Business updates: Florida Fall Produce - The Packer

Business updates: Florida Fall Produce

11/04/2011 11:32:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

The Pacific Collier location provides 70,000 square feet of capacity, up from the 40,000-square-foot building L&M used before.

While L&M plans to pack in the Pacific Collier building, it is revamping an older 70,000-square-foot citrus packing operation north of Immokalee and south of LaBelle, Fla., that L&M purchased from Oviedo, Fla.-based A. Duda & Sons Inc. in 2010.

Adam Lytch, L&M’s operations manager, said L&M isn’t sure what it may do with its two Immokalee operations.

“We are growing more and more items on more acres and need more room to be able to do that and help consolidate product. We have needed that room for a long time and the opportunity came up for us to be there. It seems to be a good fit.” 

Brian Arrigo, president of Immokalee-based Southern Corporate Packers Inc., bought the older L&M operation in September. 

Southern Corporate Packers hires salesman

BullochSouthern Corporate Packers Inc., Immokalee, Fla., has added Cam Bulloch as salesman.

Bulloch, who sold life insurance, joined the vegetable and watermelon grower-shipper in April.

Brian Arrigo, president, said Bulloch’s addition should help diversify Southern Corporate Packers’ customer base. He said Bulloch plans to focus on Northeastern sales.

Bulloch started with the operation by running its transportation during the summer and advanced to sales during the fall.

Southern Corporate sells cucumbers, squash, bell peppers, eggplant and watermelon.

Weis-Buy Farms Inc. enters tropical sales

Weis-Buy Farms Inc., Fort Myers, Fla., has launched a tropical division. 

Chuck Weisinger, president and chief executive officer, said he and his brother Mark Weisinger, the company’s assistant general manager, decided to start marketing tropical fruits and vegetables to help expand the company’s sales.

Chuck Weisinger said Weis-Buy started the division over the summer and markets tropicals such as pineapples, yucca, plantains, malanga and hot peppers. 

Weis-Buy hired Terry Slobodzian to head the division’s sales. 

Slobodzian previously worked as a branch manager of European American Bank in New York. 

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