Monthly Archives: June 2016

Papayas are at their peak

Excerpts from an article in Fresh Plaza dated 6/27/2016, written by Rebecca D Dumais Papaya is in peak production right now, especially the Caribbean Red® from Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. “The Brazilian solo papaya is humming along despite the … Continue reading

 

Florida avocados benefit from increasing consumption

Excerpts from an article in the 6/20/16 The Packer written by Dog Ohlemeier Floirda avocado shippers and marketers are benefiting from increasing avocado consumption. According to The Packer’s Fresh Trends 2016 report, avocados represent the no. 1 item that shoppers … Continue reading

 

Recipes add attention to specialties

Excerpts from an article written by Melissa Shipman, 6/20/16 in The Packer Recipes that include unique items are one of the best ways to encourage consumers to purchase specialty produce. Mary Ostlund, marketing director for Homestead, Fla.-based Brooks Tropicals Inc., … Continue reading

 

Specialty sales soar

Article in the 6/20/16 The Packer written by Melissa Shipman Specialty produce is on the rise, grower-shippers say. “It’s growing, big time,” said Mary Ostlund, marketing director for Homestead, Fla.-based Brooks Tropicals Inc. Specialty fruit sales for 2015 were up … Continue reading

 

Specialties share, possibly steal spotlight at retail

By Melissa Shipman June 21, 2016 | 2:21 pm EDT Displaying specialties near their more mainstream cousins can be beneficial for the category, although it may steal some spotlight from familiar items. Mary Ostlund, marketing director for Homestead, Fla.-based Brooks Tropicals Inc., … Continue reading