From the show floor: Fresh Summit 2012 booths A-E
- Reinhart Foodservice rolls out branded line
- California Giant appoints blueberry director
- Wal-Mart sales flat; new private label planned
- USDA sanctions two companies, reinstates another
- Brazilians’ bid to buy Chiquita rebuffed
- Dulcinea Farms manager to leave; other changes planned
- CORRECTED: Bananas now in test phase for Happy Meals
- Pinterest contest promotes healthy school lunchboxes
- From the show floor: Midwest Produce Expo 2014 booths 3
- From the show floor: Midwest Produce Expo 2014 booths 4
- C.H. Robinson sliced apples use regional sourcing
- Management moves, additions at Church Brothers
- California strawberry prices spike
- Court dismisses tomato growers’ case against FDA; appeal planned
- UPDATED: FDA releases revised produce rule proposal
- Harvest Sensations expands ready-to-juice line
- CORRECTION: Fresh Direct Produce hires manager
- Revisions to proposed produce rule ease water requirements
- WP Rawl expands kale chip kit line
- Bins give edge for retail sales
- CORRECTED: Potato industry prepares for GMO offering
- Consumer acceptance of biotech produce growing
- Wada Farms’ new eco-friendly bag made from potatoes
- South Florida’s International Cold Storage relocating
- Calavo posts record quarterly profit; launches FreshRealm
- Oppenheimer Group brings Envy apple to U.S.
- Criminal case against Mucci companies, execs moves forward
- Food safety regulations will change industry, Brackett says
- California produce pesticide proves regulation-compliant
- USDA pilot boosts local control of school food purchases
DJ FORRY CO.: Reedley, Calif.-based DJ Forry Co. introduced 2-pound stand-up, recloseable bags for California peaches, grapes and cherries; fuyu and hachiya persimmons; and a summer fruit trio of nectarines, peaches and plums, says owner John Forry. The fruit comes 10 bags to a case. The company is also introducing a pomegranate aril package that contains two 2-ounce servings.
Amelia FreidlineDole Food Co. DOLE FOOD CO.: Dole introduced an 8.75-pound pre-packed display box of mini yellow and red bananas. Bil Goldfield, communications manager, says the product was designed as a way to get people more interested in exotic fruit without requiring an extensive program commitment from retailers. The banana bunches are packaged in plastic bags for each variety.
DOUBLE DIAMOND ACRES LTD.: Double Diamond Acres Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario, displayed its Zebrino striped cocktail tomato, new this season. Owner Chris Mastronardi says the company received a good response to the tomato, which comes in 1-pound clamshells. Mastronardi says the tomato has a thicker skin than typical cocktail tomatoes but is sweet. He says the company also received a good response for its orange grape tomatoes.
Miike HornickDuda Farm Fresh Foods DUDA FARM FRESH FOODS: Nichole Towell, marketing development manager at Duda, displays celery packaging with a new seasonal label, Celebrations. It’s expected to be in stores Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, bracketing the holidays. By texting celery to 99000, shoppers can reach a mobile website with recipes.
EARTHBOUND FARM: Samantha Cabaluna, director of communications, shows new organic products in 5-ounce clamshells: Butter Lettuce Leaves and Zen Blend. Both have been soft launched, with full distribution to start in January. Zen Blend includes spinach, chards, Asian mustards, komatsuna, red mizuna and pak choy.
EUROFRESH FARMS: Willcox, Ariz.-based EuroFresh Farms features new Redi Bites snacking cucumbers at Fresh Summit. The new product joins the recently introduced Redi Bites grape-sized tomatoes, says David Leitch (left), general manager of packing operations, and Mark Cassius, executive vice president of sales. They will be sold under the ArtiSun Farms label.