IPPILITO INTERNATIONAL LP: Ippilito International has expanded its Queen Victoria microwavable artichoke line, with a two-pack that contains two microwavable bags. A visual aid printed on the bags helps consumers match cooking time to the artichoke size, says Butch Corda, general manager.
JACOB FARMS/DEL CABO: Pescadero, Calif.-based Jacob Farms/Del Cabo launched a Fair Trade line that includes bananas, specialty tomatoes, avocados, mangoes and limes. It also introduced Living Basil — living plants with the roots still attached that are packed in sleeves. The grower-shipper plans to introduce other living herbs, says Todd Smith, western regional sales manager.
JEMD FARMS: JemD Farms is offering its Artisan line of greenhouse beefsteak tomatoes, tomatoes-on-the-vine and cherry tomatoes in clamshells with brown basket-weave-molded bottoms and clear tops. The Kingsville, Ontario-based firm also introduced greenhouse mini-cucumbers, tomatoes, grape tomatoes and peppers in modified-atmosphere packaging that helps increase shelf life, says Sabrina Pokomandy, marketing and public relations manager. Also, JemD Farms has individually packaged green, yellow and red bell peppers.
KEYSTONE FRUIT MARKETING INC.: Keystone Fruit Marketing has begun handling organic Mayan Sweets certified sweet onions from Peru. The Greenville, Pa.-based firm also offers bunched, thick grilling asparagus, and asparagus in 2.25-pound clamshells and 10-ounce microwavable bags under the America’s label, says Judy Shatzer, sales and marketing.
KINGSBURG ORCHARDS: Kingsburg Orchards, Kingsburg, Calif., teased expo attendees with a red late-season pluot that will be part of its Dinosaur Brand when it comes to market in about two years. “The retailers are very interested about extending their stone fruit season into the holidays,” says Dan Spain, vice president of sales and marketing.
KWIK LOK: Kwik Lok, Yakima, Wash., shows off its 901C printer that users can customize to print information, such as variety, harvest dates and traceability data, on Kwik Loks. The unit uses a water-based ink that is heat-set into the plastic closures, making it nearly permanent, says Gary Ellington, Midwest regional sales manager.
Pamela RiemenschneiderMann PackingMANN PACKING: Lorri Koster, vice president of marketing for Salinas, Calif.-based Mann Packing Co., displays the company’s new vegetable trays that use a peel-off lid in lieu of the traditional black tray. Koster says the new packaging uses nearly 40% less plastic by net weight than the company’s current trays, and 50% less than others on the market. It also allows consumers to better see the product. The company is adopting the new packaging across the board, completely replacing the black trays. “This is the right thing to do,” Koster says. “It’s a sustainability win.”