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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items on the expo floor May 12 at The Packer's 2018 West Coast Produce Expo.

ZESPRI: Laura Sterling (right) said Zespri Kiwifruit’s SunGold variety continues to grow in North American sales. She said consumers like the tropical flavor and longer shelf life for the fruit, which is available from about mid-May until November. Susan Noritake also promoted the fruit at the expo.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items on the expo floor May 12 at The Packer's 2018 West Coast Produce Expo.

COVILLI: Covilli Brand Organics, a family-owned grower-shipper in Mexico shipping through Nogales, Ariz., has several new items this season, said Garland Hatfield (center). Persian limes are new this season, as are pineapples through July. He said lemons start at the end of May for a six-month season. All products the company ships are organic. Also working at the expo were Denisse Ortega Corona and Alfredo Rodriguez.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items on the expo floor May 12 at The Packer's 2018 West Coast Produce Expo.

VEG FRESH: Veg Fresh Farms, Corona, Calif., now offers organic sweet corn year-round in its Goodlife brand, says director of marketing Monique McLaws. She says the company is expanding its resealable 6-by-6-by-2 inch tub line to pack mini-sweet peppers, Brussels sprouts, grape tomatoes, kiwifruit and snap peas. Veg Fresh is expanding its partnership with Naturipe Farms to pack ready-to-eat blueberries in a to-go cup. Organic salesman Gavin Steed also worked the expo.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items on the expo floor May 12 at The Packer's 2018 West Coast Produce Expo.

GIUMARRA: Giumarra Cos., Los Angeles, has a new design for its stand-up pouch to be used on its proprietary grape varieties, says Kellee Harris, western business director (right). She says the company is shipping Early Sweet green grapes from Mexico and is just starting Passion Fire red grapes. She was joined at the expo by Jeannine Martin, director of sales, Reedley (left), and Hillary Brick, senior vice president of marketing.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items on the expo floor May 12 at The Packer's 2018 West Coast Produce Expo.

NATURESWEET: Naturesweet Tomatoes, San Antonio, has several new items this season, says Heather White, regional sales manager. She’s holding Twilights, mini chocolate tomatoes, and the company also sells Eclipse, medium-size chocolate tomatoes. She says the Brighthouse Organic line is less than a year old, with grape tomatoes and tomato medley of orange, grape and chocolate mini tomatoes.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items on the expo floor May 12 at The Packer's 2018 West Coast Produce Expo.

STROHAUER FARMS: Amber Strohauer of Strohauer Farms, La Salle, Colo., says the company is getting close to being 50% organic and 50% conventional in its potato crop. She says the company grows potatoes and onions in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items on the expo floor May 12 at The Packer's 2018 West Coast Produce Expo.

WHOLESUM: Ricardo Crisantes, chief operating officer for Wholesum Family Farms, Nogales, Ariz., shows the company’s graffiti baby eggplants, which are also organic and Fair Trade certified. He said the company also is expanding its organic Darling brand grape tomatoes, which are also Fair Trade and packed in 12-ounce bags.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items on the expo floor May 12 at The Packer's 2018 West Coast Produce Expo.

SAGE: Sage Fruit, Yakima, Wash., is ramping up its stone fruit program of apricots, peaches and nectarines, in conventional and organic, says salesman Ryan Easter (left). Salesman Tim Colin says the company is the state’s second-largest stone fruit grower-shipper.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items on the expo floor May 12 at The Packer's 2018 West Coast Produce Expo.

MUSHROOM KING: Mushroom King Farms, Manalapan, N.J., has drastically increased volume of its mushroom crop, which is 100% organic, says CEO Joshua Ho. He says the company has had success growing and marketing shiitake caps and sliced shiitakes without stems, which he says can be used the same way as portabellas but are more flavorful. Joyce Ho also attended the expo.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items on the expo floor May 12 at The Packer's 2018 West Coast Produce Expo.

DOMEX: Communications manager Catherine Gipe-Stewart of Yakima, Wash.-based Domex Superfresh Growers says the company has a new look for its premium-label cherries Two-Bite brand in a stand-up pouch. She says the season in Washington should start in early June.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items on the expo floor May 12 at The Packer's 2018 West Coast Produce Expo.

MOONEY FARMS: Mary Mooney, owner of Mooney Farms, Chico, Calif., says the company introduced an Italian Salad jar of artichokes, peppers and roasted tomatoes, which you pour right onto a salad. 

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