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Weis-Buy Farms offers longtime experience in growing and selling Sunshine State product
It was a quarter century ago that Fort Myers, FL-based Weis-Buy Farms began selling Florida-grown produce, and the company has prospered and grown thanks to sales derived from the fresh product in the Sunshine State. The company’s owner, Chuck Weisinger, has been selling Florida produce even longer, with more than five decades of experience. Even with all the success he’s seen at Weis-Buy Farms, he’s more excited about this current fall Florida... Read more
Duda Farm Fresh Produce looking forward to steady volumes in Florida
Celebrating 90 years in business this year, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, headquartered in Oviedo, FL, got its start in Florida, and it continues today as a leading producer in the state. Eastern Sales Manager Jason Bedsole said that growing conditions in Florida have been favorable this season. The staff at Duda Farm Fresh Foods’ Florida office.“With typical fall weather settling in we are looking forward to steady volumes of quality product to start off... Read more
King Farms says outlook for Florida fall growing season couldn’t be better
As Steve Oldock, owner of King Farms, headquartered in Naples, FL, looks at the current weather pattern for the Florida fall growing season, things couldn’t be better. “The last two storms that affected Florida did deter the production schedule slightly,” he said. “It now looks like we are in full swing throughout the state. Winter season, barring any possible freezes of course, should also continue on as normal.” King Farms works... Read more
Veg-Pak success heavily tied to Florida fall season
Despite being one of the U.S.’s northernmost neighbors, Veg-Pak Produce, based in Toronto, is heavily invested in the Florida fall produce season. “Our specialty pepper program, eggplant program, grape tomatoes and kale programs rely on the Florida fall season,” said Danny Carnevale, a co-owner of the family-owned, 73-year-old business. “We are very excited about the specialty peppers and hot peppers as usual, but this year we are also doing... Read more
Northampton Growers starts in Florida and moves steadily north
Cheriton, VA-based Northampton Growers is a leading grower and shipper of a wide variety of produce. It follows the growing seasons north from south Florida and then moves back southward again with each season. In early November Calvert Cullen, company president, told The Produce News that it started in Florida the first week of November. “The exception is cabbage,” Cullen explained. “Cabbage is a cool weather crop. It will kick in as Georgia... Read more
Giorgio Fresh to promote Baby Bella and Portabella  Stuffed Mushrooms at the New York Produce Show
Temple, PA-based Giorgio Fresh views the New York Produce Show and Conference as a great venue. The company will exhibit at Booth No. 216 at the show on Dec. 5-8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Vice President of Sales Mid Atlantic Mark Leone said the company is highly supportive of this type of activity because of the opportunity it provides for the company to reach out to its customers. “Giorgio has exhibited at every New York Produce... Read more
In addition to being a major garlic distributor, Secaucus, NJ-based Maurice A. Auerbach’s extensive line of specialty products includes asparagus, snow peas, sugar snap peas, black radishes, celery root, limes, pearl onions and lettuces such as radicchio, Treviso, Bok Choy, frisee, Napa cabbage and endive. It markets its products under the Auerpak brand label. Bruce Klein, director of marketing, said the company is a huge fan of the New York Produce Show... Read more
T.M. Kovacevich-Philadelphia always connects with new  customers at the New York Produce Show and Conference
Although they are separate entities, T.M. Kovacevich-Philadelphia Inc., commonly referred to as TMK, and T.M. Kovacevich, International, located on the Philadelphia Wholesale Terminal Market, they are both owned by George Manos. Tommy Kovacevich, general manager of the company, said it will exhibit at the Philadelphia Wholesale Terminal Market’s booths, Nos. 252, 254 and 256, at the New York Produce Show and Conference in New York City on Dec. 5-8 at the... Read more
GloriAnn Farms raises $35,000 in charitable donations
For the fifth consecutive year, GloriAnn Farms and partner Five Crowns Marketing have made significant charitable donations to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund as well as National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. This year, the companies were able to donate over $35,000 in total contributions. By partnering with retailers for annual promotions, GloriAnn Farms and Five Crowns Marketing have been able to raise awareness of these organizations and the important work they... Read more
D’Arrigo Bros. to feature organic items at New York  Produce Show
D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York, located on the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, NY, has championed the New York Produce Show and Conference since it began. The company has exhibited every year, and is more bullish than ever about what the great opportunity it presents to all sectors of the produce industry. Gabriela D'ArrigoGabriela D’Arrigo, marketing and communication director and organic buyer for the company, in addition to being a young... Read more
Kurt Zuhlke, owner and president of Kurt Zuhlke & Associates, headquartered in Bangor, PA, said the New York Produce Show and Conference is a great place to expand your outlook and catch up on trends. The company will exhibit at Booth No. 403 at the event, which is being held on Dec. 5-8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Zuhlke will be joined at the booth by his wife Cindy, who serves as the company’s chief financial officer. “We... Read more
FreshPro Food Distributors continues growth in local and organic produce
West Caldwell, NJ-based FreshPro Food Distributors keeps an eagle eye on food trends, and for good reason. The company, which began in the 1980s, offers an extensive line of foods including fresh produce, deli products and cheeses. It also handles florals. Joe Granata, director of produce sales for the company, said it has exhibited every year at the New York Produce Show and Conference since its inception. This year the company will exhibit at Booth No. 656 at... Read more
Wayne E. Bailey’s new Sweet Potato Petitelings already in high demand
This fall, Chadburn, NC-based Wayne E. Bailey trademarked the name Petitelings for its fingerling-sized sweet potatoes. Then the company trotted off to the PMA Fresh Summit with the new brand and a contest that asked booth visitors to guess the number of Petitelings in three glass cylinders on display. George Wooten, company president, told The Produce News that the company will be exhibiting at Booth No. 563 at the New York Produce Show and Conference. on Dec.... Read more
Southern Specialties to feature entire lineup of Southern Selects’ products
If you’re talking about a great and extensive line of specialty produce, Southern Specialties’ well-known Southern Selects’ line will be at the top of the chat list. Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development for the Pompano Beach, FL-based company, told The Produce News that the company will feature its entire lineup at its exhibition booth, No. 501, at the New York Produce Show and Conference.This year’s event will be held on... Read more
Popularity of lettuces continuing to climb for Tanimura & Antle
With a new marketing campaign, Tanimura & Antle Inc. in Salinas, CA, is poised to capitalize on the increased interest in its Artisan and specialty lettuce line, with increased production. But Chief Executive Officer Rick Antle said the company has also planted more Iceberg lettuce for winter production as that is another item in which demand is growing. Tanimura & Antle’s Eat Healthy, Be Merry packs consist of petite Red and Green Gem, and Oak and... Read more
Cambridge Farms owner Ken Gad told The Produce News that the 2016 Maine potato crop is in excellent shape in size, profile and overall quality going into storage. The company is based in South Easton, MA. “We were in Maine a couple of weeks ago and growers all report being very happy with the overall quality of their potato crops,” said Gad. “The weather has cooperated tremendously for storage. Overall, it’s a very nice crop.” He... Read more
A record early start to the 2016 apple season opened the door for what Andy Tudor, vice president of marketing and business development at Rainier Fruit in Wenatchee, WA, called “additional category retail dollars not realized in the past.” Tudor elaborated, “For Rainier’s partners this was especially sweet as those were not just dollars but Honeycrisp dollars, as we were able to carry our storage crop right into new crop, eliminating gaps.” He... Read more
Southern Specialties Inc. has launched a new website for its Southern Selects line of specialty produce. The website showcases the company’s product line, including convenient Southern Selects “microwave in minutes” and other value-added products. High-impact graphics, relevant recipes, product and nutrition information, and a blog are all featured on the website. “We created the Southern Selects brand in 2001 in response to a single customer’s... Read more
Sev-Rend targets Mexican avocado business
The Mexican avocado business is being targeted by the produce packaging and labeling company, Sev-Rend Corp. Greg Petermeyer, Sev-Rend’s general manager, said his firm is primarily entering this Mexican segment through its established California avocado business. “A lot of our California customers are in Mexico. They are sending our products to their Mexican operations. It works well to ship from California, vs. buying from a supplier across the ocean.” Packaging... Read more
Calavo completes Jalisco facility; waits for approval
Earlier this year, with a bit of fanfare, the announcement that Mexican states other than Michoacán could soon ship avocados into the United States was the talk of industry professionals on both sides of the border. Months later the talk continues but action hasn’t been as robust. For its part, Calavo Growers Inc., in Santa Paula, CA, met the news a year ago with a plan to build a brand new avocado packing facility in the Mexican state. The company’s... Read more