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BEACHSIDE: Bob Montgomery, sales manager for Beachside Produce LLC, Guadalupe, Calif., shows off  green and purple Brussels sprouts on nine-inch stalks. The company also offers green and purple Brussels sprouts loose. “It is a little different stalk than everyone else does, it is a shorter stalk and more retail friendly,” he says. Twelve stalks are packed in a box instead of nine, he says, and 56 cartons per pallet instead of about 30, he says. “Brussels sprouts have become more universally used, but as far as the stalks go, the fall and holiday period is where they are more popular,” Montgomery says. Montgomery also says Beachside Produce has expanded its selection of organic products.

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DEVINE ORGANICS: Bridgette Garcia and Jose Garcia, in sales with Devine Organics, Coalinga, Calif., say the company will soon import organic hass avocados from Mexico for the first time.

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LOVE BEETS: Abbie Phillips, events manager and marketing support for Love Beets, Bala Cynwyd, Pa., and Daniel Cross, managing director of Love Beets Production, display Golden Beets and Beet Salsa in resealable 6.5 ounce packs. Beet Salsa will be available in December and Golden Beets from the beginning of November, Cross says. The beets were harvested in New York over the past several weeks and were prepared for the show. The packs have garnered strong interest, he says. “Beet salsa in particular, people are interested in trying and I have had five people today say it is the best thing they found at (Fresh Summit) today,” he says. Golden beets are kid-friendly, sweeter and don’t stain, Phillips says.

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AWE SUM ORGANICS: Salesmen Kirk Crane and Brad Stark of Awe Sum Organics, Santa Cruz, Calif., show off packages of organic grapes and apples. Crane says the firm has just added California organic citrus to its lineup, including lemons and navels. The company, which started in 1985, is the largest importer of organic apples from the Southern Hemisphere, Crane says, and also ranks high among importers of Southern Hemisphere organic pears. The company offers organic pears and apples from Argentina, organic apples and kiwi from Chile and organic grapes from Peru, which he says are the only organic grapes on the market in January and February.

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YERECIC LABEL: Kristin Yerecic, marketing manager for New Kensington, Pa.-based Yerecic Label, says the company is launching its Sustain label, a recycling friendly label. Whereas 25% to 30% of clamshells get tossed because of contamination in the recycling process, Yerecic says the Sustain label allows a higher percentage of clamshells to go through the recycling process clean. That allows more RPET to be reused instead of using virgin materials. “It is a great way to tell the sustainability story for our customers, so we encourage (shippers) to put things like ‘please recycle’ on the label,” she says.

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BRANDT FARMS: Dave Maddux, salesman with Reedley, Calif.-based Brandt Farms, Inc., displays a 2-pound clamshell package of fuyu persimmons. The persimmon season is just starting and will continue through the end of the year, Maddux says.

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BLACK GOLD FARMS: Leah Halverson, director of sales for Black Gold Farms, Grand Forks, N.D., holds a four-count tray pack of Louisiana sweet potatoes. “We are wrapping harvest in Louisiana and we had a great crop,” she says. The four-count tray pack is a new option for the company. Black Gold Farms also is continuing its Redventure promotion, offering recipes, point-of-sale materials, consumer contests and digital and social promotions tailored to customers of the company’s red potatoes. “We believe in red potatoes and there is a lot of room for growth in the category,” she says. “We are red potato growers, that’s what we know and that’s what we love to do.”

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TO-JO MUSHROOMS: Peter Wilder, marketing director for To-Jo Mushrooms, Avondale, Pa. displays the Mushroom Chop pack, a 6-ounce pack of chopped, easy to blend white mushrooms launched in September. The pack features a peel-off recipe that shows how to make a blended burger and cooking instructions. 
The six-ounce pack is designed to mix well with a pound of ground beef to create a 25% mushroom component of the blended meat, Wilder says.

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GOURMET TRADING: Adriana Fortune, saleswoman for Gourmet Trading Co., Redondo Beach, Calif., displays the 2-pound company’s organic asparagus pack. This is the first year of organic Mexican asparagus, which is typically available from February through October or early November. The company also offers a tricolor pack of purple, green and white asparagus and a bicolor pack of green and purple asparagus, she says.

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FARM FRESH PRODUCE: Lorena Otero, executive assistant for Farm Fresh Produce, Faison, N.C., and Diana Ramirez, international saleswoman for Farm Fresh Produce, display the new Sun Kissed label for sweet potatoes. Ramirez says the label was introduced this earlier this year.

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