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Tom Karst

The Packer's national editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor April 25-26 at the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show in Vancouver.

COASTAL FRESH: With improving weather, ample volume of parsley, cilantro, kale, Italian parsley and other commodities is expected from the Central Coast of California in the next few weeks, says Tony Christopher, in the sales with Coastal Fresh, Westlake Village, Calif. The firm specializes in “superfood” produce and offers a variety of packaging for retail and foodservice buyers, Christopher says.

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Tom Karst

The Packer's national editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor April 25-26 at the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show in Vancouver.

NATURIPE: Jaqueline Padilla, marketing coordinator for Naturipe Farms LLC, Salinas, Calif., displays a grape and blueberry version of the company’s recently introduced snack fruit cups. The 5-ounce packs, available in four flavor profiles, feature a shelf life of two weeks, she says. For Canadian retailers, the pack is available in bilingual labels, she says. The fruit cups include combinations of grapes, apples, blueberries and strawberries.

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Tom Karst

The Packer's national editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor April 25-26 at the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show in Vancouver.

MUCCI: Smuccies Sweet Strawberries will grow in supply in response to strong demand, says Emily Murracas, director of marketing at Mucci International Marketing Inc., Kingsville, Ontario. She says the company will expand pesticide-free greenhouse strawberries from 25 acres to 36 acres. She says grow lights in a new greenhouse, expected to break ground this fall, will allow Mucci to produce Smuccies year-round.

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Tom Karst

The Packer's national editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor April 25-26 at the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show in Vancouver.

SUNTREAT: Suntreat’s Sumo citrus variety, a cross between a Japanese satsuma and a California navel, is finding traction in the U.S., says Daniel Kass, vice president of sales and business development. Suntreat, Dinuba, Calif., is part of the AC Foods Family. Kass is pictured with four-time world Sumo champion Byamba and Amanda Steele, chief marketing officer for Agriculture Capital, San Francisco. The variety, controlled exclusively in the U.S. by Suntreat, was bred in the 1970s in Japan.

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Tom Karst

The Packer's national editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor April 25-26 at the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show in Vancouver.

CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY COMMISSION: With about 90% market share, California strawberries find big demand in Canada, says Chris Christian, senior vice president of the California Strawberry Commission, Watsonville. With weather conditions improving, growers should be in good position to provide ample volume for upcoming retail promotions, including Mother’s Day, May 13 in the U.S. and Canada.

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Tom Karst

The Packer's national editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor April 25-26 at the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show in Vancouver.

TANIMURA & ANTLE: Tanimura & Antle showcased expanded organic production and proprietary Artisan vegetable varieties, including Dew Drop cabbage, says Kyla Oberman, director of marketing for Tanimura & Antle Inc., Salinas, Calif. The company is marketing larger volumes of organic broccoli, organic cauliflower and organic celery, while Artisan romaine, Artisan red onions and Artisan Dew Drop cabbage are drawing notice, she says.

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Tom Karst

The Packer's national editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor April 25-26 at the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show in Vancouver.

OKANAGAN: Jessica Brady (from left), manager of industry relations and education for Okanagan Specialty Fruits; Joel Brooks, produce and special projects manager for the company; and Jeanette De-Coninck Hertzier, sales manager, show off dried Arctic Golden Delicious apples, called ApBitz. Sold on Amazon.com for $19.99 for 12 packages, the 0.75-ounce pack a was introduced at the end of March. Fresh supplies of genetically engineered Arctic Golden Delicious apples are expected in the fall, with fresh Arctic Granny Smiths expected by January.

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Tom Karst

The Packer's national editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor April 25-26 at the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show in Vancouver.

FARM TO TABLE BERRIES: California’s blueberry season is getting off to a slow start but there will be plenty of volume to promote this season, says Ken Galloway (left), salesman at Farm to Table Berries, Reedley, Calif., with Milton Johnson, domestic and international sales. Some of the later varieties were not as affected by a frost, Galloway says.

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Tom Karst

The Packer's national editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor April 25-26 at the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show in Vancouver.

FRESH KAMPO: Berry volume from Michoacan and other Mexican growing regions is increasing, says Javier Hernandez, salesmen for Fresh Kampo, Los Reyes, Mexico. The firm exports berries to the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia and has supplies of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and limited volume of blueberries, he says. Raspberry production is year-round, and blackberry harvest is active from September to May and strawberry volume active from September to April. The firm is seeking to add new berry growers in Chile and Morocco to supply export customers, Hernandez says.

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Tom Karst

The Packer's national editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor April 25-26 at the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show in Vancouver.

WELL-PICT: Good volumes of Well-Pict strawberries and raspberries from California’s Central Coast region are expected this spring and summer, says Jim Grabowski, director of marketing for Watsonville, Calif.-based Well-Pict Inc. “We are looking forward to a good crop with promotable volumes,” he says. While industry strawberry plantings may be slightly lower than a year ago, he says there is an uptick in raspberry acreage as well as organic berry plantings.

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