DJ FORRY CO.: Reedley, Calif.-based DJ Forry Co. introduced 2-pound stand-up, recloseable bags for California peaches, grapes and cherries; fuyu and hachiya persimmons; and a summer fruit trio of nectarines, peaches and plums, says owner John Forry. The fruit comes 10 bags to a case. The company is also introducing a pomegranate aril package that contains two 2-ounce servings.
Amelia FreidlineDole Food Co. DOLE FOOD CO.: Dole introduced an 8.75-pound pre-packed display box of mini yellow and red bananas. Bil Goldfield, communications manager, says the product was designed as a way to get people more interested in exotic fruit without requiring an extensive program commitment from retailers. The banana bunches are packaged in plastic bags for each variety.
DOUBLE DIAMOND ACRES LTD.: Double Diamond Acres Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario, displayed its Zebrino striped cocktail tomato, new this season. Owner Chris Mastronardi says the company received a good response to the tomato, which comes in 1-pound clamshells. Mastronardi says the tomato has a thicker skin than typical cocktail tomatoes but is sweet. He says the company also received a good response for its orange grape tomatoes.
Miike HornickDuda Farm Fresh Foods DUDA FARM FRESH FOODS: Nichole Towell, marketing development manager at Duda, displays celery packaging with a new seasonal label, Celebrations. It’s expected to be in stores Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, bracketing the holidays. By texting celery to 99000, shoppers can reach a mobile website with recipes.
EARTHBOUND FARM: Samantha Cabaluna, director of communications, shows new organic products in 5-ounce clamshells: Butter Lettuce Leaves and Zen Blend. Both have been soft launched, with full distribution to start in January. Zen Blend includes spinach, chards, Asian mustards, komatsuna, red mizuna and pak choy.
EUROFRESH FARMS: Willcox, Ariz.-based EuroFresh Farms features new Redi Bites snacking cucumbers at Fresh Summit. The new product joins the recently introduced Redi Bites grape-sized tomatoes, says David Leitch (left), general manager of packing operations, and Mark Cassius, executive vice president of sales. They will be sold under the ArtiSun Farms label.