From the show floor: Fresh Summit 2012 booths A-E
- Zing! brand greenhouse strawberries ready in Canada
- Del Monte inks deal with Coalition of Immokalee Workers
- Naturipe adds berry sales veteran, promotes other
- Irradiation may be future option for exports
- United Fresh announces nominations for board officers
- SunFed hires chief innovation officer
- BC Hot House chairman untangles tomatoes
- USDA takes action against PACA violators in California, Texas
- UPDATED: CPMA stresses ‘Half Your Plate’ initiative
- Canadian retail powerhouses address trends
- C.H. Robinson sliced apples use regional sourcing
- Pom Wonderful, FTC argue label language in appeals court
- California expects minimal losses despite drought
- UPDATED: Fruit, vegetable prices on the rise with drought
- Salinas Valley back in the black; prices, demand up
- Rivermaid Trading joins cherry optical sorting revolution
- GMO and proud of it
- Auditor liability changing as courts, companies speak up
- USDA restricts PACA violators, lifts sanction
- Coachella grapes starting early
- Paramount Citrus replaces Cuties brand with Wonderful Halos
- GMO and proud of it
- Fourth prison term ordered in Adams Produce fraud
- Opal apples receive Non-GMO verification
- CORRECTED: Export security program could trip exporters
- Tanimura & Antle Inc. hires new director
- Mango deal begins with light volume
- UPDATED: Watson stepping down from National Mango Board
- Former Oppenheimer executive dies
- Sysco the distributor, not the source, in Subway outbreak
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Packer staffers Greg Johnson, Pamela Riemenschneider, Amelia Freidline, Vicky Boyd, Mike Hornick, Tom Burfield, Coral Beach and Tom Karst collected these news items Oct. 27-28 on the PMA Fresh Summit 2012 exposition floor.
ACCU-LABEL: Accu-Label International, Lakeshore, Ontario, rolled out its Eco-TL tray labeler for tray packing, at Fresh Summit 2012 in Anaheim, Calif. Terri Sleiman, engineer, engineer for the company, said unlike most labelers that are stationary and affix the label to individual pieces of fruit as they pass below, this labeler moves back and forth over the tray, labeling each fruit as the tray slowly moves below.
ALLEN LUND: Allen Lund Co., La Canada Flintridge, Calif., has opened new offices in McAllen, Texas; Alamosa, Colo.; Joplin, Mo.; and Garland, Texas, says David Lund, vice president of sales and operations. The company expects to open more offices by the end of the year. The firm also launched a less-than-truckload (LTL) program out of McAllen in October and that will concentrate on berries through June.
Vicky BoydAlsum Farms & Produce ALSUM FARMS & PRODUCE: In response to customer requests, Alsum Farms & Produce Inc. introduced individually wrapped microwavable russet and sweet potatoes. The label features a picture of owner Larry Alsum as part of an effort to help consumers put a face to the Friesland, Wis.-based grower-shipper, says Rick Kantner, director of sales and marketing.
AWETA AMERICAS: Aweta Americas, Fresno, Calif., showed part of its new, high-speed sorter. The machine is scheduled to be installed in November at FoodSource Edinburg, Edinburg, Texas, where it will be used for lemons and limes, says Kelvin Farris, Aweta sales manager. The sorter could be used for similar-sized items, like kiwifruit, roma tomatoes, plums and nectarines, he says. Although the machine is in use in Europe, this is the first time it will be installed in the U.S.
Amelia FreidlineBabe Farms BABÉ FARMS: Santa Maria, Calif.-based Babé Farms introduced a line of packaged gourmet vegetables. Saleswoman Ramona Chavez says the 14- and 16-ounce pouch bags include items such as radishes, carrots, baby purple artichokes, green and purple baby brussels sprouts, baby beets and baby fennel.
BARD VALLEY MEDJOOL DATE GROWERS: The Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers Association, Bard, Calif., introduced its pitted medjool date. Most pitted dates on the market are the deglet variety, which are a bit sturdier, says Ed O’Malley, president and chief executive officer of Datepac LLC, Yuma. The association also featured 3.3- to 4.4-ounce snack-sized Natural Delights, available in whole dates, pitted dates, coconut date rolls and almond date rolls.