Interrupcion Fair Trade
New York-based Interrupcion Fair Trade is adding its first U.S. supplier, said Michela Calabrese, stakeholder director. Seven growers in Watsonville, Calif., will supply organic strawberries to be marketed under the Taste Me Do Good label. The farms are run by farmworkers who are on a path to ownership of the operations, Calabrese said.
L.G. Herndon Jr. Farms
Lyons, Ga.-based L.G. Herndon Jr. Farms Inc. has introduced 2-pound red onion bags, salesman John Williams said. “A lot of retailers we work with like the 2-pound bag,” he said. “They don’t want a 4- or 5-pound bag.” Herndon has seen a boost in demand for red onions and plans to expand its Georgia acreage next season, Williams said.
Jane Rhyno, director of sales and marketing for Leamington, Ontario-based Highline Mushrooms, said the company’s recently introduced 8-ounce till is made from recycled plastic water bottles sourced from North America. Rhyno said the company plans to launch other till sizes in coming months.
Nick Mascari, director of new business development for Indianapolis-based Indianapolis Fruit, said newly designed pack for the company’s Garden Grillers line is a 10-ounce package available for 14 combinations of commodities, spices and seasoning. The packages have quick-response codes that take consumers to recipes about the various commodities in the package.
Leamington, Ontario-based Lakeside Produce has expanded its Brunetto brown tomato program, said Ray Mason, salesman for the company’s Chicago office. “We’ve really worked with the packaging style and seed and have the flavor profiles where we want them,” he said. “It’s a great program for us.” The company also plans to expand its heirloom varieties and organic tomato programs, especially for the winter, fall and spring seasons.
Lane Southern Orchards
Pecan season will start at the end of October in Georgia, said Duke Lane III, vice president of sales for Lane Southern Orchards, Fort Valley, Ga. Heavy rain has increased disease pressure in the Southeast, and Lane said that could reduce the volume of pecans from the Southeast this year. “The quality will be fine, but the volume could be reduced,” he said. Harvest is expected to finish in January, he said.