Atomic Torosian, Crown Jewels Produce LLC - The Packer

Atomic Torosian, Crown Jewels Produce LLC

10/26/2012 03:38:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

But he did say Crown Jewels hoped to become more involved with colored peppers as well as possibly miniature peppers.

As the Santiago office gets rolling, Torosian said it will handle Chilean pomegranates this winter and Southern Hemisphere grapes.

Crown Jewels expected to handle about 20% more San Joaquin Valley grapes this season than in the past, and Torosian said he expected volumes to continue to increase from Mexico, the San Joaquin and the Southern Hemisphere.

Other commodities where he foresaw growth included cherries and blueberries.

Although some retailers have consolidated and even shut stores, Torosian said he still sees retail opportunities.

“The bigger companies, including some of the big-box stores, are still growing,” he said. “We see growth of the Latino chains, and a lot of ethnic stores are picking up volume, particularly in the Southwest and Southern and central California.”

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