Rice Fruit to showcase new strains of the most popular apple varieties
Few things shine as brightly as fresh apples in autumn and winter, and Rice Fruit Co. in Gardners, PA, has a crop that is in prime condition for the coming year. John Rice, vice president, told The Produce News that the company has enjoyed a good harvest, which wrapped up in late October. “We enjoyed a fairly typical growing season,” said Rice. “A cool, dry and sunny October allowed us to get through the harvest nicely and in good order. Leighton Rice, Maggie... Read more
Cal Giant joins Just Drizzle It winter promo
California Giant Berry Farms is launching a winter holiday promotion and sweepstakes that will showcase a wide variety of freshly made sauces, spreads and dressings, inspiring consumers to “dress up their plates” and dazzle their guests with just a drizzle. The company is part of a group of complementary partners that make this winter holiday promotion a winner with consumers. Partners include Cabot Creamery, Blendtec and Scharffen Berger in a complete seven-course... Read more
New York Apple Sales exclusive marketer of  Honeycrisp apples from Scotian Gold Cooperative
For fortunate companies like New York Apple Sales, headquartered in Castleton, NY, the New York Produce Show and Conference is very accessible by train. “We are lucky this way,” said Kaari Stannard, company president. “The show provides us with an excellent opportunity to meet up with retail chains and wholesalers. In addition, the breakout sessions are very informative and beneficial to attend.” The company has exhibited at the New York Produce Show since... Read more
RBest Produce and El Sol Brands showcasing ‘perfect for the holidays’ lines of products
The New York Produce Show, being held on Dec. 1-3 in New York City, falls at the peak of the holiday buying season. For companies that offer holiday items, as well as items trending for the coming year, it could not be better timing. That’s the case for RBest Produce Inc., in Port Washington, NY, and its sister company, El Sol Brands Inc., in Medley, FL. “Through El Sol Brands, we are promoting a line of PLU pre-managed tropicals,” said Luis Perez, accounts... Read more
Royal Rose continues to ‘add color’  to California’s Salad Bowl of the World
Salinas, CA-based Royal Rose LLC grows radicchio that is Fresher-Bigger-Better, which is also the company’s program name and tagline, when compared to imported product. And it lays claim to have added some much needed color to California’s reputed Salad Bowl of the World when the company formed in 1993. The company produces a full line of radicchio varieties, including Chioggia, Treviso, Tardivo, Castelfranco and Frisee, along with other specialty items. Royal... Read more
The Alpha Vegetable comes to New York: You gotta problem with that?
Smith Packing Inc., a broccoli grower-shipper based in Presque Isle, ME, and Hastings, FL, will feature its Alpha Vegetable campaign for broccoli at the New York Produce Show in early December. Tara Smith Vighetti, a partner and director of marketing at the company, said the Alpha Vegetable campaign was the brainchild of the agency Victors & Spoils, which set out to make broccoli “cool” and “something healthy people want to eat.” The cheeky campaign first... Read more
GloriAnn Farms marks another successful year in charitable donations
For the fourth consecutive year, GloriAnn Farms and partner Five Crowns Marketing have made significant charitable contributions to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. This year the companies were able to donate over $36,000 in total contributions. In partnering with retailers for annual promotions, GloriAnn Farms and Five Crowns Marketing have raised awareness of these organizations and the work they do. For every case of... Read more
Jonathan’s, an innovator and leader in safe sprout production
After hearing phenomenal feedback from both vendors and customers following the inaugural New York Produce Show in 2010, Jonathan’s Sprouts Inc., a d/b/a of Jonathan’s Organic, in East Freetown, MA, decided it was too important an event to miss, and so it began exhibiting the second year. Liz Reilley, vice president of sales and marketing, said the show is well attended and very efficient. “We have picked up at least one new account at every show,” she said. “This... Read more
Retailers benefit from  exceptional category  management at Oneonta
Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers continues to provide its retail partners with a level of category management services that maximizes sales. “In addition to front-end scan data, we also work with Market Track to analyze ads and product placement in ads. Print, electronic, social media are all analyzed,” Dan Wohlford, national marketing representative, said. The level of category management services provided enables retailers, “to target in on the varieties, sizes and... Read more
Potandon program pairing potatoes with onions
Potandon Produce LLC has introduced a program pairing potatoes and onions for consumer kitchens. “We just launched Sales for All Seasons at the PMA,” said Ralph Schwartz, vice president of marketing, sales & innovation. “It’s a yearlong approach which really identifies and highlights the best potatoes and onions to promote throughout the entire year, breaking out of the ‘Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas’ thinking to a more ‘outside of the potato’ thinking.... Read more
Rainier satisfies with flavor-rich apples
The apple program at Rainier Fruit Co. is sweet, juicy and continuing to grow on all fronts. “This season, Washington product feels like it is moving through retail at a very brisk rate,” said Andy Tudor, director of business development. “I believe the reason is we are delivering a better, more consistent eating experience.” The company markets a full apple manifest to its retail partners. “As some of the lesser varieties taper off, we will continue to focus... Read more
Winter volume picks up for Boskovich
Unlike many other Western vegetable producers, Boskovich Farms Inc. does not really go through a transition from its summer to winter production. The company is headquartered in Oxnard, CA, in the heart of Ventura County. With its coastal and Southern California location, the area has mild temperatures 12 months of the year, which allows for year round production. “We don’t go through a transition like many of our competitors,” said Sales Manager Russell Widerburg.... Read more
TMD Creative receives prestigious Davey Award
TMD Creative, a marketing and design firm on the Monterey Peninsula, was selected as a Davey Award winner out of over 10,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. TMD received a silver award in the Website Branding category for its work on the Freshway Foods website. “There is nothing better than successfully implementing a client’s vision for where they want to take their company," Nick Pasculli, TMD’s president, said in a press release. "I believe we... Read more
Relationships are a hallmark of the produce industry. One reason professionals look forward to the PMA Fresh Summit is the opportunity to reconnect personally with producers, suppliers, retailers, foodservice operators and longtime friends. Dandrea Produce, headquartered in Vineland, NJ, is a prime example of a company whose team nurtures one-on-one relationships. “The PMA Fresh Summit gives us a great opportunity to see our retail partners, many of which have... Read more
NatureFresh Farms takes #GreenInTheCity Tour to Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
After more than 65 different events throughout North America this year, Leamington, ON-based NatureFresh Farms is wrapping up its #GreenInTheCity Tour in Toronto with one last stop. NatureFresh will have the Greenhouse Education Center on display at the 95th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Nov. 6-15 at Exhibition Place. NatureFresh Farms' Greenhouse Education Center is a living attraction that demonstrates how plants are grown in a greenhouse environment. “It is... Read more
Giorgio’s new mushroom products drew raves at the PMA Fresh Summit
In 2005, Giorgio Fresh, headquartered in Blandon, PA, and Grupo Monteblanco, based in Mexico City, formed a partnership. The two companies are among the larger growers of fresh mushrooms in North America. The dynamic joint venture is named M.G. Alimentos and is located in Saltillo, Mexico. At the PMA Fresh Summit in Atlanta, numerous representatives from both companies were in attendance at the Giorgio Fresh booth. Included in the group was Alfonso Cano, president... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit was a great success for Southern Specialties
What are the components that add up to an outstanding PMA Fresh Summit? For Southern Specialties, headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL, it is a combination of a great turnout at its booth, tremendous response to the products and initiatives it was showcasing and having a really good booth position that exposed it to a tremendous amount of traffic. Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development, told The Produce News that many of its business partners... Read more
Mann’s Culinary Cuts wins 2015 PMA Impact Award: Excellence in Packaging
Mann Packing’s new product, Culinary Cuts, received one of five 2015 PMA Impact Awards for Excellence in Packaging at the PMA Fresh Summit in Atlanta, Oct. 23-25. The awards recognize companies with exceptional produce packaging that demonstrates “out-of-the-box-thinking” and makes an impact with consumers. Mann’s Culinary Cuts are a line of fresh-cut vegetables cut into distinctive shapes including Sweet Potato RIBBONS and Butternut Squash ZIG ZAGS. The... Read more
Some days it pays to get away from your desk, or the produce department floor, and go to a place that fills your brain with new ideas and inspirations. Kurt Zuhlke, owner and president of Kurt Zuhlke & Associates, headquartered in Bangor, PA, said that is what the New York Produce Show does for the huge number of produce buyers, managers and other produce staff members who attend. “It’s a necessary expense for retailers to come to this show to discover new... Read more
Christopher Ranch LLC, headquartered in Gilroy, CA, is inviting existing and prospective customers to stop by its booth, No. 218, at the New York Produce Show and Convention for delicious garlic and mushroom recipe samplings. “Again this year, we will be teaming our flavorful garlic with the wonderful products from Giorgio Fresh mushrooms to offer delicious samplings to visitors to our booth,” said Anthony M. DeAngelis, director, Northeast Division, for Christopher... Read more