Kentucky/Tennessee Produce business updates

07/07/2014 02:08:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

Creation Gardens expands operations

Louisville, Ky.-based Creation Gardens is enjoying a period of growth, said Jim Walker, president.

The company moved into a 60,000-square-foot facility a couple of years ago and shortly after acquired a company in Nashville that provided an additional 25,000 square feet.

Now, Walker said the company has fully settled into the new locations, which allowed for it to launch new product lines. Walker said produce, gourmet items, dairy products, paper products and restaurant staples are main areas of focus.

“The new facility was key. There’s no way we could have done all this in the former facility,” Walker said.

In addition, recent expansion has allowed the company to cross into the southern Ohio region, giving it a strong presence from there to southern Tennessee.

 

Grow Farms increases organic

Grow Farms, Louisville, Ky., will be doing more organic produce this year, said Brian Knott, president.

“We’ve got another grower in Kentucky doing organic green beans, cucumbers, squash and zucchini,” he said, mentioning he has seen demand for organic increase.

In addition, the company hired Robby Hendry as a salesman.

Hendry, who started with the company in October, works with several growers farther south in Florida and Georgia region.

 

J.E. Beale Produce adds salesman

Lebanon, Tenn.-based J.E. Beale Produce Inc. recently hired salesman Greg Grefrath.

Grefrath handles a variety of vegetables for the company, said Eric Beale, president.

He was hired in December.

 

John Mixon Farms boosts heirlooms

John Mixon Farms, Rutledge, Tenn., is digging deeper into the heirloom tomato business, said Jonathon Mixon, farm manager.

The Grainger County operation grows field and hothouse tomatoes. Mixon said the heirloom focus is mostly for the field crop.

Tennessee Vegetable PackersBilly Krause, operations manager for Tennessee Vegetable Packers, says the company’s 1-pound zipper bag of green beans has enjoyed strong demand.“We’ve been growing heirlooms for about five years and we’re learning a lot about them while refining that process,” he said.

 

Tennessee Vegetable succeeds with beans

Billy Krause, operations and sales manager for Crossville, Tenn.-based Tennessee Vegetable Packers, said demand for the company’s one-pound zipper bag for green beans is up this year.

“We started offering it about two years ago, but here lately it’s really starting to pick up,” he said.

The bag is sold in multiple chain stores in the U.S. and Canada, Krause said.



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