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Ashley Nickle

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

FARM FRESH DIRECT: Zach Gillespie, general manager of Center, Colo.-based Mountain Valley Logistics, and Lonnie Gillespie, director of organic sales and marketing for Monte Vista, Colo.-based Farm Fresh Direct, visit with booth goers about the company’s new Ugly Duckling potato bag. The package is designed to market No. 2 product, giving retailers a more affordable organic option. The bags are available for shipping now.

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Ashley Nickle

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

PROMPERU: Aldo Ramirez, managing director of Lima, Peru-based Nativa Organics, talks with booth visitors about the organic ginger he grows, which is available year-round. Another Peruvian company represented at the booth grew onions. They came to the trade show with Promperu, a promotional organization for the country’s exports and tourism.

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Ashley Nickle

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

ALIBABA.COM: Josh Price, business-to-business globalization, and Eric Cross, category expert, discuss how produce industry companies can increase their distribution domestically and internationally by using Hangzhou, China-based e-commerce marketplace Alibaba.com. Companies can use the platform to increase awareness of their products around the world through services that allow them to reach buyers through keyword advertising and geo-targeting. Alibaba has more than 10 million business buyers using the platform, and food, beverage and agriculture are among the fastest-growing categories on the platform.

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Ashley Nickle

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

DOMEX SUPERFRESH GROWERS: Director of business development Paul Newstead (left) and director of marketing Mike Preacher showcase the Autumn Glory variety from Yakima, Wash.-based Domex Superfresh Growers. Preacher said the apple continues to be well received by consumers and noted that it garnered a great response at the expo from people who sampled it. Next year volume will likely be sufficient for year-round supply.

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Ashley Nickle

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

WELL-PICT: Jim Grabowski, director of marketing for Watsonville, Calif.-based Well-Pict Berries, visit with booth goers about the company’s new Florida organic program. That season generally runs from December through March, and by that time California production is normally underway. The Florida season has been going well so far, Grabowski said. 

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Ashley Nickle

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

WATSONIA ORGANICS: Kori Davis, food safety director and sales, and Jed Watson, food safety and sales, talk with booth visitors about the organic lineup from Monetta, S.C.-based Jerrold A. Watson & Sons. The company’s assortment includes cucumbers, peaches, bell peppers, yellow squash and zucchini, cabbage and kale. Their season generally runs May 1 through Nov. 1.
 

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Ashley Nickle

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

FRESH2O: Mary-Scott DeMarchis, director of sales (left), and Abby Newman, sales support, talk with booth visitors about the plans for Stevensburg, Va.-based Fresh2O Growers to double production this year. By next January, the company will have a system in place to grow 10 million heads of lettuce annually. The whole facility is certified organic. Fresh2O is also adding a spring mix and other salad products to its lineup.

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Ashley Nickle

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

INECTA: Mickey Collins, marketing specialist for Miami-based Inecta, speaks about the company’s enterprise resource planning software. It can be used for purchase orders, inventory tracking and other organization by companies and their supply chain partners.

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Ashley Nickle

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

VIVA TIERRA: Sales manager Matt Roberts (left) and regional marketing lead Roy Ruff discuss the year-round organic apple and pear offerings from Mount Vernon, Wash.-based Viva Tierra Organic. The company also sells organic onions from the U.S. when in season, plus hard squash from Honduras and kiwi from Italy.

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Ashley Nickle

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

ECORIPE: Marc Holbik, president of Miami-based Ecoripe Tropicals, showcases items including organic ginger from Peru, organic turmeric from Jamaica, organic coconuts from Thailand and — a new product for the company — baby bananas from Ecuador. The company’s organic ginger program has grown significantly in the last year.

 

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Ashley Nickle

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

TOMRA: (From left) Inside sales representative Kyle Alfheim, senior manager Marco Azzaretti and regional sales manager Richard Davis talk about the packhouse automation technology available from Norway-based Tomra. The company’s equipment works with commodities including citrus, apples, cherries, avocados, kiwifruit, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, mangoes and peaches, among others.
 

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Ashley Nickle

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

TRIPLE J PRODUCE: Sales manager Kristi Hocutt and president Joey Hocutt visit with booth goers about organic sweet potatoes available from Sims, N.C.-based Triple J Produce. The harvest of the new crop starts in August and goes into November, and then product is stored to last until the next year’s harvest.

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Ashley Nickle

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL MARKETING: Kim Fellom, marketing manager, and Amanda Stallup, sales, visit with customers about its carrot program, which runs January through July and includes organic and conventional product. Leafy items and other commodities are available year-round from Salinas, Calif.-based Pacific International Marketing.

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