Business Updates: Know Your Market Northern California - The Packer

Business Updates: Know Your Market Northern California

10/07/2013 11:14:00 AM
Tom Burfield and Vicky Boyd

The company is pursuing Whole Foods Market and other chains as well as small, independent markets.

The company added the organic program to support a local grower, Benito Farm, Gilroy, Calif., where 100 acres of land recently were certified organic.

Greenleaf meets need for new produce items

Greenleaf Produce on the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market conducts most of it business with independent restaurants where chefs always are looking for innovative products, said president Frank Ballentine.

That’s why the company has added items like organic shelling beans, king solomon, melrose and rome beauty apple varieties and cinderella — or rouge vif d’etampes — pumpkins, which chefs use in soups, purees and pies.

The company sources from local growers when possible, Ballentine said.

Golden Gate Terminal Market assistant becomes manager

Mario Caimotto, who served as assistant to Primo Repetto, market manager at the Golden Gate Terminal Market in South San Francisco, Calif., since 1982, has taken over the manager’s position since Repetto’s July 7 death. Caimotto, who started at the market in 1974 as a toll collector, said he feels comfortable in the manager’s position.

“It’s second nature to me,” he said, adding that he is familiar with all physical aspects of the market, including plumbing, the electrical system and roofing.

The market is run by an eight-member board of directors, most of whom lease space on the 17-acre, privately owned market.

Grant J. Hunt Co. adds salesman

Grant J. Hunt Co., Oakland, Calif., has hired Rob Tocchini as a salesman, said Eric Patrick, director of marketing.

Tocchini most recently was with Tocchini & Tocchini Inc., Brisbane, Calif.

The firm also is introducing 4-pound bags of oranges that include two packets of Tajin seasoning, made with chili peppers, lime and salt.

After a year’s absence, the company again will market product for Blue Mountain Growers Inc., Milton Freewater, Ore.

Grant J. Hunt Co. also has two locations in Washington and lists potatoes, onions, apples, pears, berries, cherries and citrus among its main commodities.

Interfresh tropicals now include papayas

Orange, Calif.-based Interfresh Inc. has expanded its Hawaiian tropical offerings by adding a papaya program, said Cory Puentes, director of Northern California.

The company flies in papayas twice a week, he said.

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