Argentinean blueberries business updates

09/12/2011 01:00:00 AM
Tara Schupner

Dave’s Specialty hires third generation

A third generation of the Bowe family has joined Dave’s Specialty Imports Inc., Coral Springs, Fla.

Leslie Simmons and Jennifer Bowe, granddaughters of founder Dave Bowe, are working in sales and administration, respectively, vice president Mike Bowe said.

Sun Belle relocating to facility in Maryland

Sun Belle Inc. plans to move from its Washington, D.C., location to a larger, facility in Jessup, Md., in November, president Janice Honigberg said.

“We have outgrown our existing facility in Washington, D.C.,” she said. “This is a 63,000-square-foot building, which we are building to our specifications.”

The new facility includes 40,000 square feet of refrigerated space separated into eight chambers and a pre-cooling facility that will permit exact temperature control, depending on the product, Honigberg said.

The distribution center, which is near the Maryland Wholesale Produce Center, also will feature an Airocide air quality system.

Honigberg said the new facility would allow Sun Belle to handle larger quantities of berries, greenhouse vegetables and specialty produce.

Wish Farms adds jobs for blueberries, website

Teddy Koukoulis has joined Wish Farms, Plant City, Fla., in the newly created position of director of blueberry operations, said Gary Wishnatzki, president and chief executive officer.

Koukoulis has worked in the produce industry for the past eight years. He previously was director of operations for two years at Monte Packaging. He also has worked for SunnyRidge Farm and Wal-Mart.

“With our year-round blueberry program, bringing Teddy on board reinforces our focus on becoming a major player in the blueberry industry,” said Amber Kosinsky, director of marketing.

Wish Farms also is introducing an interactive mobile website that will allow consumers to access recipes and other information, including nutrition information and tips on selecting and storing the products through quick-response codes on product labels.

The QR codes, two-dimensional barcodes that can be read by smartphones, will be placed on strawberry, blueberry and cherry tomato clamshells that are packed under the Wish Farms label.

Users can scan the image QR code to access the website at www.wishfarms.com/m.



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