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12/03/2013 10:12:00 AM
Cynthia David

Courtesy Agri-Mondo Inc.Agri-Mondo Inc. is in it's third year of the European Flavors campaign, bringing fruits like Italian black plums, pears, blood oranges and kiwis to Canada.Agri-Mondo’s European Flavor push gains steam

Boucherville, Quebec-based importer Agri-Mondo Inc. is in the third year of its European Flavors campaign, bringing mostly Italian winter fruit to Canada.

Marketing manager Adriana Borsellino said the campaign is growing in popularity and has received strong support from Sobeys and Metro in Montreal.

This year’s campaign began in October with Italian black plums and will continue with pears, blood oranges and kiwis until May.

The campaign brings in fruit with high brix and high-end labels, Borsellino said.

CDS Foods’ name change goes smoothly

The former CDS Brokers, St. Laurent, Quebec, has changed its name to CDS Foods and unveiled a new logo and website, said warehouse manager Claude Nucci.

Nucci said 2013 has been a good year in terms of sales and growth.

Along with tropical fruits and vegetables, CDS specializes in ginger and garlic.

“The ginger market is on fire,” said Nucci, “with rising prices and a lack of supply.

“We have strong partners that keep us supplied, but the prices keep going up.”

Garlic sales are also increasing, he said.

Chenail nearly done upgrading warehouse

Chenail Fruits & Vegetables Inc. has almost completed renovations on its building near Highway 40 in Montreal’s east end.

Work inside the warehouse and offices has been completed, said Pierre-Luc Desrosiers, buyer, and work continues on the building’s exterior.

Of the innovative features installed, ventilation and cooling systems can be controlled remotely, Desrosiers said.

The warehouse has a new racking system and new docks for shipping and receiving.

An Apple application gives salesmen access to Chenail’s inventory so they can take orders on the road and send their worksheet directly to the warehouse.

As part of the makeover, Chenail is working on its Primus GFS certification, recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative.

A new website is also in the works.

Courchesne Larose to double new center’s area

Barely two years after moving into a new 125,000-square-foot distribution center in Montreal’s west end, wholesaler Courchesne Larose has announced it’s doubling the size of its operation.

“Our board of administration has decided we’re ready for the second phase of our project,” said Guy Milette, vice president of international sales and business development.

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