Jim Offner

Jim Offner

Packer 25 2020 — Todd Bernitt

Todd Bernitt ascribes his success to a simple tenet: Be true to your word.

Marketers expect to move plenty of apples through pandemic

Washington apple suppliers say they will survive the COVID-19 pandemic, but getting through it has required some adjustments.

Washington apple volume could be similar to last year’s crop

Sober acceptance of and aggressive responses to the coronavirus pandemic are creating a kind of “tempered” optimism among Washington’s apple grower-shippers and marketers in 2020.

Sirna & Sons Produce adds a 'pick-up' program

Sirna & Sons Produce has brought in Allie Sirna as the second member of the Sirna family’s fourth generation to join the company, said Tom Sirna, president.

COVID-19 closures take their toll on Ohio’s foodservice business

For Ohio produce suppliers and their foodservice clients, things were going — and growing — smoothly through the winter months.

Ohio suppliers ready for heavy retail sales this season

There may be a pandemic on, but produce growers and distributors in Ohio say they’re in robust health.

Potato growers ponder COVID-19 pandemic’s fallout

Northwest potato suppliers say they are eager to rev up a major sales engine in their industry — foodservice — as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic passes.

Washington and Oregon potato acreage down, but plenty expected

Potato production in the Northwest was strong in 2019, and the outlook for 2020 looks similar, said Chris Voigt, executive director of the Moses Lake-based Washington State Potato Commission. 

Flexibility moves to central role in packaging tech

Flexible equipment is an important component in a packaging industry that continues to work with new materials, pack styles and formats, marketers say.

Produce industry adapts, works toward reducing packaging materials

Using fewer materials in packaging for fresh produce costs less in dollars as well as environmental impact, marketers say.