ALLEN LUND: The partnership the La Canada, Calif.-based company has formed with Loop Fresh Produce LP, McAllen, Texas, is paying dividends, said David Lund, vice president of sales and branch operations. The company is using Loop Fresh’s warehouse, where loads are consolidated and then sent to destinations that include Dallas, Denver and Chicago. Since October, the main commodities in the program are berries, Lund said, including strawberries and blueberries. Lund says the berry deal ends in June but the Lund company is handling other products. Ashley Lund, representing the third generation of the family, will be interning with the company this summer.
click image to zoomTom KarstDave's Specialty ImportsDAVE’S SPECIALTY IMPORTS: Pineapples and asparagus have been added to the core blueberry business for Dave’s Specialty Imports, Miami, says spokesman Mike Bowe. Customers also are asking the company add citrus and grapes. “We are going to continue meet the customer needs and their requests,” he says.
WISH FARMS: California strawberry acreage is up about 25% in Santa Maria and Salinas this year for Plant City, Fla.-based Wish Farms, said James Peterson, spokesman. The company is growing strawberries in California for the third year. “The goal is to be a 12-months berry supplier when it comes to strawberries and blueberries, so having both Salinas and Santa Maria we have California months covered,” he said. The company’s Florida strawberry volume is about four times of its California volume. The company also expanded blueberry sourcing to include Argentina, Chile, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, and British Columbia.