Tom Burfield

Tom Burfield

Stemilt’s Artisan Organics celebrates 30 years

It’s been 30 years since Tom Mathison transitioned his first conventionally grown apples to organic.

Organic produce trending upward in the produce aisle

Supermarket sales of organic fruits and vegetables seem to be trending upward, but the role of organics play can vary from place to place.

Packer 25 — Dick Peixoto

Ironically, Dick Peixoto, who owns Lakeside Organic Gardens, spent part of his childhood dragging spray hoses through apple orchards with his father, who worked for a fertilizer and pest control company.

Organic Mexican avocados play an important role

Organic avocados continue to play an important role in the business plans of the major U.S. avocado importers.

Increase in Mexican avocado imports

U.S. importers are expected to bring in about 2 billion pounds of avocados from Mexico this season — an increase of about 6% over last year.

Packer 25 — Raina Nelson

Raina Nelson wanted to become a doctor until she found a shortcut that enabled her to accomplish her goal of saving lives without spending years in medical school.

California lettuce growers expect strong deal

Good growing conditions should result in plenty of high-quality vegetables out of the California desert this winter, grower-shippers say. But rain in Yuma, Ariz., could affect early iceberg lettuce volume.

Packer 25 — Aidan Mouat

If you’re familiar with Aidan Mouat and someone asks you who is the smartest person you know who is affiliated with the produce industry, he’s probably the one who comes to mind.

Packer 25 — John Jackson

When Landec Corp. acquired Guadalupe, Calif.-based Apio Inc. 20 years ago, Apio needed someone with experience in reverse mergers to help with the process.

Packer 25 — Nick Dulcich

Nick Dulcich got his start working on the family farm in McFarland, Calif. He still works there, but his job description and his perspective on the produce industry have evolved over the years.