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has been using for decades. The
company also uses minimal pesticides and spraying by introducing good bugs into the fields to
eat bad bugs, and it even uses a
pest vacuum to suck up undesirable pests. Well•Pict growers
never use GMOs, and they apply
a cover crop method to make a natural, environmentally-friendly nitrogen fertilizer.
“Thanks to years of refining growing techniques, not to mention
some good old-fashioned ingenuity and hard work, Well•Pict Berries
has been able to supply a superior product in a way that protects the
environment,” says Dan Crowley, vice president of sales and marketing.
In addition, Well•Pict’s plastic clamshell packaging is 100-percent
recyclable, made up of 70-percent recycled drinking bottles, and 50
percent of the power used in the manufacturing process comes directly
from solar energy.
THE LITTLE POTATO CO.
The Little Potato Co.’s story
began 20 years ago on a little
potato plot just outside of
Edmonton, Alb., Canada.
Jacob van der Schaaf and his
daughter Angela Santiago grew their first creamer potatoes by hand—
planting, weeding and harvesting the 1-acre farm themselves.
Now, The Little Potato Co. is the North American leader in breed-
ing, growing and marketing of proprietary creamer potatoes, accord-
ing to company officials, with five distribution centers throughout the
U.S. and Canada and a new U.S. production facility near Madison, Wis.
“Creamer potatoes are a specialty type of premium little potato vari-
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ety with thin skin, that are rich in flavor and highly nutritious,” says
Santiago, CEO and co-founder. “While they are loved by chefs for their
gourmet plate appeal, they are also family-friendly because they are so
simple to prepare.”
The Little Potato Co. offers six varieties of creamer potatoes. Available
in 1.5- and 3-pound bags, as well as microwave and oven grill value-
added kits, the product comes pre-washed and requires no peeling.
Creamer potatoes are nutrient-dense with potassium and fiber, packed
with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and are naturally fat-, cho-
lesterol- and gluten-free.
Mann Packing Co. is one of the largest suppliers of Broccolini and sugar
snap peas in North America. With a variety of products like Nourish
Bowls, Culinary Cuts, veggie trays and organics, the Salinas, Calif.-
based company heavily invests in the ways its products go to market.
“The continuing success of Mann’s portfolio reflects the company’s
commitment to creating innovative new
products that give cost-effective, fresh
and delicious choices to consumers,” says
Gina Nucci, director of corporate mar-
keting. “Mann’s is always interested in
guiding consumers to healthy choices
and alternatives through its mission of
‘Fresh Vegetables Made Easy.’”
H.W. Mann started the business in
1939 with his fresh carrot packing opera-
tion and quickly made his way in the fresh vegetable industry. In 1976,
Bill Ramsey and Don Nucci joined as partners, and their families con-
tinue to lead the company, which now spans three generations.
Though the company was founded by one Mann, it is a majority
women-owned and operated business today. Mann’s holds the Women’s
Owned Business Certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise
National Council—generally considered the most widely recognized
certification in the U.S. for women’s business enterprises.
What began in 1990 as Desert
Glory, with only cherry tomatoes, NatureSweet Tomatoes
has vastly grown its operations and offerings. The company, based in San Antonio,
NatureSweet Tomatoes’ offerings include Cherubs, Sunbursts, Glorys
(cherry tomatoes), Jubilees, Eclipses and Constellations. The brand’s
products are the only tomatoes grown to a specification 365 days a year,
according to company officials—ensuring the same flavor, color, size
and firmness year-round.
The company’s new “Tomatoes Raised Right” campaign provides
consumers with a look into its growing practices from start to finish.
NatureSweet growers control every step of the growing process, starting with the seeds that are nurtured throughout the greenhouse-grown
process, to the associates who handpick the tomatoes off the vine at
their peak of freshness.
“Most of life’s sweetest moments come from a lot of hard work,” says
Lori Castillo, marketing director. “Raising something right doesn’t
happen in a day, so the campaign shares what it means to be 100-per-
cent vertically integrated, controlling everything from seed to shelf.”
READY PAC FOODS
Ready Pac Foods’ products and
innovations have set many standards in the produce industry.
About 40 years ago, the company’s founder was faced with
a challenge: to provide all of its