Florida Fall Produce business updates

11/02/2012 04:07:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Duda Farm Fresh adds salesman

Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., the fresh division of Oviedo, Fla.-based A. Duda & Sons Inc., has hired a foodservice sales veteran.

Brian Tipple, who previously worked eight years for Houston-based Sysco Corp. in Vancouver, British Columbia, and at Sysco’s BSCC Produce operations in south Florida, is now an account manager for Duda’s Wellington, Fla., sales office.

After taking a hiatus to work as an assistant cruise director of Holland America and as a seafood broker in Whistler, British Columbia, Tipple rejoined Sysco at its Pompano Beach, Fla., office as senior merchandiser before moving to Sysco’s Jacksonville, Fla., operation.

He also worked as eastern sales representative for Custom Produce Sales in Parlier, Calif.

Tipple, who started with Duda on Sept. 24, is responsible for daily sales activities as well as managing Duda’s Florida and imported citrus.

Hearne Produce secures case GTINs

Wm. P. Hearne Produce Co. LLC, Wimauma, Fla., has secured Global Trade Identification Numbers for all its cases.

For the first time, the grower-shipper this season can track every package it ships, said Jeff Williams, president.

Hearne previously shipped its strawberries and tomatoes with the GTINs, he said.

J&J Produce boosts acreage

J&J Produce Inc. has increased its Florida acreage to 1,000 acres, up 20% from last year.

The Loxahatchee, Fla.-based grower-shipper is taking on additional land and forming relationships with more outside growers, said Brian Rayfield, vice president of sales and marketing.

“We have multiple growing partners in a very geographically diverse outfit so we have acreage as far north as Palmetto-Ruskin down to Fort Myers and the Immokalee area for our fall and winter crops,” he said.

Rayfield said J&J is also expanding its acreage and farming ventures close to its eastern Palm Beach County packinghouse.

L&M Cos. increases Florida production

Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Cos. Inc. has expanded its Florida vegetable acreage.

Adam Lytch, operations manager, said the grower-shipper increased acreage across the board for its cucumbers, squash and eggplant to match its bell peppers, L&M’s principal Florida product.

During recent years, L&M wasn’t growing fall cucumbers, but is now adding that crop to its fall production and is growing squash later in the winter at one of its warmer south Florida farms, Lytch said.


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