DEL MONTE: John McCann, Northeast region vice president of sales for Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc., says the marketer has recently added hummus as a dip option with vegetable trays that feature baby carrots, celery sticks, broccoli florets and grape tomatoes.
DISILVA FRUIT: Chelsea, Mass.-based DiSilva Fruit rolled out a new 3-count net bag for its organic lemons this summer.
Alden Guptill, director of operations, says the net bag offers more breathability for lemons, compared to an overwrapped tray, while helping retailers ensure proper ring-through on organics. The company highlighted its organic program at the show, which Guptill says is showing strong growth in the Northeast.
DUDA FARM FRESH FOODS: Jason Bedsole, vegetables and citrus sales manager for the eastern region of Oviedo, Fla.-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., shows off Duda’s line of holiday-themed packaging for celery introudced this fall. The line features packs of 30-count celery stalks, 18-count celery hearts and 8-ounce celery sticks.
Fred WilkinsonEast Coast FreshEAST COAST FRESH: Ross Foca, president of Savage, Md.-based East Coast Fresh, says the company — until recently known as East Coast Fresh Cuts — is now the exclusive distributor of Betty Crocker brand fresh potatoes on the East Coast.
EUROFRESH FARMS: Jim D’Amato, regional sales manager for Willcox, Ariz.-based EuroFresh Farms, says the Redi-Bites punnets of grape tomato introduced this fall are stackable. Consumers pull up the label to open the package and may rinse them without taking the tomatoes out of the pack. RediBites are packed under the ArtiSuns Farms label. EuroFresh also showed off its new Redi Bites snacking cucumbers, which are about 3½ inches long, seedless and sold in an 8-ounce bag.
FOUR SEASONS PRODUCE: Paul Pogrebneak, senior business development manager for Ephrata, Pa.,-based Four Seasons Produce, says satsuma mandarins grown in California by Family Tree Farms are new for the company. The fruit will be packed in standard boxes for retail and also will be available with leaves still on the fruit as a merchandising option, he says.
Chuck RobinsonFresh ExpressFRESH EXPRESS: The Veggie Lovers line from Fresh Express has three additions, says Kevin Scrivanich, northeast director of sales for Charlotte, N.C.-based Chiquita Brands International and Fresh Express. Farmers Garden has butter and red-leaf lettuce, grape tomatoes, carrots and radishes. Spinach and Tomatoes has spinach, grape tomatoes, tango lettuce and carrots. Veggie Lovers has iceberg lettuce, carrots, romaine lettuce, pea pods, red cabbage and radishes.