Business updates: California/Baja tomatoes

05/21/2010 02:17:00 PM
Don Schrack

Andrew & Williamson expands pack options

The new Viscaino, Mexico, packinghouse of San Diego-based Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce now has full packing lines for roma, round and grape tomatoes, said Mark Munger, vice president of marketing.

The packaging options number nearly 20, he said.

This fall, Andrew & Williamson plans to debut at least two other-than-red tomato varieties, Munger said.

 

California cooperative debuts Internet database

Fresno-based California Tomato Farmers is launching a centralized Internet database that offers grower-shippers and their customers vastly improved traceability, said Ed Beckman, president.

“It’s never been done before in the fresh produce industry,” he said.

In the event of a recall, retail and foodservice will be able to track shipments down to a specific lot, Beckman said.

The cooperative also initiated a new food safety and auditing protocol designed to reduce harmonization costs and to focus on science-based standards.

The California Tomato Farmers’ Web site (www.californiatomatofarmers.com) also is undergoing remodeling. The first pages went up simultaneous with the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s Convention and Expo on May 12-14 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

DiMare plans fall debut for tomato variety

DiMare Newman, Newman, Calif., the tomato growing and packing operation of Homestead, Fla.-based DiMare Co., plans to offer an as yet unnamed new round tomato variety for the first time this fall.

The variety, known now only by a number, has undergone a couple of years of testing, said Jeff Dolan, field operations manager.

“We’re very excited about it,” he said. 

 

Firm becomes Oceanside Pole Tomato Sales

Oceanside Pole Tomato Sales Inc., Oceanside, Calif., is the new name of the sales and marketing arm of 70-year-old Harry Singh & Sons.

Formerly Oceanside Produce Inc., the company was renamed to better reflect the company’s tomato products, said Bill Wilber, president and director of marketing.

 

New salesman joins Royal Flavor LLC

Wayne Yasuda has returned to the fresh produce industry after 10 years in the landscape production industry. He joins the marketing staff at Royal Flavor LLC, San Diego, said Steve Yasuda, sales manager.

Wayne Yasuda is Steve Yasuda’s son.



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