Bland Farms buys electronic sorters
Delbert Bland, president of Glennville, Ga.-based Bland Farms, said the company recently upgraded its grading line with three new electronic sorters that will allow for even more control over the packing process.
“We’re always adding new bagging machines and other things. Those changes need to be made to meet the demand because customers expect onions to be packed correctly,” Bland said.
Desert Spring Produce adds shipping facility
Desert Spring Produce added a shipping location in Hatch N.M., which will complement the facility in Array, N.M., according to Bill Coombs, salesman.
“We’ll be running out of both sheds, which will give us another packing line and increase our capabilities to pack more product,” Coombs said.
The new facility has about 65,000 square feet and will be ready for the 2014 deal. Coombs said the company plans to use each location for a more specific area of focus.
“We’ll be focusing more on the Array shed as being the consumer pack shed with the new Hatch shed more focused on bulk cartons,” he said.
Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee hosts outreach events
The Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee/USA Onions has several outreach events planned for the year, including a breakfast at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference, according to Sherise Jones, marketing director for the committee.
“We’re hosting a breakfast for the first time on Sunday, July 27,” Jones said.
In August, the committee plans to continue the tradition of hosting a customer reception as part of the Midwest Produce Show at the Weber Grill restaurant in Chicago.
Invitations are sent out for these special events, but Jones said information will also be available on the website. RSVPs are required.
The committee will also host its VIP Onion Tour again this fall, for the 13th year.
The tour is scheduled for Sept. 25-27 and application will be accepted through August.
Information can be found at the committee’s website, www.ieoonions.com.
Mesilla Valley Produce upgrading website
T.J. Runyan, owner of Mesilla Valley Produce, Hatch, N.M., said the company is updating its website.
“We’re making it more user-friendly so we can get our story out there to consumers,” he said.
Before the website was pretty basic, according to Runyan. Once relaunched, the new site will hopefully provide a clearer picture of the company’s mission.