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Capital Logistics specializes in produce, covering the nation with highest level of service
Founded in 2009, Capital Logistics in White Plains, NY, has quickly grown to become a major non-asset-based logistics company that exercises diligence with both clients and its diverse trucking companies throughout the country. The company takes pride in its assurance of delivering the highest level of service and reliability. It was formed by Michael Feig, chief operating officer, and his business partner, Jeff Gerson, chief executive officer. Gerson previously... Read more
Snow & Sons off to an early start with asparagus
With first loads of asparagus going out in late March, Snow & Sons Produce in Outlook, WA, was expecting its peak during the week of April 18, according to proprietor Steve Thomas. Thomas said there should be plenty of product for Mother’s Day, and he said loads should continue to ship up to mid-July. “We’re supposed to have really good weather this week,” Thomas said on April 18. The extended forecast was calling for cooler temperatures and possible rain... Read more
“I’m excited about the upcoming Mexican grape season,” said Atomic Torosian, the managing partner of Crown Jewels Produce. “It should be a very good season. We are on schedule to be about four or five days earlier than last year,” added Torosian, whose firm is based in Fresno, CA. Crown Jewels is packing grapes in a clear standup pouch bag. While high-graphic pouch bags have recently been popular for grapes, Torosian said his retail buyers are asking for clear... Read more
Consalo Family Farms recognized for environmental stewardship
In recognition for its work to take voluntary and proactive measures to improve the environment and ensure a sustainable future, Consalo Family Farms received an Environmental Stewardship Program award from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The award, announced in mid-March, was based upon the company's facilities inspection earlier in 2016. “Consalo Family Farms is committed to providing high-quality produce while maintaining sustainability... Read more
Seald Sweet has ample supply of Mexican grapes as deal keeps growing
With new grape production coming on in Mexico, Seald Sweet International is in continued growth mode this year with substantial volumes projected despite early season weather problems. The company is expecting volumes as high or higher than the previously tripled volumes it marketed last season during the six-week Mexican season. “As an industry it looks like the deal could be a little bit light in the early portion, Mexico had some very cold weather and freezes... Read more
RIO RICO, AZ — Subsequent to the shocking death of Renato Parada, the founder of RP Distributing, his firm is moving ahead. At age 53, Parada died March 8, just days after learning he had cancer. The firm’s salesman, Francisco Orrantia, worked for Parada for 16 years and confirmed that Mexican suppliers had all given RP a vote of confidence to continue the sales relationship. “The company is strong,” Orrantia said. “We will keep doing business as always.” Parada... Read more
Spring grape season shaping up at Giumarra
The Giumarra Cos. anticipates a good season with its Mexican grapes in 2016. “At this stage, quality and volumes look to be very good,” said Tom Wilson, grape sales manager. “We offer red, white and black seedless varieties during the Mexican grape season.” Giumarra markets the red seedless Flame during May and June. White seedless varieties marketed are the Early Sweet, Sugarone and Perlette. “The Early Sweet variety is available in May. This is our early season... Read more
Proprietary varieties fuel growth at The Flavor Tree
Concentrating on a mixture of its own varieties, along with some industry standards, The Flavor Tree Fruit Co. LLC, based in Hanford, CA, is expecting to sell more California cherries this year than it did in 2015. Mo Cameron, who runs the sales desk for the firm, told The Produce News on the last day of March that Mother Nature always has the last word “but our crop potential is about 15 percent higher than our 2015 crop.” “Mother Nature can bring us some surprises... Read more
Prime Time watermelon  production ramps up in May
Mike Aiton, director of marketing for Prime Time International, said the company is gearing up for watermelon production. “The weather has recently smoothed out after a very hot January and a very cold February in the Coachella Valley,” he told The Produce News. “Consequently, the start of the crop will mirror last year, with an estimated starting date of May 2.” He said El Niño conditions did not have a significant impact on the desert planting and growing season. “The... Read more
Stemilt California cherry crop to be heavy early
Stemilt Growers LLC, a longtime grower-shipper headquartered in Wenatchee, WA, whose roots can be traced to the early 1900s, has had a California cherry deal since the beginning of this century. Communications Manager Brianna Shales said the California deal began around 2000 when the Washington firm bought an established Stockton, CA, company and opened its subsidiary Chinchiolo Stemilt California LLC. This year, the California operation is expected to deliver... Read more
Morada Produce Co. executive Michael Jameson said the key to this year’s California cherry deal is to get the entire industry — both shippers and retailers — to throw away their historical data and start promoting the crop 10 days earlier than normal. The crop is heavy and early and he said the supplier community has to price the crop right out of the shoot at an f.o.b. price that will stimulate sales and the retailers have to put those cherries on ad a week... Read more
Hirakata Farms looking at more varietals and organics in 2016
Hirakata Farms, located in the Rocky Ford region of Colorado’s Arkansas Valley, is going into the 2016 season with plans to ramp up overall production of honeydew melons as well as more conventional varietals and a limited amount of organics, according to Gene Schneider, sales representative for the company. Schneider told The Produce News that the longtime melon producer had a good season overall in 2015, although weather events caused a compression, and product... Read more
Baldor Specialty Foods evolving in every possible way
Baldor Specialty Foods continues to grow and expand in every possible direction. The company is currently under expansion construction at its Bronx, NY, headquarters on the Hunts Point Terminal Market. When completed the facility will have 278,000 square feet of refrigerated warehouse space on 25 acres.TJ Murphy, chief executive officer, and Michael Muzyk, president, of Baldor Specialty Foods. “I believe we’ll be the second largest facility next to the New York... Read more
Hapco Farms gearing up for start of domestic watermelon season
Hapco Farms is looking forward to the start of its domestic watermelon deal, with product from south Florida expected to begin shipping in late April. Raquel Mello, who is in watermelon sales for the Riverhead, NY-based company, said that Florida melons have gotten off to a slow start this year due to heavy rainfall in the earlier part of the year. Hapco is currently shipping Mexican and offshore melons. “Our domestic melon program will run from late April through... Read more
“We have a big watermelon deal from Hermosillo, Mexico, this year,” said Mike Meyer, a salesman for Keith Connell Inc., based in Stillwell, KS. Meyer said a very aggressive sales effort from Mexico a year ago paid off and led to expansion this season. “It was tough to sell last year, but everyone with a phone and computer was getting a quote.” The Mexican deal for Connell will run through Memorial Day, “then when we’re done we have a small deal in Georgia,” he... Read more
Gourmet Trading shipping conventional,  organic and biodynamic blueberries from Chile
Since its founding in 1982, Gourmet Trading Co., headquartered in Redondo Beach, CA, has grown to become a leading importer and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables. The company operates on the principle that cultivating relationships is as important as cultivating produce. It partners with the finest growers in South America and Central America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the United States in order to consistently deliver the best produce... Read more
Expertise enables Vision to successfully navigate Mexican mango program
Longtime mango veteran Bill Vogel believes Mexico presents a challenge when it comes to navigating mango programs. “It is sometimes a challenge to match what we need in the marketplace to what growers there have available,” said Vogel, president of the Vision Cos., a leading grower, importer and marketer of tropical, Hispanic and conventional produce. “We are fortunate, however, to have developed grower-direct arrangements there for a number of years, which have... Read more
Kurt Zuhlke to showcase full line of PET packaging products and more at CPMA
Kurt Zuhlke, president and owner of Kurt Zuhlke & Associates, headquartered in Bangor, PA, will showcase the company’s full line of packaging products at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association Annual Convention & Trade Show, this year being held in Calgary on April 12-14. Zuhlke will be at the company’s booth to personally greet customers and prospective customers to the event. “We are doing lot more customized packaging for individual growers,” Zuhlke... Read more
Giumarra, Videxport host National Watermelon Association in Mexico
Giumarra Nogales is currently shipping expanded volumes of its Sonoran watermelon crop. Giumarra recently hosted Bob Morrissey, executive director of the National Watermelon Association Inc., on a tour of the growing, harvesting and packing operations of its watermelon partner, Videxport. “Mexico is such a significant part of our watermelon business in the United States, and it was important for me to visit the western side of Mexico,” Morrissey said in a press... Read more
Del Monte Fresh Produce to showcase  fresh cut fruit and vegetables at CPMA expo
Del Monte Fresh Produce will be showcasing the fresh cut fruit and vegetable line from its distribution facility in Oshawa, Ontario, at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s Annual Convention & Trade Show in Calgary on April 12-14. “Del Monte” brand fresh cut products are prepared and packaged in its facilities, which are equipped with state-of-the-art processing equipment. “Our facilities operate under strict food-safety and quality management systems,”... Read more