Bland Farms
Ashley Nickle

ORLANDO, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items March 9 on the show floor at the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure. 

BLAND: Sales manager Sloan Lott, senior sales manager Jeff Rhoden and chief operating officer Troy Bland speak with booth visitors about the upcoming Vidalia season for Glennville, Ga.-based Bland Farms. The company showed off its new display bin, which takes up less space than traditional shippers and can be used throughout the store. The bin includes photos of the farm and its founding family, and retailers can use bulk or bagged product in the bin.
 

Flavor 1st
Ashley Nickle

ORLANDO, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items March 9 on the show floor at the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure. 

FLAVOR 1ST: Nick LeGrand, director of sales and marketing, and Kirby Johnson, owner, talk with booth goers about some of the new items coming soon from Mills River, N.C.-based Flavor 1st. The company will be launching in July a “chocolate sprinkle” grape tomato — named for its colorful exterior — along with a medley pack that will include that variety and yellow and red varieties.

Dave's Specialty Imports
Ashley Nickle

ORLANDO, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items March 9 on the show floor at the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure. 

DAVE’S: Leslie Simmons, vice president of Miami-based Dave’s Specialty Imports, visits with booth goers about the company’s pomegranate aril cups. The Peruvian season started about four weeks ago, and the aril program has grown in the last three years. The company also gave updates on its berry supplies, including the seasonal switch from imported fruit to domestic.

Good Foods
Ashley Nickle

ORLANDO, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items March 9 on the show floor at the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure. 

GOOD FOODS: Mandy Bottomlee, director of marketing, and Brittany Vetter, business development manager, speak with booth visitors about plant-based dips and chunky guacamole from Pleasant Prairie, Wis.-based Good Foods Group. The dips are gluten-free, dairy-free, do not have added sugar and are vegan and vegetarian. The guacamole and dips will be launching soon in Southeastern Grocers banners Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie, Vetter said. Several of the items are also at Publix.

Florida Classic Growers
Ashley Nickle

ORLANDO, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items March 9 on the show floor at the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure. 

FLORIDA CLASSIC GROWERS: President Al Finch and director of sales and marketing Darrell Congdon display the new pouch bag for peaches from Lake Hamilton, Fla.-based Florida Classic Growers. They also talked with booth visitors about the upcoming peach and blueberry crops. The company also expects to have Florida citrus into early summer, and then it will begin its imported citrus program. Blueberries and peaches will start in late March and finish around mid-May.

J&J
Ashley Nickle

ORLANDO, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items March 9 on the show floor at the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure. 

J&J: Marketing manager Angela Gamiotea and senior vice president of sales David Guzi of Loxahatchee, Fla.-based J&J Family of Farms stand with Kling Strategic Partners CEO Douglas Kling and show off the J&J’s new flow-wrap packaging for peppers and other vegetables. The company was talking with booth goers about its peppers, beans and squash and also highlighted its organic line, which is marketed under its label Farmganic.
 

Lipman
Ashley Nickle

ORLANDO, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items March 9 on the show floor at the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure. 

LIPMAN: Brand manager Shawna Dalrymple, account executive Mark Biglione and marketing assistant and sales trainee Morgan Stuckert discuss with booth goers some of the new items in its fresh-cut and hothouse lines from Immokalee, Fla.-based Lipman Family Farms. The fresh-cut line now includes a sliced grape tomato, and new additions to the hothouse line are mini peppers and grape tomatoes. The sliced grape tomatoes just started shipping. The hothouse grape tomatoes will be ready in about two weeks, and the mini peppers will be ready in about four weeks.

J&C Tropicals
Ashley Nickle

ORLANDO, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items March 9 on the show floor at the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure. 

J&C TROPICALS: Luis Vega, retail account manager for Doral, Fla.-based J&C Tropicals, speaks with booth goers about dragon fruit and Florida items including yellow passion fruit, purple passion fruit and guavas. Passion fruit is year-round, guavas are nearly year-round, and dragon fruit starts around July. Dragon fruit was getting a lot of interest for J&C at the show.

NatureFresh
Ashley Nickle

ORLANDO, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items March 9 on the show floor at the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure. 

NATUREFRESH: Ray Wowryk, business development director for the Leamington, Ontario-based NatureFresh Farms, shows off some new packaging options on display at the booth, including a compostable tray for mini cucumbers. The company also has a new club pack for tomatoes on the vine. In addition, Wowryk talked with booth visitors about cherry tomatoes on the vine, which the company will be bringing to the market soon.

Mann Packing
Ashley Nickle

ORLANDO, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items March 9 on the show floor at the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure. 

MANN: Jeff Hutterer, regional business manager for Salinas, Calif.-based Mann Packing, and Gabe Romero, director of foodservice, talk with booth goers about the Yuma-to-Salinas transition and the effect of recent adverse weather on crops. The Salinas Valley got at least 4.5 inches of rain in February, along with a freeze, which slowed growth on broccolini and caulilini. Romero expected supplies would start to pick up in the next 10 days or so.
 

Nash Produce
Ashley Nickle

ORLANDO, Fla. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items March 9 on the show floor at the Southeast Produce Council's Southern Exposure. 

NASH: Thomas Joyner, general manager of Nashville, N.C.-based Nash Produce, and Hunter Gibbs, salesman, talk with booth goers about sweet potato supplies. The 2018 crop was short, so the company has been working to avoid a gap between the current crop and the new crop, but it is possible a gap could happen.

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