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Gold Coast touting new value-added Brussels sprouts
Gold Coast Packing, a leading grower, shipper and processor of fresh produce based in Santa Maria, CA, added to its value-added Brussels sprouts line earlier this year by bringing in whole and halved Brussels sprouts to its successful line of specialty cut shredded Brussels sprouts. “We had several conversations internally about adding Brussels to our lineup and then moved the conversation to our customers,” said Crystal Chavez, marketing coordinator of Gold Coast... Read more
Gourmet Trading Co. invites PMA Foodservice show-goers to stop by booth No. 402 and sample some of the Redondo Beach, CA-based company’s latest products, including fresh asparagus (both conventional and organics) and blueberries. Gourmet Trading Co. officials will also be speaking about its special packs, bagged product and the different size formats that might present special opportunities. “Our goal is to touch base with customers and hear about their needs... Read more
Eagle Eye Produce ships full line of Idaho-grown potatoes year-round
Eagle Eye Produce, based in Idaho Falls, ID, is one of the few grower-shippers where a foodservice customer can load Idaho-grown Russet, red and yellow potatoes all on the same truck from the same facility year-round, according to Coleman Oswald, sales manager. No matter the time of year, those products are not brought in from other areas for consolidation, Oswald said. “We actually grow it locally, then pack it and store it at the Idaho Falls facility where it... Read more
Wada Farms offers foodservice sector a full  range of potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes
The strongest draw that Wada Farms Marketing Group has for the foodservice industry, according to Kevin Stanger, president of the Idaho Falls, ID, company, is its broad array of products. That lineup includes Idaho potatoes, non-Idaho potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes, both conventional and organic. In the potato category, “we have Russets, reds, yellows, organics and chipping potatoes,” Stanger said. “Chippers are becoming bigger and bigger for foodservice,... Read more
Giltner works hard to be ‘The Better Move’
With a goal of building long-term customer relationships by providing the highest level of service, Giltner Inc. works hard each day to live up to its mantra of being “The Better Move.” Giltner, a transportation provider based in Twin Falls, ID, believes in always treating its clients fairly, no matter what the status of the transportation market. “We don’t believe in gouging our customers when there is a tight market, and as a result they are willing to stay... Read more
Nonpareil-Idaho Potato Packers is a three-generation, family-owned packer and shipper specializing in Idaho Russet potatoes. Since the company’s founding as Idaho Potato Packers in 1946 by Harold Abend, it “has been committed to providing the best Idaho potatoes that the state can offer,” said Stephen Abend, who has been chief operating officer of the Blackfoot, ID-based company since 2014. Originally founded in New York City, the company relocated to Idaho in... Read more
Boskovich Farms showcasing fresh-cut processed portfolio
When Boskovich Farms Inc. gets to this year’s PMA Foodservice Conference, team members from the Oxnard, CA-based company will be highlighting its fresh cut processed group of products. “Our fresh cut business continues to focus on our core competency food service items that line up with our growing operation,” said Mike O’Leary, vice president sales and marketing in the company’s fresh cut division. “They include fresh cut spinach, green cabbage, romaine, green... Read more
Del Monte Fresh touting innovation and quality at PMA Foodservice
Attendees of the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo, being held at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, CA, July 26-27, should plan on bringing their appetites to try innovative new products when they visit Del Monte Fresh Produce at booth No. 1214 and its vegetable division Mann Packing Co., at booth No. 909. “Attendees who visit our Del Monte Fresh Produce booth will be able to take a close look at our newest fresh cut fruit and vegetable offerings,... Read more
Red Sun Farms’ Sweetpops and Sweetpeps touted as ultimate snacking varieties
Red Sun Farms, based in Kingsville, ON, plays a major role in greenhouse produce in North America with Carlos Visconti, the company’s chief executive officer USA and Canada operations, calling the brand synonymous with quality and flavor.  “This has a lot to do with our seed to plate mindset, which adds a level of trust with retailers,” he said. “Consumers are becoming more educated and more food conscious. They want healthy, delicious food,... Read more
Pure Flavor in full production at all North American greenhouse facilities
Leamington, Ontario-based Pure Flavor, a leading greenhouse producer with several locations throughout North America, is currently in full production with product coming from its network of growers in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. “Pure Flavor’s extensive line include numerous varieties and types of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplant,” said Chief Marketing Officer Chris Veillon. That’s putting it lightly. The company’s tomato line consists of tomatoes... Read more
Little Potato Company adding a little sizzle to summer sales
The Little Potato Company, a grower of Creamer potatoes in North America and a world leader in specialty Creamer potato varieties, kicked off the summer with its a Add a Little Sizzle to Your Grill campaign celebrating summer BBQs. Running June 20 through Aug. 8 in the U.S. and Canada, the promotion will highlight the oven- and grill-ready kits, microwave-ready kits and bagged potatoes, and will support retailers by driving retail traffic and sales during popular... Read more
ELBA, NY — The roots of Torrey Farms run deep for good reason. For more than 300 years the 12-generation enterprise has thrived on about 15,000 acres that roams parts of Genesee County here, representing heritage, family/employee value, commitment to quality and clinging to the farm motto set in the 1800s — “Our Word Is Our Bond.” “Staying true to those words,” Shannon Kyle said, “has maintained strong business partnerships and many long-time customers who have... Read more
A strong crop and excellent service equals a peach of a season at Eastern Propak
A banner crop and better service are on tap for the 2019 peach season at Eastern Propak. “This year we have done a very significant upgrade to our line,” Jeff Danner, general manager at Glassboro, N.J.-based Eastern Propak LLC told The Produce News. “We’ve installed new hardware, new software and done a complete overhaul of our grading system. Hopefully that will allow us to run quicker and more efficiently and that will show itself in the final product.” Expect... Read more
Summer Citrus from South Africa celebrates 20 years
Summer Citrus from South Africa turned 20 this year, having spent the past two decades serving the United States with fresh citrus during the summer months. “Summer Citrus from South Africa works to supply the U.S. with citrus during the summer season when domestic citrus is not available, so retailers are able to provide quality year-round citrus,” said Suhanra Conradie, chief executive officer of SCSA. “We are a unique business model that brings together competitors... Read more
The season is ripe for Sunny Valley peaches
Sunny Valley International is expecting an excellent crop of New Jersey peaches for this summer. “To date, all is looking to be a good, normal size crop,” Robert Von Rohr, director of customer relations at Glassboro, N.J.-based Sunny Valley International told The Produce News. “Project start date should be sometime the last week in June, which is about five to seven days earlier than a normal season,” he said, noting that the season will run through mid-September,... Read more
Limoneira predicts favorable summer season
For more than a century, Limoneira had used a variety of marketers to sell its citrus crops. As the calendar turned to the millennium, the Santa Paula, CA-based company began marketing its own lemon production and about three years ago, it successful started the other citrus varieties it grows. With 3,500 acres of lemons throughout California, Limoneira is one of the largest lemon producers in North America, and the company maintains an orchard of more than 300... Read more
Busy times for Kurt Zuhlke & Associates
Summer is a busy time for Kurt Zuhlke & Associates Inc., aka ProducePackaging.com, and that’s just how those running the Bangor, PA-based company like it. The company provides the produce industry with clamshells, bubble packs, herb packs, berry pads and a wide variety of produce packaging solutions — all with a sustainable mindset. The company distances itself from foam and polystyrene, and relies mostly on Polyethylene Terephthalate packaging solutions, which... Read more
Coosmans LA shipping in tune with produce industry
For more than 35 years, Coosmans LA Shipping has been sourcing and consolidating unique fruits and vegetables for Los Angeles regional foodservice distributors, retail chains and chefs. Cole Firman, a salesperson at the company, said Coosmans LA services every major wholesale terminal market globally, so it is always in tune with what’s new and happening in the industry.  “Our warehouse is like a candy store. Stocked with goodies from every continent, besides... Read more
Coast Produce expands to meet growing demand
Last year, Coast Produce responded to the incredible growth of Los Angeles’ produce scene by opening two new warehouses that are located right across the street from its original warehouse on Bay Street. It was a move that doubled the company’s square footage. “The reason for that is we wanted to enhance the services that we offer our customers, and to be able to accommodate additional growth for new customers as we saw the business trends and what was going on... Read more
Harvest time for Rave apples is almost here
Now is the time to get Rave apple planning under way for the 2019 season. Stemilt’s communications manager, Brianna Shales, said this year is full of opportunity for retailers to boost apple sales and jump in on the fun with Stemilt’s team to show consumers just how great this new premium apple is. “We’re about six weeks away from the most exciting season yet for our new premium apple brand, Rave,” said Shales. “2019 will be a year of increased volumes, fun consumer... Read more