Jim Offner

Jim Offner

COVID-19’s effects on onion market expected to lighten over summer

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic delivered a devastating blow to many businesses that buy onions, it left no doubt about the importance of onions in diets worldwide, suppliers say.

Northwest cherry suppliers predict busy retail season

Consumers will flock to stores for Northwest cherries, and they will have plenty of choices, marketers say.

Chelan Fresh Marketing rolls out new packaging

Chelan, Wash.-based Chelan Fresh Marketing is entering its first full season with new cherry packaging, said Tim Evans, general sales manager.

COVID-19 sharpens focus on onion packaging

Protective layers seem to be in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that applies to produce, marketers say.

Wada Farms Marketing focuses on organic potatoes

Ben Josephson has returned to Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC as sales director after having stepped away temporarily, said Eric Beck, marketing director with the Idaho Falls, Idaho-based potato grower-shipper.

Oke USA Fruit Co. boosts marketing

Oke USA Fruit Co./Equal Exchange Produce has intensified its consumer-focused marketing efforts on behalf of the three grower cooperatives with which it works in Ecuador and Peru.

Dole focuses on families

Kids and families are central to marketing efforts at Westlake Village, Calif.-based Dole Food Co. this year, said Bil Goldfield, director of corporate communications.

Banana industry focuses on TR4 prevention

While world headlines are fixed on the coronavirus COVID-19, the banana industry is concerned, as well, about stopping the spread of Fusarium Wilt tropical race 4 — commonly called TR4 or Panama disease.

Banana supplies plentiful heading into spring

Good weather in South America has compensated for cool temperatures in Mexico to stabilize banana volume for the North American market heading into spring, marketers say.

South Texas onion committee adds website

The South Texas Onion Committee has developed www.tx1015.com, a website devoted to South Texas-grown onions.