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Supreme Cuts excited about upcoming New York show
MAHWAH, NJ — Merle Axelrod, president of Supreme Cuts, here, is “very excited” about the upcoming New York Produce Show & Conference, as it gives her company a chance to showcase its innovative products right in its own backyard. “The New York show is always a good show,” she told The Produce News on the afternoon of Nov. 3 at her office here in suburban New Jersey, about 30 miles from New York City. “We’re looking forward to the new venue,” she added, referring... Read more
New York Produce Show  provides great opportunity  for Spice World
“The New York Produce Show is a good expo,” said Louis Hymel, director of purchasing and marketing for Spice World Inc., headquartered in Orlando, FL. “It provides us with a great opportunity to see many of our customers in the region,” he said. “We invite all visitors to see our wide selection of products at Booth No. 477.” Spice World has a long family tradition in the garlic and spice categories. The company was founded in 1949 by Andy Caneza, and it is still... Read more
Vick Family Farms BCA fundraiser sells 50,000 boxes, raises $5,000
Vick Family Farms met its ambitious goal to sell 50,000 boxes of sweet potatoes in special pink Breast Cancer Awareness cartons in October to benefit a local breast cancer project. October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. “We had a great response, and we’ll repeat the project in March 2015,” said Charlotte D. Vick, partner and director of sales and marketing for the grower.Charlotte Vick In October 2013, Vick Farms sold 24,000 40-pound boxes of its “Pure Gold”... Read more
Southern Specialties  garnering great response  to line of specialty vegetables
“We are looking forward to exhibiting at the new wing of the Javits Center in New York City in December,” Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development for Southern Specialties, headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL, told The Produce News. “We have exhibited at every show since it began; at the Hilton Hotel and at Pier 94. We now look forward to exhibiting at the new Javits’ venue.” Eagle will be joined at the show to greet visitors by Vice President of Sales... Read more
SALINAS, CA — TMD, a marketing and design firm on the Monterey Peninsula, recently won a MARCOM award, the premier arbiter of effective communication and design in the advertising world. TMD received the MARCOM Platinum Award for the creation of D'Arrigo Bros. Co. of California's website, www.andyboy.com, featuring the branded produce arm of D'Arrigo Bros. The MARCOM Platinum Award, which is given by the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals,... Read more
Vision Import Group to feature its ‘Mojito’ lime  sleeved assortment at the New York Produce Show
“The New York Produce Show has always proven to be a vital source for connecting to our local customers and vendors,” said Donald Souther, sales and marketing executive for both sister companies; Vision Produce Co. and Vision Import Group. “In this new world of digital communication and social media, the opportunity to connect in person is invaluable.” The company was founded in 1980 under the name APB INC., doing business as Tavilla Sales Co. Vision Import Group... Read more
Santa Barbara Farms sticks with three core commodities
Iceberg lettuce, celery and cauliflower are the three core items that have kept California-based Santa Barbara Farms thriving since Ron Berghoefer opened the doors of his company in 1997. Previously, Berghoefer had managed another company’s local deal. The company, which is headquartered in Lompoc about an hour’s drive north of Santa Barbara, has built its business around year-round supplies of these three commodities. Iceberg lettuce is the firm’s top-volume... Read more
Boskovich Farms moves into its winter vegetable crops seamlessly
For many California vegetable grower-shippers, winter marks a shift in production areas and a transition from the central coast to the California or Arizona. That’s not the case for Oxnard, CA-based Boskovich Farms. “Pretty much we grow the same crops all year-round,” said Don Hobson, vice president of sales and marketing. Don HobsonAt some point in its nearly 100-year history, Boskovich had separate deals in Salinas, CA, and Yuma, AZ, and followed the annual... Read more
Wohlford: ‘We think that this year is just the first in a string of record-breaking crops’
Energy and excitement are running high in Washington apple orchards this season. Producers such as Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers in Wenatchee, WA, expect careful long-range planning to pay significant dividends — fruit of exceptional volume, quality and size — in the coming years. “The 2014 crop is up quite a bit over last year,” National Marketing Representative Dan Wohlford told The Produce News. “We’re looking at around 15.5 million boxes of apples with 1.2 million... Read more
Experience the key to Champion’s onion success
Onions have factored into the lives of Champion Produce Sales’ staffers for years and in some cases generations, as John Wong, president of the operation, noted in early November when the 2014 crop was seeing good movement out of the Parma, ID, facility as well as another facility in neighboring Utah. “Our family farms have grown delicious Spanish Sweet onions for more than 60 years,” Wong said, adding that Champion prides itself on providing “such a nutritious... Read more
Family focus and atmosphere is  at the heart of Atlanta-based  Nickey Gregory Co. corporate culture
Nickey Gregory is a Georgia Bulldog, through and through. Make no mistake about it — he bleeds red and black. But he’d never let state rivalries get in the way of good business. That’s why when he saw a chance to get into the Miami market in 2011, roughly a decade after he founded the Nickey Gregory Co. on the Atlanta State Farmers Market, he jumped at it. “We were down there working with a customer and we noticed there really wasn’t an all-around wholesaler there.... Read more
Florida operations keep Baker Farms in the Southern veg game all year
Baker Farms can grow its mainstay premium greens like kale and collards year-round at its Norman Park, GA, farms, but when it comes to Southern vegetables from beets to zucchini, brothers Terry and Joe Baker turn to their Florida operations to cover retail, wholesale and foodservice needs around the calendar. That’s especially important this year, as the Bakers move into the retail space with their own private, premium label for the first time in the family’s almost... Read more
Blueberries and strawberries are the mainliners at Wish Farms
Wish Farms, a third-generation family-owned-and-op-erated business in Plant City, FL, has staked its national reputation for quality and innovation with more than 50 years of expertise under its corporate belt. Amber Kosinsky, director of marketing, said the company is one of the larger strawberry growers and processors in the eastern United States, building its reputation on the core principles of quality, integrity and responsiveness. In addition to strawberries,... Read more
Henry Avocado supplies growing customer base in record numbers
Despite domestic shortages from the drought conditions in California and Chile, the steady rise in avocado production from Mexico has allowed Henry Avocado to supply its growing customer base in record numbers, according to a company press release. Based on the projections Phil Henry has received from his certified growers in Michoaçan, imports will increase from the approximately 1.2 billion-pound levels of last year, to 1.4 billion pounds during 2015. As recently... Read more
Hadley Date Gardens enjoys good harvest after two years of diminished crops
Monsoon rains just before harvest in 2012 and 2013 caused severe losses to the date crop at Hadley’s Date Gardens Inc. in Thermal, CA. If it had happened a third year in succession, “I don’t know if we would have made it out of that,” said Albert Keck, president. “We were down for the count.” Just as the 2015 Medjool harvest began, rain once again threatened the crop, as weather patterns bought tropical storms up from southern Mexico into the California and Arizona... Read more
Stoneridge Orchards dried fruit now available in smaller, store-friendly size
Stoneridge Orchards, an expert in dried fruit and the consumer brand of Royal Ridge Fruits, has made a variety of its most popular products available in smaller, single-serving packages. The new three-ounce bags are intended for retailers to merchandise as healthy, on-the-go snack options, and the company is making them available in eye-catching tray displays. The bags also can be hung from pegs in the snack aisles of convenience stores and other retailers. “These... Read more
When Vineland, NJ-based M. D’Ottavio Produce Inc. and Immokalee, FL-based Oakes Farms announced at the end of September that they would be working together for the 2014-15 Florida produce season, farming over 600 acres in Immokalee, they obviously could not predict the exact harvest dates of their first crops or how those crops would look. Now they can. Two of the principal executives in both companies provided exactly that information, and more, in exclusive... Read more
“As a multi-regional, multi-state business with production and shipping locations in Florida, California, Arizona and Michigan, Duda Farm Fresh Foods can provide its customers in the Midwest, Southeast and Eastern markets with the fastest delivery, freshest quality produce and fewest food miles traveled,” said Eastern vegetable sales manager for the company, Jason Bedsole. “Duda Farm Fresh Foods’ Florida advantage is a win-win situation for its customers, produce... Read more
“We’re past our summer peak, but we will have normal volumes of our popular ‘SlimCado’ avocados through January,” Bill Brindle, vice president of sales and marketing for Brooks Tropicals, headquartered in Homestead, FL, said in late October. “The quality and sizing continue to be excellent.” Peter Leifermann, director of sales for the company added, “Passion fruit is coming on strong. Our volumes will triple in November and then double in December. “Red guava... Read more
The number of onion production acres in the Treasure Valley being tested for members of Certified Onions Inc. is a strong indicator of just how seriously food-safety concerns are taken. “We have an estimated 20,500 acres in the valley,” President Kay Riley, who is also general manager of Snake River Produce Co. in Nyssa, OR, told The Produce News. “They’ve tested 86 percent of this acreage.” Members of the nonprofit organization voluntarily undergo stringent testing... Read more