Organic produce business updates

11/06/2013 03:09:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

The bins were shown at PMA’s Fresh Summit and are available now, Newman said.

Stemilt sees success with organic piñatas

Stemilt Growers Inc., Wenatchee, Wash., launched organic piñata apples in 2007, and they are now a favorite item.

Marketing director Roger Pepperl said the product is a very popular item for the company.

“It’s a big thing, and we’re trying to expand the program,” he said.

The apples should be available nationwide by January.

Pepperl said the company also has focused on its supply of organic pears.

“It’s a tough thing to grow organically, and it’s a spotlight item at Stemilt because a lot of people want organic pears,” he said.

Viva Tierra renames, marks 20th year

The Sedro-Woolley, Wash.-based Viva Tierra Organic Inc., is enjoying its 20th anniversary.

The company was known as CF Fresh Inc. before changing its name to reflect its main brand earlier this year as part of the anniversary celebration.

In addition to the name change, Viva Tierra has hosted several farm tours in various areas.

“We took customers to Chile in the spring to tour production areas there, see the plant and met growers,” said Addie Pobst, coordinator of imports, sustainability, organic integrity and food safety.

The company also has offered tours in Washington and California.

“We’ve been in business for 20 years because of our relationships with growers, so we’ve focused on shining the spotlight on our growers as part of the anniversary year,” Pobst said.

Most recently, the company hosted a visit in late September in Washington. Additional tours are in the works.


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