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Ashley Nickle

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Feb. 2 at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

USA PEARS: Bob Catinella, East Coast marketing manager for Milwaukie, Ore.-based Pear Bureau Northwest, talks with booth visitors about the size of the organic pear crop. The crop is up more than 1 million boxes from last season. “We have plenty of supply, and pricing is aggressive,” Catinella said.

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Ashley Nickle

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Feb. 2 at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

MOTHER EARTH MUSHROOMS: Thomas Leo, procurement and sales manager for Landenberg, Pa.-based Mother Earth Mushrooms, talks with booth visitors about the company’s line of organic mushrooms. Mother Earth Mushrooms is also going to be launching a line of conventional products in response to customer demand. The name for that line will be New Moon Mushrooms.

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Ashley Nickle

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Feb. 2 at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

WILLIAMSON PRODUCE: Karen Baker, sales and operations manager for Wilson, N.C.-based Williamson Produce, talks with booth visitors about organic sweet potatoes. The company offers three-pound bags along with microwave trays of the product. The tray is a newer item for Williamson, Baker said. The company ships to the East Coast. 

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Ashley Nickle

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Feb. 2 at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

CAL-ORGANIC: Ally Nesci, eastern regional manager for Bakersfield, Calif.-based Grimmway Farms, which markets its organic products under the Cal-Organic brand, discusses some of the available products from the company, including red romaine, bunched rainbow carrots, bunched rainbow radishes and rainbow chard.

The company was also showing a new tag for its organic baby bok choy that sticks into the bottom of the vegetable and helps ensure retailers get the correct ring for the product at the register.

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Ashley Nickle

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Feb. 2 at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

WATSONIA: Jerry Watson, owner of Monetta, S.C.-based Jerrold A. Watson & Sons, and Jed Watson, food safety and sales assistant (on right), discuss the organic vegetables and peaches they grow.

Peaches start at the end of April, and in early May the company starts with yellow squash and zucchini, said food safety director and saleswoman Kori Davis (not pictured). Cucumbers and grape tomatoes come available in early June, followed by more vegetables throughout the summer and fall. The company celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.

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Ashley Nickle

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Feb. 2 at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

DON LIMON: Diego Morales (on left) and Eric Rosales discuss limes, melons and mangoes from Doral, Fla.-based Don Limon America. The company has a year-round lime program with organic and conventional fruit. Don Limon also supplies Honduran melons January through April and Peruvian mangoes December through March. 

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Ashley Nickle

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Feb. 2 at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

DRIFTLESS FRESH: David Parr, who started Parrfection Produce in Wisconsin and markets vegetables under the Driftless Fresh label, speaks with booth visitors about the company’s organic sweet corn program, which starts around the middle of July and goes through the middle of September. The company also does high volumes of hard squash, Parr said.

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Ashley Nickle

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Feb. 2 at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL MARKETING: Kim Fellom, marketing manager for Salinas, Calif.-based Pacific International Marketing, talks about the various organic vegetables the company supplies. Pacific International Marketing will be rolling out an updated logo later in the year, and that logo will be used with organic items as well as conventional ones so the look across the lines will be consistent.

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Ashley Nickle

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Feb. 2 at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

WESTMORELAND: Tony Cappelli, account manager for Leamington, Ontario-based Westmoreland, which markets under the TopLine Farms brand, displays one of the newest organic items for the company — heirloom tomatoes. Westmoreland will also have organic peppers from Canada starting in the spring. “Organic, the line is growing for us, slowly but surely,” Cappelli said. “It’s going always in the direction that we want it to go, which is up.”

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Ashley Nickle

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Feb. 2 at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

ITRADENETWORK: Harrison Enright, product manager for Dublin, Calif.-based iTradeNetwork, speaks with booth visitors about the company’s traceability solution. iTradeNetwork recently released its new platform for that product, now compatible with any browser. iTradeNetwork also released iOS and Android apps as part of the system.

Ashley Nickle

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Feb. 2 at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

VIVA TIERRA ORGANIC: Matt Roberts, sales manager for Mount Vernon, Wash.-based Viva Tierra Organic, talks with booth visitors about the company’s year-round organic apple and pear programs. Viva Tierra showcased product from the Northwest but also spoke with visitors about the upcoming programs from Argentina and Chile.

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