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Twin Cities Know Your Market business update briefs

05/21/2012 02:32:00 PM
Tom Burfield

Bergin Fruit & Nut focuses on healthy foods for all ages

The focus is on providing healthful foods for youngsters and adults alike at Bergin Fruit & Nut Co., St. Paul, Minn., said Corey O’Connell, marketing and product development manager.

The company makes a number of fruit and nut products including its Healthy Heart, Antioxidant, Low Glycemic and Mega Omega mixes.

“People are starting to get a little bit smarter about what they put in their body,” O’Connell said.

The company is a big supporter of the Farm-to-School program and strives to support local economies and farms through its healthful nuts, grains, rice, dried fruit and other products, including almond and cashew butter now being released to some major supermarket chains in a new packaging style, he said.

H. Brooks & Co. prioritizes food safety, sustainability practices

Food safety is a top priority at H. Brooks & Co. LLC, New Brighton, Minn., said Phillip Brooks, chief executive officer.

The company ranks high in its Global Food Safety Initiative audits, is certified for sustainability by Food Alliance and works with local growers to provide training and guidance on steps they can take to enhance their food safety and sustainability practices, he said.

The company handles fresh-cut Vidalia onions and a wealth of other fresh-cut items, citrus, caramel apples in season and has ripening facilities for tomatoes, bananas, avocados and other fruit.

The firm also has a repacking operation for items like tomatoes and peppers and even offers logistics services, he said.

Russ Davis Wholesale plans to open distribution center

Russ Davis Wholesale Inc., Wadena, Minn., will open a 56,000-square-foot distribution center in La Crosse, Wis., this summer, said Jeff Nagel, eastern sales manager.

This will be the company’s fifth distribution center, with other locations in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Since the facility was not originally a food warehouse, “everything is being done to convert it to a full-service distribution center,” which includes bringing in new equipment and installing a state-of-the-art banana-ripening facility, he said.

The company, which produces 1,800 stock-keeping units, including organic items, also has a processing facility in Eagan, Minn., which produces more than 150 SKUs under the Crazy Fresh label.

G.O. Fresh boosts processing line, adds packaging equipment

Brent Beckman, son of Marylou Owen, chief operating officer and owner of G.O. Fresh Inc., Minneapolis, has returned to the company after a two-year absence.

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