Ready Pac to provide job opportunities for refugees
Ready Pac Foods Inc. said it will open its employment doors for refugees relocating to the United States from the current crisis in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The fresh foods company has committed to train and hire refugees from among the 10,000 Syrian refugees expected from the recent White House announcement. As part of the training, Ready Pac Foods will provide practical resources and expertise to a number of positions within its manufacturing business. Additionally,... Read more
Red Sun Farms showcasing organic line and new top-seal option
Red Sun Farms, headquartered in Kingsville, ON, has enjoyed tremendous growth and expansion over the past few years. In addition to expansions at its Mexico and U.S. facilities, the company headquarters is currently under construction for yet another expansion. Most exciting, said Jim DiMenna, company president, is that Red Sun Farms is now shipping certified organic greenhouse-grown vegetables from all three facilities. “We’re now able to supply our customers... Read more
Westmoreland Farms looking forward to PMA Fresh Summit
Westmoreland Farms is looking forward to sharing new and exciting information with visitors at the PMA Fresh Summit in Atlanta. Jimmy Coppola, director of marketing for the Leamington, ON-based greenhouse grower, said it will be promoting all new environmentally friendly packaging at the event. “We will be showcasing this new packaging line made from biodegradable paper trays, recyclable flow wrap, poly bags and more,” said Coppola. “The flow wrapped trays are... Read more
NatureFresh to showcase innovative merchandising units at PMA
NatureFresh Farms continues to promote its innovative merchandizing tools at trade shows this year, including the TomBox and TomBar, both of which will be showcased at the PMA Fresh Summit in Atlanta in October. Chris Veillon, director of marketing for the Leamington, ON-based greenhouse grower, said the company will also showcase its Grape Tomato Machine at event. “NatureFresh is a partner in the eat brighter! campaign,” said Veillon. “We will have... Read more
Windset Farms continues support for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Windset Farms has announced that it will once again be partnering with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Over the last three years, Windset has helped raise over $100,000 to the CBCF and hopes to continue its fundraising efforts. Going into its fourth year, Windset Farms will again be actively present with a company team at the CIBC Run for the Cure, held on Sunday, Oct. 4. It will also be donating over 5,500 pounds of Concerto grape tomatoes and Fresco mini... Read more
Though harvested in an eight to 10-week period, typically in September and October, fresh California dates are marketed year-round. D.J. Ryan, sales and operation manager of SunDate LLC in Coachella, CA, said a very important discovery was made several years ago that has extended the shelf life of the fruit. “After four or five months in cold storage, there is a bit of caramelization of the fruit,” he said. “You can see the sugar start to form on its edges. ... Read more
San Miguel Produce celebrating National Kale Day with Give ‘em Kale campaign
San Miguel Produce Inc., makers of Cut ‘N Clean Greens, will celebrate National Kale Day Oct. 7 with its second annual Give ‘em Kale campaign. Last year, San Miguel Produce hit the streets of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, handing out 3,000 bunches of free kale to green up Southern California’s morning commute. Kale is still the high-profile, media darling, superhero vegetable of building a healthier America. After a successful first year, San Miguel... Read more
Baldor DC has expanded rapidly since opening a year ago. The company’s facility is located in Jessup, MD, and it is managed by Bill Hodge. Hodge told The Produce News that business has been very positive since its start. “Our growth has been tremendous, our product mix is strong and we have the ability to hold inventory,” said Hodge. “Our customers are being serviced in a timely fashion. This year we have increased our line of local products from Maryland and... Read more
Champion West expands scope of Champion Produce Sales
The purchase of Giant Produce in Parma, ID, earlier this year has proven a sound move for Champion Produce Sales, according to John Wong and Dwayne Fisher, CPS principals. In June the two men said bringing Giant, renamed Champion West, under Champion Produce ownership would increase efficiency, with that facility set to produce 400 loads of onions during the season. Champion West, which underwent upgrades and started running 2015 onions on Sept. 1, is being used... Read more
Setton Farms expanding pistachio category
Setton Farms is expanding its pistachio category by promoting a variety of value added items. Joseph Setton, a principal in the company, said the firm’s five naturally flavored pistachios include Salt & Pepper, Jalapeno, Garlic Onion, Chipotle BBQ and Chili Limon. “These are available in seven-ounce stand up film bags,” said Setton. “Our premium Dark Chocolate Pistachios launched last summer in a five-ounce resealable stand-up bag with a variety of display... Read more
Turbana-Sendik’s partnership benefits Feeding America
For the third year in a row, Turbana will participate in Sendik’s Food Market “7 Days, 7 Ways to Save” promotion to benefit Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, a local food bank that feeds over 330,000 people a year. Every Wednesday until Nov. 11, Sendik’s shoppers will be able to purchase two Fyffes pineapples for $4 and Turbana bananas for 39 cents. Turbana and Sendik’s will donate 50 cents to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin for every two Fyffes pineapples purchased.... Read more
Giorgio Fresh introduces two new very special mushroom products
Specialty foods are out in front in sales today, and produce professionals attribute the increased demand to numerous factors that include the health and nutritional aspects and great flavors. In the case of mushrooms, the growing demand is also attributed to the Mushroom Council’s “The Blend” initiative, which encourages replacing a portion of meat protein with mushrooms. The result is reduced calories, increased flavor and added nutrition. Giorgio Fresh is in... Read more
In Kansas City on Labor Day 1965 Richard (Spud) Haun launched the Dick Haun Potato Co. On Labor Day 1990 — 25 years later — he sold the company to his son, David Haun. The firm was renamed Haun Potato Co. On the firm’s 50th anniversary, and as the 2015 calendar has now rolled past Labor Day, David Haun can claim that he’s owned the company longer than his father. From his office in Shawnee Mission, KS, David Haun said Sept. 22, “We like to brag that we’re a full-service... Read more
Harris Teeter, Titan Farms join to donate 34,000 pounds of peaches to help feed hungry people
Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. and Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, SC, have donated more than 34,000 pounds of peaches to North Carolina food banks to help feed the hungry in local communities. Harris Teeter, a subsidiary of The Kroger Co. based in Matthews, NC, operates 235 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, five other states and the District of Columbia. Titan Farms is a leading East Coast peach grower located in Ridge Spring, SC.Titan Farms peaches, sold... Read more
Promotions, packaging jazz up California Giant winter berries program
California Giant Berry Farms is gearing up for movement of its imported berries. “We will begin importing blueberries in the next month from Argentina, then from Chile,” said Vice President of Marketing Cindy Jewell. “We will also be importing strawberries and blackberries during the winter months. I am not aware of any adverse weather. We look forward to great quality and sizing from these districts as they come into production and have several varieties planted.”California... Read more
PermaTherm premium insulated panels star in an impressive experiment
MONTICELLO, GA — On a Friday morning in September, workers at PermaTherm’s manufacturing facility, here, bustled about setting up ramps in the parking lot for a demonstration of the strength of its premium insulated refrigeration panels as a pair of reporters from The Produce News looked on. A two-ton jet black Ford F-150 pickup truck sat ominously nearby. First the workers assembled a pair of panels from a competitor, eight-inches thick and two dozen feet long,... Read more
As the Red River Valley red potato harvest was just getting under way, Steve Tweten took a conservative approach to his Produce News interview. Tweten, who is the president and chief executive officer of NoKota Packers Inc. in Buxton, ND, said the color of the first-dug red potatoes in early September “is really nice. So far, it’s going well. We have nice average tonnage.” And for how long into the fall did Tweten expect to be harvesting? “You tell me how much... Read more
Manfredi providing rail option for Idaho potatoes
In mid-April, Manfredi Cold Storage received its first railcar of Idaho potatoes. Rolling into September, Frank Manfredi, president of the sprawling facility located in Kennett Square, PA, said he just was receiving his 40th carload of Idaho spuds. “With the Idaho potato season beginning, we hope to be receiving more potatoes on rail,” Manfredi said. Manfredi has a rail spur attached to its modern, food-safe, cold chain-controlled warehouse. This rail spur is... Read more
California ag marketing company expands into China
Culinary Competitions International, a Fresno-based company that assists agricultural commodity boards and private brand food products with their international promotions, is expanding overseas. In order to meet the growing demands of its clients, CCI has opened four new offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.CCI President Peter DeYoung (right) with Max Baucus, U.S. ambassador to China. CCI began as a division of Alliance Advertising &... Read more
Generational know-how characterizes operations at Sun-Glo
The warehouse began to bustle on Aug. 18 for Sun-Glo of Idaho Inc., headquartered in Sugar City, ID. The company, initially established by five southeast Idaho potato growers in 1974, has been solely owned by the Crapo family since 1999. The family has produced  quality Idaho potatoes for four generations. Bruce Crapo, an owner and chief financial officer, said Burbanks and Norkotahs are popular mainstays. “We also grow reds and golds for processing,” he stated.... Read more