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Organic Produce business briefs

01/14/2014 03:09:00 PM
Tom Burfield


Stemilt Growers reports ample apples

Stemilt Growers Inc., Wenatchee, Wash., has a good supply of organic Piñata apples this season, said Roger Pepperl, marketing director.

“Many retailers are pushing organic Piñatas as a way to bring a better apple to market organically,” Pepperl said. “We also have a great supply of organic Pink Lady.”

Stemilt has good sizing in the Pink Lady variety as well as some organic bags, he said.

“Both organic Pink Lady and Piñata are fun items that are eating at their best in the winter months.”

Stemilt also has a large anjou pear crop, which the company will promote during the winter.

“We will have good bulk sizing and also some organic bag stock,” Pepperl said.


The Nunes Co. rolls out organic items

Salinas, Calif.-based The Nunes Co. Inc. has added two items to its organic product line and introduced a logo for its Foxy brand organic line, said Matt Seeley, vice president of marketing.

The company’s product line now includes organic leeks and organic beets, he said.

The newly designed Foxy Organic logo maintains the heritage of the Foxy brand name while adding a fresh and contemporary focus on the word “organic,” he said.

The Nunes Co. offers 17 organic Foxy items from major growing areas in California, Nevada and Arizona.


Viva Tierra Organic adds Italian kiwifruit

Viva Tierra Organic Inc., Sedro-Woolley, Wash., includes Italian kiwifruit among its organic offerings this winter, said Matt Roberts, sales manager.

The first shipments arrived in Philadelphia in late December, and availability should continue into February.

The company expects to receive about 750,000 cartons, which will be distributed primarily on the East Coast. Viva Tierra Organic specializes in organic apples, pears and onions.


Blueberry, strawberry deals up at Wish Farms

Organic strawberry volume should be up 50% over last year at Wish Farms, Plant City, Fla., said Gary Wishnatzki, president and chief executive officer. The company produces Florida organic strawberries on 180 acres, he said.

The company also expects to receive more organic blueberries from South America this winter.

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Amy Pearson    
Michigan  |  January, 19, 2014 at 08:40 AM

Thanks for sharing this news today!

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