Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Cos. Inc., which operates a branch in Union Gap, Wash., for Northwest fruit, is adjusting its varietal mix this year, said John Long, director of the Washington division.
“We’ve been as high as 40% in red delicious; that’s dropping more into the 20-25%,” he said. “We’re going to have our first Cosmic Crisps — about 10,000 boxes or 10 loads. This is just the first pick off the young orchards.”
L&M also is packaging more fruit this year, Long said, noting that it is “trying to gear up to do more bags as needed for the foodservice and food bank business.”
The company also is attempting to “come up with other packaging that might fit retail,” Long said. “It’s difficult ... because getting people to try something different, plus our machinery is geared to pack volume tray-pack 40-pound boxes.”