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USApple reporting 2014 apple crop is one of the largest on record

On Dec. 1, this year’s fresh apple holdings totaled 122.2 million bushels, a 16 percent increase from the same time last year, according to the December 2014 edition of the U.S. Apple Association’s Market News.

“Processing holdings totaled 44.6 million bushels, 3 percent above last year on Dec. 1,” said Mark W. Seetin, director, regulatory and industry affairs for the U.S. Apple Association. “The total number of apples in storage on Dec. 1 was 166.8 million bushels, 12 percent above last December’s total.”P1040068-copyPink Lady apples. (Photo by Christina DiMartino)

He added that the 2014 U.S. crop looks to be one of the largest on record, with the highest quality apples harvested in several years.

“Fresh apple supplies are quite ample, and demand has been especially strong,” said Seetin. “The December Market News reports that apples are moving to the marketplace at a record pace as of early December.”

USApple’s overview of the industry reports that the U.S. has approximately 7,500 apple producers who grow nearly 200 varieties of apples on approximately 328,000 acres.

The 2013 crop estimate, at 248.6 million bushels, was the 10th-largest apple crop since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began keeping statistics on commercial apple production. The total farm-gate revenue, or wholesale value, of the U.S. apple crop is more than $ 2.7 billion each year.

Excitement is quickly and strongly brewing in other USApple news as well. In a Dec. 5 press release titled “Apple industry unites to increase sales,” Suzanne Wolter, chair of USApple’s consumer health education and public relations committee, said that during the 2014 winter season, U.S. Apple Association and participating members were working to support apple sales by conducting joint retail communications and consumer education programs that share the same themes with their respective audiences at the same time.

“There is great opportunity here for us to deepen the impact we make with media and consumers alike by joining efforts,” said Wolter. “Right now we have not only the right team to implement these types of programs, but also the industry enthusiasm and support to make them a success.”

From Dec. 1 through early spring, USApple and select members are holding monthly public relations and social media outreach initiatives to reach online fans and media. The efforts are aimed at attracting greater consumer attention with consistent and timely messages and images.

“Consumer news media and social media are increasingly busy, cluttered places to connect with consumers, particularly during the holiday season,” Wendy Brannen, director of consumer health and public relations for USApple, stated in the release. “By conducting joint communications campaigns in which much of the apple industry, including producers, processors and retailers, are presenting the same content at the same time, we’re better able to break through to consumers with important, helpful messages that will ideally translate to increased apple sales.”

The December program focused on encouraging consumers to “share the health” during the holiday season with do-it-yourself apple gifts, including homemade gift baskets, butters and jams, with apples as the healthy, accessible and affordable center ingredient. Members will be sharing similar posts and professionally styled photography on their social and digital channels and pitching consistent messages and materials to their respective target consumer media.

“USApple’s offer of a social media themed toolbox that individuals can use and to adapt to their own use will help us to reach our goal of seeing between 15 and 30 social media sites all post very similar themes,” added Jim Allen, president of the New York Apple Association in Fishers, NY, which is participating in the campaign. “If we reach that goal it will create a ground swell of activity.”

“It’s an awesome tool,” he continued. “The New York Apple Association has posted a video on our website, nyapplecountry.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/nyapples.”

On Dec. 11, Julia Stewart, spokesperson for NYAA added, “Our Facebook post of our video showing consumers how to assemble simple apple gift baskets has so far garnered more than 800 likes and reached over 110K, and still counting. Those are great numbers for a group our size.”

The plan for future campaigns is to focus on the benefits of resolving to eat two apples a day in January, and promoting apples’ heart health research during American Heart Month in February.

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FPFC crowd sets record at charity luncheon

The membership of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council and guests went beyond themselves as they set a new record for charitable donations at the annual December Holiday Charity luncheon held in Cerritos, CA., on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

A total of $ 130,545 was raised for Caterina’s Club, an Orange County, CA, charity that focuses on providing a nightly dinner to underprivileged kids. Currently, the club provides about 1,000 meals a night at various locations in Southern California. 14 Chef-1165-600-450-80Chef Bruno Serato, owner of Anaheim White House Restaurant, who is the founder and chairman of the Caterina’s Club charity, with a family the charity helped to get a house. In addition, Chef Bruno Serato of The White House Restaurant in Anaheim, CA, has been spreading the message of “feeding the kids” throughout the country. Similar efforts are being launched in several other cities.

The concept began in 2005 when Chef Serato’s mother, Caterina, implored him to provide a meal for some local kids who were going hungry. Serato served up a free pasta meal that night for dozens of underprivileged kids and he has been doing so every night since. His group has served about 1 million meals to children in the past decade. Often these kids are living in rundown motels because their parents are scraping by trying to come up with enough money to make it through another day. Saving money to move is a virtual impossibility.

Serato, who spoke at the luncheon along with a young mother with two children who he has helped, said he has recently expanded his effort by helping many families move out of these motels and into more permanent residences. Caterina’s Club often provides the first and last month’s rent as is required by many landlords. This is often a huge barrier to moving for these families, who live a hand to mouth existence.

Auctioneers Bill Lalliberte of WJL Distributors and celebrity Frankie Avalon kept the crowd entertained and constantly reminded them to help “feed the kids.” The duo have provided this “auctioneering” service several different times over the years. Lalliberte’s irreverence combines well with Avalon’s celebrity to incite the crowd to be extra generous.The more than 350 attendees responded by bidding up every item, often well over its value.

Among the donated items were show tickets to a Frankie Avalon concert provided by the singer, as well as dozens of tickets to local sporting events featuring the Lakers, Dodgers, Kings and Clippers. The Produce News got in on the festivities by donating a full-page, four-color ad. The item led to a spirited bidding contests with two companies battling back and forth. Eventually Fernando Vargas of Cal Fresco LLC won the item with a $ 3,000 donation. He immediately donated it back, and for the same price Bill Brooks of Westlake Distributing won the ad. So in essence, the charity bucket received a double donation for the ad placement.

Also among the most popular items were outings with some of the local retailers, including Kent Kuwata of Smart & Final, Roger Schroeder of Stater Bros., Alfred Cano of Northgate Markets, Miguel Garcia of Ralph’s Grocery Co., Raul Gallegos of Bristol Farms, Tracy Ramirez of Ralph Grocery Co. and Mark Carroll of Gelson’s Markets.

Before the auction began, Chef Serato told the audience that he came this year to thank them for last year’s unbelievable donation of more than $ 100,000. The anticipation was that the $ 100,000 number would be tough to top.

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Record sales and revenue for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond Growers’ global almond sales soared to $ 1.2 billion, up $ 189 million in fiscal year 2012-13. Value-added sales volume increased by 14 percent, even with a crop that was 7 percent smaller, according to Mark Jansen, president and chief executive officer, who addressed the cooperative’s grower owners at the 103rd annual meeting. Value-added sales now represent more than 60 percent of the co-op’s revenue, including manufactured ingredients and consumer retail products.bludia

“We accelerated our transformation into a global branded food manufacturing company, while making significant investments to ensure continued profitable growth,” Jansen said in the release. “In April we opened our Almond Innovation Center on our Sacramento campus followed by the June grand opening of our Turlock plant, the largest single investment in the history of the California almond industry. We will lead the world tree nut industry in almond product innovation and double our capacity with cutting edge plant technology designed for producing the highest quality almond products in the world.”

“There’s no other way to express the 2012 crop results than to say, ‘excellence delivered,’” said Chairman of the board Clinton Shick, a grower from McFarland. “This is the third year in a row for returning record revenue per acre to Blue Diamond growers. The 2012 crop exceeded the 2011 record by 21 percent, making the final total grower payment of $ 828 million the largest single payment ever made to almond growers.”

Margin enhancement projects included improved manufacturing yields and faster processing lines, resulting in cost reductions of $ 11.3 million, for a three-year compounded savings of $ 38 million. “Margin enhancements fuel our investments in new facilities, breakthrough advertising, and global markets,” Jansen explained. “It also allows us to pay our growers industry-leading returns.”

Energized by enhanced advertising investments and new products, sales thrived in 2012-13. In North America, the branded consumer business increased 30 percent to $ 469 million. Over 15 new products emerged that included Iced Coffee Almond Breeze, Artisan Nut*Thins and coffee- and fruit-flavored snack almonds. Snack Almond sales jumped 22 percent versus prior year, while Chilled Almond Breeze sales skyrocketed 74 percent and Aseptic Almond Breeze climbed 40 percent. Artisan Nut*Thins were up 38 percent over the same period.

Sales are expected to stay firm as Blue Diamond partners with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association to be the official snack nut of the U.S. ski, snowboarding and freeskiing teams as they prepare for the Winter Olympics Season in 2014. Blue Diamond Almonds will be integrated into the athletes’ nutritional meals at the USSA Center of Excellence and on the road at training camps, competitions and the U.S. Team’s mobile kitchen in Europe.

Internationally, Blue Diamond’s branded sales were up 90 percent in volume versus the prior year, while net sales were up 95 percent. For the first time in the cooperative’s history, branded advertising aired on three continents: North America, Australia and Europe.

Blue Diamond Global Ingredients sold fewer commodity almonds in a short crop but still managed to grow its manufactured ingredient business volume by 14 percent. This business has doubled in size over the last four years.

“I am most proud of the employees of Blue Diamond,” said Jansen. “We often use the metaphor of a duck on the water. Above the water or outside the organization, the changes they execute may look easy. Under the water, or inside the organization, their feet are vigorously paddling. The fact is they work hard delivering the benefits of almonds to the world.”

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Record sales and revenue for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond Growers’ global almond sales soared to $ 1.2 billion, up $ 189 million in fiscal year 2012-13. Value-added sales volume increased by 14 percent, even with a crop that was 7 percent smaller, according to Mark Jansen, president and chief executive officer, who addressed the cooperative’s grower owners at the 103rd annual meeting. Value-added sales now represent more than 60 percent of the co-op’s revenue, including manufactured ingredients and consumer retail products.bludia

“We accelerated our transformation into a global branded food manufacturing company, while making significant investments to ensure continued profitable growth,” Jansen said in the release. “In April we opened our Almond Innovation Center on our Sacramento campus followed by the June grand opening of our Turlock plant, the largest single investment in the history of the California almond industry. We will lead the world tree nut industry in almond product innovation and double our capacity with cutting edge plant technology designed for producing the highest quality almond products in the world.”

“There’s no other way to express the 2012 crop results than to say, ‘excellence delivered,’” said Chairman of the board Clinton Shick, a grower from McFarland. “This is the third year in a row for returning record revenue per acre to Blue Diamond growers. The 2012 crop exceeded the 2011 record by 21 percent, making the final total grower payment of $ 828 million the largest single payment ever made to almond growers.”

Margin enhancement projects included improved manufacturing yields and faster processing lines, resulting in cost reductions of $ 11.3 million, for a three-year compounded savings of $ 38 million. “Margin enhancements fuel our investments in new facilities, breakthrough advertising, and global markets,” Jansen explained. “It also allows us to pay our growers industry-leading returns.”

Energized by enhanced advertising investments and new products, sales thrived in 2012-13. In North America, the branded consumer business increased 30 percent to $ 469 million. Over 15 new products emerged that included Iced Coffee Almond Breeze, Artisan Nut*Thins and coffee- and fruit-flavored snack almonds. Snack Almond sales jumped 22 percent versus prior year, while Chilled Almond Breeze sales skyrocketed 74 percent and Aseptic Almond Breeze climbed 40 percent. Artisan Nut*Thins were up 38 percent over the same period.

Sales are expected to stay firm as Blue Diamond partners with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association to be the official snack nut of the U.S. ski, snowboarding and freeskiing teams as they prepare for the Winter Olympics Season in 2014. Blue Diamond Almonds will be integrated into the athletes’ nutritional meals at the USSA Center of Excellence and on the road at training camps, competitions and the U.S. Team’s mobile kitchen in Europe.

Internationally, Blue Diamond’s branded sales were up 90 percent in volume versus the prior year, while net sales were up 95 percent. For the first time in the cooperative’s history, branded advertising aired on three continents: North America, Australia and Europe.

Blue Diamond Global Ingredients sold fewer commodity almonds in a short crop but still managed to grow its manufactured ingredient business volume by 14 percent. This business has doubled in size over the last four years.

“I am most proud of the employees of Blue Diamond,” said Jansen. “We often use the metaphor of a duck on the water. Above the water or outside the organization, the changes they execute may look easy. Under the water, or inside the organization, their feet are vigorously paddling. The fact is they work hard delivering the benefits of almonds to the world.”

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Record sales and revenue for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond Growers’ global almond sales soared to $ 1.2 billion, up $ 189 million in fiscal year 2012-13. Value-added sales volume increased by 14 percent, even with a crop that was 7 percent smaller, according to Mark Jansen, president and chief executive officer, who addressed the cooperative’s grower owners at the 103rd annual meeting. Value-added sales now represent more than 60 percent of the co-op’s revenue, including manufactured ingredients and consumer retail products.bludia

“We accelerated our transformation into a global branded food manufacturing company, while making significant investments to ensure continued profitable growth,” Jansen said in the release. “In April we opened our Almond Innovation Center on our Sacramento campus followed by the June grand opening of our Turlock plant, the largest single investment in the history of the California almond industry. We will lead the world tree nut industry in almond product innovation and double our capacity with cutting edge plant technology designed for producing the highest quality almond products in the world.”

“There’s no other way to express the 2012 crop results than to say, ‘excellence delivered,’” said Chairman of the board Clinton Shick, a grower from McFarland. “This is the third year in a row for returning record revenue per acre to Blue Diamond growers. The 2012 crop exceeded the 2011 record by 21 percent, making the final total grower payment of $ 828 million the largest single payment ever made to almond growers.”

Margin enhancement projects included improved manufacturing yields and faster processing lines, resulting in cost reductions of $ 11.3 million, for a three-year compounded savings of $ 38 million. “Margin enhancements fuel our investments in new facilities, breakthrough advertising, and global markets,” Jansen explained. “It also allows us to pay our growers industry-leading returns.”

Energized by enhanced advertising investments and new products, sales thrived in 2012-13. In North America, the branded consumer business increased 30 percent to $ 469 million. Over 15 new products emerged that included Iced Coffee Almond Breeze, Artisan Nut*Thins and coffee- and fruit-flavored snack almonds. Snack Almond sales jumped 22 percent versus prior year, while Chilled Almond Breeze sales skyrocketed 74 percent and Aseptic Almond Breeze climbed 40 percent. Artisan Nut*Thins were up 38 percent over the same period.

Sales are expected to stay firm as Blue Diamond partners with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association to be the official snack nut of the U.S. ski, snowboarding and freeskiing teams as they prepare for the Winter Olympics Season in 2014. Blue Diamond Almonds will be integrated into the athletes’ nutritional meals at the USSA Center of Excellence and on the road at training camps, competitions and the U.S. Team’s mobile kitchen in Europe.

Internationally, Blue Diamond’s branded sales were up 90 percent in volume versus the prior year, while net sales were up 95 percent. For the first time in the cooperative’s history, branded advertising aired on three continents: North America, Australia and Europe.

Blue Diamond Global Ingredients sold fewer commodity almonds in a short crop but still managed to grow its manufactured ingredient business volume by 14 percent. This business has doubled in size over the last four years.

“I am most proud of the employees of Blue Diamond,” said Jansen. “We often use the metaphor of a duck on the water. Above the water or outside the organization, the changes they execute may look easy. Under the water, or inside the organization, their feet are vigorously paddling. The fact is they work hard delivering the benefits of almonds to the world.”

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Record sales and revenue for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond Growers’ global almond sales soared to $ 1.2 billion, up $ 189 million in fiscal year 2012-13. Value-added sales volume increased by 14 percent, even with a crop that was 7 percent smaller, according to Mark Jansen, president and chief executive officer, who addressed the cooperative’s grower owners at the 103rd annual meeting. Value-added sales now represent more than 60 percent of the co-op’s revenue, including manufactured ingredients and consumer retail products.bludia

“We accelerated our transformation into a global branded food manufacturing company, while making significant investments to ensure continued profitable growth,” Jansen said in the release. “In April we opened our Almond Innovation Center on our Sacramento campus followed by the June grand opening of our Turlock plant, the largest single investment in the history of the California almond industry. We will lead the world tree nut industry in almond product innovation and double our capacity with cutting edge plant technology designed for producing the highest quality almond products in the world.”

“There’s no other way to express the 2012 crop results than to say, ‘excellence delivered,’” said Chairman of the board Clinton Shick, a grower from McFarland. “This is the third year in a row for returning record revenue per acre to Blue Diamond growers. The 2012 crop exceeded the 2011 record by 21 percent, making the final total grower payment of $ 828 million the largest single payment ever made to almond growers.”

Margin enhancement projects included improved manufacturing yields and faster processing lines, resulting in cost reductions of $ 11.3 million, for a three-year compounded savings of $ 38 million. “Margin enhancements fuel our investments in new facilities, breakthrough advertising, and global markets,” Jansen explained. “It also allows us to pay our growers industry-leading returns.”

Energized by enhanced advertising investments and new products, sales thrived in 2012-13. In North America, the branded consumer business increased 30 percent to $ 469 million. Over 15 new products emerged that included Iced Coffee Almond Breeze, Artisan Nut*Thins and coffee- and fruit-flavored snack almonds. Snack Almond sales jumped 22 percent versus prior year, while Chilled Almond Breeze sales skyrocketed 74 percent and Aseptic Almond Breeze climbed 40 percent. Artisan Nut*Thins were up 38 percent over the same period.

Sales are expected to stay firm as Blue Diamond partners with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association to be the official snack nut of the U.S. ski, snowboarding and freeskiing teams as they prepare for the Winter Olympics Season in 2014. Blue Diamond Almonds will be integrated into the athletes’ nutritional meals at the USSA Center of Excellence and on the road at training camps, competitions and the U.S. Team’s mobile kitchen in Europe.

Internationally, Blue Diamond’s branded sales were up 90 percent in volume versus the prior year, while net sales were up 95 percent. For the first time in the cooperative’s history, branded advertising aired on three continents: North America, Australia and Europe.

Blue Diamond Global Ingredients sold fewer commodity almonds in a short crop but still managed to grow its manufactured ingredient business volume by 14 percent. This business has doubled in size over the last four years.

“I am most proud of the employees of Blue Diamond,” said Jansen. “We often use the metaphor of a duck on the water. Above the water or outside the organization, the changes they execute may look easy. Under the water, or inside the organization, their feet are vigorously paddling. The fact is they work hard delivering the benefits of almonds to the world.”

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Record sales and revenue for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond Growers’ global almond sales soared to $ 1.2 billion, up $ 189 million in fiscal year 2012-13. Value-added sales volume increased by 14 percent, even with a crop that was 7 percent smaller, according to Mark Jansen, president and chief executive officer, who addressed the cooperative’s grower owners at the 103rd annual meeting. Value-added sales now represent more than 60 percent of the co-op’s revenue, including manufactured ingredients and consumer retail products.bludia

“We accelerated our transformation into a global branded food manufacturing company, while making significant investments to ensure continued profitable growth,” Jansen said in the release. “In April we opened our Almond Innovation Center on our Sacramento campus followed by the June grand opening of our Turlock plant, the largest single investment in the history of the California almond industry. We will lead the world tree nut industry in almond product innovation and double our capacity with cutting edge plant technology designed for producing the highest quality almond products in the world.”

“There’s no other way to express the 2012 crop results than to say, ‘excellence delivered,’” said Chairman of the board Clinton Shick, a grower from McFarland. “This is the third year in a row for returning record revenue per acre to Blue Diamond growers. The 2012 crop exceeded the 2011 record by 21 percent, making the final total grower payment of $ 828 million the largest single payment ever made to almond growers.”

Margin enhancement projects included improved manufacturing yields and faster processing lines, resulting in cost reductions of $ 11.3 million, for a three-year compounded savings of $ 38 million. “Margin enhancements fuel our investments in new facilities, breakthrough advertising, and global markets,” Jansen explained. “It also allows us to pay our growers industry-leading returns.”

Energized by enhanced advertising investments and new products, sales thrived in 2012-13. In North America, the branded consumer business increased 30 percent to $ 469 million. Over 15 new products emerged that included Iced Coffee Almond Breeze, Artisan Nut*Thins and coffee- and fruit-flavored snack almonds. Snack Almond sales jumped 22 percent versus prior year, while Chilled Almond Breeze sales skyrocketed 74 percent and Aseptic Almond Breeze climbed 40 percent. Artisan Nut*Thins were up 38 percent over the same period.

Sales are expected to stay firm as Blue Diamond partners with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association to be the official snack nut of the U.S. ski, snowboarding and freeskiing teams as they prepare for the Winter Olympics Season in 2014. Blue Diamond Almonds will be integrated into the athletes’ nutritional meals at the USSA Center of Excellence and on the road at training camps, competitions and the U.S. Team’s mobile kitchen in Europe.

Internationally, Blue Diamond’s branded sales were up 90 percent in volume versus the prior year, while net sales were up 95 percent. For the first time in the cooperative’s history, branded advertising aired on three continents: North America, Australia and Europe.

Blue Diamond Global Ingredients sold fewer commodity almonds in a short crop but still managed to grow its manufactured ingredient business volume by 14 percent. This business has doubled in size over the last four years.

“I am most proud of the employees of Blue Diamond,” said Jansen. “We often use the metaphor of a duck on the water. Above the water or outside the organization, the changes they execute may look easy. Under the water, or inside the organization, their feet are vigorously paddling. The fact is they work hard delivering the benefits of almonds to the world.”

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Record sales and revenue for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond Growers’ global almond sales soared to $ 1.2 billion, up $ 189 million in fiscal year 2012-13. Value-added sales volume increased by 14 percent, even with a crop that was 7 percent smaller, according to Mark Jansen, president and chief executive officer, who addressed the cooperative’s grower owners at the 103rd annual meeting. Value-added sales now represent more than 60 percent of the co-op’s revenue, including manufactured ingredients and consumer retail products.bludia

“We accelerated our transformation into a global branded food manufacturing company, while making significant investments to ensure continued profitable growth,” Jansen said in the release. “In April we opened our Almond Innovation Center on our Sacramento campus followed by the June grand opening of our Turlock plant, the largest single investment in the history of the California almond industry. We will lead the world tree nut industry in almond product innovation and double our capacity with cutting edge plant technology designed for producing the highest quality almond products in the world.”

“There’s no other way to express the 2012 crop results than to say, ‘excellence delivered,’” said Chairman of the board Clinton Shick, a grower from McFarland. “This is the third year in a row for returning record revenue per acre to Blue Diamond growers. The 2012 crop exceeded the 2011 record by 21 percent, making the final total grower payment of $ 828 million the largest single payment ever made to almond growers.”

Margin enhancement projects included improved manufacturing yields and faster processing lines, resulting in cost reductions of $ 11.3 million, for a three-year compounded savings of $ 38 million. “Margin enhancements fuel our investments in new facilities, breakthrough advertising, and global markets,” Jansen explained. “It also allows us to pay our growers industry-leading returns.”

Energized by enhanced advertising investments and new products, sales thrived in 2012-13. In North America, the branded consumer business increased 30 percent to $ 469 million. Over 15 new products emerged that included Iced Coffee Almond Breeze, Artisan Nut*Thins and coffee- and fruit-flavored snack almonds. Snack Almond sales jumped 22 percent versus prior year, while Chilled Almond Breeze sales skyrocketed 74 percent and Aseptic Almond Breeze climbed 40 percent. Artisan Nut*Thins were up 38 percent over the same period.

Sales are expected to stay firm as Blue Diamond partners with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association to be the official snack nut of the U.S. ski, snowboarding and freeskiing teams as they prepare for the Winter Olympics Season in 2014. Blue Diamond Almonds will be integrated into the athletes’ nutritional meals at the USSA Center of Excellence and on the road at training camps, competitions and the U.S. Team’s mobile kitchen in Europe.

Internationally, Blue Diamond’s branded sales were up 90 percent in volume versus the prior year, while net sales were up 95 percent. For the first time in the cooperative’s history, branded advertising aired on three continents: North America, Australia and Europe.

Blue Diamond Global Ingredients sold fewer commodity almonds in a short crop but still managed to grow its manufactured ingredient business volume by 14 percent. This business has doubled in size over the last four years.

“I am most proud of the employees of Blue Diamond,” said Jansen. “We often use the metaphor of a duck on the water. Above the water or outside the organization, the changes they execute may look easy. Under the water, or inside the organization, their feet are vigorously paddling. The fact is they work hard delivering the benefits of almonds to the world.”

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Record sales and revenue for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond Growers’ global almond sales soared to $ 1.2 billion, up $ 189 million in fiscal year 2012-13. Value-added sales volume increased by 14 percent, even with a crop that was 7 percent smaller, according to Mark Jansen, president and chief executive officer, who addressed the cooperative’s grower owners at the 103rd annual meeting. Value-added sales now represent more than 60 percent of the co-op’s revenue, including manufactured ingredients and consumer retail products.bludia

“We accelerated our transformation into a global branded food manufacturing company, while making significant investments to ensure continued profitable growth,” Jansen said in the release. “In April we opened our Almond Innovation Center on our Sacramento campus followed by the June grand opening of our Turlock plant, the largest single investment in the history of the California almond industry. We will lead the world tree nut industry in almond product innovation and double our capacity with cutting edge plant technology designed for producing the highest quality almond products in the world.”

“There’s no other way to express the 2012 crop results than to say, ‘excellence delivered,’” said Chairman of the board Clinton Shick, a grower from McFarland. “This is the third year in a row for returning record revenue per acre to Blue Diamond growers. The 2012 crop exceeded the 2011 record by 21 percent, making the final total grower payment of $ 828 million the largest single payment ever made to almond growers.”

Margin enhancement projects included improved manufacturing yields and faster processing lines, resulting in cost reductions of $ 11.3 million, for a three-year compounded savings of $ 38 million. “Margin enhancements fuel our investments in new facilities, breakthrough advertising, and global markets,” Jansen explained. “It also allows us to pay our growers industry-leading returns.”

Energized by enhanced advertising investments and new products, sales thrived in 2012-13. In North America, the branded consumer business increased 30 percent to $ 469 million. Over 15 new products emerged that included Iced Coffee Almond Breeze, Artisan Nut*Thins and coffee- and fruit-flavored snack almonds. Snack Almond sales jumped 22 percent versus prior year, while Chilled Almond Breeze sales skyrocketed 74 percent and Aseptic Almond Breeze climbed 40 percent. Artisan Nut*Thins were up 38 percent over the same period.

Sales are expected to stay firm as Blue Diamond partners with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association to be the official snack nut of the U.S. ski, snowboarding and freeskiing teams as they prepare for the Winter Olympics Season in 2014. Blue Diamond Almonds will be integrated into the athletes’ nutritional meals at the USSA Center of Excellence and on the road at training camps, competitions and the U.S. Team’s mobile kitchen in Europe.

Internationally, Blue Diamond’s branded sales were up 90 percent in volume versus the prior year, while net sales were up 95 percent. For the first time in the cooperative’s history, branded advertising aired on three continents: North America, Australia and Europe.

Blue Diamond Global Ingredients sold fewer commodity almonds in a short crop but still managed to grow its manufactured ingredient business volume by 14 percent. This business has doubled in size over the last four years.

“I am most proud of the employees of Blue Diamond,” said Jansen. “We often use the metaphor of a duck on the water. Above the water or outside the organization, the changes they execute may look easy. Under the water, or inside the organization, their feet are vigorously paddling. The fact is they work hard delivering the benefits of almonds to the world.”

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Record sales and revenue for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond Growers’ global almond sales soared to $ 1.2 billion, up $ 189 million in fiscal year 2012-13. Value-added sales volume increased by 14 percent, even with a crop that was 7 percent smaller, according to Mark Jansen, president and chief executive officer, who addressed the cooperative’s grower owners at the 103rd annual meeting. Value-added sales now represent more than 60 percent of the co-op’s revenue, including manufactured ingredients and consumer retail products.bludia

“We accelerated our transformation into a global branded food manufacturing company, while making significant investments to ensure continued profitable growth,” Jansen said in the release. “In April we opened our Almond Innovation Center on our Sacramento campus followed by the June grand opening of our Turlock plant, the largest single investment in the history of the California almond industry. We will lead the world tree nut industry in almond product innovation and double our capacity with cutting edge plant technology designed for producing the highest quality almond products in the world.”

“There’s no other way to express the 2012 crop results than to say, ‘excellence delivered,’” said Chairman of the board Clinton Shick, a grower from McFarland. “This is the third year in a row for returning record revenue per acre to Blue Diamond growers. The 2012 crop exceeded the 2011 record by 21 percent, making the final total grower payment of $ 828 million the largest single payment ever made to almond growers.”

Margin enhancement projects included improved manufacturing yields and faster processing lines, resulting in cost reductions of $ 11.3 million, for a three-year compounded savings of $ 38 million. “Margin enhancements fuel our investments in new facilities, breakthrough advertising, and global markets,” Jansen explained. “It also allows us to pay our growers industry-leading returns.”

Energized by enhanced advertising investments and new products, sales thrived in 2012-13. In North America, the branded consumer business increased 30 percent to $ 469 million. Over 15 new products emerged that included Iced Coffee Almond Breeze, Artisan Nut*Thins and coffee- and fruit-flavored snack almonds. Snack Almond sales jumped 22 percent versus prior year, while Chilled Almond Breeze sales skyrocketed 74 percent and Aseptic Almond Breeze climbed 40 percent. Artisan Nut*Thins were up 38 percent over the same period.

Sales are expected to stay firm as Blue Diamond partners with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association to be the official snack nut of the U.S. ski, snowboarding and freeskiing teams as they prepare for the Winter Olympics Season in 2014. Blue Diamond Almonds will be integrated into the athletes’ nutritional meals at the USSA Center of Excellence and on the road at training camps, competitions and the U.S. Team’s mobile kitchen in Europe.

Internationally, Blue Diamond’s branded sales were up 90 percent in volume versus the prior year, while net sales were up 95 percent. For the first time in the cooperative’s history, branded advertising aired on three continents: North America, Australia and Europe.

Blue Diamond Global Ingredients sold fewer commodity almonds in a short crop but still managed to grow its manufactured ingredient business volume by 14 percent. This business has doubled in size over the last four years.

“I am most proud of the employees of Blue Diamond,” said Jansen. “We often use the metaphor of a duck on the water. Above the water or outside the organization, the changes they execute may look easy. Under the water, or inside the organization, their feet are vigorously paddling. The fact is they work hard delivering the benefits of almonds to the world.”

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Record sales and revenue for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond Growers’ global almond sales soared to $ 1.2 billion, up $ 189 million in fiscal year 2012-13. Value-added sales volume increased by 14 percent, even with a crop that was 7 percent smaller, according to Mark Jansen, president and chief executive officer, who addressed the cooperative’s grower owners at the 103rd annual meeting. Value-added sales now represent more than 60 percent of the co-op’s revenue, including manufactured ingredients and consumer retail products.bludia

“We accelerated our transformation into a global branded food manufacturing company, while making significant investments to ensure continued profitable growth,” Jansen said in the release. “In April we opened our Almond Innovation Center on our Sacramento campus followed by the June grand opening of our Turlock plant, the largest single investment in the history of the California almond industry. We will lead the world tree nut industry in almond product innovation and double our capacity with cutting edge plant technology designed for producing the highest quality almond products in the world.”

“There’s no other way to express the 2012 crop results than to say, ‘excellence delivered,’” said Chairman of the board Clinton Shick, a grower from McFarland. “This is the third year in a row for returning record revenue per acre to Blue Diamond growers. The 2012 crop exceeded the 2011 record by 21 percent, making the final total grower payment of $ 828 million the largest single payment ever made to almond growers.”

Margin enhancement projects included improved manufacturing yields and faster processing lines, resulting in cost reductions of $ 11.3 million, for a three-year compounded savings of $ 38 million. “Margin enhancements fuel our investments in new facilities, breakthrough advertising, and global markets,” Jansen explained. “It also allows us to pay our growers industry-leading returns.”

Energized by enhanced advertising investments and new products, sales thrived in 2012-13. In North America, the branded consumer business increased 30 percent to $ 469 million. Over 15 new products emerged that included Iced Coffee Almond Breeze, Artisan Nut*Thins and coffee- and fruit-flavored snack almonds. Snack Almond sales jumped 22 percent versus prior year, while Chilled Almond Breeze sales skyrocketed 74 percent and Aseptic Almond Breeze climbed 40 percent. Artisan Nut*Thins were up 38 percent over the same period.

Sales are expected to stay firm as Blue Diamond partners with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association to be the official snack nut of the U.S. ski, snowboarding and freeskiing teams as they prepare for the Winter Olympics Season in 2014. Blue Diamond Almonds will be integrated into the athletes’ nutritional meals at the USSA Center of Excellence and on the road at training camps, competitions and the U.S. Team’s mobile kitchen in Europe.

Internationally, Blue Diamond’s branded sales were up 90 percent in volume versus the prior year, while net sales were up 95 percent. For the first time in the cooperative’s history, branded advertising aired on three continents: North America, Australia and Europe.

Blue Diamond Global Ingredients sold fewer commodity almonds in a short crop but still managed to grow its manufactured ingredient business volume by 14 percent. This business has doubled in size over the last four years.

“I am most proud of the employees of Blue Diamond,” said Jansen. “We often use the metaphor of a duck on the water. Above the water or outside the organization, the changes they execute may look easy. Under the water, or inside the organization, their feet are vigorously paddling. The fact is they work hard delivering the benefits of almonds to the world.”

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Record production for easy-peeler citrus fruit in EU

Record production for easy-peeler citrus fruit in EU

The CLAM – Comité de liaison de l’agrumiculture méditerranéenne, presented its assessment on the 2014/15 citrus fruit production, including the so-called easy-peeler varieties. 

The production
6.4 million tons of easy peelers are expected, i.e. 1.6% more than the previous year and +17.4% more than the 2012/13 season.

This is mainly due to the increase in production recorded by Israel (+60%), Turkey (+20%) and Cyprus (+9%). However, Italy and Spain will countertrend, registering -12 and -4% respectively.

Spain will produce the most, with 2 million tons, followed by Morocco (18.1% of the total production) and Turkey (1.09 million tons, 17% of the total).



Spain 2,117.1
Morocco 1,162.3
Turkey 1,092.1
Egypt 725
Italy 672
Israel 223
Greece 148
Algeria 111
Cyprus 88.6
Tunisia 46.5
France 30
Total 6,415.6

Easy peeler production estimates in the Mediterranean for the 2014/15 season expressed in millions/tons.

Note: data for Morocco and Tunisia concern the 2013/14 season, whereas those for Egypt refer to 2012/13. 

Italy will be the fifth main producer after Egypt, producing 672 thousand tons, a little over 10% of the total.


Easy peeler production in the Mediterranean

Exports
The season is expected to be excellent also in terms of exports – +4.1% with respect to the previous season at 2.97 million tons. Since 2007/08, exports of this kind of fruit have always been increasing.


Exports from Israel and Turkey should increase by 28 and 15% respectively, followed by France (+21%), Spain (+2.1%) and Greece (+1.4%). The only decrease will be recorded in Italy (-12%) and Cyprus (-37%).
Spain 1,550
Turkey 620.8
Morocco 480
Israel 100
Greece 84
Italy 58
France 27
Cyprus 26.7
Egypt 25.4
Tunisia 0.03
Total 2,971.93

Export estimates for 2014/15, expresses in millions/tons 
Note: 
data for Morocco and Tunisia concern the 2013/14 season, whereas those for Egypt refer to 2012/13. 


The main exporter will be Spain, covering 52.2% of total exports in the Mediterranean area with over 1.5 million tons, followed by Turkey with 620.8 tons (20.9%) and Morocco with 480 tons (16.2%). Italy follows at a great distance with 58 thousand tons (2.0%).



Easy peeler exports in the Mediterranean


Export destinations
In the past season, 49% of easy peeler citrus fruit was shipped to the EU-15, whereas 37% reached Eastern Europe. Another 2% goes to Switzerland and Norway.



Destinations for easy peeler fruits from the Mediterranean


The main importer in the EU-15 was Germany (400 thousand tons), followed by France (375 thousand tons), UK-Ireland (175 thousand tons), Netherlands (less than 125 thousand tons) and Italy (75 thousand tons).

As regards Eastern Europe, in 2013 Russia imported around 450 thousand tons, but that destination is now off limits because of the ban and it is unlikely that other countries in the area could absorb the same amount, as the second and third importer (Poland and Ukraine) barely import 300 tons combined.

Publication date: 11/14/2014
Author: Rebecca Baron
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Honey Gold mango season launches with a record crop

Honey Gold mango season launches with a record crop

Queensland-based speciality mango producer, Piñata Farms Pty Ltd, has begun picking its first Honey Gold mangoes for the season and expect a record crop this summer.

Managing director, Gavin Scurr, said Piñata Farms expected to send approximately 450,000 trays of Australia’s distinctive, sweet mangoes to market between November and next March – an increase of some 33 per cent on last year.

Fruit currently being picked at Katherine and Mataranka in the Northern Territory will arrive on supermarket shelves nationally on November 24.

“Last year, we sent about 299,000 trays, largely because a warmer-than-usual winter in the Top End affected our crops there. This season, conditions in all growing regions around Australia have been ideal. Although a cool start to spring has taken the edge off it being ‘perfect’, we’re extremely happy with the volume and quality of fruit and the way the season is shaping up,” he said.

“Another favourable factor is that many of our trees are between eight and 10 years old and are reaching full production, while others aged between three and five years are producing fruit for the first time.”

Mr Scurr said Queensland would produce about 60 per cent of the total Honey Gold crop, harvesting fruit for 14 weeks from early December. Significant volumes will appear in-store in time for Christmas.

The Northern Territory would produce some 30 per cent of this year’s crop, with the remainder grown in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, he said.

About eight per cent of the crop would be exported to New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea and Russia. Exports to the United States would follow once the quarantine protocol for Australian mangoes was finalised, most likely in the New Year, he said.

Piñata Farms has 140,000 trees on 500 hectares under cultivation. Honey Gold mangoes are grown exclusively by Piñata Farms and 36 contracted growers. It has an eight per cent share of Australia’s mango market and is on track to reach a 10 per cent share by 2016 when immature trees reach full production.

Mr Scurr said Piñata Farms was exploring new growing regions in New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory to extend both ends of the season.

“Ideally, we want to extend the season into April and close the small gap in production between our New South Wales and Victorian growing regions. We are currently in negotiations with third party growers along the Darling River in western New South Wales and others in the Darwin region,” he said.

Piñata Farms continued to invest substantially in research and development with the key objective being to increase marketable yield, he said.

First commercialised in 2009 after Piñata Farms bought the plant breeders’ rights to the variety, Honey Gold mangoes were bred by chance in Central Queensland’s Rockhampton region. They are a natural result of a Kensington Pride off-type which was pollinated by an unknown variety.

Honey Gold mangoes have a robust, intensely sweet flavour and, at 500-600 grams each, are among the largest mangoes available in Australia. They also have a small seed-high flesh ratio. They are available at leading supermarkets and independent retail stores under the Piñata brand Australia-wide.
 
For more information:
Gavin Scurr
Piñata Farms
Tel: +61 7 5497 4295
Email: [email protected]
www.pinata.com.au

Publication date: 11/10/2014


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Record numbers attend PMA’s Anaheim convention

On the day that the Produce Marketing Association’s 2014 Fresh Summit opened, Bryan Silbermann, PMA chief executive officer, promised it would be the most well-attended event in the history of the organization.

His educated guess proved accurate, as the association announced that a new record of more than 22,400 people attended the three-day event, Oct. 17-19 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. A day of seminars and workshops was followed by the weekend trade show that featured 1,090 exhibiting companies occupying 265,300 net square feet of show space.   The previous attendance record for PMA’s annual event was about 21,200.DSC 0713PMA President Kathy Burns and Bryan Silbermann, PMA chief executive officer, entered the stage playing tambourines to ‘Happy’ by Pharrell.

The show itself featured a who’s who in the fresh produce industry as well as an array of innovative and cutting-edge products, ideas and marketing concepts. Of course, bountiful fresh produce from around the world filled the aisles but so did products made from chia, quinoa and flax seed. Traditional marketing images of fresh produce were plentiful but so were cartoon characters from Sesame Street, Disney and other popular culture.

Highlighting the general sessions were a couple of trendy marketers admonishing the produce firms to join the 21st century and leave traditional promotional schemes behind. In addition Silbermann and PMA President Kathy Burns set out their blueprint to how a company can survive in these changing times.

The two PMA executives highlighted several trends that companies should focus on as they set their course for the future. Burns told the audience that multiculturalism is no longer a niche but is mainstream. She said ethnic diversity in the United States and globally has created a great opportunity for the produce industry, which can capitalize on the many different items that make up this sector’s product framework.  

Silbermann indicated transparency from the field to the fork is no longer a choice but basically the cost of entry. He said firm’s must be “proactively trustworthy” if they want to catch the attention of the consumer. On this theme, Burns said “word of mouth” is still the most trustworthy means to spread information about your products and company.

The PMA CEO talked about the convenience factor and how that is shaping eating occasions for consumers in the United States.  Fresh Summit highlighted the concept with an opening party that featured a dozen food trucks serving the thousands of people who attended.  

DSC 0708Dick Spezzano, president of Spezzano Consulting, receiving the 2014 Robert L. Carey Leadership Award from Jay Pack, last year’s winner.Silbermann also said women in the workplace, one-person households and on-line purchases are trends that significantly shape produce purchases.

Burns talked about the obesity epidemic and the opportunities that the produce industry’s great nutritional story presents for marketers. She said without a change in eating habits, today’s children will be the first generation to have shorter life expectancy than their parents.

Both executive talked about PMA’s “Eat Brighter” campaign, which allows produce industry firm’s free access to Sesame Street characters on their brands and marketing tools.

The two other general sessions featured modern marketers Jeremy Gutsche of trendhunters.com and Gary Vaynerchuk of Vaynermedia. Both admonished the crowd to forego what has gotten them to where they are and seek out what’s going to happen next. Gutsche said the “three traps of a farmer” are complacency, repetitiveness and protectiveness. He said to succeed a company has to be willing to destroy what got them there and look to the future for the next best thing. He said curiosity and trying something different is much better than repeating the past…even if it was successful.

Vaynerchuk style and approach was different but his message was the same. He said the biggest problem with most companies — in fact, pretty much all of them — is “they don’t market in the year we live in.”

He has made a living being ahead of the curve. His main message was that every firm needs to be a media company and connect with the end consumer. Don’t look for the retailer or others along the supply chain to do that for you or you will be left behind.  He said social media is the medium that should be used because that is what consumers are using. Your message can be great he said but if the consumer isn’t listening to it, it is worthless. He told the crowd that he did significant research about how the produce industry is marketing to the consumer and found it to be lacking. In fact, he said 90 percent of those dollars are wasted. He advised reallocating funds to conduct meaningful social media connections to the end user.  

During the Friday workshop sessions, perhaps the most well attended meeting was a discussion of the newly-released Food & Drug Administration supplemental proposals for the Food Safety Modernization Act. FDA Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Foods Mike Taylor and his staff analyzed the new proposals which basically add flexibility and reduce some of the testing and requirements in the initial proposals. The new rules also exclude more farms from compliance. These proposals are open for comment with final implementation of the FSMA Produce Rule scheduled for late in 2015.

The convention also featured the awarding of the 2014 Robert L. Carey Leadership Award to Dick Spezzano, president of Spezzano Consulting. “This is a man who epitomizes what it means to give back to the industry in which he’s worked for over 50 years,” said last year’s winner Jay Pack, while presenting the award to Spezzano. “He believes in reaching out to youth — to build healthy eating habits early and to attract the best and the brightest young talent.”

Spezzano is also the chairman of the PMA Foundation, which puts him back on the PMA board 20 years after he served as chairman. No industry member has ever achieved that level and length of service in the history of the organization.

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Record year at PMA Fresh Summit 2014

Focus on packaging and promoting healthy eating
Record year at PMA Fresh Summit 2014

Last weekend the PMA Fresh Summit was held in Anaheim with a record year of over 22,000 attendees. Besides the amount of attendees, companies use this show also to introduce new packaging, varieties and/or innovations.

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On Friday the winners of the PMA Impact Award were announced. This year it was CMI Columbia Marketing International for its ‘GO GO’ Fresh Cherry Package, Earthbound Farm for its PowerMeal Bowls, Fresh Solutions Network for Side Delights Gourmet Petites, Mucci Farms for The New Pint, and Wholly Guacamole for the Wholly Guacamole Grab N Guac Box.

The show was also a good floor to promote new varieties. Companies introduced varieties of products, which weren’t ready for commercial volumes. Besides that many companies are trying to find new packaging that is easier for consumers and to promote healthy eating.

The last day is always slower than other days. However where it normally winds down after 1-2 pm. This time Sunday was still busy till 30 minutes before the show was over. 

“Many exhibitors find this show professionally organized and that is thanks to our great staff,” said Nancy Tucker, who was very happy with this record year. “This show is a show where companies can gain attention.” 

Publication date: 10/20/2014
Author: Sander Bruins Slot
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US (WA): Looks like a record cherry crop

US (WA): Looks like a record cherry crop

Another record year for cherries? It sure looks that way.

This week, shipments by the region’s growers hit 23.4 million boxes to surpass the previous record of 23.1 million set in 2012, said B.J. Thurlby, president of Northwest Cherry Growers.

“And it’s not only a huge crop,” he said. “The quality is amazing, too. These are some of the best cherries I’ve seen in 10 years.”

Warm weather launched an early start to the season to help growers hit a record 10 million boxes by July 4, the traditional peak of the cherry harvest. Industrywide packing wrapped up Monday as Wenatchee’s Stemilt Growers packed its final boxes of Wenatchee Heights fruit, the last of the region’s cherries to be plucked.

The season-end estimate was revised from preseason estimates of 22 million boxes. Final numbers will be available in coming weeks as remaining shipments are processed, said Thurlby.

All in all, “It’s been a crazy, whirlwind year,” he said.

Here’s why: Consumers were hungry for Northwest cherries after drought shrank California’s crop by 50 percent. Cherry lovers bought Northwest cherries at a peak rate of more than 500,000 boxes per week.

Nine straight days of 100-plus degrees (13 days of 100-plus degrees for the month) produced the hottest July since the 1980s and hastened the end of the season. It also produced fruit with “remarkable size and quality,” Thurlby said.

The warm weather also compressed the season to 74 days from the usual 95.

“But it all worked out great,” said Thurlby. “Growers used superior orchard practices to bring in the fruit and keep the market supplied,” he said.

Source: yakimaherald.com

Publication date: 8/22/2014


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Indianapolis Fruit draws record crowd to annual golf outing and trade show

Indianapolis Fruit Co. hosted its 27th annual golf outing and trade show July 21-22, drawing more than 100 vendor suppliers and 300 retail customers, making it the best attended event in the company’s history. More than 450 total guests enjoyed the two-day expo, held at the Crane Bay Event Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The Produce Mom, the official blog and consumer brand of Indianapolis Fruit Co., hosted a welcome party to kick off the event festivities.IFCShow2014 13Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s 27th annual golf outing and trade show was the best-attended event in the company’s history.

Members of The Produce Mom Family of Partners were entertained at the Indianapolis Colts Grille and enjoyed the opportunity to network, re-cap the 2014 achievements of The Produce Mom, and discuss brand goals and collaboration opportunities for the future.

“Viva Tierra Organic has been a long-standing partner of Indianapolis Fruit Company,” said Deidre Smyrnos of Viva Tierra Organic. “Through The Produce Mom, we are innovating and growing together.”

At the trade show, Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s vendor partners displayed and sampled their products during the showcase, and relished the opportunity to interact with retailers.

“The opportunity to connect and demonstrate our product with our Indy Fruit partners and retailers makes this a worthwhile investment of our time and resources,” said Diana McClean of Tanimura & Antle.

A special appearance by NASCAR legend Donnie Allison and his grandson Justin Allison, a rising star in the ARCA series, provided some Hoosier hospitality and Indianapolis culture for the guests.

Chris Bonaminio, general manager of Jungle Jim’s, praised the event, saying, “The show was a testament to the way Indianapolis Fruit Company conducts business: Friendly, honest and top-of-the-line.”

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Indianapolis Fruit draws record crowd to annual golf outing and trade show

Indianapolis Fruit Co. hosted its 27th annual golf outing and trade show July 21-22, drawing more than 100 vendor suppliers and 300 retail customers, making it the best attended event in the company’s history. More than 450 total guests enjoyed the two-day expo, held at the Crane Bay Event Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The Produce Mom, the official blog and consumer brand of Indianapolis Fruit Co., hosted a welcome party to kick off the event festivities.IFCShow2014 13Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s 27th annual golf outing and trade show was the best-attended event in the company’s history.

Members of The Produce Mom Family of Partners were entertained at the Indianapolis Colts Grille and enjoyed the opportunity to network, re-cap the 2014 achievements of The Produce Mom, and discuss brand goals and collaboration opportunities for the future.

“Viva Tierra Organic has been a long-standing partner of Indianapolis Fruit Company,” said Deidre Smyrnos of Viva Tierra Organic. “Through The Produce Mom, we are innovating and growing together.”

At the trade show, Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s vendor partners displayed and sampled their products during the showcase, and relished the opportunity to interact with retailers.

“The opportunity to connect and demonstrate our product with our Indy Fruit partners and retailers makes this a worthwhile investment of our time and resources,” said Diana McClean of Tanimura & Antle.

A special appearance by NASCAR legend Donnie Allison and his grandson Justin Allison, a rising star in the ARCA series, provided some Hoosier hospitality and Indianapolis culture for the guests.

Chris Bonaminio, general manager of Jungle Jim’s, praised the event, saying, “The show was a testament to the way Indianapolis Fruit Company conducts business: Friendly, honest and top-of-the-line.”

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Indianapolis Fruit draws record crowd to annual golf outing and trade show

Indianapolis Fruit Co. hosted its 27th annual golf outing and trade show July 21-22, drawing more than 100 vendor suppliers and 300 retail customers, making it the best attended event in the company’s history. More than 450 total guests enjoyed the two-day expo, held at the Crane Bay Event Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The Produce Mom, the official blog and consumer brand of Indianapolis Fruit Co., hosted a welcome party to kick off the event festivities.IFCShow2014 13Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s 27th annual golf outing and trade show was the best-attended event in the company’s history.

Members of The Produce Mom Family of Partners were entertained at the Indianapolis Colts Grille and enjoyed the opportunity to network, re-cap the 2014 achievements of The Produce Mom, and discuss brand goals and collaboration opportunities for the future.

“Viva Tierra Organic has been a long-standing partner of Indianapolis Fruit Company,” said Deidre Smyrnos of Viva Tierra Organic. “Through The Produce Mom, we are innovating and growing together.”

At the trade show, Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s vendor partners displayed and sampled their products during the showcase, and relished the opportunity to interact with retailers.

“The opportunity to connect and demonstrate our product with our Indy Fruit partners and retailers makes this a worthwhile investment of our time and resources,” said Diana McClean of Tanimura & Antle.

A special appearance by NASCAR legend Donnie Allison and his grandson Justin Allison, a rising star in the ARCA series, provided some Hoosier hospitality and Indianapolis culture for the guests.

Chris Bonaminio, general manager of Jungle Jim’s, praised the event, saying, “The show was a testament to the way Indianapolis Fruit Company conducts business: Friendly, honest and top-of-the-line.”

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