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Edward L. Myrick Produce sticking to the status quo

Sometimes keeping the status quo is considered a positive in the produce industry, especially when challenges like weather, labor and government regulations are constantly causing chaos for growers and produce companies.

So, when Jimmy Myrick, vice president of Pompano Beach, FL-based Edward L. Myrick Produce described the company’s presence in the state of Georgia as being “the same,” as in, the same acreage, the same amount of beans and the same products, it is seen as good news.

22549855 503207110049204 4875979749251313902 n “We do 600 acres of beans, 400 acres of cucumbers and 100 acres of squash in Georgia,” Myrick said. “We also consolidate there.”

In Leslie, GA, the company represents Minor Produce, which produces the popular Bay View brand green beans. Edward L. Myrick Produce also has growers in the area and has experienced many of the above challenges over the past 12 months, but has overcome them to stay relevant in the state of Georgia.

“It’s been rough the last few years in Georgia with all the different weather patterns and stuff,” Myrick said. “Being consistent is the way to stay ahead. We plant pretty much exactly what we are comfortable selling.”

The key to a strong relationship with Minor Produce is that the company has people on-site and talk every night with the farmer. All major decisions are discussed and they work together to ensure success for both parties.

“We have a very personal relationship and we work hard for him because we’re in it with him,” Myrick said. “We’re scheduled to start the Georgia program around May 20 this year. Because we are so far north, we are one of the last deals to start in Georgia and we’ll go through early July.”

Projections are hard to say with the season more than six weeks away, especially with the volatile weather that Georgia has experienced over the last few years. Still, there hasn’t been too much crazy weather in the first quarter of 2019, so Myrick is hopeful for brighter days.

“Our Georgia produce goes all over the United States, except for maybe California, and we go into Canada,” Myrick said.

While labor is always an issue, it’s a problem that the company has seemed to take better control of lately thanks to the migrant and labor programs.

Same with the trucking challenges, which are not as great a concern as they were even a year ago.

He feels that because the Georgia deal is between the winter Mexican deal and the summertime deals, it gives it a good run to hit some markets.

Behind the scenes, company founder Edward L. Myrick turned 80 earlier this year, and all at the company wish him a very healthy and happy year ahead.