Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

FLORIDA CLASSIC GROWERS: Al Finch, president of Dundee, Fla.-based Florida Classic Growers, talks with booth visitors about imported citrus from Chile, including mandarins, lemons and navels, for foodservice. The company’s domestic season normally runs from October into June. The company also handles blueberries and Florida peaches.
 

Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

FIVE STAR GOURMET FOODS: Phil Abreo, vice president of sales for the west, and Kate Brooks, vice president of sales for the east, showcase three new snacking lines from Ontario, Calif.-based Five Star Gourmet Foods. One group of products is apple-based, with each item including apple slices along with items like peanut butter and raisins. Another line is produce snacks with plant-based dips, and the third line has smaller snack packs designed to be retailed at $1.99.

Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

EARTHFRESH FARMS: Marketing manager Libby Massey and director of innovation Jessica Hughes visit with booth goers about the recently launched Steam & Go potato products and new organic foil-wrapped potatoes from Burlington, Ontario-based EarthFresh Farms. The company also just opened a facility in Atlanta, its first one in the U.S.
 

Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

MOTHER EARTH MUSHROOMS: Meghan Klotzbach, vice president of sales, marketing and operations, and Mark Kreiner, outside sales coordinator, discuss the new organic exotics line from Landenberg, Pa.-based Mother Earth Mushrooms. The line includes oyster, mushroom medley and maitake retail packs. The products are available now after having launched at Southern Innovations.
 

Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

HERNDON FARMS: Owner Bo Herndon and director of sales John Williams talk with booth visitors about organic kale and other leafy greens from Lyons, Ga.-based L.G. Herndon Jr. Farms. The company also spoke about its Vidalia onions, including organic options. Herndon supplies both leafy greens and sweet onions year-round.

Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

BESTIES: Jared Corbett and Eric Bolesta of Lake Park, Ga.-based Grower Network talk about the company’s new mandarin brand Besties, which are available from October into December. The label is launching this fall. The Georgia satsumas are expected to be shipping by the start of November, if not earlier.
 

Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

ONIONS 52: Kirt Mockli, salesman for Syracuse, Utah-based Onions 52, showcases organic red, yellow and white onions and the company’s organic Sunions, which are available this year for the first time. The company also featured wrapped single onions; that packaging ensures that retailers get the correct ring at the register.

Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

SOUTHERN SPECIALTIES: Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development for Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Southern Specialties, speaks with booth visitors about organic French beans, asparagus and ginger. On the foodservice side, the company featured peeled, halved and scooped butternut squash, cubed butternut squash and sweet baby broccoli.
 

Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

RED SUN FARMS: Kyle Moynahan, Catherine Ward, Harold Paivarinta, Leona Neill and Ray Mason talk with booth goers about the new packaging for organic roma tomatoes from Kingsville, Ontario-based Red Sun Farms. The company also showcased its Sweetpops, which are now available in a larger pack for foodservice customers. Red Sun also discussed its organic grape tomatoes and their sustainable packaging. 

Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

WATSONIA: Cathy and Jerry Watson of Monetta, S.C.-based Jerrold A. Watson & Sons visit with booth goers about the company’s organic tomatoes, squash, eggplant, sweet corn, bell peppers and other vegetables. The company’s production usually ts in early May and goes until mid-November or until the frost ends the season.

Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

SOUTHERN BELLE: Brick Rooks, owner and president of Whiteville, N.C.-based Southern Belle, speaks with booth visitors about his company’s organic berries and the vision-based sorting technology that enables Southern Belle to deliver consistent packs. The company’s domestic growing season is April through mid-July or early August.

Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

SHUMAN FARMS: Price Mabry of Associated Wholesale Grocers (second from left) joins (from left) Brandon Parker, John Shuman, Trish James and Mark Shuman of Reidsville, Ga.-based Shuman Farms as they  highlight the company’s new organic packaging. It will be in stores in November. The packaging has 38% less plastic, and the company plans to continue reducing the amount of plastic in its packaging throughout the next several years. 
 

Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

SOUTHERN VALLEY: (From left) Salesman Hayes Cook, marketing information specialist Maggie Hiers and saleswoman Leslie Weeks discuss grab-and-go products from Norman Park, Ga.-based Southern Valley Fruit & Vegetable. The company now also has Georgia-grown satsumas, which will be available starting in late October or early November. 
 

Southern Innovations 2019
Ashley Nickle

Nashville — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the tradeshow floor Sept. 13 at Southern Innovations.

WP RAWL: Gary James, senior director of sales and transportation for Pelion, S.C.-based Walter P. Rawl & Sons, talks about the company’s organic leafy greens, including kale, Tuscan kale and collard greens. Five-ounce packs, designed to be ideal for juicing and other uses, have been available for about a year. The company also redesigned its packaging in recent years to provide more visibility of the product. 
 

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