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RED SUN FARMS: Jim DiMenna, CEO and president of Red Sun Farms, Kingsville, Ontario, displays holiday packaging for colored bell peppers and snacking tomatoes. The holiday-themed packs will be shipped from Nov. 6 to about Dec. 6, he says. The company is expanding its organic line and will soon add an organic beefsteak tomato, he says. The company already offers organic peppers and cucumbers, he says.
 

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DANDREA PRODUCE: Steven Dandrea, vice president of sales and marketing for Dandrea Produce, Vineland, N.J., displays the company’s line of imported clementines. Dandrea says the company is adding private-label service for grapes, and is adding air programs for cherries and blueberries this year.

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GREENFRUIT AVOCADOS: Dan Acevedo, director of business development for GreenFruit Avocados, Newport Beach, Calif., and Kevin Vines, sales director for GreenFruit, say the company is increasing its bagged avocado business to the U.S. in addition to growing organic avocado sales.

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LAKESIDE PRODUCE: Dean Scott, salesman for Lakeside Produce, Leamington, Ontario, says the company has tweaked its label and branding on its packages in recent months. The new look features updated fonts, more consistent green and white labels and updated organic labels, he says.

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GIUMARRA: Kellee Harris, director of Western region business development for The Giumarra Cos., shows off a box of imported, air freighted R2E2 Australian mangoes. Harris says the mangoes were not named after a Star Wars character but rather were based on the tree’s location in the field. She says the high-end mangoes are large, have firm sweet flesh and are highly sought after in export markets.

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TIGER COOL EXPRESS: Bill Welker, senior vice president of business development for Tiger Cool Express, Overland Park, Kan., says the service offers 740 temperature-controlled refrigerated intermodal containers. Welker says Tiger Cool is an alternative to long-haul trucking for fresh produce marketers, as the containers are shipped by rail for long distances and trucks for short hauls. New electronic data logging requirements for long haul trucking is likely to increase truck rates and make intermodal services like Tiger Cool more attractive, Welker says.
 

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BOOTH RANCHES: Scott Carlisle, director of operations for Booth Ranches LLC, Orange Cove, Calif,, staffed the booth with salesman Adam Flowers; Izak DuToit, vice president of international sales; and Tracy Jones, vice president of sales and marketing. Carlisle says the navel crop in California is extremely light, which will make the navel season high-priced and challenging. Booth Ranches expects navel output to be down 10% to 12%, while government estimates project the California’s central San Joaquin Valley crop at 68 million cartons, down 16% from 81 million cartons last year. A slight decline in bearing acreage and a poor fruit set — perhaps caused by last year’s rains — contributed to the reduced crop, Carlisle says.
 

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EARTH SOURCE: William Ison, director of business development for Earth Source Trading, Ephrata, Pa., says the company offers various pack option for organic lemon and lime combo bags. Ison says the combo bag is available in 1-, 2- and 3-pound options, and can be branded with the Green Bee brand or a retailer’s private label. The company also co-brands with Sunkist when Sunkist lemons are available, he says.

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RPE: Matt Glowczewski, salesman for RPE, Bancroft, Wis., says the firm’s Honey Gold and Ruby Sensation Steam Pak Minis are new to the market. The 4-count packages are easy to pick up and can be microwaved in four minutes, he says. The Steam Pak Minis don’t include seasoning, and are expected to retail about $1 per four-count pack, he says. The Steam Pak Minis come in a 20-count carton, and are priced at about $9.75 per carton, he says.

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