Jim Offner

Jim Offner

Foodservice still holds growth potential

Consumers are spending food dollars at foodservice at unprecedented rates, and the potato industry recognizes the opportunity, marketers say.
Dec 07, 2018 by Jim Offner #Foodservice

Tomatoes flourish in foodservice

A healthy foodservice industry translates to a robust Florida tomato business, said Michael Schadler, deputy manager of the Maitland-based Florida Tomato Committee.

Florida tomato deal starts light but picks up steam

After a lighter-than-normal start in late October, Florida’s tomato volume had begun to accelerate in mid-November, said Michael Schadler, manager of the Maitland-based Florida Tomato Committee.

Organic industry tackles fraud issues

The organic industry is looking to pounce on fraud.

Homegrown Organic expands offerings

Porterville, Calif.-based Homegrown Organic Farms plans to unveil a new citrus line in November, said Stephen Paul, category director for stone fruit, fall fruit and blueberries.

Canada’s organic demand going up, marketers say

As sales of organic fruits and vegetables continue a steady rise in the U.S., growth may be even more dramatic in Canada, marketers say.

Val Verde Vegetable Co. boosts Mexican onions

McAllen, Texas-based Val Verde Vegetable Co. Inc. is growing its Mexico onion program, said Kurt Schuster, vice president of Mexico and finance.

Grow Farms Texas expands peppers, cucumbers

Donna, Texas-based Grow Farms Texas LLC is working on expanding its green bell peppers and cucumbers to year-round availability, said Tommy Wilkins, director of sales and business development.

Organic produce consumption continues steady rise

With consumption of organic products having set a new standard across the U.S. in 2017, organic produce suppliers say they’re poised for further growth.

Retailers urged to display lots of organic produce

In 2017, organic sales set a new standard in the U.S., and fresh produce played a key role in that achievement, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Organic Trade Association.