THE GREENERY: The Greenery’s Tommies Snack Tomatoes were one of five PMA 2012 Impact Award winners for excellence in packaging. A panel of judges looked at 78 submissions vying for the award. Justin Ruta, vice president of sales and marketing for Greenery North America Inc., Westhampton, N.J., says the Tommies Snack tomatoes are a high-sugar, low-acid baby plum variety. They are grown in Holland during the summer and Mexico during the winter, he says.
GREEN GIANT FRESH: A 10-ounce pouch of greenhouse grape tomatoes is one of 15 new products from Salinas, Calif.-based Green Giant Fresh. Many of the products offer Box Tops for Education coupons. New quick-response codes, for example on single-wrapped cauliflower, offer consumers information on growers. Green Giant Fresh packs in pouches and clamshells.
GRIMMWAY FARMS: Bob Borda, vice president of marketing at Grimmway Farms, showed off Simply Delicious Carrot Creations — in honey brown sugar and cinnamon, and roasted garlic and savory herb — which started shipping a week before Fresh Summit 2012. Carrot Dippers with ranch sauce is a bulk pack of five 2.5-ounce snack bags that started shipping for foodservice and retail around Nov. 1.
HLB SPECIALTIES: Lorenz Hartmann de Barros, director of sales for HLB Specialties, Pompano Beach, Fla., says the company is bringing in rambutans from Guatemala for the first time, with the season this year running from April through November. The company also has added avocados from Mexico and Peru this year, he says.
Tom BurfieldHollandia ProduceHOLLANDIA PRODUCE LLC: Carpinteria, Calif.-based Hollandia Produce plans to introduce Grower Pete’s organic living butter lettuce by the end of the year, say Pete Overgaag (left), president, and Vince Choate, director of marketing. The product will be sold in a one-count clamshell container and is similar to the company’s existing conventional greenhouse product.