Alan Lieberman has joined Southern Specialties as its senior vice president. In this newly created position within the company Lieberman will oversee internal operations and play a leading role in further developing the company’s growth and business strategies.
Lieberman has over 30 years of industry experience, including executive roles in the foodservice, wholesale and export sectors. Most recently he has been consulting within the industry.
NASHVILLE, TN — The crowds were out at Southern Innovations 2022. People were seeing new products, they were hearing about new ideas, they were making new contacts, they were reconnecting with old friends — and they were enjoying every minute.
As one participant put it, "It's a great opportunity to come and see what's new. I think every booth [has] something of a little different twist," whether it's a new flavor or new packaging. "That's why it's called innovation. And I think it's great."
In years gone by, U.S. importers of Peruvian asparagus would often compete, touting the freshness of their product because they brought the product into the United States via air rather than ocean. That is rarely the case today as ocean shipments dominate the space.
“Ten years ago, 10 percent of the volume was shipped by ocean and 90 percent by air,” said Walter Yager, president of Alpine Fresh. “This year, I expect 80 percent by ocean and 20 percent by air.”
Southern Specialties is a grower, importer, processor and shipper located in Pompano Beach, FL. The company imports a majority of its produce from the Americas, so it’s connection to Florida spring produce comes from its home for the most part.
Ever since Robert Colescott founded Pompano Beach, FL-based Southern Specialties in 1990, the company’s mission has been to provide the finest restaurants and hotels in the nation with the best service and highest quality specialty produce.
Over its more than three decades in business, the company has continued to provide these services, adding the leading retailers and club stores in North America to its mix.
For many years, the Pompano State Farmers Market was a key shipping point for Florida vegetables. Trucks from within Florida and out of state were able to consolidate loads that reached consumers throughout many parts of the nation.