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Shuman Produce focused on the three pillars of its success
Shuman Produce is an industry-leading grower and shipper of Vidalia onions, with approximately 2,300 acres in production, including both conventional and organic acreage. This accounts for nearly 20 percent of the total Vidalia onion acreage. “At Shuman Produce we pride ourselves in offering a premium quality product, innovative marketing programs and providing superior customer service. These pillars are the foundation of our business model,” John... Read more
Experience keeps G&R Farms ahead of the game
For generations, G&R Farms in Glennville, GA, has been a leader in the sweet onion industry and has been working with Georgia’s state vegetable since it was first trademarked in 1986. “We are one of the oldest grower-packer-shippers of Vidalia onions,” said Walt Dasher, co-owner of G&R Farms. “We are a very big family operation and year-round supplier of sweet onions, and everyone involved has a lot of expertise.” The key... Read more
Southern Specialties a pioneer in high-quality imported produce
Although it is well-known for its Florida products, such as blueberries, Southern Specialties’ Pompano Beach, FL, headquarters is best-known for being a hub for imported specialty fruits and vegetables from South America and Central America. Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development, told The Produce News that the company is perfectly aligned to offer some of the most highly sought-after spring produce. “We are proud to be a pioneer in... Read more
Heritage: Rice Fruit Co., a legacy rich in tradition, reputation and the highest-quality apples
It’s been nearly two-and-a-half centuries since the first Rice family member set foot on U.S. soil, and today Rice Fruit Co. in Gardners, PA, is the largest apple-packing facility in the eastern half of the nation.Daniel Rice Situated in the heart of Pennsylvania’s apple orchard region, the company receives, stores and markets some of the finest apples found in local markets. As it is structured today, the company was founded in 1913 by Arthur Rice... Read more
Oakes Farms forging ahead with expansion and increased programs
On the heels of a year that brought amazing growth, expansion and new partnerships in the face of some growing challenges, Immokalee, FL-based Oakes Farms shows no sign of slowing down. Steve Veneziano, vice president of operations, said March 6 that the company continues to add new growing partners and to expand its commodity list and growing regions. “Rentz Family Farms in Bainbridge, Georgia, will be partnering with Oakes Farms to grow green squash, yellow... Read more
Morning Kiss Organic poised for strong spring onion season
Spring produce is on its way to market, and onions from Morning Kiss Organic are expected to arrive early and healthy. Organic onions will be available in four varieties — sweet, red, yellow and Vidalia. Growing in Florida and Georgia, Generation Farms is Morning Kiss Organic’s exclusive spring onion supplier. Brian Stanley of Generation Farms is optimistic about this season’s harvest, citing a lack of cold weather that will contribute... Read more
Packaging & pallet covers under one roof
Image Plastics & Packaging and PEAKfresh USA share several distinctions: same California address, same ownership and same core customers. Greg Ganzerla, who is president of the two firms, said both companies are DBAs of Ganzerla & Associates, and both companies have products designed specifically for the fresh produce industry. PEAKfresh USA sells pallet covers, box liners and retail bags. Photo courtesy of PEAKfresh USA.Image Plastics & Packaging... Read more
F-D-S’s growth fueled by berry industry
Whether it is the ubiquitous one-pound clamshell for strawberries, the many different blueberry options or even the old plastic one-pint basket favored by growers going the farmers’ market route, berry packaging is at the core of F-D-S Manufacturing Co.’s success. The company was founded more than 65 years ago utilizing the initials of founders Fritz Fernstrom, Dan Dayton and Sam Stevenson as its moniker. It began by offering packaging to the fresh... Read more
Though the California rain has had an impact, and volume is currently a bit later than last year, Watsonville, CA, based Seven Seas Berry Sales is anticipating that total volume for 2017 will be very similar to 2016. “To date the bulk of our production has come from our Mexico fields, where volume and quality has been outstanding,” said Marketing Specialist Bre Macomber in early March. “We expect Santa Maria to increase in volume over the next... Read more
Oppy sustains Best Managed streak
The Oppenheimer Group has once again been named a winner in Canada’s annual face-off of best managed companies. When the top organizations were announced, Oppy’s 16 consecutive year streak continued; the company was also named to the Best Managed Platinum Club for the 10th time. Sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business magazine, Queen's Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program recognizes organizations... Read more
Splendid by Porvenir LLC had a successful transition year in 2016 and is now poised for significant growth in 2017, anticipating that the firm will represent about 5 million cartons of mangos by year’s end. At the outset of 2016, longtime principal and owner Larry Nienkerk sold his company, Splendid Products LLC, to a group that included veteran employee Sergio Palala, son Michael Nienkerk, and major mango supplier Daniel Ibarra of Agricola Daniella, based... Read more
Robinson Fresh anticipating strong Mexico mango season
James Watson, sourcing for Robinson Fresh in Eden Prairie, MN, has been with the company for a decade, working within its mango program during that time, and has seen the company grow and prosper in the segment. ”Our mango program’s history started with Mexico imports. Now, there are many other countries, including Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Guatemala; however, Mexico continues to be where the highest volume of our mangos comes from,” he said.... Read more
The Vision Cos. projects Mexican mango season will surpass last year’s volume
In early February Vision Cos.’ Mexican mango program had already begun, and projections are that this season will surpass 2016 in volume. On Feb. 8, Vision Import Group Vice President of Sales Ronnie Cohen said Van Gogh Ataulfo mangos were already being packed. “The Mexican mango campaign for 2017 is under way,” said Cohen. “The early variety of Ataulfos is the lion share of the crop so far. There are few red varieties running, and the... Read more
Red Sun Farms continues innovation in product quality  while maintaining its firm commitment to service
Kingsville, Ontario-based Red Sun Farms is a leading greenhouse vegetable grower and shipper with greenhouse operations in Canada, the United States and in Mexico, enabling the company to provide a nonstop year-round flow of high-quality conventional and organic vegetables to its customers. “In January of this year, our newest greenhouse, in Wapakoneta OH, introduced its first set of plants — more than 200,000 seedlings across 20-acres of greenhouse... Read more
Always growing and expanding,  NatureFresh Farms strives to stay a step ahead
Leamington, Ontario-based Nature Fresh Farms is one of the largest independent greenhouse produce growers in Canada. The company provides a full-line of high-quality greenhouse produce to its customers in a seamless year-round supply. Included in its ever-growing and expanding portfolio was the opening of its new Delta, OH, greenhouse, which began shipping in February 2016. Director of Marketing Chris Veillon said the company is currently growing and shipping... Read more
Divine Flavor planning for U.S. grape and vegetable production
Nogales, az — The year-round shipping vision of Divine Flavor LLC has expanded to go beyond Mexico to extend to vegetable and grape production in the United States. The firm is already involved in grape partnerships in Peru and Chile. “Our board of directors has approved looking for property in the U.S. for high-tech greenhouses and farming in the U.S.,” said Pedro Batiz, vice president of sales for Divine Flavor. Divine Flavor is based in Nogales,... Read more
Joe Bernardi: Heavy supplies define Mexico’s tomato deal, resulting prices
It’s been a rough year price-wise for sellers of tomatoes grown in Mexico this winter as supplies have been plentiful and the price has rarely moved upward. “The market has been stuck at the minimum all season,” said Joe Bernardi, president of Bernardi & Associates Inc. The firm is headquartered in Nogales, AZ, though the president was found in the firm’s Lodi, CA, office on this early February day. “I just made a plane reservation... Read more
Shuman Produce to unveil new products at Southern Exposure
Shuman Produce is looking forward to the excitement of the 2017 Southern Exposure in Orlando, FL. As a year-round grower and shipper of RealSweet brand sweet onions, Shuman Produce plans to showcase its upcoming Vidalia onion crop available to retailers from late April to August. The expanding family business will also spotlight its new product offerings — sweet potatoes and Georgia-grown broccoli — at Booth No. 400.John Shuman “We are currently... Read more
Frank’s Distributing’s McGovern cites the challenges of too perfect weather
Nogales, az — The winter vegetable shipping season became one where growers of many commodities produced in Florida and Mexico walked away from flourishing fields. Their alternative was to pay more money to harvest the perfectly healthy food and then spend for grading, packaging and transportation — and go even deeper below offered prices. Montie McGovern, co-director of Frank’s Distributing of Produce LLC, based in Nogales, AZ.“Hopefully... Read more
Watermelons define four generations of the Perry family
MANTECA, CA — The story begins more than a century ago, when Delphino Perry joined his father in America in 1906. He came from the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal at the tender age of 16. “His dad was already here and brought him over to join him,” Art Perry said of his grandfather, who became a farmer and started the family down the agricultural path.Old fruit stand with D.V. Perry (right), circa 1950s. D.V. Perry, as he was always... Read more