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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.

YAKIMA FRESH: Sales manager John Barnes (left) and vice president of marketing and business development Stephen Flashing talk about the year-round organic apple options from Yakima, Wash.-based Yakima Fresh. The company showcased at its booth a high-graphic pouch bag and a wood-look overflow bin that is new for this 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.

ONIONS 52: Marketing director Falon Brawley (left) and Mandi Bliven, food safety and sales, show off the Sunions available from Syracuse, Utah-based Onions 52. This year the company has a new price lookup sticker for the Sunion that is 2.5 times the size of a regular PLU sticker so that it doesn’t fall off. Sunions are harvested in August and cure in storage until a taste panel determines they have developed their signature flavor — usually they are ready in early December. Shipping then goes through late March or early April.

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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.

FRESH FARMS: Director of sales and marketing Scott Rossi (left) and salesman Dale Prinz visit with booth goers about organic grapes and vegetables from Hermosillo, Sonora-based Fresh Farms. The company also has offices in Rio Rico, Ariz., and Kingsburg, Calif. Fresh Farms will start its Mexican grapes program in mid-April and go through the first or second week in July. Organic Cotton Candy grapes are among its offerings.
 

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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.

EARTHFRESH: (From left) Dan Martin, Derrick Rayner, Liana Fehr, Rich Tiveron and Wayne Rempel discuss the launch of the new, more sustainable package for mini potatoes from Burlington, Ontario-based EarthFresh Farms. The company also continues to promote its organic lineup with packaging featuring light-blocking technology designed to preserve the quality of the product.

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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.

MISSION PRODUCE: Patrick Cortes, senior director of business development for Oxnard, Calif.-based Mission Produce, visits with booth goers about the company’s organic program, including about the supply outlook. Mission recently redesigned its organic avocado bag, and it offers another bag that promotes smaller avocados as ideal for shoppers looking for single-serving-size fruit.
 

 

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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.

MOTHER EARTH MUSHROOMS: Procurement and sales manager Thomas Leo (left) and outside sales coordinator Mark Kreiner speak with booth visitors about organic oyster mushrooms, maitake mushrooms and an organic mushroom medley pack from Landenberg, Pa.-based Mother Earth Mushrooms. The medleys in particular have been exceeding expectations. Also, the company has refreshed the labels on its packaging.

 

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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.

FRESH DIRECTION: Sabrina Castillo, chief administrative officer for Miami-based Fresh Directions International (left) and consultant Kristyn Lawson pause for a photo with Anthony Chanka, category manager of produce for Giant Food. Castillo’s family has been growing and marketing hass avocados and avocado products from the Dominican Republic for more than two decades. 

 

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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.

JOOLIES: Chief marketing officer Amanda Sains visits with booth goers about organic whole dates and pitted dates from Los Angeles-based Joolies. The company also featured at its booth a new snack pack — about the size of a deck of cards — with three dates in it. Joolies also has a date syrup line.

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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.

FAIR TRADE USA: Nancy Walker, partnerships development specialist for fresh goods (left), and Nathalie Marin-Gest, head of fresh goods, speak with booth visitors about the certification program of Oakland, Calif.-based Fair Trade USA. They spoke with retailers about availability of various commodities from suppliers who are already certified, and they visited with suppliers who were looking to become certified.

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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.

CHELAN FRESH: (From left) Jay Dyer, John Botts, Mark Lundberg and Kevin Stennes speak with booth goers about the SugarBee apple from Chelan, Wash.-based Chelan Fresh. The company began shipping SugarBee in November, and the season runs through February. The company had about 100,000 cartons of SugarBee last year and has about 250,000 cartons this year, and volume will continue to grow in the coming years as the trees mature.

 

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