HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Northeast editor Amy Sowder collected these news items on the show floor Feb. 2 at the Global Organic Produce Expo.
ALDERMAN FARMS: Alderman Farms, Boynton Beach, Fla., a grower-shipper-wholesaler with farms in Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee, opened a 45,000-square-foot packing facility in October, says Jim Alderman Jr. (center), vice president. The facility has three packing lines, coolers with four temperature zones, and machines for tray wrapping, flow wrapping, and corn cutting. Alderman doubled the ice-making capabilities because of its burgeoning greens program in organic kale, collards and Swiss chard. Alderman Farms improved its vine-ripe packing line with Aweta optical sizers and color sorters, so hand-sorting is no longer necessary, which helped Alderman launch a new product, an organic vine-ripe tomato under the Alderman Farms brand, including a tomato grown in four South Florida counties. John “Quad” Whitworth IV (from left), Alderman and Robert Sziemkiewicz display the company’s tomatoes.