COMPANY PROFILES

Houweling’s launches waste heat and CO2 recovery system
Houweling’s Group, a leading greenhouse vegetable grower and marketer with over 200 acres of farms, announced the launch of its patent pending waste heat and CO2 recovery system implementation at its Mona, UT, greenhouse farm. While designed to complement Houweling’s patented Ultra Clima greenhouse, the unique recovery system will have applications in any controlled agriculture environment that would otherwise require supplemental heat and CO2 from other sources. A... Read more
 Red Jacket Orchards likes to keep it cloudy
Red Jacket Orchards, a family-owned brand, has been selling fresh fruit juices for more than five decades and has introduced a new alternative to traditional juicing by creating cold-pressed juices. The family-owned company grows more than 300,000 bushels of apples and 1.4 million pounds of seasonal summer fruits, including cherries, strawberries, peaches, plums and apricots. Red Jacket Orchards cold-pressed juices are produced using a traditional rack-and-cloth... Read more
'Fruitkraze' brand now distributed from new facility
“Fruitkraze,” the Accel Services LLC brand in the wholesale fruit and vegetable market, will now be distributed from the company’s new cutting-edge facility in Valley Cottage, NY. Currently, the “FruitKraze” line includes avocados, lemons, oranges, pineapples, grapes, mangos, watermelon, limes, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, bananas and chayote. The items are produced in Mexico, Texas, California, Florida, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Celebrating... Read more
Personal touches, industry knowledge drive business at Allen Lund
Attention to the smallest detail translates to superior third-party logistics services at Allen Lund Co. “Our reputation is the best in the industry,” Vice President Kenny Lund told The Produce News. “We’re here to get the product moved and moved well.” The company is headquartered in La Cañada, CA, and provides its customers with one-stop transportation solutions including transportation, logistics and software services. Allen Lund has nationwide offices and employs... Read more
Green Giant Fresh gives back through Box Tops for Education
Green Giant Fresh, the only produce brand featuring Box Tops for Education, contributes every day to K-8 schools across America through its participation in the Box Tops For Education program. The company passed the million-dollar milestone in 2014 and currently is at a total contribution of over $1.3 million. “We started the program in produce because we wanted to make a difference where it really matters -- with our kids’ educations and their futures,” Jamie... Read more
Northampton staying ahead with technology with eye on community support
Operating a produce firm with the latest technology is key to a healthy business. But maintaining dedication to community speaks to not allowing technology to interfere with human compassion. Northampton Growers Produce Sales Inc., headquartered in Cheriton, VA, has managed to balance its technological advances with the culture and heritage the company was founded on more than five decades ago.Northampton partners Steve McCready, comptroller, and Calvert Cullen,... Read more
G&D Wallace continuously irrigating to keep potatoes strong
The potato harvest will ramp up at G&D Wallace/Wallace Farms at the beginning of September. The company is located in the heart of the Skagit Valley, and has a rich history of family farming that began generations ago. Potatoes grown are red, white, gold and purple conventional potatoes as well as organic reds and russets. The company’s production acreage has remained relatively stable. Jack WallaceJack Wallace, co-owner and sales manager, said the 2015 production... Read more
California Giant celebrates back to school with a fresh start
California Giant Berry Farms just launched an exciting twist to its back-to-school promotion this year called Fresh Start to support its commitment to the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program. Beginning Aug. 17 and running through Sept. 20, the company is encouraging its consumer followers to vote on which school should receive a new salad bar from California Giant based on those schools currently on the waiting list. As millions of students return to campus,... Read more
Winkel of Greg Orchards cites need for ag labor solution
BENTON HARBOR, MI — Southwest Michigan is “truly a garden spot” within a state already known for its large commercial production of fruits and vegetables. Thus, here, with a wide diversity of crops, agricultural labor is of great concern to growers, said Barry Winkel, partner and general manager of Greg Orchards & Produce Inc. Winkel said labor was scarce in late July for the blueberries and peaches being harvest at that time. “It is kind of scary” to look... Read more
Krivanek Consulting celebrating 25 years in business
Twenty-five years ago, after 15 years spent as a Fortune 500 vice president for BP Global, Julie Krivanek launched her own Denver-based, internationally connected strategic thinking and planning firm for the fresh produce industry. Many stories with that lead paragraph would go on to say, “Today she announced her retirement, describing plans to fashion mosaics from sea glass she’s collected on the beach.” Instead, she told The Produce News that while she celebrates... Read more
New York Apple Sales ‘KORU’ brand Plumac C.V. being well received
The “KORU” brand Plumac C.V. is New York Apple Sales Inc.’s newest offering. The apple was discovered in New Zealand about 20 years ago. The company has been licensed by the owner of the intellectual property, or apple cultivar, to grow and sell the apple in the United States. Kaari Stannard, owner and president of New York Apple Sales, headquartered in Castleton, NY, said the company is currently selling imported “KORU” brand Plumac C.V. apples from New Zealand. New... Read more
Mucci looks to raise $50K through 50K Ultramarathon
As an active member of its community, Mucci Farms is a proud supporter of numerous local charitable events. Now Bert Mucci, chief executive officer, Danny Mucci, president, Gianni Mucci, chief operating officer, and Nick Williamson, key account manager, aim to raise $50,000 for Make-A-Wish-Southwestern Ontario. Team Mucci has taken on the challenge to run a 50K Ultramarathon from Amherstburg, ON, to its corporate headquarters in Kingsville, ON. “We wanted to begin... Read more
‘Hobgoblin’ label a seasonal favorite at Sunlight
It’s a vintage year for grape production at JP Dulcich and Sons in Delano, CA. Sunlight International Sales, the marketing arm for the farming business, is moving into the fall season with fruit of exceptional quality. Sunlight International Sales will market grapes under the ‘Hobgoblin’ label from mid-September through October. “This fall, we will highlight Autumn King green, Scarlet red, Autumn Royal black, Vintage red, and the Luisco green varieties,” said Nick... Read more
Red Jacket Orchards optimizes flavor through tradition
Three generations of the Nicholson family have transformed Red Jacket Orchards from a 100-acre local apple farm into a nationwide brand with more than 1,000 acres of a variety of fruits as well as cold-pressed juices and cider. Founded in 1958 in Geneva, NY, Red Jacket Orchards has been selling fresh fruit juices for more than five decades and growing over 300,000 bushels of apples and 1.4 million pounds of seasonal summer fruits annually. Some of these fruits... Read more
Fire can’t deter Superfresh pear production
Howard Nager, vice president of marketing for Domex Superfresh Growers, said the company responded quickly and aggressively following a recent fire in Wenatchee, WA. Domex Superfresh Growers' new zippered two-pound pouch bags featuring 'Sesame Street' characters. (Photo courtesy of Domex Superfresh Growers) “The fire’s impact was devastating to the Blue Bird Inc. facility in Wenatchee where Superfresh Grower pears are packed,” he told The Produce News. “Construction... Read more
Oppy offers an Oregon-grown taste of Italy
Sweet, juicy and brimming with late-summer flavor, Italian-style prune-plums are available once again from Oppy in the legendary “Blue Goose” label. The deep purple, free-stone fruit is available through mid-September in two- and 1.5-pound high graphic bags, as well as 30-pound bulk boxes. “We’re packing this year at Orchard View Farms, our premium Oregon cherry grower partner,” Evan Myers, executive category director of South American Imports, who also oversees... Read more
Alpine Fresh Inc. was established in January 1988 with a clear vision: bridge the gap between the growers of fresh fruits and vegetables in Latin America and consumers in the United States. Founded by long-time friends Jose Sanchez and Walter Yager, the company has a strong sense of where it’s been and where it will go in the future. “The company has grown from two people, one pallet jack, a 250-square-foot office, to a 50,000-square-foot corporate headquarters... Read more
Robinson Fresh a dominant presence in Peru
Customers of Robinson Fresh can expect to be supplied with the best quality Peruvian asparagus available in the marketplace. “Asparagus is a great fit for Robinson Fresh’s expansive mix of vegetable items,” said Category Manager Joe Dugo. “Through strong grower relationships, Robinson Fresh is able to grow and market high-quality fresh product.” The company pledges its support by going above-and-beyond when it comes to fresh produce solutions, “from customer insights,... Read more
Progressive Produce Corp. is one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier grower-packer-shippers of quality potatoes. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles with operations in Quincy, WA. “Most of our potatoes are for the fresh market,” said Product Manager Gary Askenaizer. “While the majority of Washington spuds are for processing, we grow strictly for the fresh market.” Askenaizer said acreage planted to fresh production this season will be similar to last year.... Read more
They say time is money. That’s always true. But in the produce industry, keeping your cool is also money. That truth has kept Atlanta-based PermaTherm busy for almost three decades, providing premium insulated panels and a full range of cooling-related services while also saving dollars. “We’re known for our panels, but we provide more than that — we offer 30 years’ experience across all things food to deliver offer our clients a complete solutions for refrigerated... Read more