click image to zoomMike HornickNaturipe FarmsSAN DIEGO — Editor Greg Johnson, Managing Editor Fred Wilkinson, National Editor Tom Karst, Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider, and Staff Writers Mike Hornick and Vicky Boyd collected these news items on the exposition floor at United Fresh 2013.
NATURIPE FARMS: Kyla Garnett, marketing manager, says Naturipe is planning Fourth of July labeling as part of its joint promotion with the California Avocado Commission. Recipes feature avocados combined with blueberries or strawberries. From now through September, Naturipe offers a 55-cent instantly redeemable coupon for Reddi-Wip, marking the third year of the joint promotion.
NATURESWEET TOMATOES: J. Michael Joergensen, marketing director, said San Antonio-based NatureSweet is focused on two Arizona greenhouse facilities acquired from bankrupt EuroFresh Farms in a deal finalized in April. “It’s a very different environment for us. We grow in plastic greenhouses; everything there is climate controlled," he said. "We’re continuing to grow all the products they’ve been growing in Willcox and Snowflake, Ariz. They’re our sixth and seventh facilities and greatly increase our overall capacity.”
click image to zoomMike HornickReady PacREADY PAC FOODS: Tristan Simpson, director of marketing and corporate communication at Irwindale, Calif.-based Ready Pac, shows two of the four organic Bistro salad bowls that started shipping in late April — Southwest style, left, and chicken Caesar. Ready Pac’s sweet tropical, caramel apple and Waldorf fruit salads were finalists for best new fruit product at United Fresh 2013.
NATURESEAL: Natureseal Inc., Westport, Conn., introduced a formulation designed for avocado in sushi. The chemistry takes into account other ingredients in a California roll that might interact with the anti-browning agent, said Karen Murphy, director of marketing.
RENAISSANCE FOOD GROUP: Phil Fendyan, vice president of sales and marketing, showed cardboard trays that Renaissance Food Group is introducing to replace foam in its Chef Essentials line of vegetables, for sustainability reasons. The company is also launching tamper-proof, rounded containers for fresh-cut fruit.