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 Distributing TEXSTARR: 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.
TO-JO MUSHROOMS: Kyle Stensmith, intern for Avondale, Pa.-based To-Jo Mushrooms, and Paul Frederic, senior vice president of sales and marketing, showed off the company’s 8-ounce pack of portabella sliders, introduced this summer. Frederic says the product is a nice-sized mushroom that has a lot of applications, such as stuffing or grilling, and has been a good mover at retail.
TAYLOR FARMS: Kim St. George, senior director of marketing at Taylor Farms, introduced attendees to BBQ Ranch Chopped Salad, the fourth product in Taylor Farms’ chopped salad line. Vegetables include romaine, two cabbage varieties, green onions, broccoli and carrots. Bacon, ranch dressing, barbecue sauce and lime tortilla chips top it off. For early 2013, the Salinas, Calif., company plans a Power Greens line with three varieties: Rainbow Medley, Tuscan Blend and Chopped Kale. New packaging for three Popeye spinach products enlarges character faces and adds the word “superfood” and nutrition information. Olive Oyl appears on spinach mix, Popeye on spinach and baby spinach.