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
- New CEO of bananas and pineapples named for Chiquita
- Sun Farm Food Service moves off-market
- Asian food safety officials react to Bidart Bros. apple recall
- Restaurant index points higher
- Central Valley citrus growers brace for New Year’s cold
- Chiquita’s moving costs could top $40 million; new board in place
- L.A. Times begins series on farmworker conditions in Mexico
- Futurist sees coming trend in intelligent packaging
- Organic industry raising money to fight citrus greening
- Paramount Citrus replaces Cuties brand with Wonderful Halos
- Mighties brand kiwis join Sun Pacific's Cuties
- Sun Pacific buys Cuties brand, breaks ties with Paramount Citrus
- Phoenix greenhouse supplies heirloom tomatoes to local market
- FDA warns Brooklyn wholesaler to clean up its act
- Nogales veteran Alberto Maldonado dies
- UPDATED: FDA to establish new food safety program
- Red Diamond Farms boasts new vine-ripe tomato
- Reading between political lines in ag news stories
- New melon varieties boast sweetness, firm flesh
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.