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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.
 

PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL MARKETING: Kim Fellom (left, sales and marketing representative for Pacific International Marketing, Salinas, Calif., visits with Michelle Brancato, marketing manager for Liberty Fruit Co., Kansas City, Kan., and  Allen Caviar, president of Liberty Fruit, Feb. 2 on the show floor of The Packer’s Global Organic Produce Expo.

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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.

 

STEMILT: Jocelyn Gerard, regional merchandising manager for Stemilt Growers, Wenatchee, Wash., and Tim Harrington, merchandising representative, say there are promotional opportunities on organic anjou pears in the next six weeks. Promotion opportunities also exist for organic Lil Snappers in the Organic Easy Pallet Display, a display unit that holds 30 Euro boxes. Organic Honeycrisp apples are expected to last to the end of May. Organic fruit accounts for about 30% of Stemilt’s total volume of apples, pears and cherries.
 

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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.

 

SOUTHERN BELLE: Brick Rooks, owner president of Southern Belle Organics, Whiteville, N.C., and Vince Ferrante, executive vice president, say the company is expanding its acreage of organic blueberries and vegetables. The company has about 250 bearing acres of blueberries, but by 2021 should be harvesting from 650 acres, Rooks 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.

 

SHENANDOAH GROWERS: Nadine Williams, director of marketing for Shenandoah Growers, Rockingham, Va., and Allison Sullivan, sales account manager for the company, say the company will launch a new line of “That’s Tasty” organic stir-in purees in March.


“The biggest benefit is that it’s a lot longer-lasting for consumers,” Williams says. Once opened, the purees can last up to six months when refrigerated, she says. Flavors include basil, dill, garlic, ginger, harissa, parsley, sun-dried tomato and Italian herbs. The expected retail price point is $3.99, she 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.

 

 

ROCK GARDEN: Andes Gomez, sales representative with Rock Garden Fresh Herbs, Miami, says the company introduced organic living microgreens. The product offers greater shelf life — up to

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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.

 

PURE FLAVOR: Chris Veillon, chief marketing officer for Pure Flavor from Pure Hothouse Foods, Leamington, Ontario, displaying a new compostable pack for cucumbers, says the company is exploring more environmentally friendly packaging. For example, the firm has a top-seal package that reduces plastic use by 25%. “We do take into consideration how much plastic we are using, but at the same time I want to make sure the customer is getting the best product at an affordable price,” 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.

 

 

FRESH FARMS: Robert Hernandez, sales representative with Fresh Farms, Rio Rico, Ariz., says the firm is promoting its Mexican deal of organic Cotton Candy grapes. “We’re expecting to have organic Cotton Candy from mid-May through June from Sonora,” he says. The company also offers conventional Cotton Candy grapes from Mexico, along with other varieties, starting in April. The company also offers organic green beans, cucumbers and squash.

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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.

 

BRAGA FRESH: Casey Mills, sales specialist for Braga Fresh and the Josie’s Organics label, displays bagged organic broccoli crowns. “We’ve seen amazing growth on all of our value-added products as well as our commodities,” 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.

 

 

C&B FARMS: Matt Howard, production manager for C&B Farms, Clewsiston, Fla., says about a third of the company’s 1,600 acres is organic vegetables. The firm is in full production in early February, with organic peppers, beans, cabbage, cilantro, kale and other commodities.

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