Jim Offner

Jim Offner

Flavor expects huge growth for Verry Cherry plums

Hanford, Calif.-based Flavor Tree Fruit Co. LLC now is focusing on specialty items for the California summer fruit deal, and perhaps its biggest is its Verry Cherry plum – a high-brix fruit cross between various cherry and plum varieties, said Maurice Cameron, president.

California cherry growers look to bounce back from 2018

California cherry grower-shippers say they’re expecting bigger volumes in 2019 than a year earlie

Florida Classic Growers rolls out peach pouch

Florida Classic Growers is launching a 2-pound peach pouch bag this season, said Al Finch, president of Florida Classic Growers.

Florida blueberry group works on crop forecasting

Florida Blueberry Growers Association received a Specialty Crop Block Grant in 2019.

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.