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Tom Karst

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Editor-in-chief Tom Karst collected these news items Feb. 2 on the tradeshow floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

 

WEST PAK AVOCADO: Scott Ross, director of sales-East for West Pak Avocados, displays the organic versions of ‘Lil Cado and the “I love Avocados” packs.

The conventional and organic versions of ‘Lil Cados were released a couple of months ago, and the organic version of I Love Avocados is brand new, he says.

“This is really consumer driven — it is single-serve, cut it open and eat the whole thing, it is portion controlled, it is value,” he says.

The company also introduced new designs for its conventional and organic standard lugs, in addition to new single-layer box for organic. “With foodservice demand for organic growing, it gives our customers an option to maintain their inventories,” he says.

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Tom Karst

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Editor-in-chief Tom Karst collected these news items Feb. 2 on the tradeshow floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

 

DOMEX SUPERFRESH GROWERS; Mike Preacher (left), director of marketing for Domex Superfresh Growers, Yakima, Wash., and Connor O’Malley, sales representative, display organic Honeycrisp and Autumn Glory apples. Preacher said Domex Superfresh and the Northwest in general is investing heavily in organics, including apples, pears and cherries.

“Our message here is, please continue to promote organics, please continue to create these destinations in your stores,” he says. Better organic volume of the firm’s proprietary variety Autumn Glory will take supply into March or April.
 

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Tom Karst

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Editor-in-chief Tom Karst collected these news items Feb. 2 on the tradeshow floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

 

TRIPLE J PRODUCE: Joey Hocutt and Kristi Hocutt, representatives with Triple J Produce, Sims, N.C., say the North Carolina sweet potato crop marketed from storage will be short this year after the hurricane last year. The firm has about 1,000 acres of organic sweet potatoes this season, up from the firm’s initial organic acreage of about 10 acres in 2010. Kristi Hocutt says she hopes to be able to market 2018 organic sweet potatoes until the start of the 2019 harvest season.

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Tom Karst

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Editor-in-chief Tom Karst collected these news items Feb. 2 on the tradeshow floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

 

 

SUNKIST: Lance McMillan, director of North American sales for Sunkist Growers, Valencia, Calif., and Julie De Wolf, director of retail marketing, say Sunkist is offering organic options of eight citrus varieties, including growing volume of organic mandarins, cara caras and blood oranges. Good promotion opportunities exist for both organic and conventional fruit, McMillan says.

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Tom Karst

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Editor-in-chief Tom Karst collected these news items Feb. 2 on the tradeshow floor at the Global Organic Produce Expo.

 

WELL-PICT: Jim Grabowski, director of marketing for Well-Pict Berries, Watsonville, Calif., and Lauren Melenbacker, tradeshow and social media coordinator with Marketing Plus, say Well-Pict will begin its California organic strawberry deal in mid-to late February. Organic volume will progress with Oxnard, Santa Maria, Watsonville volume through the year and into the winter months.

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