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Southern Specialties announced that it is teaming with Northeast Produce Sales and Bob McGowan to further expand its presence in the New England area. The two companies will start working together by the end of January.

"Over the years Southern Specialties has developed some great relationships in New England," Daryl Johnston, vice president of sales for Southern Specialties, based in Pompano Beach, FL, said in a press release. "As our company grows, we are poised to continue expansion in this region. Bob and I have enjoyed a successful working relationship in the past. I have tremendous respect for him as a person and for his capabilities. I am extremely pleased to have this opportunity to work with him once again."

Southern Specialties markets its "Southern Selects" line of value-added specialty vegetables in a variety of formats. The company is also a leading grower and distributor of asparagus, French beans, sugar snap peas, berries and other produce.

"I look forward to working with Southern Specialties, Daryl and his team," Mr. McGowan added in the press release. "I have watched Southern grow over the years. They have earned a great reputation in the industry with a first-class product line and spectacular packaging. We are setting the bar high and expect to have a long and successful relationship."

Southern Specialties is a grower, importer, processor and shipper of specialty produce from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America. The company markets its "Southern Selects" and "Today's Gourmet" line of products from distribution facilities in Pompano Beach, McAllen, TX, and Los Angeles.