The Salad Farm
Salinas, Calif.-based The Salad Farm opened a Hollister, Calif., facility April 1 to cut packing time to six hours our less, said president Lex Camany. The 37,000-square-foot facility on 5 acres is used for processing of spring mix, spinach, radicchio, frisee, arugula and other items.
Varsity Produce, Bakersfield, Calif., recently began packing its own onions in 40-pound cartons and plans to ship them through October this year, said salesman Matt Rhodes.
Vaughan Foods’ launch of two romaine blends in late 2012 is already paying dividends for the Moore, Okla., company, said sales director Scott Bricker.
“It’s doing really well with schools looking for an alternative to iceberg lettuce,” he said.
The company’s two newest products are TS-13-80/10/10 Romaine/Green Leaf/Radicchio and TS-23 Romaine/Baby Spinach With Color — the color provided by shredded carrots and radicchio.
Wayne E. Bailey
Sweet potato fingerlings — North Carolina chefs asked for them and Wayne E. Bailey Produce Co. delivered them last year. At PMA Foodservice this year, the company sought out a broader audience for them.
“We’re really pushing sweet potato fingerlings. We have seen a lot of restaurant chains interested in them today, and they have applications in not only fine dining but casual dining,” said George Wooten, owner of Chadbourn, N.C.-based Wayne E. Bailey.