Top Seal, a preprinted film designed as an alternative to clamshells, offers customers increased sustainability through less waste and labor. It’s also tamper resistant and was a PMA Impact Award finalist.
Mission Produce Inc., Oxnard, Calif., is planning to build at least one packinghouse in Peru to handle the almost 5,000 acres of avocados that should begin producing in about 1 1/2 years, said Tim Hallows, western region marketing manager.
The Peruvian season somewhat mirrors the California season, though Hallows said Mission Produce plans to export much of the Southern Hemisphere crop to Canada and Europe.
The extra production is needed to meet consumer demand, which is growing by 10% annually, Hallows said. Production right now is increasing only 3% annually.
Red, yellow and orange organic greenhouse bell peppers will be available from Nature Fresh Inc., Leamington, Ontario, beginning in April 2014, said Tyler Clark, speciality tomato and pepper specialist for Nature Fresh.
Planting will begin in Janaury, and harvest will begin in April and continue through the end of 2014 for the fully certifed acreage, he said.
Acreage under glass for the Nature Fresh organic bell pepper program will be about 4.5 acres out of a total greenhouse capacity of 66 acres.
Pear Bureau Northwest
The new online retailer training program was a hot topic at the Pear Bureau Northwest/USA Pears expo booth.
“It just hits the merchandising basics for newbies like how to talk to customers,” said Cristie Mather, director of communications. “And they get a hard copy of a certificate for completing the course.”
Ingles Markets earned the award for 2013 Pear Retailer of the Year, with honorable mentions going to Roundy’s Supermarkets, Tops Markets and The United Family.
Mather said there is a bumper crop of extra-large sized pears, and she encourages retailers to carry them to increase rings.
SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services has a new testing service that aims to offer expanded laboratory
“We are now able to provide a wide range of in-demand laboratory testing services for the food industry at very competitive prices, paired with comprehensive food quality and safety certification services,” Chip Wood, director of business development for SCS Global Services, Emeryville, Calif., said in a news release.
The company also can test products to see if they are genetically modified or live up to gluten-free claims.
In addition to the new testing services, SCS presented a series of educational mini-courses at the Fresh Summit booth, Wood said.
Topics included sustainability certification, the facts and myths about antioxidant superfoods, components of a comprehensive vendor risk management program, and GlobalG.A.P.