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Tom Karst

MONTREAL  — The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these news items April 3 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's Convention and Trade Show.

TOM LANGE: Kari Maggiorini (from left) and Paul Foster, account managers for Seven Seas, Watsonville, Calif., Stephanie Hilton, marketing and business development representative for Tom Lange Co., Charlotte, N.C., and Becky Wilson, vice president of operations for Tom Lange Co., say Tom Lange Co. is waiting for California strawberries production to increase after rainy and cool weather slowed shipments so far this year.

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Tom Karst

MONTREAL  — The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these news items April 3 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's Convention and Trade Show.

 

SUNKIST GROWERS: Julie DeWolf, director of retail marketing at Sunkist Growers, Valencia, Calif., and Brian Slagel, director of strategic sales, display Sunkist Gold Nugget and Sunkist Delite mandarins. DeWolf says Sunkist is expanding its organic portfolio, with blood oranges, cara cara navels and minneolas, in addition to already offered lemons, navels, valencia oranges and grapefruit. The organic citrus has new packaging, and Sunkist is offering point-of-sale material for recently added organic varieties. Sunkist imports citrus from Chile, South Africa and Australia into North America during the summer.
 

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Tom Karst

MONTREAL  — The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these news items April 3 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's Convention and Trade Show.

 

DEL MONTE: Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing for Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Coral Gables, Fla.. says the company is marketing medjool dates from Jordan.

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Tom Karst

MONTREAL  — The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these news items April 3 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's Convention and Trade Show.

 

EARTHFRESH FOODS: Stephanie Cutaia, marketing director with EarthFresh Foods, Burlington, Ontario, stands next to an 1968 Airstream trailer EarthFresh purchased and used at its CPMA booth. “It’s the first show it’s been at, and we have plans to do some more marketing events with it,” she says. EarthFresh is planning a cross-country tour promoting potatoes with the Airstream, and plans to take it to the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit this fall.
 

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Tom Karst

MONTREAL  — The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these news items April 3 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's Convention and Trade Show. 

 

DOLE: Bil Goldfield, director of corporate communications for Dole Food Co., displays the company’s new Bountiful Kit Sweet Thai salad. Triple Quinoa and Lentil Cucumber options are also available in the Bountiful Kit line, and are being introduced in the U.S. in April and in Canada by May, he says. The salad kits feature plant-based proteins and packaging that keeps ingredients fresh, Goldfield says.

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Tom Karst

MONTREAL  — The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these news items April 3 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's Convention and Trade Show.

 

RED SUN: Leona Neill, director of marketing and packaging for Red Sun Farms, Kingsville, Ontario, displays the company’s new products, including Sweet Pops, Sweet Peps and Supreme Sweets. Neill says Sweet Pops were launched at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit last fall and are expanding distribution. Sweet Peps, launched this year, are greenhouse sweet mini-peppers, Neill says. The blend include a brown or chocolate mini-pepper. Red Sun also is offering Supreme Sweets, which are are long sweet peppers in a multi-color package.

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Tom Karst

MONTREAL  — The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these news items April 3 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's Convention and Trade Show.

USA PEARS: Canada is the ideal market to move some of the remaining 2018-19 Northwest pear crop, says Bob Koehler, lead regional marketing manager for Pear Bureau Northwest.
“We’re going to have pears well into June,” Koehler says. “Our crop is up 30% this year after three down years.”
Koehler says bosc supplies will extend to mid-May. Canada’s Montreal and Toronto market will accept smaller sizes of pears than the U.S. market, he says.
 

 

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Tom Karst

MONTREAL  — The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these news items April 3 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's Convention and Trade Show.

NORTHWEST CHERRIES: This should be a good year for late-season Northwest cherry promotions, say Carlos Machado, left, Canada merchandising representative for Northwest Cherries, Yakima, Wash., and James Michael, vice president of marketing for North America for Northwest Cherries and the Washington State Fruit Commission. Maturity of the crop was running behind normal in April but quality prospects appear very good, Michael says.

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Tom Karst

MONTREAL  — The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these news items April 3 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's Convention and Trade Show.

MID ISLE FARMS: Rick Burt, CEO of Mid Isle Farms, Albany, Prince Edward Island, and Jennifer Harris, marketing director, say supplies are tight for the remaining volume of the firm’s potato PEI crop.
“We have been trying to manage everything based on pricing, so pricing has been substantially higher,” Harris says. The firm’s potato typically can run into August, but this year the firm hopes to extend potato supply into July. 
 

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Tom Karst

MONTREAL  — The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these news items April 3 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's Convention and Trade Show.

Shawn Riker, from left sales and commodity manager for Keystone Fruit Marketing, Andrea Scroggs, sales and marketing manager, and Matthew Gideon, sales and commodity manager, say the firm is looking forward to the transition of its onion supply from Mexico to its Vidalia Sugar Sweet label onions in coming weeks. Keystone will offer Mayan Sweet onions from Peru by late August, Riker says. 
 

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