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Adam Bazarnik, longtime produce retailer with Nugget Market, was 43
Adam J. Bazarnik, corporate director of produce and floral for Woodland, CA-based Nugget Markets, died unexpectedly Sept. 12 at his home in Sacramento. He was 43. Mr. Bazarnik spent more than 25 years at Nugget, joining the 12-store chain at the age of 16 as a grocery bagger as a high school student in his hometown of Davis, CA. “I started as a courtesy clerk, but it was a small, family-owned market, so you did whatever... Read more

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Organics Unlimited: organic bananas is ‘what we do’
Organic bananas are not a choice at Organics Unlimited, a vertically-integrated grower-packer-shipper based in San Diego. It is what they do. Mayra Velasquez de Leon, president, co-founder and co-owner of the company, draws a distinction between her company, which sells only organic bananas and other tropical fruit, and companies that offer organics as a marketing... Read more

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Always Fresh Farms touts berries and Florida citrus program
Always Fresh Farms continues to meet the needs of the berry trade through food safety and social accountability, while staying relevant with packaging. “We continue to expand our knowledge of current trends, which could improve food safety, traceability, packaging, point of sale displays and logistics,” said Wayne Giddings, president and chief executive... Read more


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C.H. Robinson's Stenderup Scales K2
At 6:40 a.m. on July 22, John Stenderup became the 21st American to step foot atop K2, the second-tallest mountain in the world behind Mount Everest, which he scaled last year. Stenderup, manager of cold chain solutions for C.H. Robinson in its Robinson Fresh office in Monterey, CA, had been in training... Read more