Global Fruit
Ashley Nickle

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor at the West Coast Produce Expo.

GLOBAL FRUIT: Commercial director Richard Isaacs (from left), office administrator Laurel Angebrandt and president Andre Bailey discuss the upcoming cherry season for Creston, British Columbia-based Global Fruit. Harvesting starts around the end of June or beginning of July and can go until the last week of August. Global Fruit brought nearly 15 million pounds of cherries to market in 2018, exporting to retailers around the world.

Curation Foods
Ashley Nickle

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor at the West Coast Produce Expo.

CURATION FOODS: Business development manager Audrey Dunne (left) and accounting liaison Melinda Waxler display the new Vineyard Collection salad line from Eat Smart, part of the Curation Foods group of brands that is owned by Santa Clara, Calif.-based Landec Corp. There are two items in the line, California Champagne Caesar and California Basil Balsamic, and they include the olive oil and vinaigrettes that Curation produces in Napa, Calif. The items launched within the last month.
 

Lakeside
Ashley Nickle

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor at the West Coast Produce Expo.

LAKESIDE ORGANIC: Marliese Ward, creative marketing manager for Watsonville, Calif.-based Lakeside Organic Gardens, talks with booth goers about the company’s leaf program, which is going strong in the Pajaro Valley after transitioning about a month ago from the Imperial Valley. Iceberg, green and red leaf lettuce and romaine are among the items available from Lakeside.

Double Date
Ashley Nickle

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor at the West Coast Produce Expo.

DOUBLE DATE: Vice president of sales Hope Barbee (left) and sales coordinator Celeste Avalos speak with booth visitors about new pouch bags for dates from Coachella, Calif.-based Double Date Packing. The full launch of bags is set for June. They include nutrition information about the product and take up less space than alternative packaging at the retail level, Barbee said.

Owyhee
Ashley Nickle

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor at the West Coast Produce Expo.

OWYHEE: Director of marketing Blake Branen (from left), general manager Shay Myers and procurement director Chris Woo talk with booth goers about asparagus available from Nyssa, Ore.-based Owyhee Produce. The product is in season from mid-April to mid-June, Myers said. The company also provided visitors updates on its onion availability.
 

Classic Harvest
Ashley Nickle

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor at the West Coast Produce Expo.

CLASSIC HARVEST: Sales manager Maria Castillo speaks with booth visitors about the stone fruit season starting up for Paramus, N.J.-based Classic Harvest. The company will have fruit from Tulare County, Calif., from early May until about mid-October. Grape season will start in July and go through August. Classic Harvest also showed off its Eat Brighter! packaging on products at the booth.

Delano Farms
Ashley Nickle

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor at the West Coast Produce Expo.

DELANO FARMS: Robert Munoz, salesman for Delano, Calif.-based Delano Farms, shows off the company’s new grape packaging. The company, along with Delano-based Four Star Fruit, has partnered with the National Basketball Association to put logos from various teams on its packaging. Delano Farms also talked with booth visitors about Pristine grape variety, in season domestically July through November.

Reunion Foods
Ashley Nickle

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor at the West Coast Produce Expo.

REUNION FOODS: Brent Lunn, vice president of sales for Toronto, Ontario-based Reunion Foods, visits with booth goers about dressings, dips, quesos and condiments from Mother Raw, a brand that specializes in organic, plant-based, dairy-free products. The brand is only about six months old but already has products in several thousand stores, Lunn said. The dressings come in 8-ounce bottles and in packages of single-serve pouches so people can take them along in lunches.

Highline
Ashley Nickle

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor at the West Coast Produce Expo.

HIGHLINE: John Sheehan, senior regional manager for West Coast sales with Leamington, Ontario-based Highline Mushrooms, talks with booth visiors about the transition in the western markets from the All Seasons label to the Highline label. The company also discussed its top-seal packaging, which is becoming increasingly popular.
 

The Garlic Co
Ashley Nickle

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor at the West Coast Produce Expo.

THE GARLIC CO.: Salesman Michael Layous (left) and sales coordinator Jake Aguilar discuss the triple-washed diced garlic product available from Shafter, Calif.-based The Garlic Co. The product has been in foodservice mostly but could also be available for retail. The company has also had some success with its two-clove pouches for use in meal kits.
 

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