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Grimmway Farms’ Georgia Facility Has a Grand Opening

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SPARKS, GA — The grand opening of the Grimmway Farms’ new Southeast Regional Packing Facility and Warehouse in Sparks, Georgia was held recently. 

Grimmway Farms, the largest grower, producer, and shipper of carrots in the world, is opening the new facility to better serve the company’s East Coast customers. The new packing and warehouse center will bring with it both permanent and seasonal jobs to the region. 

“We are proud to welcome Grimmway Farms to Georgia,” said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. “With further processing of raw agricultural products historically lacking in the Southeast, Georgia is honored to be the home of this unique facility which has the potential to have significant impacts on our rural and agricultural economies in both the state of Georgia and entire Southeast.” 

The new facility also will bring positive economic impact. Grimmway Farms made approximately $5 million in capital investment to bring the new Georgia facility online and expects its Southeast operating budget to be more than $2.5 million. Additionally, the company will bring four permanent, full-time jobs and 50 seasonal jobs to Cook County. 

“At Grimmway Farms, we are always looking for fertile regions to grow carrots and further develop our year-round program,” said Jeff Huckaby, company president and CEO. “We found Cook County to be a great location to expand our operations. We are committed to providing customers with unparalleled service and this new packing facility in Sparks will allow us to load six days a week from February to May, ensuring timely delivery to our regional customers.“ 

The new plant has already begun shipping Grimmway Farms’ popular cello and jumbo carrots, packed under the Grimmway Farms, Bunny-Luv, and Premier labels. 

About Grimmway Farms

Family-owned and headquartered in Bakersfield, California, Grimmway Farms traces its roots to a produce stand opened by the Grimm brothers in the early 1960s. Grimmway is a global produce leader and the world’s largest producer of carrots. Grimmway supplies more than 65 organic, USAgrown crops year-round. Brands include Cal-Organic Farms and Bunny-Luv.

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The Key to a Healthy Sperm? Carrots – Says Harvard Study

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IMG_6874Nearly 200 young men in the U.S. were asked to follow diets containing a variety of fruits and vegetables before testing to see what effect it had on sperm.  Researchers at Harvard University found yellow and orange foods were found to help make the sperm stronger, according to a story in The Daily Mail.

The boost was attributed to pigments called carotenoids because the body converts some of these into health-boosting antioxidants.  These include beta-carotene, which the body can make into the antioxidant vitamin A.

The sperm-boosting qualities come from chemicals called carotenoids, which give such foods their familiar colour.  Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals, destructive groups of atoms that are a by-product of metabolism and can damage cell membranes and DNA.

Sweet potatoes and melons can enhance the quantity and sperm quality, but carrots were found to improve sperm performance by between 6.5 and 8 per cent, according to a report in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

Red fruit and veg, particularly tomatoes, which contain the anti-cancer chemical lycopene, were associated with fewer abnormally shaped sperm. They contributed to between 8 and 10 per cent more ‘normal’ sperm, said the research, which could make a significant difference for couples having problems conceiving.

The news comes amid reports that the quantity and quality of male sperm is declining in Western countries, with some studies showing that average sperm counts have fallen by over half.

A previous study from Harvard showed that men eating diets containing most saturated fat had the lowest sperm counts and poorer quality sperm.  However, men who ate more ‘good’ fats – including omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and some plants – had better quality sperm than those eating less.

Carrots have long been prized for their proven ability to help maintain eye health.  They are a prime source of vitamin A, which the retina of the eye needs to function. The vitamin’s antioxidant properties may help prevent cataracts and a deficiency causes night blindness.

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California’s Salinas Valley, Kern County are Providing Loads

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IMG_6576California is now shipping an astounding 7 million trays of strawberries per week, which should set another record for loadings by the time the season ends.  Most loadings are taking place from the Santa Maria area and the Watsonville district.

The Salinas Valley continues to ship a wide variety of vegetables.  Head lettuce loadings are providing the heaviest volume, averaging about 1,500 truckloads per week.  However, there’s lots of other items ranging from various types of lettuce, to cauliflower, broccoli, etc.

Kern County

This week most potato sheds should be hitting full production.   Shipments of fresh potatoes from the southern region of the San Joaquin Valley should continue into early July.

There has been a 10%-plus drop in acreage of reds, whites and yellow spuds.  More specifically:  whites are down 13%;  reds, as well as yellows are off 12%.  The nationally over produced (thanks primarily to Idaho)  russet acreage in Kern County is down a whopping 65 percent.

Russet acreage in Kern County has dropped to about 1,000 acres from a high of 12,000 to 14,000 acres about 20 years ago.

While Kern County shippers are predicting  enough transportation with trucks, rail, intermodal and Railex, they say it will be expensive.

Kern County potatoes and carrots – grossing about $5200 to Chicago.

Salinas Valley veggies – about $7300 to New York City.


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Give Santa Milk and Carrots (Instead of Cookies)?

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Each Christmas Eve, tradition holds that children leave out a plate of milk and cookies for Santa. During the night Santa Claus might visit in excess of 125 million homes. (Estimates vary.) Should he eat merely a single cookie in each visit, at an average of 100 calories per cookie, Bolthouse Farms analysts estimate that Santa may consume as many as 12.5 billion empty calories in a single night. This season, Bolthouse Farms is encouraging Santa Claus to make a smarter food choice.

Children who learn to make smart food choices at an early age tend to thrive. Childhood obesity rates have tripled over the past three decades[1] and research shows that kids are consuming 5-15% more sugar per day than dietary guidelines allow.[2] To combat the sugar craze, experts recommend making smart food choices, like limiting desserts, sweets and sugary cereals and checking nutrition labels to ensure that sugar isn’t a main ingredient.[3] As sugar is undoubtedly the primary ingredient in the 125 million cookies Santa may consume on Christmas Eve, this gives American parents an ideal moment to discuss food choices.

Bolthouse Farms’ Cut and Peeled Baby Carrots will be repackaged this December as the “Official Snack of Santa.” The holiday carrots will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart stores nationwide. At 35 calories per serving and full of Vitamin A and beta carotene, baby carrots give Santa and his reindeer the nutritious edge needed to navigate their global journey. With a satisfying crunch that pairs well with favorite holiday dips and dressings, baby carrots are an ideal snack for “all the good boys and girls,” young and old.

“We are sympathetic to Santa and we love cookies, too. But we’re sure Mrs. Claus would welcome it if Santa cut down on the empty calories,” said Jeff Dunn, chief executive officer, Bolthouse Farms. “Even small food choices, made the right way day after day, can have a positive, lasting impact.”

To complement its holiday campaign, Bolthouse Farms is helping to raise funds for Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organization committed to ending hunger and developing sustainable nutritionsolutions. Beginning on November 26 and running for one month, Bolthouse Farms asks consumers to help Santa fight hunger by pledging their support on For every pledge, Bolthouse Farms will donate $1 to Action Against Hunger, up to $25,000.

“The people at Action Against Hunger are putting every resource at their disposal towards the fight against hunger, and we’re proud to support them,” said Bolthouse Farms’ Jeff Dunn. “For some communities, of course, food choices are not a choice at all – access to food and clean water are limited. For other communities, more options exist, and children can learn at an early age to make choices that keep them healthy and engaged.”

Bolthouse Farms is a health-and-wellness focused company. Headquartered in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Bolthouse has grown to become America’s premier producer of carrots, as well as a category leader in super-premium juices, smoothies, protein shakes, cafe beverages and premium refrigerated dressings.

  1. Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of obesity and trends in body mass index among US children and adolescents, 1999-2010. JAMA. 2012;307:483-90.
  2. Dietary Guidelines for Americans,
  3. Mayo Clinic,

About Bolthouse Farms

Bolthouse Farms is a farm located in California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley, known for high-quality consumer brands and innovative products. Bolthouse Farms is a market share leader in growing and distributing carrots. In addition, Bolthouse Farms produces and sells super-premium juices, smoothies, protein shakes and cafe beverages under the Bolthouse Farms brand name. In recent years, Bolthouse Farms diversified its offerings by launching a line of premium refrigerated yogurt dressings and extra virgin olive oil vinaigrettes. The Bolthouse Farms mission is to Inspire the Fresh Revolution™ and change the way people consume healthy foods and beverages. The company was acquired by Campbell Soup Company on Aug. 6, 2012. To learn more about the company’s mission and see the entire line of current products, visit

About Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that works to save the lives of acutely malnourished children and ensure that communities have long-term access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. By providing immediate assistance during times of emergency while integrating our programs into local and national systems for sustainability, we aim to restore health, self-sufficiency, and independence to vulnerable populations around the world.

Source: Bolthouse Farms

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Huron Loads are Shifting to Salinas

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Produce shipments from the Huron District in the San Joaquin Valley, as well as loads out of the Salinas Valley have returned to normal following disruptions due to rain.  The seasonal transition of the lettuce harvest and loadings out of Huron are quickly shifting from Huron to Salinas.  Volume is building from the Salinas Valley, not only with lettuce, but other vegetables, and should become heavy in May.

 Here’s an update on San Joaquin Valley stone fruit shipments that get underway soon.  Both peaches and nectarines usally start by late April, with plums coming on in May.  Expect peach and nectarine loading opportunities this season to be off 20 percent due to hail.  There was a 20-mile-long swath of the storm cutting through from Southwest of Kingsburg going east to south of Dinuba and Reedly.  Shippers with stone fruit  orchards you may load with in this area were adversely affected the most.

Looking ahead to the Bakersfield, Kern County shipping area, potato shipping will get underway the second week of May with red, yellow and russet spuds.  This will be followed by watermelon loads becoming available in early June, while table grape shipments get started in early July…..Meanwhile steady shipments of carrots are continuing from this area.

Salinas Valley vegetables – grossing about $7000 to New York City.

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A Look at National Produce Shipments

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Supplies of refrigerated a equipment are tightening some as we get further into spring.   How big a shortage of trucks for hauling produce will be this year will start to reveal itself in the weeks ahead and should be really interesting by late May and onward through the summer.

In Florida, blueberry loadings from Central and North Florida are now in good volume and hauls are available into June….Meanwhile, Georgia “blues” are right behind Florida.  Good Georgia blueberry shipments should be available by next week….Back to Florida, rates for hauling watermelons out of the southern part of the state have jumped 20 percent in recent days.  Vegetable volume from Florida continues to be heavy.

In South Texas, vegetables continue to be loaded, combined with a lot of veggies and tropical fruit from Mexico crossing the border into Texas.  Cantaloupe shipments have started from the Rio Grande Valley.  There’s still no overall damage reports on storm-hit watermelons in South Texas.  There will be fewer loads, but who knows how much less?  Loadings are light, but will be increasing and continue into mid-June.

In California, the Imperial Valley is quieter with the seasonal end of vegetable shipments.  However, cantaloupe shipments will start in mid-May….About 300 truckload equivalents of carrots are being shipped weekly from the Bakersfield area.

Southern California continues to ship good volumes of avocados, strawberries and citrus…..The Santa Maria district, along with the Salinas Valley will become more active with produce shipments in the weeks ahead.

In Washington state, there are steady loadings of apples and pears from the Yakima and Wenatchee valleys.

Washington state apples and pears – grossing about $4200 to Chicago.

Southern California produce – grossing about $5000 to Chicago.

South Texas produce  – about $4800 to New York City.

South Florida veggies – about $3600 to New York City.



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California Shipping Areas to Change

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The seasonal change in California shipping areas for vegetables will be here sooner than you think.  In March shipments will start winding down from the desert areas such as the Coachella Valley and Imperial Valley, as well as the Yuma district in Arizona.  This can be a tricky time of the year, which can either result in shipping gaps as one area may finish before the other start.  However, unless adverse weather changes things it should be a fairly smooth transition this spring.

As produce shipments move from the desert up north, there is actually a limited amount of broccoli being loaded from Salinas, CA.  Broccoli volume is expected to be limited until the third or fourth week of March…..Head lettuce and leaf lettuce should start loadings in late March from Huron District in the San Joaquin Valley.  These shipments will last a month or so before transitioning to the Salinas Valley around the third week of April.

The Santa Maria District typically starts lettuce shipments ahead of Salinas and Huron.  Look for loadings of leaf, romaine and butter lettuce from Santa Maria to get underway in Mid March.

An exception to all this are carrots.  This veggie is typically shipped from the Bakersfield area from Thanksgiving to mid-March.  Then shipments will transistion southward to the desert areas of the Coachella and Imperial valleys.

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Southern California Loadings

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Produce shipments out of Southern California are entering decent volume for strawberries, but avocado loadings will be limited for awhile.  Better weather conditions compared to a year ago have strawberries loadings more than double over 2011 volume.  About 25 to 30 percent of California’s total strawberry shipments come from Ventura County and south.  Overall, California is forecast to ship 176 million trays of strawberries this year.

As for avocados, Californa expects to move nearly 400 million trays.  Loading opportunities from California have been less than normal as many West Coast shippers are holding onto product waiting for big volumes from Mexico and Chile to subside.  Expect significant increases in California avocado shipments come April.

From the Bakersfield area, there’s about 300 truckload equivalents of carrots being shipped weekly….There also is fair volume with items such as lettuce, celery, cauliflower and broccoli being loaded from the Coachella and Imperial valleys of the California desert.

Southern California berries, citrus is grossing about $5500 to New York City.

Imperial Valley veggies – about $3600 to Chicago.

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