Tanimura & Antle Expands Organics with Three New Products: Rick Antle Comments
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
SALINAS, CA - Tanimura & Antle is expanding its organic line with three new additions: Organic Celery and Celery Hearts, Organic Broccoli, and Organic Cauliflower.
“We’re thrilled to once again be providing high-quality organic produce to our retail partners,” said Rick Antle, CEO. “Organic produce has long been a passion of ours, which is why we acquired a one-third interest in Earthbound Farm Organic in 1999 and played a pivotal role in the growth of that brand.”
As the company re-enters the organics market after an eight-year absence, these offerings are part of a growing list of products, according to a press release.
This includes the launch earlier this year of:
- Organic Romaine Hearts
- Organic Artisan Romaine
- Organic Artisan Sweet Italian Red Onions
The company stated that, following the sale of Earthbound Farm Organic in 2009, it was restricted from participating in the organic market until recently.
“The demand for fresh organic produce is climbing rapidly, and our company is pleased to be helping retailers meet that demand while continuing to provide fresh and delicious conventional produce,” Antle continued. “Our extensive experience as a pioneer and leader in organic produce allows us to be a key resource to our valued partners as they seek to provide consumers with the best products on the market.”
The CEO concluded that, according to a report published by the United Fresh Produce Association, organic vegetable sales were up 6 percent in the third quarter of this year versus the same period last year. "We're excited to be back in organics and contributing to this tremendous growth," he said.
Keep an eye out as we continue to report on the ever-dynamic organic sector of fresh produce.