Florida Fall Produce: The Story on the Sunshine State’s Organics

By Lisa White

Some say Florida will never be able to sustain organics because of the climate; however, there has been progress in the growing habits and expansion of produce options.


Aviva by Kameel - Restaurant Profile

According to the most recent statistics from the Washington, D.C.-based National Restaurant Association, in 2011 there were more than 16,000 eating places in Georgia, and these restaurants were estimated to register $16 billion in sales in 2013. Restaurants accounted for almost 380,000 jobs in the state in 2013, with projected job growth of 14 percent by 2023. 


Don’t Underestimate The Power Of Fresh Herbs

A magnet for produce, they have tremendous potential for increased sales.

By Barry Sparks

Fresh herbs account for only 2 to 5 percent of produce sales, according to Chick Goodman of Christiansted, Virgin Islands-based Coosemans Worldwide, Inc., but that figure belies their importance.

“Fresh herbs are a first-destination item,” adds Goodman. “Fresh herbs are on the top of the list for home chefs and cooks. To cook fresh, you need herbs. And, that type of consumer will select a store based on its herbs.”


Prestigious AMHPAC Members Talk Advancement

(Photo: (Left to right) Óscar Woltman de Vries and Juan Ariel Reyes Rábago, Alfredo Díaz Belmontes)

The Mexican Association of Protected Agriculture (AMHPAC) hosted its 9th annual conference on August 24 – 26 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, and it proved to be a success. Fifty exhibitors filled the exhibitor room floors spotlighting their products and services. This year’s conference yielded an increase of participants with a 10 percent year-over-year growth. 


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Produce Business | Floral Business 30 Years
PRODUCE BUSINESS is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. We thought it would be apropos to reach out to produce veterans in retail who also have 30 years of experience in the industry so they could share their wisdom and provide food for thought on the future. Each issue of PRODUCE BUSINESS this year includes another viewpoint from a produce enthusiast, so enjoy these Q&A’s with more to follow.

Craig Carlson Craig
Ed Corvelo Ed
Bob DiPiazza Bob

Dave Diver Dave
Brian Gannon Brian
Don Harris Don

Michael Mockler Michael
Tom Murray Tom
Mike O'Brien Mike

Roger Pepperl Roger
Jim Richter Jim
Randy Scott Randy

Jeff Shilling Jeff
Dick Spezzano Dick

Steve Williams Steve
Joe Watson Joe
Will Wedge Will


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