Carrots remain a top contender in the vegetable category, in fact, the orange root maintained its place as the fourth most-popular vegetable.
SAN DIEGO — Lisa McNeece, who has spent the past 22 years developing foodservice markets for Grimmway Enterprises Inc. as well as volunteering in numerous industry roles, recounted what she described as an “incredible journey” from her first job picking lettuce during a United Farm Worker strike in the Imperial Valley to her current role with carrot giant Grimmway Enterprises.
McNeece, vice president of foodservice and industrial sales at Bakersfield, Calif.-based Grimmway, was the featured speaker at the Women in Produce reception May 15 during United Fresh 2013.
Salinas, Calif.-based Taylor Farms Foodservice has launched a new product line, Schoolservice, aimed at the school market.
Staff writer Coral Beach gathered these news items from growers and shippers in Kern County, Calif.
Carrot plantings in Kern County are on schedule, with growers reporting a regular start to harvest in the second week of May.
Kern County growers are glad they had a mild winter, but some wish their neighbors upstream would have had more extreme weather.
Meager snowpack in the higher elevations means less water in the areas downstream as the year advances.
KERN DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (148-142-147) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 48 1-pound film bags in sacks medium-large $13.50-15.40, 50-pound sacks loose jumbo mostly $14.45-16.40. Baby peeled 30 1-pound film bags $18-18.75. Organic film bags in sacks medium-large 48 1-pound, 24 2-pound and 10 5-pound mostly $24.35-26.70. Quality generally good.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (35-33-38) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices slightly higher. 50-pound sacks loose jumbo mostly $8. Quality variable.