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Flavor is first in Georgia

While Flavor 1st Growers & Packers operates out of Mills River, NC, the company has a farm in Rebecca, GA. That farm grows 700 acres of beans (green, KY and wax), 100 acres of summer squash (green and yellow), 50 acres of grape tomatoes, 25 acres of Tasti-Lee tomatoes and 25 acres of green Bell peppers.

pic-products-tomatoes-tasti-lee“Our partner on this farm, Dan King (King Ranch Farms), also has 200 acres of watermelons and 250 acres of cantaloupe,” said Mike Porter, sales manager for Flavor 1st. “The vast majority of fresh vegetables for the spring-fall seasons in the United States comes from Georgia. To be successful, you must be a good farmer first and foremost, then you need Mother Nature to cooperate.”

With that in mind, Porter believes the crops are looking good but are probably about a week behind schedule due to the cooler weather in the earlier parts of the growing season.

“With warmer weather to come, this gap could be shorted or closed completely,” he said. “The crops are looking very nice with good production expected. We hope for good pricing but at the end of the day, outside of our contracts, the market will be what it is going to be.”

The company has eight generations of experience in the produce industry. It grows-packs-ships produce to a distribution network that runs to everything east of the Mississippi River, which has enabled the company to continue growing.

“Business has been exceptional with great support from our customer base, which has allowed us to continue or expanded acreage,” Porter said. “We are expecting that trend to continue as our customers’ demands continue to grow and they allow us to be a part of that growth.”

Flavor 1st has begun to look at new packaging options that its customers are asking for and bringing to them.

“We are a grower-packer, but also a re-packer, so if our customers have new ideas they are interested in trying, we are able to provide them with solutions and can assist them in the process,” Porter said. “Overwrap/bag and size-specific packing are all things we can do.”

Another way the company distinguishes itself is through its commitment to food safety

“It is at the forefront of all we do here at Flavor 1st,” Porter said. “We are Primus GFSI certified at all levels of our business — from farm level to our state-of-the-art packing facilities in Mills River, NC and Fort Peirce, FL.”