SUMMERIPE WORLDWIDE: President Pat Steider says new packaging styles and sizes, including kid-friendly packages, are in the works for the tree fruit offered by Reedley, Calif.-based Summeripe. He says the company plans to add acreage in 2013, and customers should expect to see the new offerings in January and February.
SUNFED: Matt Mandel, sales representative for Rio Rico, Ariz.-based SunFed, says the company added mini cucumbers and new varieties of tomatoes this year. the company is adding field-grown red peppers now and plans new pack styles and sizes for 2013.
SUNKIST GROWERS: Julie DeWolf, director of retail marketing, shows cara cara, one of five citrus varieties Sunkist has licensed to offer under Stemilt Growers’ Lil Snappers label. The rest are navels, moro blood, minneola tangelo and California mandarin. They launch in January — in future years, they’ll start in November — shipping in high-graphic display trays and quarter bins. Sunkist also has a new 2-pound lemon pouch and a carton, dubbed “generations,” to its line of about a half-dozen 10-pound orange retail boxes. It underlines the company’s history and its family connections.
SUNSWEET GROWERS INC: Sunsweet, a Yuba City, Calif.-based growers cooperative, introduced two products based on its Amazins diced dried plums: Amazin Berry Blend and Amazin Cranberries. The berry blend contains an equal mix of Amazins and dried cranberries, cherries and blueberries, says Jeff McLemore, marketing director of dried fruit. Amazin Cranberries contains 50% dried plums and 50% dried cranberries. The co-op also rolled out PlumSweets — dark chocolate-covered dried plum bites.
Pamela RiemenschneiderTexStarr DistributingTEXSTARR: Ryan Wolverton, (left), and Kenny Alford of TexStarr Distributing, Alamo, Texas, were on hand talking about the company’s Royal Star papaya program. The company also recently completed Global Food Safety Initiative certification for all aspects of its business, from the field through its packing facility, Wolverton says.