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Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

RIVER POINT: Director of sales Stefan Matheny speaks with booth visitors about onions from Hermiston, Ore.-based River Point Farms. The company offers reds, yellows, whites and sweets and has organic options. It is finishing up with the storage crop and will have the new crop starting in the middle of June. The company also does processing. 

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Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

KING FRESH PRODUCE: Sales and marketing representative Brock Wilson (from left), category manager Tosha Roberts and salesman Sonny Caram talk with booth goers about fruit from Dinuba, Calif.-based King Fresh Produce. Cherries and strawberries were some of the items in season for the company. Cherries, which recently started shipping, will go through about June 15. Strawberries are coming from the Santa Maria area and will go through the fall. Between California, Mexico and Florida, the company provides strawberries year-round. Mexican grapes start around the end of May. 

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

STEMILT: Marketing director Roger Pepperl speaks about Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers’ new apple Rave. This is the first big crop for the variety, with about 80,000 boxes expected. The variety harvests about three weeks earlier than any other apple, Pepperl says. Coming up for Stemilt this summer are Skylar Rae cherries, known for their sweetness. The company will also have more organic SweeTango apples this year.
 

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

SUNKIST: Account manager Jorge Martinez (from left), director of retail marketing Julie DeWolf and lemon and lime product manager Ken Fulton discuss the growing lime program and new 2-pound pouch bag of Valencia, Calif.-based Sunkist Growers. That item became available a couple of months ago. Sunkist supplies limes from Mexico year-round. The company also has organic lemons and organic valencia oranges for summer. 

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

PETER RABBIT FARMS: Cindy Huerta, accounts payable, and John Burton, sales and cooler general manager, talk about the green and red peppers and eggplant being grown by Coachella, Calif.-based Peter Rabbit Farms. The season has been excellent so far, with great quality, and demand has been strong, Burton says. The products will be shipping until about July 4.
 

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

FRESH AVENUE: Scott Bricker, director of sales and partner (left), and David Root, western regional sales manager, discuss the new foodservice pack of broccoli and cauliflower for Salinas, Calif.-based GreenGate Fresh, producer partner of Santa Maria, Calif.-based marketer Fresh Avenue. The broccoli and cauliflower are washed, cleaned and ready to eat. The program rolled out around mid-January and has been doing very well, according to the company.
 

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

ORGANICS UNLIMITED: President Mayra Velazquez de Leon talks about bananas from San Diego, Calif.-based Organics Unlimited, for which fruit is being sourced from Mexico and Ecuador. Velazquez de Leon’s daughter Daniella will be joining the company in June. She will start by getting familiar with the various areas of the organization, including logistics and sales. Daniella was previously social media operations manager at marketing company Amobee.
 

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

SIERRA SUN MARKETING: Dillon Luallen and Paul Luallen talk about the fruit coming available soon from Sanger, Calif.-based Sierra Sun Marketing. The company was featuring peaches, apricots and nectarines, with harvest on those items just starting up. White-flesh peaches, white-flesh nectarines, black plums and red plums were about 2-3 weeks out. The company will also have pomegranates, persimmons and kiwifruit later this year.
 

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

INECTA: Sales director Bjorgvin Gudmundsson and co-founder and marketing director Pamela Perez describe the technology platform of Inecta, which in the U.S. has offices in New York, Atlanta and Miami. Inecta aims to provide better traceability for produce companies. 
 

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

COUNTRY SWEET PRODUCE: Marketing and specialty sales manager Gina Pettit and sales associate Drew Cesare speak with booth visitors about sweet onions and diced and riced sweet potatoes from Bakersfield, Calif.-based Country Sweet Produce. The fresh-cut sweet potato products are expected to be available in the fall. The onions start June 1, with conventional running through August and organic going until the beginning of November.

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

TOM LANGE CO.: Mark Krauter, vice president of sales for Seven Seas, a division of Springfield, Ill.-based Tom Lange Co. (from left), Tom Lange Co. marketing and business development representative Stephanie Hilton, and Seven Seas account manager Jeff Baskovich talk about the citrus offerings of the company. Those include conventional and organic lemons and oranges. The company is also sourcing strawberries, both conventional and organic. 

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

SAN MIGUEL PRODUCE: Western region sales manager Megan Stallings (from left), marketing supervisor Megan Ichimoto and sales and marketing manager Garrett Nishimori speak with booth visitors about juicing blends from Oxnard, Calif.-based San Miguel Produce. There are three options in the line. The company also has 5-ounce bags of organic kale launching in June. Those products are targeted to millennial households and designed to reduce waste.
 

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

CLASSIC SALADS: Sales managers Richard Diaz and Brooke Cain speak with booth goers about salad blends from Watonsville, Calif.-based Classic Salads. The company has also started offering organic Shanghai bok choy, which has been an option for about three months. Other organic Asian vegetables, including gai lan, should be available in the future, Cain says.

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

CRYSTAL VALLEY FOODS: Katiana Valdes, director of marketing, shows off new vegetable blends from Miami-based Crystal Valley Foods. There are four products in the line, which rolled out in March. The company also has asparagus and a new North American blueberry program, with production in Florida, then Alabama, then British Columbia. The Florida season is ending, Alabama production will go through June, and British Columbia will have product roughly July into October. Then the import deal starts again in the fall.

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

WADA FARMS: Joe Esta, vice president of Idaho Falls, Idaho-based Wada Farms (left), and onion salesman John Vlahandreas (right) pose for a photo with keynote speaker and longtime NFL coach and player Herm Edwards. The company was featuring its sweet potatoes, highlighting the health attributes of the vegetable. Its sweet potato office is in Raleigh, N.C. Esta says the reception to the product has been great and that the program is growing.

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Ashley Nickle

Staff writer Ashley Nickle collected these news items May 12 at the West Coast Produce Expo in Palm Springs, Calif.

BARI PRODUCE: Salesmen TJ Andrews (from left), Justin Bedwell and Sal Pacheco discuss the apricots, Mexican grapes, California grapes, other tree fruit, pomegranates and persimmons that Madera, Calif.-based Bari Produce offers. Apricot season is getting close to finishing up, and grapes are up next. Peaches will start soon, along with plums and nectarines.

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