Produce like it’s 1999. Purple is the color in the booth of Mucci Farms. From left to right: Steve Zaccardi, Nick Allen and Danny Elias, showing Cucumber Poppers, Smuccies and Cherto tomatoes.
The team of Giumarra Companies is represented by Mike Walsh, Jeannine Martin, Gary Caloroso, Alan Abe and Alex Giumarra.
Dan Wohlford with Starr Ranch shows new branding on a pouch bag of Pink Lady apples. Starr Ranch did a company re-brand at the end of last year.
On display at the Starr Ranch booth are Koru apples. The first shipment of new crop Koru apples from New Zealand is expected to arrive May 1st.
Ray Wowryk and Matt Quiring with NatureFresh Farms show mini sweet peppers as well as Tomz in topseal packaging.
Tom Smith, Brian Deese and Nick Chappell are happy to be at Southern Exposure. They are gearing up for a busy berry season.
From left to right: Aaron DeHerrera and Soo Choi with Rainier Fruit, Andy Smith with Walsma & Lyons, Tyler Johnson with Rainier Fruit and Steve Lyons with Vine Line Logistics.
John Caragliano with Limoneira shows a bag of organic lemons with a bi-lingual label to serve the entire Canadian market.
Caitlin Klueber and TJ Wilson with Oppy are showing new packaging for Zespri's green and Sungold kiwis.
Paul Newstead with Domex Superfresh Growers shows tote bags with Autumn Glory apples and shares how well this apple variety is doing.
Pedro Balderrama and Josh Acuna with SunFed are standing in front of an organic display. The company is building its organic program.
Mike Glass and Richie Keirouz with Mastronardi Produce.
Rachel Brown and Lauren Del Rosario with Love Beets show some of the company’s latest products, including Golden Beet-O de Gallo.
Different beet products from Love Beets.
George Harter with CMI proudly shows pouch bags with Ambrosia and Kanzi apples.
Frank Sanchez and Carlos Sanchez with Blue Book Services.
Tammy Wiard and Michelle Larkin in the colorful booth of the National Mango Board.
Debbie Rogers with Zespri proudly shows the company's new packaging for Green and Sungold kiwifruit. The new packaging will be launched in the US when the New Zealand kiwifruit season starts in May.
Showing a selection of organic products from Awe Sum Organics are Kirk Crane and Jenn Heinlein.
The team of Red Sun Farms
Maggie Travis, Lee-Ann Cudmore and Brenda Briggs with Rice Fruit Company.
Karen Hearn with the California Table Grape Commission is gearing up for the new season.
The team of Tom Lange/Seven Seas.
Scott McDulin and Dave Yeager with Schmieding Produce.
Schmieding Produce introduced a new tropical/exotics product line. In addition to corn, potatoes and watermelons, the company now also offers pineapples, avocados, limes and more under the Nature's Choice brand. All products from the Tropical line are sourced from Costa Rica.
Bryan Thornton and Pam Wooten with Coosemans, Jay Rodriguez with Crystal Valley Specialty Produce and Jeff Bruff with Rock Garden.
Kelly Dietz and Helena Fernandez Irastorza with Greenyard / Seald Sweet.
Allan Napolitano, George Uribe and Tony Mitchell with Vision Import Group. Tony recently joined the company.
Tami Long with Nash Produce shows the company’s latest product: a Sweet Potato Tray Pack. The complete package can be put in the microwave. Potatoes are steamed and ready within about 10 minutes.
Dale Milison with Highline Mushrooms.
Allison Myers and Menuka Shrestha with the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association.
Stone fruit from Chile on display, including lemon plums.
Matt Seeley with the Organic Produce Network and Karen Caplan with Frieda's Specialty Produce.
Frieda's serves stokes purple sweet potato dessert bars.
John Cameron, Heather White and Zach Swanson with NatureSweet Tomatoes.
New merchandising rack from NatureSweet for its Brighthouse Organics program. The rack is provided to retailers for free.
Helen Aquino with Village Farms shows new graphics for large pack sizes.
Jim Grabowski with Well Pict and Lauren Melenbacker with Marketing Plus. Jim shared how the Florida strawberry season is winding down and in about 10 days, harvest in Oxnard, CA will start.
Chris Veillon with Pure Flavor and his colleague proudly show mini cucumbers as well as tomatoes from the company's greenhouse in Georgia.
Andrea Perdomo and Andres Toro with Emerson.
The team from Melissa's, showing a variety of specialty items. Ranging from CleanSnax to a Charentais melon from the Dominican Republic to purple Brussels sprouts, a tree-ripened Haden mango from Mexico and Ojai Pixie tangerines.
The team of Star Produce proudly shows a variety of products, including strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, lettuce and cherries.
Promoting pears are Bob Koehler, Walter Johanson and Bob Catinella with Pear Bureau Northwest.
Fred Vandenberg shows Terra Sur grapes from Peru. He is flanked by Michael Schiro and Brian Schiro who both show Sunray mandarins.
Sweet lemon plums from Chile on display at Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. Customers buy these sweet plums when yellow, but they are ready-to-eat once they've turned red.
Winners of the Best ‘Produce Like It’s 1999’ booth are Alma Lorenzo and Leslie Simmons with Dave’s Specialty Imports.
Al Valerio with Freska Produce International.
Freska's new dehyrdated line: dried pineapple and dried mango.
Ben Harmon and Jay Stover with Anthony Vineyards.
The team of Naturipe Farms in its rebranded booth. From left to right: Joe Dugo, Kasey Kelley, German Llanten and Archie Taylor.
Jesse Silva with Kings River Packing shows Rapsberry oranges as well as Hierloom oranges. The Raspberry orange is an alternative name for blood oranges.
Kim Coker and Richard Owen with PMA are walking the floor.
Carmen Placensia and Alison Pilcher with Coastline Family Farms.
The team of Pretty Lady Vineyards from left to right: Ryan Debuskey, Ethan Williams, Anthony Stetson and George Galloway.
John Barnes and Brian Busey with Yakima Fresh.
The team of Pacific Trellis Fruit / Dulcinea Farms.
Wendy McManus of Connect 2 Potential.
The team of Pandol Brothers with Patti Garcia, John Pandol, Kevin Weaver and Scott Reade.
Brenton Helm and Doug LaCroix with Family Tree Farms show clamshells with blueberries from Mexico.
Justin Heffernan and Jack Howell with Fyffes.
Virtually standing in a lemon orchard are Luis Gudino, Rodrigo Venegas Ochoa and Miguel Rivera with Sicar Farms.
Paul Marier, Eric Jones and James Smith with Capespan North America.
Amber Maloney with Wish Farms proudly shows blueberries and raspberries.
Eric Martinson and Jay Dyer with Chelan Fresh show Rockit apples and Koru.
Ben Backus, Russell Kiger and Douglas Feek with DLF International from Fort Pierce, FL.
Scott Hulsey and Paul Mortanian with Gourmet Trading Company show asparagus and blueberries. The company is ready to switch to its domestic blueberry season.
Triple J Produce represented together with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. From left to right: Joey and Kristi Hocutt with Triple J Produce and Tommy Fleetwood with NC Department of Ag.
Walking the floor are Kraig Loomis and Dan Acevedo with GreenFruit Avocados. In the middle Jeff Kelly with Veg-Fresh Farms.
Raul Millan with Vision Import Group and his wife Illeana are walking the floor.
John Toner with United Fresh is walking the floor and receives a lot of positive feedback on his bow tie.
John Zaninovich with VBZ Grapes.
Erika Descoust, Brian Gadwah and Kurt Vetter with the Wonderful Company show the company’s main products: Halo mandarins, pistachios and POM’s pomegranate juice.
Howard Nager with Sun Pacific proudly shares how the company is growing its organic program. Just last month, organic Cuties were launched and in fall of last year, Sun Pacific introduced organic Mighties.
Stephen Fink and Bryan Garibay with Mission Produce.
Having fun with the 1999 theme are Heather Miller and Debra Cox May with the Florida Department of Agriculture.
Ricardo and Jose Roggiero with Freshway Produce are proud of their new booth.
Exotic produce on display at Freshway's booth.