Atlantic Produce Exchange LLC

4198 Four Oaks Blvd.

Tallahassee, FL 32311

850-878-6224

About Us

Our Organization

Celebrating 20 years as a family run watermelon business. 

We are an established "grower, packer, and shipper" providing our customers with excellent - dependable service and for the consumer quality watermelons

Our Farms

Our farms are in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana & Delaware.  We have over 1600 acres of  watermelons - available from April to September

Our Packing Facilities

Seedless & Seeded watermelons.

Place packed by size in 24" or 36" bins.  Use CHEP pallets or blond Grade A wood pallets.  

Orders loaded FOB or shipped delivered.

Our Organization

Atlantic Produce Exchange LLC, founded in 1998, has grown consistently over the past 20 years.

Meet Our Staff:

  • Jon Kline - Sales Manager with 28 years in watermelon production and marketing
  • Alex Kline - Field Operations Manager with 18 years in packinghouse management and 8 years in watermelon production
  • Jean Kline - Accounting & Food Safety Director
  • Larry Odom - Transportation Manager & Sales - 27 years experience
  • Mike Johnson - Packinghouse manager and onsite food safety coordinator
  • Sallie "Sass" Boles - Onsite Food Safety Coordinator and audit lead
  • Dave Haller & Derek Rodgers - Sales operations through their Vero Beach offices
  • Erik Eriksen - Sales operations out of Grand Rapids, MI

Atlantic Produce Exchange is committed to provide our customers with excellent service and quality:

Growers - support with the logistics of  the sale and transport of watermelons , food safety guidance, complete documentation of harvested and sold product, prompt and fair compensation

Workers - support with a safe and respectful work environment, training to meet job requirements, fair compensation, and open communication

Transportation Providers - clear and complete communication to facilitate timely delivery of product, and prompt invoice payment

Retailers - open and complete communication, accurate and timely delivery  of orders, compliance with food safety and quality standards

Vendors - clear and complete orders and timely payments of invoices

Consumers - availability to answer questions or concerns, provide quality watermelons to enjoy.

Our Farms

Florida

Atlantic Produce Growers LLC - Located Vero Beach, FL -  300 acres.  Anticipated harvest early April through May


Langford-Reed Farms - Located Newberry / Trenton, FL  100 acres.   Anticipated harvest late May through June

Georgia

Pond-O-Gold, Farmers  Choice Melons, Thomas Sumner Farms - Omega, GA - 320 acres. Anticipated harvest June 5 through mid-July.


Smith Quality Produce. Wray, GA.  225 acres.  Anticipated harvest June 15 through mid-July

Missouri

Moore & Moore Farms - Hornersville, MO - 225 acres.  Anticipated harvest July 1 through mid-August.

Indiana

SummerTime Produce LLC - Vincennes, IN. - 280 acres.  Anticipated harvest mid-July to early September.

Delaware

GC Farms - Laurel, DE.- 150 acres. Anticipated harvest mid-July to early September.

SweetOnes - Label

"The name says it all"

Our Facilities

Florida

Vero Beach - Atlantic Produce Growers / Indian River Exchange Packers


Trenton / Newberry - Langford-Reed Farms & Jackie Langford Farms

Georgia

Omega - Pond-O-Gold / Farmers Choice Melons & Thomas Sumner Farms


Wray - Smith Quality Produce 

Missouri

Hornersville - Moore & Moore Farms

Indiana

Vincennes - SummerTime Produce

Delaware

Laurel - GC Farms & ABC Farms

Watermelon - A Healthy Choice!

Packed with nutrients to support your health

A two-cup serving of watermelon contains excellent levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, and also serves as a valuable source of potassium.  


At  92% water, watermelon delivers needed fluids and nutrients to the body, including lycopene - which as been studied for its potential role in reducing risk of heart disease, various cancers and protection to skin from harmful UV rays - and citrulline - which can help maintain blood flow with the heart and cardiovascular function.

Benefits

  • Vitamin A for Healthy Eyes and Skin
  • Vitamin B6 for Immune Function and Brain Development in Pregnancy & Infancy
  • Vitamine C is an antioxidant that can help boost immunity
  • Antioxidant Lycopene may aid in sun protection
  • Cholesterol-free, Fat-free, Sodium-free and only 80 calories per serving
  • Antioxidants and hydration may aid recovery after exercise


Watermelon has Safe Handling Practices

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you should wash all fruits and vegetables, including all melons, in clean, running water before eating them.  If you purchase a cut piece of watermelon, rinse the rind portion with fresh water.  Don't forget to dry too!  This is true of all fruits and vegetables, rinds or not.

Selection, Storage and Handling of Watermelons

How to Choose a Watermelon

  1. Look the watermelon over.  You are looking for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents.
  2. Lift it up - The watermelon should be heavy for its size.  Watermelon is 92% water so most of the weight is water.
  3. Turn it over - The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.

Here are some steps to consider when enjoying watermelon:

  1. Select the best melon possible to last the longest in you kitchen The outside of the melon should be firm and free of any major cracks or dents.
  2. Wash your hand thoroughly with soap and water before cutting watermelons
  3. Before cutting, wash the outer surface with cool tap water and dry to remove surface dirt.
  4. Wash all food-contact areas and euipment, such as cutting boards, counter tops, peelers and knives with hot water and soap to avoid cross contamination.
  5. Maintain the temperature of watermelons.  If you purchased it at room temperature, you can keep it at room temperature.  If you refrigerate it after purchasing, be sure to keep the watermelon cool.
  6. Always refrigerate watermelon once you have cut into it.  Either place in covered container, or cover the cut surface of a melon with plastic wrap to prevent the flesh from becoming mushy.  Always refrigerate immediately.

Food Safety Priorities

GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative)

We are dedicated to following the most current GFSI standards in all farms, harvest crews and packing houses.  We support  and work with our our Growers and facilities to ensure up-to-date practices are in place and followed.

Food Safety Policies & Procedures

All farms and facilities use the latest GFSI standards and guidelines.  Trained staff perform and  continuous monitor adherence to those standards.  Annually, each farm and facility are third-party audited using a fully recognized audit scheme covering the Food Safety Management System, Good Agricultural Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices.

Food Safety Staff Qualifications

  • All workers are trained annually on food safety standards and expectations 
  • Those workers with specialized responsibilities received job-specific training
  • Key staff at each facility are certified in HACCP (Hazard Assessment and Critical Control Points)
  • FSMA (Food Safety and Modernization Act) Training in both Grower and Preventive Controls completed

PrimusGFS Audits

2017-2018 PrimusGFS audits for farms and facilities available below.

PrimusGFS Audits - 2018

PrimusGFS audits for 2018-2019 are underway and those completed are listed below.

Moore & Moore Farms - Watermelons from Start to Finish

Check out this great video from Hornersville, Missouri

Licenses & References

FEIN: 45-4501992

Licenses & Bonds

  • PACA License #:  20120820
  • Florida License & Bond - $100,000
  • Georgia License & Bond - $230,000
  • Delaware License & Bond - $50,000

Product Liability Insurance - $10 million

Dun & Bradstreet: 12-805-2995

Blue Book BB#: 160273

Red Book PIN#: 161838

Links

National Watermelon Promotion Board

www.watermelon.org

Representing 1,500 watermelon growers, shippers and importers nationwide, their goal is to promote the nutritional, culinary and convenience benefits of watermelon.

National Watermelon Association

https://watermelon.ag

A voluntary, membership trade association dedicated to making a positive difference in the business and lives of its Watermelon family - those involved in the growing, grading, handling, transporting, distributing, and selling of watermelon.

Produce Marketing Association - PMA

www.pma.com

Produce Marketing Association is a trade organization representing companies from every segment of the global fresh produce and floral supply chain.  PMA helps members grow by providing connections that expand business opportunities and increase sales and consumption.

Produce Blue Book

https://www.producebluebook.com

Blue Book Services, Inc. is a leading credit and marketing information agency, serving the international wholesale produce industry since 1901...

Produce Market Guide (Red Book)

www.producemarketguide.com

Produce Market Guide is a resource for produce commodity information, fresh trends and data analysis.  

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Grower - Packer - Shipper

We would love to hear from our customers - so, please "Drop us a Line!".

Atlantic Produce Exchange LLC

4198 Four Oaks, Tallahassee, FL 32311, US

(850) 878-6224