Watermelon shipper Glenos changes name to Kid’s Choice - The Packer

Watermelon shipper Glenos changes name to Kid’s Choice

03/22/2012 07:00:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

A south Florida watermelon marketer is changing its name and expanding volumes.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Tom Glenos Buying Services Inc. is now Kid’s Choice Fresh Produce Inc.

The new name originates from the company’s longtime Kid’s Choice label.

Tom Glenos, president, said it was time to change the name of the company he started in 1990.

“Our business has changed from being a ground buyer to more of a grower-shipper,” he said. “When we first started, I was a buyer. We’re now growing and shipping in several locations. The previous name isn’t representative of the company as well as it should.”

Courtesy Kid’s Choice Fresh ProduceTom Glenos Buying Services changed its name to Kid’s Choice Fresh Produce and is packing watermelon in high-graphic redesigned bins.This season, Kid’s Choice plans to repack watermelons from Schoolcraft, Mich., through a partnership with a packing shed, and buy watermelons from Vincennes, Ind.

Glenos grows and packs watermelons in Zolfo Springs, Fla., Trenton, Fla., Cordele, Ga., Leachville, Ark., and Pharr, Texas.

Kid’s Choice also buys from Immokalee, Fla., and Plains, Texas.

Last season, Glenos packed watermelon in high-graphic redesigned bins. Glenos said the bins attract shopper attention and help retailers increase sales.

This season, Glenos plans to ship 900 loads, similar to last year. He plans to start his 2012 season in Zolfo Springs in late April, a little earlier than normal.

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Donnie (Produce Sales)    
Columbia SC (Farmer Market)  |  April, 05, 2012 at 01:43 PM

I saw your name change in THE PACKER and like the concept. It a attention getter. By being in the fruit and vegetable bussiness from 1965 you have to put a product out that will sell it self. I work off the State Farmers Market in Columbia SC in WaterMelons for 6 mouths May-October I have been there for 10 years. I would like to talk to you if you would like to move some watermelons thru the Carolina Market, I also have someone that would like to pack for you in Tifton Ga. 200 loads in the mouth of June 2012. They will get them out of the field, and will ben them for you they have scales to do this with. I can be reach at 863-781-1478 or dscitrusfruit@gmail or yahoo .com 24/7 Ask for Donnie

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