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The Vision Cos.’ Mr. Squeeze lemon program setting up with excellent quality
The Vision Cos. are comprised of Vision Produce Co. in Los Angeles, which is the parent entity, and Vision Import Group in Hackensack, NJ. While they are separate companies that do business in slightly different ways, their shared unified national distribution enables both to market their brands nationwide. Both companies market Van Gogh mangos and Mojito, Havana and Mr. Squeeze limes and lemons. Vision Produce Co. also sells limes under the Bonito and Logger... Read more
Suarez of MAS Melons & Grapes builds solid reputation
More than 20 years ago, Miguel A. Suarez gained a reputation of being a sales manager with outstanding records of Mexican cantaloupe and honeydew melon exports during his years working for a leading Nogales, AZ, distributor. However, he was displeased with the frequent complaints about the inconsistent quality and lack of flavor of the fruit sold to customers in several countries.Miguel (Miky) Suarez Suarez then came to the conclusion that it is necessary to have... Read more
After 16 years of consecutive growth,  Nickey Gregory Co. keeps moving onward and upward
It has been a busy 2016 for the Atlanta, GA-based Nickey Gregory Co. and it’s about to get busier still with the Southeast Produce Council Southern Innovations Symposium just around the corner Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Williamsburg, VA, and the PMA Fresh Summit show following shortly on its heels in Orlando, FL, in mid-October. “We have a lot to celebrate heading into the Southern Innovations Symposium and a lot of news to share,” said Vice President... Read more
Potandon sees big crop
Though there is still a lot of weather to occur before the final Idaho potatoes are dug this year, Ralph Schwartz of Potandon Produce LLC, Idaho Falls, ID, believes the industry is sitting on a big crop. “Idaho weather was favorable for most of the growing season, with adequate water and few extreme temperature swings,” he said in an email in late August.  “The nights stayed mostly cool throughout the summer which reduced plant stress. Many... Read more
Auerbach: The East Coast’s solution for asparagus
As one of the lone Peruvian asparagus importers in the Northeast, one of Secaucus, NJ-based Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.’s biggest strengths is that it has the inventory on-hand to handle the demands of the region’s demanding consumers. That’s done thanks to its new warehouse in North Jersey, with all the latest in refrigerator, storage and food safety modernizations. “We have the produce on site and that’s important,” Paul Auerbach,... Read more
D’Arrigo Bros. joins ABNY to help NYC residents, businesses and communities
D’Arrigo Bros., a longtime presence on the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, NY, has joined ABNY, a non-profit organization dedicated to the constant growth and renewal of New York City’s residents, businesses and communities. “D’Arrigo Brothers is proud of the contributions our family and business have made to New York City over the last five decades,” Gabriela D’Arrigo said in a press release.Gabriela D’Arrigo... Read more
Alpine Fresh relies on experience to stay ahead
Alpine Fresh, Inc., headquartered in Doral, FL, has been working in the Peruvian asparagus industry for a quarter of a century and currently farms more than 5,000 acres of asparagus. Packaged asparagus from Alpine Fresh.“We expect asparagus volumes from Peru to be slightly down for 2015 but we expect our overall volume to be steady and possibly up by a couple of percentage points,” Walter Yager, chief executive officer of Alpine Fresh, Inc., told The... Read more
Relationships key to  Crystal Valley Foods’  Peruvian asparagus success
There’s been a lot of growth at Miami-based Crystal Valley Foods over the past 7-8 years due to expanding volume in core products via expanding customer relationships and becoming a genuine supply partner rather than simply another vendor. Crystal Valley has been importing Peruvian asparagus since 1994, and is one of the genuine pioneers in working with key grower partners to develop the North American market for Peruvian asparagus. The company has historically... Read more
CarbAmericas gearing up  for Peruvian asparagus season
As Pompano Beach, FL-based CarbAmericas puts the finishing touches on its Mexican asparagus season — a year in which it experienced large volumes — it is slowly transitioning into Peruvian asparagus and will offer the product from now until late January, then beginning again around late April/May. “This will be our priority moving forward between now and Jan. 15,” Jeff Friedman, president of CarbAmericas, told The Produce News. “In... Read more
After Vidalia ‘deal of a lifetime’ G&R Farms set for bountiful Peruvian season
Vidalia onion growers had “the deal of a lifetime” this spring and summer and Walt Dasher of G&R Farms in Glennville, GA, believes that momentum will carry over in the Peruvian sweet onion deal that’s just getting underway. Vidalia volume has allowed some growers to extend the season into September. Normally the program is well done some time in August. Walt Dasher of G&R Farms consite at his Peruvian operation this summer. Photo courtesy... Read more
Oppy’s Envy, Jazz and Pacific Rose generating ‘huge interest’
With good consumer response to interactive web site campaigns and lively social media exposure — as well as seamless year-round supplies from both its Washington and New Zealand growers — The Oppenheimer Group’s Envy, Jazz and Pacific Rose varieties are leading stars in the company’s apple program. According to Vancouver-based David Nelley, executive category director for Oppy’s apples and pears, Envy in particular has generated “huge... Read more
Higham ‘to continue great things Farm Fresh  Direct has always done’
Monte Vista, CO — When Jamey Higham started his new position as president and chief executive officer of multi-generational, grower-owned Farm Fresh Direct on May 1, he had a solid background in potatoes through previous positions at Potandon Produce in Idaho Falls. Noting his role as vice president of foodservice sales and director of new business development with his former employer, Higham said his experience was good, but, “It was time for a change,... Read more
New warehouse to double Monte Vista Potato Growers’ capacity
Monte Vista, CO — The new 15,000-square-foot warehouse and new line at Monte Vista Potato Growers will double the grower-shipper’s capabilities, according to General Manager Jason Tillman. In mid-August construction was well under way, and Tillman said the building will be ready by Oct. 15 and the first loads of this year’s crop. “Our harvest will start in late August or early September,” Tillman said, noting it is about a week to... Read more
RPE offers new  microwavable potato products
RPE Produce, Inc., has added a new convenience line of microwavable potatoes and expanded its organic line. Randy Shell, RPE’s vice president of marketing and new business development, said that Tasteful Selections line of fresh potatoes is extended with new microwavable Take & Shake-brand cups. Aimed for convenience, these snack-sized treats are available in three new flavors: Chipotle BBQ, Chili Lime and Black Pepper Rosemary & Thyme. “Each... Read more
Christopher Ranch to feature Monviso Heirloom California garlic at NEPC Expo
Gilroy, CA-based Christopher Ranch will once again exhibit at this year’s New England Produce Council Annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo on Sept. 21-23 at the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster, MA. Anthony M. DeAngelis, director of the Northeast division, said he will be joined by Beth McGuire, a representative of JOH Retail Food Brokers in New England, at Booth No. 225. Lauren Wittersheim, data administrator; Anthony DeAngelis, director;... Read more
Spice World to feature new crop California and imported Spanish garlic at NEPC Expo
Domestic producers of high-quality garlic are quick to celebrate when a new crop comes on in good condition. Orlando, FL-based Spice World grows its domestic garlic in California. In late July its harvest was at full speed ahead, as were its packing lines. “The crop is very nice this year,” said Louis Hymel, director of purchasing and marketing. “There are good yields from most of our fields.” The company is looking forward to promoting... Read more
It’s a terrific time in the histories of Dandrea Produce and its new partner, Courchesne Larose
Dandrea Produce, headquartered in Vineland, NJ, is growing by leaps and bounds — and in many directions. The company is celebrating its first anniversary of its new partnership with Courchesne Larose, a leading produce distributor based in Montreal. One year ago this summer, Courchesne Larose acquired 50 percent of Dandrea Produce in the agreement. Courchesne Larose is closing in on its 100 anniversary in business, and Dandrea Produce is close behind, now... Read more
Good quality but lots of product  at the Vineland Produce Auction
vineland, nj — The Vineland Produce Auction was seeing a similar picture as most others in the New Jersey produce deal in mid-August: an abundance of product. “Our spring was very good, but our summer was not as strong as it has been in the past,” the auction’s Carol DeFoor told The Produce News Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 16. Early spring weather had been good, but the end of spring saw some cold temperatures. Chad Bogan, Tyrone Hayman and... Read more
NJ fall deal ‘very important’ at Marolda Farms
vineland, nj — Before looking ahead to New Jersey’s fall produce deal, Rich Marolda Jr. of Marolda Farms looked back to how the summer deal had gone at the company. “The summer crops that we grow started strong, then they fell off a bit in a normal, predictable way. Then it was steady as far as the market goes,” he told The Produces News Tuesday morning, Aug. 16. “The weather was challenging, but that’s not news.” He continued,... Read more
John Shuman of Shuman Produce Inc. in Reidsville, GA, got into the Peruvian sweet onion deal almost two decades ago — long enough to see the industry mature and know that consumers now get excited about the crop in much the same way they anticipate Shuman’s bread-and-butter Vidalia onion deal each spring. Shuman is one of the larger players in the Peruvian deal. Last year he brought in 750 containers — some 1.1. million boxes — of Peruvian... Read more