Georgia produce: business updates

09/06/2013 12:25:00 PM
Cynthia David

Fresh Link partners with two new growers

Lake Park, Ga.-based Fresh Link Consolidation LLC, the sales agent for Coggins Produce Inc., Lake Park, is working with two new growers this fall.

“There might be a small increase in volume on squash and peppers,” vice president Harry Sheaffer said. “But it’s not a big change.”

Fresh Link also has been gradually increasing its sweet potato supply, Sheaffer said.

“Things are looking good there,” he said. “But it will probably be the middle of September before we really get into some volume.”

He said the company also plans to work with a couple of new Florida growers to increase its supply of winter vegetables.

Northampton Growers boosts napa cabbage

Cheriton, Va.-based Northampton Growers Produce Sales Inc. is growing a little more napa cabbage in Georgia this year for Asian markets in New York and New England.

“It’s not that big a yield yet,” president Calvert Cullen said. “We’re hoping it will grow.

“We’ve only been doing it a couple of years, and we’re still learning.”

Scotlynn Sweet Pac to add tray pack line

Belle Glade, Fla.-based Scotlynn Sweet Pac Growers LLC, in partnership with Scotlynn Investments in Vittoria, Ontario, is planning another tray pack line to add value to its Florida sweet corn program, vice president and co-owner J.D. Poole said.

The year-old company has farms in South Florida, South Georgia and Ontario, Canada, and plans to expand in the next two to three years, said Poole, who launched Sweet Pac with Bryan Biederman.

Poole said he expects the Canadian corn harvest to finish up at the end of September, giving him a seamless transition to Georgia around Oct. 1. He expects the Belle Glade crop to start up around the first of November.

Sy Katz Produce move goes smoothly

Owen Margolis, president of N.C.-based Sy Katz Produce Inc., said the move into a refurbished 20,000-square-foot facility in the spring owned by its Lake Park, Ga.-based growing partner Carter & Sons Farms has gone smoothly.

“We’ve got a lot more room to work now,” Margolis said. “It’s all food-safety compliant.”

He said the modernized facility expands the company’s ability to handle increased volumes of squash, cucumber, eggplant, bell peppers, and variety peppers. The company also can handle a variety of pack styles, from reusable plastic containers to display-ready packages for peppers.

Margolis said Sy Katz plans to increase its cucumber acreage this year to meet demand.



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