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Babé Farms expanding numerous ways, shows off year-round items

Santa Maria, CA-based grower-shipper Babé Farms, has been a leader in specialty vegetables and gourmet salad blends for more than 25 years.

Ande Manos, marketing and new business development representative for the company said that its staff is looking forward to the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference & Expo in Monterey, CA, July 26-28.

“We will be exhibiting at booth number 109,” said Manos. “I’ll be joined there to greet visitors by Rocio Muñoz, sales representative, Chris Cordero, vice president of sales and operations and Judy Lundberg-Wafer, president and chief executive officer.”

nicer-plethoraBabé Farms’ plethora of beautiful vegetables: Watermelon radish, large Romanesco, baby leeks, baby cauliflower and edible orchids.Babé Farms will be presenting its year-round harvest of gourmet root vegetables, baby head lettuces, specialty greens and a wide variety of colorful seasonal specialties at the foodservice expo.

“And we’ll have our creative packs designed to meet the needs of top chefs and well-stocked retailers on hand at the expo,” said Manos. “Babé Farms is your one-stop shop in Santa Maria, California.”

Approximately 75 percent of Babé Farms business is the foodservice industry. The company ships year-round from Santa Maria to all points across the United States and Canada.

“Our foodservice customers are primarily upscale dining establishments,” said Manos. “Babé Farms’ focus is on producing high-quality specialty vegetables with aesthetic appeal while maintaining nutritional and flavor profiles.

“The produce industry is a supply-and-demand business,” she continued. “Babé Farms supplies a niche segment of the foodservice sector. In the last few years we’ve seen the demand for our label continue to advance, and as such, we are increasing our acreage to accommodate advancing sales.”

In May, Babé Farms announced that it had settled into Fresh Venture Foods’ 75,000-square-foot modern processing and shipping facility, also in Santa Maria.  

Babé Farms owner Judy Lundberg designed and built FVF with Gold Coast Packing of Santa Maria. In a press release Lundberg said, “Both of our companies were working at capacity in outdated facilities on multiple sites. We had to do something and we decided to do it together.”

“The FVF facility can be expanded to well over 100,000-square-feet,” said Manos. “Customers can be assured that the high standard of food safety they’ve come to expect will continue as the company advances to its next stage of growth.”

She added that at the PMA Foodservice Expo, Babé Farms will be featuring some of its most popular specialty vegetables.

“We’ll have Cylindra beets, watermelon radishes, baby squash, delicate squash blossoms and so much more,” said Manos.