Business updates: Florida Fall Produce - The Packer

Business updates: Florida Fall Produce

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

Organic celery is in its fourth year of production and sees high demand, said Jason Bedsole, sales manager of Eastern vegetables and citrus. 

He said south Florida produces high quality celery and Duda increased acreage because of customer requests.

Bedsole declined to state acreage or volume, but said the grower-shipper doubled the size of its organic program.

J&J expands squash plantings, adds land

J&J Produce Inc., Loxahatchee, Fla., has increased its squash plantings by 33% and also added a large tract of land adjacent to its packinghouse.  

“We definitely will have a good amount of squash in Florida this season,” said Brian Rayfield, vice president of sales and marketing. 

“We are planting much more squash than we have in the past. We have done well with squash. We are known for our squash and our customers expect us to have squash in our label.”

J&J added a 100-acre farm directly adjacent to its packing operations and headquarters. 

Rayfield said the acreage should provide improved logistics and less handling from field to packinghouse. 

He said that should help improve shelf life.

L&M moves into new packinghouse

Needing more capacity, Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Cos. Inc. relocated into new operations in Immokalee, Fla.

L&M is leasing a packinghouse formerly used by Pacific Collier Fresh Co. to pack bell peppers and squash.

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