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Garlic and Herbs business updates

07/27/2012 11:34:00 AM
Melissa Shipman

Spice World launches black, squeeze garlic products

Spice World Inc., Orlando, Fla., plans to offer a 9.5-ounce, organic squeeze garlic; a 9.5-ounce squeeze garlic in extra virgin olive oil; and black garlic in one-bulb, two-bulb and peeled options.

Louis Hymel, director of purchasing and marketing, said these products have seen a strong interest.

“The 9.5-ounce organic is an extension of our 20-ounce organic squeeze garlic. The 9.5-ounce squeeze garlic in olive oil is an enhancement for our original squeeze garlic with a nice olive oil base,” Hymel said.

The company also completed building an addition with 40,000 square feet of long-term cold storage in California, he said.

Vida Fresh increases production

Vida Fresh Inc., Morro Bay, Calif., is set to increase production for 2012, according to Andrew Walsh, president and chief executive officer.

“We continue to put more production under cover in greenhouses, net houses and shade, as field-grown product is becoming less and less viable,” Walsh said.

The company is focused largely on its organic production, such as organic basil, for example.

“We are now in a stage with organic basil where you can’t grow it on the same land two years in a row, so we now have enough land to rotate that within the boundaries of one ranch,” Walsh said.

The company also established a commercial website,, to allow existing customers to place online orders that can be delivered next day.

“It will allow customers to be more independent, and order at different times of the day, or from different time zones,” Walsh said.

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