New products from Midwest Produce Expo - The Packer

New products from Midwest Produce Expo

08/28/2013 11:29:00 AM
The Packer staff

C.H. Robinson
C.H. Robinson plans to begin shipping its new Green Giant-branded three-count avocado pouch bags soon, said Drew Schwartzhoff, director of sourcing marketing. The bags feature recipes, serving and storage information and quick-response codes. A four-count bag is also in the works, Schwartzhoff said.

Rocket Farms
John Palczynski, regional sales manager for Salinas, Calif.-based Rocket Farms Herbs Inc., said the company’s new Fresh Herbal Lemonade Kit has 2.5 ounces of assorted herbs, including fresh dill, edible flowers, mint and rosemary, and can be added to lemonade, tea or other beverages. It retails for about $3.99.

RPE account managers Greg Zdoik and Mike Shamberg said Bancroft, Wis.-based RPE is adding three varieties of potatoes under the Old Oak Farms label. Honeysuckle Golds feature gold skin with red blushes, Cherry Creek Reds have white flesh and anti-greening properties, and Willow Creek Golds are elongated with yellow flesh and skin.

Ruby Fresh
David Anthony, salesman for Ruby Fresh, Firebaugh, Calif., said a new, smaller package size for its Salad Jewels line is a single-serve pack of 3.5 ounces. “It is perfect for a family of three or four people,” he ssaid. The company offers a Sparkling Spring Mix (pomegranate arils, chopped walnuts and gorgonzola cheese), the Gleaming Mediterranean Medley (sliced almonds, arils and feta cheese) and the Brilliant Southern Blend (sliced pecans, arils and feta cheese), but Anthony said new flavors and ingredients are on tap for future introduction.

Sun Pacific Marketing
Barney Evans, vice president of sales and marketing for Pasadena, Calif.-based Sun Pacific Marketing, said the company has made big strides in adding clementine growers to make up for volume lost through the end of a partnership with Paramount Farms. Evans said the company estimates it will ship 50 million packages of 5-pound boxes. He said Sun Pacific’s navel orange growers report volume to be down by up to 10% for the season, which should lead to bigger fruit around size 72. Evans said sales of the company’s preripened kiwifruit are up 300% to 400%.

Sunrise Produce
A new sweet corn consumer package is displayed by William Kercher, vice president of business development for Goshen, Ind.-based Sunrise Produce. The pack, featuring eight ears of corn on an overwrapped tray, is being delivered to Costco stores, primarily in the Midwest, Kercher said. Volume for the new pack is running about one load per week, Kercher said.

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