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News Editor Chris Koger, Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider and Cynthia David, Special to The Packer, gathered the following news items from expo booths at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's Convention and Expo April 18-19.
click image to zoomCynthia DavidP.E.I. Potato BoardPEI POTATO BOARD: Prince Edward Island native Heather Moyse, gold medal winner for bobsled in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, promotes potatoes and the PEI Potato Board’s new website, www.peipotato.com, which features new recipes and photographs. The board is also working with Tourism P.E.I. to launch a food truck that will tour eastern Canada promoting the island’s culinary delights, including potatoes.
ARTHUR'S FRESH: Arthur’s Fresh Co. launched squeezable pouches of Fruit Crush puréed fruit at CPMA. The grab-and-go snack doesn’t need refrigeration and is ideal for kids, said Jeff Leeming, assistant product manager for Toronto-based H.J. Heinz Co. of Canada, which purchased Arthur’s in 2009. Each colorful pouch, aimed at kids ages 8-12, contains a full serving of fruit, Leeming said. Arthur’s also launched two new smoothies. Pineapple coconut blends pure pineapple juice and coconut cream, while Grape Wildberry combines concord grape and blackcurrant juice.
click image to zoomCynthia DavidClifford ProduceCLIFFORD PRODUCE: Meghan Agosta (left) and Tessa Bonhomme, Olympic gold-medal hockey players, help launch Clifford Crunchies, snack-size greenhouse cucumbers from Clifford Produce Sales Inc. in Leamington, Ontario. The cukes will be available in 1-pound stand-up bags for retail and 1.5-pound club packs. Sales manager Tony Coppola is also working on a grilled veggie kit that cooks in the microwave, on the grill or in the oven. The sturdy tray contains two peppers, a sweet onion, zucchini and eggplant. Coppola hopes retailers will merchandise the grill kit in the meat department near the steaks.