Nuts, dates & dried fruit: business updates

10/03/2013 05:01:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

Mariani Nut Co. earns certification

Mariani Nut Co., Winters, Calif., received its British Retail Consortium certification.

“It’s an extraordinarily intensive process for all standards — financial to human resources, and across the board,” said John Aguiar, director of sales.

The company earned the food safety certification earlier this year, Aguiar said.

Peter Rabbit Farms makes upgrades

Peter Rabbit Farms, Coachella, Calif., has new date packaging this year.

The company will offer a display-ready container that will hold 12 2-pound tubs or 18 1-pound tubs, as well as an 11-pound bulk box, said John Burton, general manager of sales and cooler.

“It’s a brand new design,” he said.

The company has been growing dates for about 10 years but is only in its second year of packing them in-house.

“Last year we used standard boxes material and we spent last year developed our own brand. Amazing Coachella stood out as the perfect brand for dates,” Burton said.

A new production line was installed in mid-September.

“We were fabricating and making the line all summer,” Burton said.


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