“It’s a new premium label and should have a lot of appeal for customers,” Thomson said.
Also new this year for Thomson is an agreement with Uesugi Farms, Gilroy, Calif., to pack bell peppers. Thomson said his company has been packing its own peppers for several years, but he wants to refocus attention on growing and therefore made the deal with Uesugi to pack the bells this season.
Green bells will likely be ready June 1, Thomson said, with reds and yellows coming in around July 4. He said everything is looking good and is on schedule for a high-quality harvest.
To speed operations on its potato packing line, Top Brass Marketing, Shafter, Calif., added a bagging machine for the 2013 season.
The machine from Volm Cos. Inc., Pasco, Wash., will help Top Brass meet customer demands that are trending more toward smaller sizes, said president Brett Dixon.
Dixon said he is receiving fewer requests for 100-pound sacks and more requests for consumer-friendly 3-, 5-, 10- and 15-pound bags.
Top Brass continues to offer the 100-pound bags, though, and 50-pound cartons.
By staff writer Coral Beach