Ande Manos, marketing and new business development manager for Babé Farms, headquartered in Santa Maria, CA, told The Produce News that the company is exhibiting at Booth No.110 at the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo in Monterey, CA, on July 25-27.
In addition to Manos, the company’s booth will be manned by Rocio Muñoz, sales representative and Chris Cordero, vice president of the company.
“We’re excited about presenting the kaleidoscope of gourmet root vegetables, baby cauliflower, organic kales, baby head lettuces, specialty greens and a wide variety of colorful seasonal specialties at the expo,” said Manos. “We will also be featuring our creative packs that are designed to meet the needs of top chefs and well-stocked retailers. Babé Farms is a one-stop-shop for our customers.”
Babé Farms ships year-round from Santa Maria, CA, to all points across the United States and Canada. Approximately 75 percent of the company’s business is the foodservice industry.
“Babé Farms foodservice customers are primarily upscale dining,” noted Manos. “Our primary focus is producing high-quality specialty vegetables with aesthetic appeal while maintaining nutritional and flavor profiles.”
Some of the exciting and unique new products that Babé Farms will be introducing include red vein “Fireworks” arugula, packed in a four-pound case.
“This unique variety of arugula has an extra peppery flavor profile that’s like fireworks on the taste buds,” said Manos. “Babé Farms will also be featuring Romanesco cauliflower packed in 12-count and 16-count heads. Romanesco cauliflower is the most eye-catching of all produce available. Typically smaller than standard cauliflower, it is a vivid chartreuse and conical in shape with an ornate fractal pattern. Romanesco has a distinctive texture that carries through when cooked, and its flavor is sweeter and nuttier than that of regular cauliflower.”
Babé Farms has been a premier grower, packer and shipper of specialty vegetables and gourmet salad blends for more than 25 years.
It distributes its products under the “Babé Farms” and “Coastal Valley Farms” brand names. The retail clamshell displays the company’s gourmet greens beautifully, provides improved shelf life and has a unique safety seal.
“Babé Farms feel strongly about being good stewards of the land,” explained Manos. “We are committed to implementing practices that preserve our natural resources, as well as producing safe, fresh produce for our discerning end-users. Due to the water regulations that have been put in place, we have successfully implemented irrigation water management that encourages the application of water in an amount that meets the need of the growing plant in a manner that avoids extended soil saturation and runoff.”