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

Boskovich Farms grows organic program

Boskovich Farms Inc., Oxnard, Calif., has increased its volume of organic produce as it begins its second year of organic production in Holtville, Calif., said Peter Oill, organic sales manager.

The company now has up to 30 organic items, he said, and hopes eventually to have organic versions of its entire product mix to offer a one-stop shop.

The firm plans to add more acreage for the spring and summer.

Boskovich Farms’ newest organic items include celery, carrots, kales, parsley, green onions, cilantro, chards and spinach.

The company also has come out with its own B/Organic label for celery hearts. More volume and additional items will be available under that label in the future, Oill said.


Earl’s Organic creates sustainability post

Earl’s Organic Produce, San Francisco, has added a position, office and sustainability coordinator, which has been filled by Katherine Vining, previously the company’s office administrator.

The position was created to help make the company more energy efficient, said Susan Simitz, marketing manager.

“We’re looking at things we can do to be more sustainable and save energy,” she said.


Earthbound Farm announces changes

Will Daniels, most recently senior vice president of operations and organic integrity for Earthbound Farm, San Juan Bautista, Calif., has been promoted to chief food integrity officer, said Samantha Cabaluna, vice president of communications and marketing.

The company also has hired Santiago Pacheco, formerly with Ready Pac Foods Inc., Irwindale, Calif., as senior vice president of operations.

On Jan. 6, Denver-based The WhiteWave Foods Co., which recently purchased Earthbound Farm, announced in a news release that chief executive officer Charles Sweat was being replaced by Kevin Yost.

Sweat will serve in an advisory role during the leadership transition, according to the news release.

Earthbound Farm’s newest organic products are its three PowerMeal bowls, Cabaluna said.

“These are all organic, ready-to-eat salad bowls that are a great way to kick off healthy eating in the new year.”


Global Organics adds bagged product line

Global Organics, Sarasota, Fla., has launched a private-label bagged program under the Noah’s Organic Garden label, said Kevin Weaver, newly named director of sales and new business development.

The line consists of 3-pound bags of sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, red potatoes, fruit medley (apples, oranges and pears), bunched red beets, mixed onions (red, yellow and white) and rainbow carrots.

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

Thanks for sharing this news today!

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