ANAHEIM, Calif. — Packer staffers Greg Johnson, Pamela Riemenschneider, Amelia Freidline, Vicky Boyd, Mike Hornick, Tom Burfield, Coral Beach and Tom Karst collected these news items Oct. 27-28 on the PMA Fresh Summit 2012 exposition floor.
ACCU-LABEL: Accu-Label International, Lakeshore, Ontario, rolled out its Eco-TL tray labeler for tray packing, at Fresh Summit 2012 in Anaheim, Calif. Terri Sleiman, engineer, engineer for the company, said unlike most labelers that are stationary and affix the label to individual pieces of fruit as they pass below, this labeler moves back and forth over the tray, labeling each fruit as the tray slowly moves below.
ALLEN LUND: Allen Lund Co., La Canada Flintridge, Calif., has opened new offices in McAllen, Texas; Alamosa, Colo.; Joplin, Mo.; and Garland, Texas, says David Lund, vice president of sales and operations. The company expects to open more offices by the end of the year. The firm also launched a less-than-truckload (LTL) program out of McAllen in October and that will concentrate on berries through June.
Vicky BoydAlsum Farms & Produce ALSUM FARMS & PRODUCE: In response to customer requests, Alsum Farms & Produce Inc. introduced individually wrapped microwavable russet and sweet potatoes. The label features a picture of owner Larry Alsum as part of an effort to help consumers put a face to the Friesland, Wis.-based grower-shipper, says Rick Kantner, director of sales and marketing.
AWETA AMERICAS: Aweta Americas, Fresno, Calif., showed part of its new, high-speed sorter. The machine is scheduled to be installed in November at FoodSource Edinburg, Edinburg, Texas, where it will be used for lemons and limes, says Kelvin Farris, Aweta sales manager. The sorter could be used for similar-sized items, like kiwifruit, roma tomatoes, plums and nectarines, he says. Although the machine is in use in Europe, this is the first time it will be installed in the U.S.
Amelia FreidlineBabe Farms BABÉ FARMS: Santa Maria, Calif.-based Babé Farms introduced a line of packaged gourmet vegetables. Saleswoman Ramona Chavez says the 14- and 16-ounce pouch bags include items such as radishes, carrots, baby purple artichokes, green and purple baby brussels sprouts, baby beets and baby fennel.
BARD VALLEY MEDJOOL DATE GROWERS: The Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers Association, Bard, Calif., introduced its pitted medjool date. Most pitted dates on the market are the deglet variety, which are a bit sturdier, says Ed O’Malley, president and chief executive officer of Datepac LLC, Yuma. The association also featured 3.3- to 4.4-ounce snack-sized Natural Delights, available in whole dates, pitted dates, coconut date rolls and almond date rolls.