From the show floor: NEPC expo notes

04/26/2012 05:27:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

“Because of the importance of cooked greens to consumer diets, we’re trying to take the hurdles out of preparation so people can increase consumption,” DeMichaelis said.

Swaz Potato Farms

Swaz Potato Farms, Hatfield, Mass., is expanding acreage.

This spring, the grower-shipper began planting 250 acres near East Granby, Conn.

The new production, scheduled to be harvested in mid- to late July, should allow for earlier shipments, said Diane Szawlowski Mullins, marketing and public relations director.

Swaz grows and ships non-storage red, yellow, white and russet potatoes in western Massachusetts.

Tourtellot

Tourtellot & Co. Inc., Warwick, R.I., is offering fresh guacamole kits.

The wholesaler developed 20-ounce quart clamshells kits that include two avocados, two plum tomatoes, two garlic cloves, one small white onion and one jalapeno pepper.

Chris Marsh, sales merchandiser, said the kits, which sell for $3, should prove popular for the Cinco de Mayo holiday.

Wilson Farms

Wilson Farms Inc., Lexington, Mass., is releasing new clamshell packaging for its kiss variety of Canadian grape tomatoes.

The 1.25-pound clamshells hold yellow, orange and red grape tomatoes.

The grower-shipper is also offering 1-pound bags of red, orange and yellow sweet bell peppers.

The resealable bags come with carrying handles.

Heidi Barry, floral specialist, said the new packaging should prove favorable for distribution.


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