A year after settling into a new facility, Miedema Produce Inc., located in Hudsonville, MI, is getting established therein, according to Todd Miedema, the company’s sales manager.
Getting settled “is really is going to help our efficiency and take everything to the next level,” Mr. Miedema told The Produce News June 13. “We are really enjoying it for new products and processing.” He wasn’t yet ready to announce some upcoming new products, but he did say, “The new facility has worked out really well. We are excited. It’s nice to have room and be creative with new things.”
Michigan produce crops “I’d say for the most part, due to a cool, wet spring, are running anywhere from 10 to 14 days behind schedule,” he said. There will be some losses due to reduced yields, “but that can change with really nice growing weather. That’s the way it looks now.” The biggest problem this brings is that “it is tough to replace the volume you lose at the front end of the deal,” he said. “If you start two weeks late, you can’t plan on running two weeks later to make up it up.”
Some crop damage
Furthermore, some Michigan growers have endured “some crop damage, depending [on] who they are and where you happen to be,” he said. Miedema had some water damage on radishes, which had to be abandoned. “Our stands have been thinned due to tough growing conditions. But our growers say if it’s dry from here on, they can still do well.”
There was some storm damage in Michigan this spring, “but the extent of that remains to be seen.” He expected radishes to be in limited supply through July 4, “then we should start to pull out and be in good shape.”
Miedema Produce Inc. is in the fruit business, selling “an awful lot blueberries,” he said. “We have growers that supply us. We have a full line of mixed vegetables, but that does include blueberries and a few apples.”
Mr. Miedema said that Michigan blueberries should start by July 4 or a few days after that, depending on farm location. Blueberries are another Michigan crop that is running a little late, “but for the most part, the fruit looking good,” he said. “I didn’t hear of any real damaging freezes to the fruit. So it appears to be progressing nicely.”