Charlie’s Produce, a Seattle wholesale distributor, is trying to bring more local product from an expanded network of regional growers, said Diane Dempster, who manages the Charlie’s homegrown program.
“We’ve expanded into some more growers in Oregon than ever before, and we’ve done a lot more with local tomatoes,” Dempster said.
Northwest Agriculture Business Center
The Mount Vernon, Wash.-based Northwest Agriculture Business Center has taken over management of the Northwest Cider Association, said Dave Bauermeister, the center’s executive director.
“We’re doing administration work for the association and the marketing for the association,” he said.
Skagit Valley’s Best/Smith & Morrison Farms
Skagit Valley’s Best, a marketing and sales arm of Smith & Morrison Farms LLC in Mount Vernon, Wash., has added to its bagging capacity this year, said Cliff Corwin, marketing and sales manager.
The bagger was on schedule to be ready for the start of the potato deal, he said.
“It will allow for more flexibility and allow us to do more things,” he said.
The company grows and ships white and colored potatoes.
Valley Pride Sales
Mount Vernon, Wash.-based Valley Pride Sales has added bag options this year, said Dale Hayton, sales manager.
“We’re just going to be providing more and more of the small bag options of poly, poly-mesh or all-mesh for different customers,” he said.
The company has moved in that direction before, but it is going to put more promotional effort behind it this time, Hayton said.
“We sense there’s more market for the smaller bags than we’ve been pushing,” he said, citing 1.5-pound and 2-pound bags in particular.