Tom Burfield

Tom Burfield

Organic Produce Business Updates

For the third year, Access Organics Inc., Kalispell, Mont., will be sourcing product from the Navajo Pride Organic program starting around Aug. 19, said Access Organics president Bonnie Poux.

Foodservice organic business still smaller

Foodservice operators aren’t heavy buyers of organic fruits and vegetables, but organic produce suppliers haven’t given up on them.

Organic peppers popular

The organic category accounts for a plethora of peppers, grower-shippers say.

Organic segment growing in mushroom category

Organic mushrooms continue to account for an increasing portion of the category — 12%, to be exact — said Kevin Delaney, vice president of sales and marketing for To-Jo Mushrooms, Avondale, Pa.

Organic mango category inches upward at retail

An estimated 10% of mangoes are organically grown, but many U.S. importers say the category so far does not make up a large part of their volume.

Sage Fruit excited about organic

About 23% of the fruit produced by Sage Fruit Co. LLC, Yakima, Wash., is organically grown, and that makes Chuck Sinks, president of sales and marketing, a happy man.

Consumers crave organic avocados

With avocados ranking No. 1 on the Environmental Working Group’s Clean Fifteen list of produce items, you might think sales of the organic version of the fruit would be minimal.

Organic growth continues, but at a slower pace

The organic produce category may not be expanding at the dizzying speed it was a few years ago, but the growth rate remains significant, and grower-shippers don’t see a substantial drop-off anytime soon.

Volume back to normal for Florida avocados

Volume of Florida’s green-skin avocados is back to normal this year, following tight supplies last season spurred by Hurricane Irma.

Avocados From Mexico plans fall promotions

Fall is an ideal time to market avocados, and Irving, Texas-based Avocados From Mexico has come up with a number of promotional opportunities to help its retail customers move more Mexican avocados during that time.