Monthly Archives: June 2012

And Now U Know – Brooks Tropicals update

Excerpt from the As Now U Know website posted 6/12/12 Brooks Tropicals has kicked off harvest on its SlimCado season. The variety offers half the fat and one-third fewer calories than traditional avocados. The SlimCados are grown in South Florida … Continue reading


More retailers opt to offer a full line of specialties

Excerpt from an article in The Packer, 06/15/2012 written by Jim Offner “Many specialty items had their start in Asian cuisine, and as the North American Asian population grew retailers stocked this community’s favorites,” said Mary Ostlund, marketing director at … Continue reading


Imagination, some sweat boost sales of the offbeat

Excerpts taken from an article in a special section of The Packer, 6/15/12 by Jim Offner Retailers can profit by showcasing their specialty category, but it takes a bit of work and some imagination, marketing agents say. Cross-merchandising also works, … Continue reading


Specialties at Brooks

Excerpt from an article in the Specialties Business Updates section of The Packer, posted 06/15/2012 written by Jim Offner Homestead, Fla.-based Brooks Tropicals Inc. is introducing dragon fruit in late June and brought Thai guava into its product lineup in … Continue reading


Healthy Food Is a Better Deal Than Junk, USDA Says

Excerpts from an article on the Wall Street Journal Health Blog written by Bill Tomson Healthy food isn’t necessarily more expensive than junk food, according to a new government report. The finding contradicts long-held conventional wisdom that it’s cheaper to … Continue reading