Monthly Archives: April 2008

Plantains slow to gain larger market share

Excerpts from The Packer article of 4/28/08by Jim OffnerTropical fruit marketers say plantains – known in some circles as “cooking bananas” – still haven’t gained much momentum outside their traditional Hispanic markets.“I don’t see plantains as an alternative to bananas, … Continue reading

 

In-store demos provide more value

Excerpts form The Packer article of 4/28/08by Jim OffnerIn the realm of tropical fruit, “value-added” doesn’t necessarily have to mean pre-cutting and packaging product.“With some items, helping consumers learn how to prepare, handle and eat the product is akin to … Continue reading

 

Brooks Tropicals rebounds from Hurricane Dean

Excerpts from The Packer article of 4/28/08by Jim OffnerHomestead, Fla.-based Brooks Tropicals says improvements were just about completed at the end of March at its Belize papaya operations, sidetracked only temporarily after a late-summer hurricane left some damage. Brooks already … Continue reading

 

Avocado demand continues to rise

Excerpts from The Packer article of 4/28/08by Jim OffnerAlthough Mexico, Chile and California have come to dominate the avocado business in recent years, with year-round production, Florida continues to generate volumes in the 1 million-bushel range each year.This year, according … Continue reading

 

Vendors use cross-promotion to boost sales

Excerpts from The Packer article of 4/28/08by Jim OffnerTropical-fruit retailers are looking to some well-established ploys to help consumers get some exposure to to products that may not be very familiar to them. Tropical fruits lend themselves to some creative … Continue reading