Ashley Nickle

NASHVILLE — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the tradeshow floor at the Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo.

MISIONERO: Nicole Zapata, marketing manager for Gonzalez, Calif.-based Misionero, displays two new organic lettuce blends for the company, Pure Butter and Pure Gems. Misionero also spoke with booth visitors about its new peel-and-reseal packaging, which reduces the amount of plastic in the package by 20%, Zapata said.

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Ashley Nickle

NASHVILLE — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the tradeshow floor at the Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo.

LIPMAN: Sarah Cullin, saleswoman for Immokalee, Fla.-based Lipman Family Farms, talks about the new Grown True label the company is using for its organic product. With Lipman’s acquisition earlier this year of Canadian greenhouse grower Huron Produce, recent additions to the organic line include mini sweet peppers and mini cucumbers. Summer squash, tomatoes and green beans are among the other offerings.
 

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Ashley Nickle

NASHVILLE — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the tradeshow floor at the Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo.

DOMEX: Paul Newstead, director of business development for Yakima, Wash.-based Domex Superfresh Growers, speaks with booth visitors about the company’s proprietary Autumn Glory apple. The crop is expected to be about 500,000 cartons this season. The company has several different bag and tote options and has shippers available as well. Newstead said quality this season is probably the best ever thanks to ideal weather.
 

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Ashley Nickle

NASHVILLE — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the tradeshow floor at the Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo.

ONEONTA: Brent Shammo, national sales representative for Wenatchee, Wash.-based Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers, displays a new paper-backed pouch bag for the company’s organic fruit. The new bag uses 30% less plastic than a traditional pouch bag, Shammo said. Oneonta rolled out the new bags for its organic stone fruit earlier this year, and organic apples and pears will be in the bags this fall.
 

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Ashley Nickle

NASHVILLE — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the tradeshow floor at the Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo.

NASH: Thomas Joyner, president of Nashville, N.C.-based Nash Produce, talks about the bagged program the company has for its sweet potatoes, including purple and white varieties. Joyner said Nash had just recently started harvesting, that the crop has looked good, and that the company expects to start shipping out of the new crop in mid-October.
 

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Ashley Nickle

NASHVILLE — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the tradeshow floor at the Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo.

G&R: Sales manager Steven Shuman and co-owner Walt Dasher speak with booth visitors about organic sweet onions from Glennville, Ga.-based G&R Farms. The company wrapped up a strong season in mid-August, Shuman said. The company does not have a Peruvian program currently but is looking to have one for next season.
 

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Ashley Nickle

NASHVILLE — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the tradeshow floor at the Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo.

SOUTHERN VALLEY: Shelby Rakestraw, marketing information specialist, and Courtney Hamilton, director of operational support, display the company’s new tray-pack corn, which rolled out a couple of months ago. Southern Valley also talked with booth visitors about offering organic versions of some of its grab-and-go items to get a feel for what demand there would be for those products.  
 

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Ashley Nickle

NASHVILLE — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the tradeshow floor at the Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo.

NICKEY GREGORY: Andrew Scott, director of business development for Forest Park, Ga.-based Nickey Gregory Co., speaks with booth visitors about the company’s new processing division, Family Fresh Foods. Through that venture, the company offers items including carrot sticks, celery sticks, sliced tomatoes and chopped greens. Family Fresh Foods launched about six months ago.

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Ashley Nickle

NASHVILLE — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the tradeshow floor at the Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo.

CMI: Marketing specialist Danelle Huber and domestic account manager Loren Foss discuss the new organic apple crop of Wenatchee, Wash.-based CMI Orchards. The company’s organic offerings are up about 60% from last season, with much of the growth coming from club varieties Kiku, Kanzi, Ambrosia, Envy and Smitten. CMI markets its organic apples under the Daisy Girl Organics label.
 

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Ashley Nickle

NASHVILLE — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the tradeshow floor at the Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo.

HILLSIDE: Paul Luksha, general manager for Canada and sales and marketing for the U.S. and Canada, and Steven Kamenar, sales and marketing associate, talk about value-added items from Bradford, Ontario-based Hillside Gardens. Foodservice offerings from the company include peeled carrots, peeled onions and carrot sticks. 

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Ashley Nickle

NASHVILLE — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the tradeshow floor at the Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo.

FLAVOR 1ST: Nick LeGrand, director of marketing for Mills River, N.C.-based Flavor 1st Growers and Packers, speaks with booth visitors about the organic tomatoes and other organic vegetables the company supplies. He took the opportunity of the show to update industry members on the crop and how weather has factored in this season.

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Ashley Nickle

NASHVILLE — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the tradeshow floor at the Southeast Produce Council's 2018 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo.

L&M: Derek Ennis, sales manager for Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Cos., displays the company’s Koolhead cabbage. L&M also showcased its organic broccoli and cauliflower. The Koolhead program started about a year and a half ago and has grown considerably since then, Ennis said. The company grows it in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and New York.

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