Fresh-cut/value-added produce business updates

03/19/2014 05:15:00 PM
Tom Burfield

Gold Coast partners with Garden Fresh

Gold Coast Packing Inc., Santa Maria, Calif., has marked its first anniversary in its new processing facility, said Brent Scattini, vice president of sales.

The company also has formed a partnership with San Diego-based Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., which operates the Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes healthy restaurant chains.

Gold Coast produces and sells a broccoli salad kit under license from Garden Fresh that currently is sold at club stores.

That product line may be expanded to “take advantage of Garden Fresh’s in-store recipes,” he said. Gold Coast also operates Fresh Venture Foods with Santa Maria-based Babe Farms.

GreenGate Fresh LLP continues growth mode

Three-year-old GreenGate Fresh LLP, Salinas, Calif., has added a wash line and two more bagging machines to its Yuma, Ariz., operation, said Jay Iverson, vice president of sales and marketing.

“We’re growing the business, and we’re growing our capacity,” he said.

The firm, which provides items likes salads, slaws, romaine, spinach and spring mix primarily for foodservice, also has hired Stephanie Corda, most recently with D’Arrigo Bros. in Salinas, as a sales associate.

Limoneira introduces foodservice bags

Santa Paula, Calif.-based Limoneira Co. has introduced 2-pound foodservice bags for its pink variegated lemons, said John Chamberlain, director of marketing. “(It) is the perfect item for mixologists in the bartending/cocktail world,” he said.

The company offers new packaging for foodservice that includes a 2-pound net header bag, an 8-pound mini pack and a 20-pound family pack.

All packaging uses the “Unleash the Natural Power of Lemons” campaign and features quick-response codes that, when scanned, take viewers to “short videos with  messaging that our partners feel is important,” he said.

Videos are in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, French and Tagalong.

Hale brothers buy back River Point Farms

Brothers Bob and Rick Hale have bought back control of River Point Farms, Hermiston, Ore., a major onion producer, processor and marketer that caters largely to the foodservice industry and industrial ingredient companies, said Bob Hale, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

The deal also involves a new investor and strategic partner, Taylor Farms, Salinas, Calif., as well as existing shareholder CIC Partners, Dallas.

The brothers also own and operate Hale Farms, a 37-year-old diversified family farming operation.

River Point ships 180 semi-load equivalents per week of whole, skin-on onions and fresh-cut product to customers in the U.S. and Canada, Hale said.



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