Jim Offner

Jim Offner

Unity Groves expands, upgrades

Unity Groves Corp. has expanded its acreage and looked to improve groves by “grafting better varieties,” said Louie Carricarte, president and owner.

Florida avocado suppliers see calm after storms

Rough tropical weather in 2017 and its fallout in 2018 are now history, and Florida avocado grower-shippers say they are eager to get back to business as usual this year.

Generation Farms boosts organics

Lake Park, Ga.-based Generation Farms is building on a recently expanded line of colored sweet onions, said Lauren Dees, sales and marketing manager.

Keystone Fruit trials red sweet onion

Keystone Fruit Marketing Inc., has upgraded its onion facility in Walla Walla, Wash., and is working to develop its line of Walla Walla red sweet onions, said Dan Borer, general manager.

Sev-Rend Corp. sees demand for recyclable packs

Collinsville, Ill.-based packaging manufacturer Sev-Rend Corp. is seeing increased focus on recyclable packaging, said Jeff Watkin, marketing director.

L&M Cos. Inc. takes onions year-round

L&M Cos. Inc. now has onions year-round, said Derek Ennis, the Raleigh, N.C.-based grower-shipper’s sales director for potatoes and onions.

Cherry exporters hope for easier access to China in 2019

Northwest cherry exporters hope trade negotiators quickly produce a key that will open up the Chinese market to their goods.

Vick Family Farms expands organics

Wilson, N.C.-based Vick Family Farms is expanding its organic line of Natural Gold sweet potatoes, said Charlotte Vick, partner.

North Carolina Sweet Potato expands marketing efforts

North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission now is working with a new marketing agency — Raleigh, N.C.-based Fresh-West-Vaughan, said Kelly McIver, the commission’s executive director.

‘Local’ thrives in Carolina

“Local” means “regional” in the Carolinas, as far as marketing fresh fruits and vegetables goes, suppliers and marketers say.