to shine the spotlight on its fresh vegetable products by promoting healthy eating with great ideas and delicious products. The new... Read more
Bova Fresh welcomes two as part of berry growth initiative
With more than 20 years of experience behind it, Bova Fresh is a grower and marketer of both organic and conventional strawberries out of Florida.  Robert Wilhelm, president of the Boca Raton, FL-based company, said to be a success in the industry you need a great grower/partner and a loyal and long-term crew in the field committed to only packing the right product — both of which, the company has. “Without these two components, we could not do it,” he said.... Read more
Yellow and red onion supplies will carry through mid-March
Describing this past summer weather as “very mild and cooperative,” Ryan Fagerberg said his family’s onion operation in Eaton, CO, was able “to fill all of our storage bins for the first time in a couple of years.” “I’m in pretty good shape regarding yellow and red onions and anticipate that I will have good supplies until mid-March,” Fagerberg said. Parts of Colorado’s Front Range had experienced bad weather early in the growing season, and in late June a number... Read more
One big happy family at Nickey Gregory
There is plenty of holiday cheer to go around at the Nickey Gregory Company. As 2017 winds down, the Atlanta-based company has enjoyed continued success. A big part of that is family—both literally and the employees who have come to be known as family. The company is owned by Nickey and Cheryl Gregory who have 12 grandchildren, many of whom are part of the winning atmosphere. “At the Nickey Gregory Company, Nickey considers every employee here a family member,”... Read more
Snake River Produce cites adequate supplies, steady business for onions
Snake River Produce General Manager Kay Riley said his Nyssa, OR, onion operation was in its “taking care of business mode” with adequate overall supplies and steady business. “We’re experiencing some transportation problems, like everyone else,” Riley said of tight trucks and fewer rail cars available. “Trucks have been a chronic problem, which is normal for this time of year. The availability of rail cars is a concern, but I think if we can get reliable rail... Read more
Stable potato pricing expected despite temperature issues throughout harvest season
A map of shipping locations on the Potandon Produce LLC website shows 25 different locations around the United States, plus one in Canada, in addition to seven facilities in the company’s home state of Idaho, from which Potandon ships potatoes. The company also ships onions from various producing areas, but that’s another story. With regard to Potandon’s potato packing and co-packing network, “our philosophy is to be able to get potatoes to people any day and... Read more
MVPG says demand for yellow spuds ‘through the roof for the holidays’
Thus far the 2017 shipping season has been on track for Monte Vista Potato Growers, and the longtime San Luis Valley grower/shipper is seeing good movement for all varieties. “Supplies have been pretty decent,” MVPG General Manager Jason Tillman said Thanksgiving week. “We’re shipping a little bit of everything in our yellows and russets, and demand for yellows went through the roof for the holidays.” Monte Vista Potato Growers General Manager Jason Tillman said... Read more
Bamford Produce Co. Ltd., based in Mississaugua, ON, announced that it has reserved the all-electric Class 8 Tesla Semis, as part of its long-term environmental sustainability vision to reduce its carbon footprint. “As one of Ontario’s most long-standing produce distributors with more than 75 delivery and transport trailer vehicles in operation across the province on a daily basis, we recognized the opportunity that the new eco-friendly Tesla trucks presented in... Read more
Washington State Potato Commission bringing excitement to the industry
There are three primary roles the Washington State Potato Commission plays in assisting its potato growers, but according to Chris Voigt, executive director of the Moses Lake, WA-based organization, coordinating and funding potato research is the most important work it does.  “We dedicate over $1 million dollars to potato research and our investment has made us the state with the highest yields and a consistent high quality,” he said. “Another important role... Read more