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
- WP Rawl expands kale chip kit line
- Harvest Sensations expands ready-to-juice line
- CORRECTION: Fresh Direct Produce hires manager
- Revisions to proposed produce rule ease water requirements
- Bitter blueberry battle brewing
- CORRECTED: Potato industry prepares for GMO offering
- Oppenheimer Group brings Envy apple to U.S.
- 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
- 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
BC HOT HOUSE FOODS INC.: BC Hot House, Langley, British Columbia, updated packaging and display-ready cartons with new logos and colors that play up the greenhouse vegetable grower’s 40th anniversary. Inside packaging, consumers will find a quick-response code to a website full of information about product care and recipes, says Michael Reed, president.
Greg JohnsonBland Farms BLAND FARMS: New Sweet Onion Petals product is the produce department’s answer to popular onion-flavored snack Funyuns. It’s made from baked and pureed Vidalia onions and is processed by Inventure Foods, says John Cameron, director of sales.
WM. BOLTHOUSE FARMS INC.: Account executive Ashleigh Rossi says Bolthouse Farms, Bakersfield, Calif., now offers Bolthouse Farms Baby Carrots Shakedowns — 2.25-ounce packages of seasonings and baby carrots that can be mixed together. They’re being tested in three markets and should be rolled out by next summer or back-to-school time. Three flavors are being tested: chili lime, ranch and salsa.
BORTON & SONS INC: Borton & Sons, Yakima, Wash., is partners with the National Dairy Council and the National Football League to promote the Fuel Up to Play 60 program on its apple bags. The program encourages nutrition and 60 minutes of daily exercise for children. Borton & Sons also offers a bagged mix of size 138 apples and mandarins under the Smaller Fruit for Smaller Appetites label, says Eric Borton.
BOSKOVICH FARMS INC.: Boskovich Farms, Oxnard, Calif., plans to release microwaveable globe artichokes in the next few months, says Russ Widerburg, sales manager. Packaging for the new item now is being finalized. Each pack will contain two size 24 or 30 artichokes.
CABO FRESH: Los Angeles-based Cabo Fresh introduced detachable four-packs of 2-ounce personal-sized servings of guacamole that have only 100 calories. Cabo Fresh also showcased 6-ounce containers of authentic and spicy guacamole that are hand-scooped for a chunkier texture — more like homemade, says Dan Wilson, executive vice president.
CALAVO GROWERS: Calavo introduced a 90-calorie single-serve guacamole in spicy and mild flavors. Another product, Calavo’s avocado halves, started shipping two weeks before Fresh Summit 2012.
Tom BurfieldCalifornia Giant CALIFORNIA GIANT: California Giant Berry Farms, Watsonville, Calif., is partnering with Concord Foods Inc., Brockton, Mass., to launch a “Blueberry Baking Bliss” sweepstakes and social media promotion from Nov. 5 through Dec. 10, says Cindy Jewell, director of market for California Giant. The promotion includes a YouTube video, blogger involvement and consumer baking ideas and tips. It’s featured on the company website and its Facebook and Twitter pages.