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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.

 

 

 

 

FRANK’S DISTRIBUTING: Ricardo Roiz, sales manager of Frank’s Distributing of Produce LLC, Nogales, Ariz., says the company will offer organic hydroponic blueberries from Sinaloa, Mexico, from late February to early June. Roiz said the company also offers conventional fruit but organic is the main focus of the deal, now in its third commercial season.
 

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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.

 

 

TRUFRESH: AJ Jimenez, salesman for Nogales, Ariz.-based TruFresh, says the firm is introducing organic honeydew melons, heirloom tomatoes and table grapes from northern Mexico in 2020. In 2019, the firm experienced about a 25% increase in organic volume, led by a 50% increase in volume of organic mini peppers. “The customers are looking for more (organic) items every single year, and we have to fulfill that demand,” he says. About 20% of the firm’s total volume is now organic produce, Jimenez 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.

 

 

GOURMET TRADING: Adrianna Fortune (left), sales representative for Gourmet Trading Co., Redondo Beach, Calif., and Emily Martin, marketing coordinator for the company, say Gourmet Trading is promoting a value-added pack for organic asparagus and organic blueberries. The company recently expanded its sourcing of organic asparagus from Ecuador, Fortune 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.

 

 

RAINIER FRUIT: Andy Tudor, vice president of business development for Rainier Fruit, Selah, Wash., and Blake Belknap, vice president of sales, say Rainier is talking with customers about efforts toward regenerative farming practices. Tudor says regenerative agriculture includes measures that build soil health, address water conservation and strengthen biodiversity. “That’s where we’ve moved our program to now, (and) we have to help people understand what is,” Tudor 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.

 

 

BRAGA FRESH: Casey Mills, sales specialist for Braga Fresh and its Josie’s Organics label, Soledad, Calif., and Heather Fuller, senior director of sales for the company, display a new organic Caesar salad kit that is launching in January. “We already have a Kale Caesar salad kit in the line, which has been very successful for us, and then felt that there was demand for a traditional Caesar on the organic side,” Fuller says. In addition, she says the company is launching a Josie’s Organics coleslaw kit in January.
 

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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.

 

LAKESIDE ORGANIC GARDENS: Marliese McWherter, creative marketing manager for Lakeside Organic Gardens, Watsonville, Calif., displays organic broccoli leaves. “What normally would be tilled back into the soil is now a commodity,” she says. A new tag on its organic romanesco minimizes packaging but preserves product identification, she says. McWherter says the company’s sustainability efforts include a transition from waxed cartons to fully recyclable plastic cartons, resulting in the removal of about 16 million pounds of wax out of landfills per year.

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