The company’s clamshell tomato packaging machinery will be kept on site as a backup, Condakes said.
Coosemans Boston beefs up sales force
Coosemans Boston Inc., Chelsea, Mass., has added a fourth salesman, said Maurice Crafts, a salesman for the company.
Dave Braga joined the company in August. Like the company’s other three salesmen, he handles general sales duties, Crafts said.
For Braga, it’s a return to the produce industry. He grew up in a family business, part wholesale/part retail Lawrence, Mass.-based La Fruteria.
Braga took over the company from his parents when they retired, later sold it, then took a job in the insurance industry before coming back to produce, he said.
Lisitano Produce adds bora bora squash to lineup
Lisitano Produce Inc., Chelsea, is looking forward to the sophomore season of a squash deal it kicked off last year, said Arnold Amidan, a salesman for the com-pany.
A Massachusetts grower Amidan sources from got a tip from Brazilian acquaintances to take a shot at growing the bora bora variety of squash, Amidan said.
The variety is imported from Brazil into New York, where it is popular among people of Brazilian and Dominican descent, he said.
Lisitano Produce sold 50 pallets of it in 2009 and made a tidy profit, Amidan said. This year, the Massachusetts grower has said he’ll triple that amount.
The bora bora, a dry, flavorful squash with a very bright interior color and long shelf-life, has been very popular with Amidan’s Hispanic and Asian customers.
S. Strock & Co. acquires banana-ripening facility
Chelsea, Mass.-based S. Strock & Co. has added bananas to its product lineup.
In late 2009, the company ac-quired a banana ripening facility just outside the New England Produce Center, said Michael Strock, director of business development.
Strock & Co. made the move to provide more value to its customers by increasing and improving the services it offers, Strock said.
“To better meet the needs of our customers, we are in a continual phase of improvement,” he said.