Western Greenhouse business updates

12/14/2012 02:22:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

Del Campo Supreme wraps up harvest

Del Campo Supreme Inc., Nogales, Ariz., is finishing the first harvest in its new greenhouse in the Mexican state of Jalisco.

Jim Cathey, sales manager, said he expects a bigger deal next year.

The company also hired Michael Lisitano to the sales staff.

Lisitano comes to Del Campo from Unified Western Grocers and brings more than 20 years of produce experience, Cathey said.

The Oppenheimer Group moves staff

The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, made several changes to staff.

The company hired Steve McKee as a salesman and opened an office in Toronto in October to better serve customers in the eastern part of Canada, said Aaron Quon, greenhouse and vegetable category director.

In the western office, Walt Breeden was promoted from sales manager of western Canada to director of sales, Canada, and David Cheung was promoted from salesman to sales manager, Vancouver. These changes took place in July.

In September, Brett Libke became the director of sales for the U.S. East Coast. His former title was senior salesman.

Village Farms offers new tomato varieties

Village Farms International, Delta, British Columbia, recently launched two exclusive tomato varieties, according to marketing manager Helen Aquino.

A mini San Marzano tomato, called the Heavenly Villagio Marzano, which was released last year in a 1-pound bag, is being relaunched in a variety of sizes, including a 10-ounce grab-and-go bag and a 2-pound clamshell.

Another new option is the Exquisite Heirloom tomatoes, a larger beefsteak type with an irregular shape and a more balanced sweet and acid flavor, Aquino said.

Wholesum breaks in first greenhouse

Nogales, Ariz.-based Wholesum Family Farms Inc., started harvest in November for the first time in its Amado, Ariz., facility.

The 12-acre greenhouse facility is the first of five phases that will eventually be a 60-acre project, according to Ricardo Crisantes, vice president of sales and marketing.

Currently, the facility is exclusively for organic tomatoes on the vine.

The company plans to produce year-round from this location and add items such as organic cucumbers or peppers.



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