Pasadena-based Jones Coffee Roasters is expanding with a new location in South Pasadena at the site of former Buster’s, at 1006 Mission Street.
The new location held a “soft opening” Thursday during the South Pasadena Farmers Market.
Chuck Jones, who founded the roasting company in 1994 and descends from five generations of Guatemalan coffee growers, told the South Pasadenan it was “a chance to get a feel for the crowds and acclimate the baristas to the epicenter of South Pasadena.”
After all, for three decades the former Buster’s — angled along what is now the Metro Gold Line tracks on Mission Street at Meridian Street — was ostensibly the most popular corner in South Pasadena.
The very same location was an influential part of Chuck’s fledgling pursuit of coffee roasting knowledge as a young man.
“I was 23-years-old, so for 25 percent of my life there was this killer coffeehouse in South Pasadena that Monica had started, naming it after her son, Buster, and then her sisters, Collette and Renee got involved and it evolved into this institution in South Pasadena,” Jones said as a Gold Line train passes, “it was my first exposure to a local coffeehouse.”
The new Jones Coffee South Pasadena locale will be serving coffee, coffee drinks, Fosselman’s ice cream, and grab-and-go snacks.
Sun Pacific Marketing Cooperative in Pasadena went public with its organic Cuties brand last week.
The popular Mandarin oranges debuted at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure 2019 in Orlando, according to “Blue Book Series,” a fruit and vegetable industry trade publication.
Sun Pacific, which has its main sales and marketing offices at 1095 East Green Street in Pasadena, started in 1969 when founder and CEO Berne Evans purchased 72 acres of orange groves in the San Joaquin Valley.
Howard Nager, vice president of business development, announced that the company had previously added organically grown kiwi fruit to its Mighties line in October.
At the expo, Nader also said Sun Pacific’s easy-peel Cuties line is getting more competition as more companies introduce branded clementines and mandarins.
Last November, Sun Pacific produced a Countdown to Cuties sweepstakes that offered consumers a chance to win a smart watch and share their personal countdowns with each other. Cuties utilized its fan base during the campaign to grow a community of shoppers and generate in-store purchases.
“We anticipated and were very pleased with this volume of excitement surrounding Cuties season because we know consumers love the brand,” Kate Reeb, Sun Pacific Director of Marketing, said in a statement. “This promotion created another opportunity to personalize people’s experience with the Cuties brand and create excitement around the much-anticipated start of a season.
In February, the company hosted a “Sweeter with You” promotion on social media, to encourage consumers to share their favorite moments with the people they love, “especially the moments that include Cuties,” said Reeb.
The Cuties brand is focusing on its annual Snack A-peel campaign in 2019, which encourages continued growth of the mandarin snacking category, Reeb told Farm Journal Media’s The Packer.
Old-Pasadena’s Parsons Corporation plans an initial public offering that would value the company at around $3 billion.
The company has filed paperwork for the IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a report from Reuters.
The deal, expected to raise about $500 million, could launch in April or May, the report added.
Parsons has not publicly spoken about the IPO offering. The company, based in Pasadena for decades, recently announced that, while maintaining its local presence, it was moving corporate headquarters to Centerville, Va.
Parsons said in January that it bought OGSystems, an innovative solutions provider with advanced technologies in geospatial intelligence, big data analytics, and threat mitigation.
The acquisition was the corporation’s third in 14 months.
In 2018, Parsons acquired Polaris Alpha, a technology-focused provider of mission solutions for complex defense, intelligence, and security customers.
Scooping up these smaller companies in the defense and intelligence sectors, bolsters Parson’s customer list and increases its investment appeal, according to the report.
Parson’s footprint in Pasadena continues to evolve. Its iconic Old Pasadena headquarters is currently the site of a large construction project as its former parking lots are transformed into 100 West Walnut, a 6.4 acres acres development which will include 210,000 square feet of office space, 400 residential units, 17,500 square feet of retail and dining space, and three levels of below-grade parking.