San Diego/Baja Tomato business updates - The Packer

San Diego/Baja Tomato business updates

08/27/2013 09:43:00 AM
Tom Burfield

Royal Flavor LLC, San Diego, is testing an organic program out of Baja California this season, said sales manager Steve Yasuda. The program will involve tomatoes, roma tomatoes and mini peppers.

Limited quantities will be available into November, when the program will transition to the Culiacan area in mainland Mexico, Yasuda said. The Baja California program will enable the company to offer organic tomatoes year-round. It likely will be expanded next season if it proves successful, Yasuda said.


West Coast switches back to old favorite

West Coast Tomato Growers, Oceanside, Calif., has switched back to one of the original tomato varieties that the company used to produce when it was known as Harry Singh & Sons, said Aaron Quon, greenhouse and vegetables category director for The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, which markets the product.

“It’s a different variety from what we used last year,” he said. “It’s yielding better-tasting fruit with longer shelf life.”

Sizing also is better than last season, he said.

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