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Gator Eggs hatching in time for show

10/14/2013 11:54:00 AM
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Gator Eggs from Shanley FarmsCourtesy Shanley FarmsShanley Farms plans to show buyers its Gator Eggs (above in artist's concept drawing) for the first time at PMA's Fresh Summit in New Orleans. The single-serving avocados will be packaged in half-dozen count, egg-style cartons for retailers.The Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit attracts new and exotic fruits and vegetables. At the top of that list this year are Gator Eggs from Shanley Farms.

Jim Shanley, owner of the Morro Bay, Calif., company, has been growing avocados since 1999. The Gator Eggs are his new single-serve version.

“Only a bit larger than a regular egg, each Gator Egg provides about a third of a cup of fresh, smooth avocado, just about the right amount for one sandwich or salad,” according to a Shanley Farms news release.

Shanley borrowed an old-time avocado nickname — alligator pear — for the mini avocadoes that are expected to be available to retailers in December this year.

Six-pack cartons similar to half-dozen cartons for regular eggs are planned for the Gator Eggs. Shanley’s release said the six-packs would use size 84 avocados.

At booth No. 3155, Shanley Farms will also be promoting Citriburst Finger Limes, Morro Bay avocados and Sierra Sweet kiwifruit at the show.

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