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Organic Produce business briefs

01/14/2014 03:09:00 PM
Tom Burfield

Weaver most recently was vice president of produce and floral for Montvale, N.J.-based The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.

Global Organics is a full-line distributor of certified-organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, milk and eggs.


Lakeside Organic kicks off winter harvest

Watsonville, Calif.-based Lakeside Organic Gardens is shipping out of California’s Imperial Valley and should experience steady volume and good quality through early spring, when sourcing returns to northern California, said spokeswoman Lindsey Roberts.

Items include lettuce, root crops, chard, cabbage, carrots, kale, radishes, herbs, greens and celery, Roberts said.

“The demand for us right now is outdoing the supply,” she said in late December.

Lakeside Organic Gardens grows on 700 acres in the Imperial Valley.


Naturipe Farms boosts Chilean blueberries

Despite a major freeze in Chile early this season, Naturipe Farms LLC, Salinas, Calif., is increasing its imported blueberry program, said Jim Roberts, vice president of sales.

“For us, based on where our organic blueberries are, we actually had minimal impact,” he said.

While the company lost some early-season fruit, “the majority of fruit weathered the freeze extremely well, and we are looking at a record year of organic blueberries that will start hitting in January.”

Naturipe should have an increase of up to 25% over last year. The company will offer a variety of packaging options, ranging from 6 ounces to 24 ounces.

Also at Naturipe, the company plans new organic strawberry acreage in Oxnard, Calif., starting this winter to help close the gap between winter volume and the onset of picking in northern California in the spring.

The company already had started picking small volume by late December. Production should continue in Oxnard until May.


Organic trade group appoints CEO

The Organic Trade Association, Brattleboro, Vt., has appointed Laura Batcha its chief executive officer and executive director, according to a Jan. 7 news release from the group.

Batcha was mostly recently OTA’s executive vice president and interim co-executive director and has worked for the group for six years, according to the release.

Christine Bushway, the group’s former CEO, resigned in the fall.

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Amy Pearson    
Michigan  |  January, 19, 2014 at 08:40 AM

Thanks for sharing this news today!

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