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Fresh Solutions Network  delivers supply, convenience
As the 2019 potato market tightens, the Fresh Solutions Network is prepared to deliver consistent supply to retailers. “We have a lot to be proud of moving into this year. With a short market, retailers will be able to take advantage of our network to provide consistent supply,” said Kathleen Triou with Fresh Solutions Network. “In 2018 we had a trucking crisis, crazy weather situations, intense competition from outside our category and yet our Side Delights brand... Read more
Always Fresh Farms is sweet on mini watermelons
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but it’s Always Fresh Farms at Southern Exposure. This year, attendees can visit Always Fresh Farms at Booth No. 708 at the 20th annual SEPC Southern Exposure convention, held March 7–9 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL, where they can meet the Always Fresh Farms newest team members and learn about the addition of a new mini watermelon program out of Florida. “Attendees will get a chance to learn... Read more
‘Local’ is the word at Dandrea Produce
There’s no place like close to home. That is one of the key takeaways attendees will learn by stopping by Dandrea Produce at Booth No. 621 at the 20th annual Southern Exposure conference and expo being held March 7-9 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL. Headquartered in Vineland, NJ, Dandrea Produce’s roots run deep — 102 years to be exact. “We’ve expanded over the years and are now gearing up for our spring, summer and fall, what... Read more
Spice World welcomes  Southern Exposure to  its hometown headquarters
The 2019 Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure conference and expo presents a perfect opportunity for Spice World, a leading garlic, shallot, ginger and herbs and spices producer. The event, being held on March 7-9 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL, is only a short distance from Spice World’s Orlando headquarters. Spice World will exhibit at Booth No. 706 at the event. Louis Hymel, director of purchasing and marketing... Read more
Green Giant Fresh brand will be major focus for Potandon at SEPC expo
“Green Giant is the number one national brand in potatoes and onions in the United States. It is a brand that consumers trust and will pick up off the shelves,” said Dick Thomas, senior vice president of sales at Potandon Produce LLC in Idaho Falls, ID. At the Southeast Produce Council Expo in Orlando, FL in March, “we are going to concentrate on the Green Giant label,” Thomas told The Produce News Feb. 4. The company will be featuring “a number of our value added... Read more
Stemilt talks cherries, apples at SEPC
It’s no secret that the Washington apple crop is short this year, but according to Brianna Shales with Stemilt Growers there’s still plenty to be excited about. “Despite the short crop we have lots of opportunities for retailers in organics and our proprietary varieties such as Pinata!,” said Shales. With over 30% of their production devoted to organics, Stemilt is no stranger to high quality, organic apples, pears, and cherries. “We’re proud to say that this is... Read more
Domex Superfresh continues focus on Autumn Glory,  expansion of organics
Looking to Southern Exposure’s great spring venue, Domex Superfresh Growers Director of Marketing/Customer Relations Mike Preacher said in early February he will be one of several marketing and sales representatives at the upcoming Southeast Produce Council’s Orlando show in March. And he said the twofold message Domex will be sharing is “organic everything, including our proprietary Autumn Glory® apple.” Three-pound Autumn Glory pouch.He said, “We will have Autumn... Read more
Inline Plastics prides itself on innovation
The produce industry is an integral part of Inline Plastics Corp.’s business model and its entire Safe-T-Fresh family is designed with produce in mind. Whether that be its new PagodaWare with its unique shape, the SnackWare with multiple compartments to mix and match with dips, Hangables for flexible merchandising, or its standard SquareWare and RoundWare containers that are offered in a variety of shapes and sizes for all manner of fresh and cut produce. “As consumers... Read more
Big things ahead for Kurt Zuhlke & Assoc.
It’s a busy time at Kurt Zuhlke & Assoc. Inc., aka The company is redoing its offices, adding more employees, changing locations and adding warehouse space as it is in the midst of overall growth. Kurt Zuhlke with his daughter, Angela, and wife, Cindy.The Bangor, PA-based company is a leading innovator of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), packaging for the produce industry, which is most normally recycled from soft drink bottles and injection... Read more
Threes are wild for Triple J Produce
As a family-owned business run by a trio of Hocutts — Mike, Jay and Joey —Triple J Produce Inc., has been involved in farming for three generations. The Sims, NC-based company raises a diversified line of crops and take great pride in producing quality fresh produce. Its largest crop is sweet potatoes, regularly growing 1,400 acres of conventional and 250 acres of organic year-round. Overall, the company farms more than 5,000 acres, of which 1,000 acres are... Read more
Vick Family Farms foresees strong sweet potato crop in 2019
Jerome and Diane Vick began Vick Family Farms in 1975 with 25 acres and a lot of ambition. Since its humble beginnings, the company has grown into a leader in the sweet potato industry, always at the forefront of technology, service and quality. “Over the years, they grew their business mainly because of the work ethic they both had,” said Charlotte D. Vick, partner and head of marketing for the Wilson, NC-based company. “They both were smart business partners... Read more
Colorado Potatoes promotes in-state video contest
To heighten the awareness of Colorado potatoes amongst the state’s grade and high school students, the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee invites schools to participate in a video competition. Each school is to create a video about Colorado potatoes. Linda Weyers, the assistant director of the administrative committee, which is based in Monte Vista, CO, said there are awards for the two school levels. Winning entries and the teacher both receive $500 awards.... Read more
Data drives sales at Cal Giant
About 70 percent of the self-identified California Giant Berry Farms shoppers purchase fresh berries at least once every other week. One-third of those shoppers are looking for main entrée recipes in the berry category. And 22 percent noted that buying berries for healthy eating is high on their agenda for January. These are just a few of the nuggets that the marketing department of the Watsonville, CA, berry shipper mined from the data collected from their most... Read more
Fuehrer brings broad food experience to Belleharvest
Milt Fuehrer is the new chief executive officer of Belleharvest Sales Inc. after joining the Belding, MI, firm in December. Milt FuehrerFuehrer told The Produce News on Jan. 7 that the board of directors has assigned him to develop a growth strategy for the Michigan apple packing and sales company. Fuehrer has a long and broad experience in the food industry to help Belleharvest adjust to changing times. Most recently, he was the president of Palermo’s pizza in... Read more
Applewood Fresh Growers emerge in Michigan
Two Michigan apple-shipping companies are emerging from an ownership split of All Fresh GPS, which will cease doing business as of March 31. The two companies filling the All Fresh void are Applewood Fresh Growers LLC and Michigan Fresh Marketing LLC. Applewood Fresh Growers is owned by Scott Swindeman and his family, which also owns the longstanding orchard and packing operation, Applewood Orchards Inc., based in Deerfield, MI. Applewood Orchards and Michigan... Read more
R.A.M. Produce Distributors LLC has been a fixture on the Detroit Terminal Market for more than 30 years, working with major wholesalers, independent and major chain retailers (such as Kroger and Meijer), foodservice and the segment of businesses that includes farmers markets, fruit stands and gourmet stores. The company distributes more than 300 produce items in and around Detroit, including outlier Michigan cities and into Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and parts of... Read more
Ben B. emphasize traditional  values with  modern approach
Ben B. Schwartz & Sons is rich in history, according to Nate Stone, special projects for the Detroit-based company. Holding onto those traditional values is what has made the company the success story it is today. “I just love that this business is from 1906 and it still has so much momentum, strength and pride associated with it,” Stone told The Produce News. “The business keeps growing and the family keeps growing — that’s one of the things that makes working... Read more
Wada Farms is well positioned for  surety of supply through balance of season
Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC in Idaho Falls, ID, has a diverse potato program out of the Northwest, consisting of russets, red and yellow varieties, fingerlings, chippers, artisan mini-potatoes and various retail convenience packs. Most of Wada’s potatoes come from Idaho, but the company also has co-packers in Washington and Oregon. As 2019 gets under way, Wada Farms “has positioned itself from a surety of supply standpoint to be able to meet demand through the... Read more
Sev-Rend targets  Mexican produce packaging
Sev-Rend, a produce packaging manufacturer, will build upon a concentrated effort to develop the Mexican market in 2019. Tony O’Driscoll, Sev-Rend’s vice president of sales and marketing, said his firm has been “very aggressive” in pursuing Mexican citrus packing. “We are getting our name out there,” O’Driscoll said. “We are becoming well-known.” Sev-Rend’s sales staff is focusing on the Mexican market works out of southern California. Sev-Rend offers a film and... Read more
As 2019 begins, the Ruiz Sales team remains committed to moving forward in excellence while maintaining a focus on American consumers. Now, more than ever before, consumers (especially millennials) are becoming more informed and educated about the foods they buy and eat. They know that premium quality produce ultimately saves them money, because premium quality produce has less spoilage. But more importantly, they know the health and safety benefits of buying premium... Read more