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Tom Karst

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Editor Tom Karst collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

 

 

STEMILT GROWERS: Tim Harrington, merchandise manager for the Northeast and Canada for Stemilt Growers, Wenatchee, Wash., and Jocelyn Gerard, regional merchandise manager, say there are good promotion opportunities for organic apples, particularly bulk promotions of galas, fujis, Pink Lady, Piñata and granny smith apples. Gerard says Stemilt’s organic apples will continue into spring and early summer, with some varieties finishing up as late as June and July.

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Tom Karst

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Editor Tom Karst collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

 

COLUMBIA BASIN ONION: Jason Cleaver of Columbia Basin Onion, Hermiston, Ore., says about 35% of the firm’s 4,000 onion acres are organic. Columbia Basin Organic will typically have supplies from about mid-July to mid-May, he says. The firm also operates an individually quick-frozen (IQF) whole peeled onion processing facility, and the firm finds growing demand from processors for organic whole frozen onions. Cleaver says organic onions require much more manual labor for weeding than conventional onions; the company employs up to 600 H-2A workers to help weed organic onion fields.

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Tom Karst

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Editor Tom Karst collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

 

 

MASTERS TOUCH: Felipe Garcia (left), director of sales for Master’s Touch, San Diego, Calif., and Santiago Landgrave, sales associate, say the company offers organic blueberries from Mexico’s Sonora region from about Jan. 1 to the end of May. Garcia says the firm offers organic grape tomatoes year-round from Baja California. Mexican organic grapes from Sonora will begin about mid-May, he says.

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Tom Karst

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Editor Tom Karst collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

 

 

RED SUN: Kyle Moynahan, sales program manager for Red Sun Farms, Kingsville, Ontario, displays the firm’s organic roma tomatoes in both a fiber-based tray and a plastic pouch. He says the firm continues to expand its organic line, including new crop organic bell peppers in January. He says more retailers are looking for fiber-based packages for private-label organic fresh produce. “We’re working to find solutions to minimize our plastic,” he says.
 

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Tom Karst

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Editor Tom Karst collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

 

NATURIPE: Brian Vertrees (from left), director of business development for Naturipe Farms, Salinas, Calif.; Craig Merrill, account manager; Marissa Ritter, associate marketing manager; and Beverly Van Pelt, marketing project manager, display organic berry options. Vertrees says the firm’s Chilean organic blueberries will hit their second peak in February. In response to bigger volume, Naturipe offers retailers the chance to upsize package options to the pint and 18-ounce sizes, he says. At the end of February, the company will receive expanded volumes of organic raspberries from Mexico. where acreage has been increasing.
 

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Tom Karst

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Editor Tom Karst collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

 

 

WOODSPUR ORGANIC DATE FARMS: Tony Somohano, director of wholesale sales of Woodspur Organic Date Farms, Coachella, Calif., says the company, which markets the Oasis Date Garden brand, has been organic since 1988. The company has about 3,000 acres of organic dates in California and Arizona, with the deglet noor variety about 25% of the acreage and the rest medjools.
 

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Tom Karst

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Editor Tom Karst collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

 

COCONIFTY: Alvin Velasco, founder of CocoNifty, Miami Shores, Fla., and Hana Finn, a representative with the company, display a new CocoNifty product. Velasco says the individually quick-frozen young coconut meat and water product can be sold frozen with a two-year shelf life or in the refrigerated rack in the produce department for about two weeks. The product, from the Philippines, is not yet certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The product has been sold on eBay for about a year and he says the company is looking for U.S. distributors. 
 

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Tom Karst

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Editor Tom Karst collected these news items Jan. 11 on the show floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

 

SOUTH MILL CHAMPS: Vince Versagli, director of sales for South Mill Champs Mushroom Sales, Kennett Square, Pa., says organic mushrooms are a growing part of the company’s business. Versagli says the company is unveiling its new label design throughout the U.S.

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