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Coosemans Worldwide opens new division on the L.A. market

Coosemans Worldwide Inc. opened a new specialty and organic produce division under the California Specialty Farms banner on the Los Angeles Produce Terminal Market.

Danny Coosemans and James Macek purchased California Specialty Farms and its processing and shipping facility (located near the L.A. Market) in 2010. CSF is among the nation’s leading processors of the “California carrot” (the ubiquitous peeled baby carrot), along with a wide variety of additional hand-turned and carved produce specialties.

“We had long been fans of California Specialty Farms products and personnel, so when the opportunity to purchase CSF arose, Danny and I jumped on it," Macek, president of Coosemans-Denver, Phoenix and CSF, said in a press release. “The new location on the L.A. Market will help us to better serve the local and regional produce communities, and our product mix of organic and specialty produce — including a few new wrinkles — will be a nice addition to one of America’s most dynamic produce markets.”

Bruce Hoffman, partner and vice president of California Specialty Farms, has tapped specialty produce veteran Martha Zavala as the market division’s general manager. Zavala is a market veteran herself, having experience with Malibu Farms, Davalan and Fresh Point Los Angeles.

“The Coosemans name is synonymous with specialty produce, and having the opportunity to work with Danny, James and Bruce at our new L.A. market division is an outstanding opportunity,” Zavala said in the press release.

Not all Coosemans Worldwide member-companies carry the Coosemans name, such as Florida Specialty Farms, Panda Food Products, Rock Garden South, Crystal Valley Foods and the newly acquired Consumer Fresh Produce in Pittsburgh, formerly Coosemans Pittsburgh. There are Coosemans Worldwide member-companies and farms located across the globe.

More information about California Specialty Farms Market Division is available at 213/873-8484, martha@californiaspecialtyfarms.com and bruce@californiaspecialtyfarms.com.