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Rick Estess to receive Terry Vorhees Lifetime Achievement Award

Organic potato items make their debut at SEPC

Tasteful Selections®, and partner RPE Inc., have a lot to celebrate at this year’s South East Produce Council (SEPC) trade show.“One of our very own, Mr. Rick Estess will be recognized by the Southeast Produce Council with its highest honor— the Terry Vorhees Lifetime Achievement Award,” Tim Huffcutt,…

Colorful exotic imports on display this weekend

Volumes are slightly lower on organic ginger from Peru right now. “While our organic ginger from Peru is available year round, volumes are very low from January to June,” says Marc Holbik of Miami, Fl.-based Ecoripe Tropicals, who adds that strong volumes will come on in the beginning of July. “It is not…

New custom-designed kiwi packaging: 100% recyled two-piece clamshell

Zespri will debut its new packaging at the Southeast Produce Council February 27th – 29th at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. The unique 1-lb. package is designed vertically and showcases the SunGold® Kiwifruit. The packaging is a custom, proprietary clamshell designed only for Zespri. The…

Peak tropical season on display this coming weekend

“With very few exceptions, we’re in peak tropical form now. We’re hitting on nearly all cylinders which is great for the tropical category this time of year,” says Peter Leifermann with Brooks Tropicals LLC in Homestead, Fl. “And supplies are similar to last year.” In terms of tropical commodities,…

Wider range of product for this year’s show

Supplies of imported blueberries from Chile are good and steady. “We expect good supply through early March,” says Katiana Valdes of Crystal Valley Foods in Miami, Fl. Valdes adds that the Peruvian blueberry season is just winding down right now, a region that Crystal Valley is also garnering supplies…

Side Delights® announces launch "Journey of a Potato" educational video

Side Delights® announced it will launch the “Journey of a Potato” video in Tampa during Southern Exposure 2020: Produce on Parade! Under the “Grown Where it Matters” campaign, this video is an educational piece for both consumers as well as potato buyers/merchandisers. The video follows a potatoes life…

Florida grower appreciates networking opportunities

For one Florida grower, the timing of the upcoming Southern Exposure show is proving to be quite opportune. Florida Classic Growers, based in Dundee, Fl., will have on display at the show (running Feb. 27-29 in Tampa, Fl.), its Florida blueberries, citrus and peaches. All three of these commodities are…

Authentic Networking Course available online

If walking into a networking event makes you anxious, you are not alone, according to Wendy McManus, Executive Leadership Coach with Connect 2 Potential. McManus has taught…


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