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Greg JohnsonL&M Cos.ORLANDO, Fla. - Editor Greg Johnson and Eastern Editor Doug Ohlemeier compiled these news items on the expo show floor at the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure show March 1.
L&M: Adam Lytch, operations manager for L&M Cos., Raleigh, N.C., says the company is expanding its hard squash and greens programs this year because of stronger demand.
DNE: Celebrating its older groves, DNE World Fruit Sales is marketing some of this season’s grapefruit in a new bag. The Fort Pierce, Fla.-based sales arm of the Bernard Egan & Co., merchandises the fruit as heirloom sweet ruby red grapefruit under its Indian River Pride label, said Mark Hanks, DNE’s vice president of North American sales and marketing. Text on the 5-pound bags highlight the 30-year-old trees and Hanks said the groves this season are producing higher than normal brix levels.
Doug OhlemeierWm. P. Hearne Produce Co. LLCHEARNE PRODUCE: Jeff Williams (from left), president of Wm. P. Hearne Produce Co. LLC, Michael Ryshouwer, field marketing manager for Bejo Seeds Inc., Oceano, Calif., and Tony Piedimonte, Hearne’s vice president, display SweetHeart Lettage Hearne is introducing. The trademarked tender leaf cabbage is a cross between lettuce and cabbage and offers sweeter and softer leaves with high nutritional values, Williams says. The Wimauma, Fla.-based cabbage grower-shipper is marketing the product in 10-count, 1.5- 2-pound tray packs through a partnership with Bejo.
PIONEER: Pioneer Growers Co-op, Belle Glade, Fla., is introducing grab-and-go-designed bags that hold 12 corn cobbettes per bag. The 30-ounce Green Giant-branded resealable bags come 6 per carton, said Jon Browder, sales manager. Pioneer is also introducing watercress. Pioneer introduced the 5-ounce watercress clamshells in mid-February and the corn cobbettes during the winter.