Jim Offner

Jim Offner

N.C. growers sorting out effects of Hurricane Florence

As mid-September approached, some sweet potato growers in North Carolina said they were praying for rain. Then, Hurricane Florence rumbled ashore Sept. 14-15 and brought too much of a good thing.

Northwest Pears 2018 business updates

Catch up on a few quick updates from grower-shippers and marketers of Pacific Northwest pears.
Oct 04, 2018 by Jim Offner #Northwest Pears, #Pears

Domex Superfresh Growers adds solar panels

Yakima, Wash.-based Domex Superfresh Growers is looking to the sun for sustainability, said David Roby, brand manager.

Rivermaid Trading Co. grows Northwest program

Lodi, Calif.-based Rivermaid Trading Co. has added two new growers to its Northwest pear program, said Scott Martinez, vice president of sales and the program’s manager in Medford, Ore.

Pear marketers look to set retailers up for success

It’s a busy time of year for pear marketers, who are working with retailers to move as much fruit as possible.

California grape commission plans fall promos

The California Table Grape Commission has several initiatives promoting grapes throughout the fall season.

U.S. pear export outlook positive despite China tariffs

The Northwest pear industry likely will have to live without China this season, but export markets elsewhere appear to be wide open.

Dragon fruit booming for J&C Tropicals

This a growth year for Miami-based J&C Tropicals, especially when it comes to dragon fruit, which is on track to have double the sales of the year before.

Sonoco Corp. ramps up acquisitions

Hartsville, S.C.-based Sonoco Corp. has acquired three other packaging companies in the past 18 months.

California citrus growers anticipate good 2018-19 season

California citrus suppliers and marketers say they will have ample volumes to market in the fall, even if the numbers fall a bit short of last year.