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Organic produce business updates

11/06/2013 03:09:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

“We’re proud to participate year after year and plan to continue this type of outreach for years to come,” she said.

Nature Fresh to offer organic bell peppers

Nature Fresh Farms Inc., Leamington, Ontario, is prepared to offer organic bell peppers next year, according to Ray Wowryk, director of business development.

“This season we went through a phase of trials and tests to determine the best method to grow organic bell peppers,” Wowryk said.

As a result of these efforts, the company is pre-certified for organic production, which means it will be ready for certification when production officially begins next year.

“We’re looking at putting in just under five acres of organic pepper production, primarily red and yellow varieties,” he said.

Wowryk said organic peppers are one of the more difficult organic items to grow in a greenhouse, and there seems to be a lot of demand for the product.

They’ve put a lot of research and expertise into the effort, he said.

“We feel quite confident we’ve come up with the right combination of nutrients and growing medium to successfully produce bell peppers in a greenhouse in Canada,” he said.

The Nunes Co. adds chard, kale, herbs

Salinas, Calif.-based vegetable grower-shipper, The Nunes Co., has introduced a new line of organic items, according to Doug Classen, sales manager.

The company released several varieties of organic chard, kale, parsley, collard greens and sweet baby broccoli throughout the summer months.

Most recently, the company launched organic leeks in late October.

“We’ve seen an excellent response. Our clients are very happy to see these additions made to the items we were already shipping,” Classen said.

Classen said the company thinks these products are a good complement to the other organic items they offer.

“With the higher volume items like broccoli, cauliflower and celery, this really enhances the program overall,” he said.

Oneonta Starr Ranch offers display bin

Wenatchee, Wash.-based Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers developed an organic display bin for retail.

The bin was designed to provide more point-of-sale support.

“We had a request for additional p.o.s. material from one of our high-end organic apple users,” said Paul Newman, organic sales.

Newman said the bin would help support retail sales.

“Display merchandisers have been a great tool,” he said.

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