click image to zoomGreg JohnsonC.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.C.H. ROBINSON: Kristi Harris, marketing manager-sourcing for C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn., shows the company’s new pineapple display, which is made by Air Flow, a Minnesota manufacturing company. She says the display began shipping to retailers this spring and comes in two versions: 34-pineapple capacity (above) and a 60-pineapple capacity version.
VILLAGE FARMS: Village Farms introduced its Exquisite-brand heirloom-type greenhouse tomato in a two-pack clamshell. Helen Aquino, marketing manager, said it’s a ribbed beefsteak tomato with a sweet-tart flavor, and it’s available year-round.
GLOBALG.A.P.: The Global Food Safety Initiative has re-recognized GlobalG.A.P.'s Integrated Farm Assurance and recognized its Produce Safety Standard programs. Both are designed for the farm through the packinghouse, but not for processors, said Jonathon Needham, operations management, Baltimore. Integrated Farm Assurance is intended for global markets and the Produce Safety Standard is for U.S. and Canada, covering food safety and traceability.
click image to zoomGreg JohnsonSun Belle Inc.SUN BELLE: Janice Honigberg, president of Sun Belle Inc., Schiller Park, Ill., shows the company’s proprietary Erika variety raspberries. She says the company is increasing its availability of the variety, now offering it from Baja California, Mexico, January through March and again in June and July. She says the company already sources blackberries from that region. Sun Belle is the exclusive supplier of Erika raspberries in the Americas, Honigberg says.
RAMSAY HIGHLANDER: A new film wrapping machine, a joint venture from European company BrimaPack and Ramsay Highlander Inc., Gonzales, Calif., is now available. Ramsay Highlander president and CEO Frank Maconachy said the machine wraps product, particularly head lettuce, in a shelf-life extending film and seals it, in the field. He said a typical field configuration of six machines can pack 6,000 heads an hour and would save a grower $600,000 a year in reduced labor costs.
click image to zoomGreg JohnsonWholly GuacamoleWHOLLY GUACAMOLE: Jay Alley, vice president of retail operations for Wholly Guacamole, Saginaw, Texas, shows the packages of the company’s new line of Minis. It’s rebranded from the 100-calorie pack and will come in cups rather than tubes. He says the four varieties – classic, spicy, avocado ranch and chunky avocado—should be available the beginning of August. It’s available in four 2-ounce packs and six 2-ounce packs.