From the floor: PMA expo briefs, Church Bros. to Duda

10/25/2011 07:39:00 AM
Chris Koger

ATLANTA — Members of The Packer news staff gathered the following news items on the show floor at Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit 2011 from Oct. 14-17.

Bruce BlytheChurch Brothers’ Katy Blowers shows off the company’s Tuscan Lettuce Mix, which was introduced this season. Church Bros.

This season, Salinas, Calif.-based Church Bros. LLC introduced Euro Romaine lettuce and Tuscan Lettuce Mix, according to company marketing representative Katy Blowers.

Euro Romaine is a new variety with iceberg lettuce properties that’s “perfect for chopping” and can replace bread, taco shells or tortillas, according to material at the company’s Fresh Summit exhibit.

The Tuscan lettuce features a combination of small, whole heads of red and green leaf lettuces, as well as tangos, oaks, lolla rossas and sweet gems.

Clear Lam Packaging

Clear Lam Packaging introduced new fresh food packaging materials, including “Peel and ReSeal” tray-lid combinations, which feature easy opening and eliminate “rigid lids and shrink bands traditionally used to ensure tamper resistance and consumer safety,” according to a Clear Lam statement.

The product is “ideal” for fresh-cut vegetables, fruits and lettuce, the statement said.

Clear Lam, based in Elk Grove Village, Ill., also introduced its Fusion containers, which are designed to provide “enhanced cubing through a smooth square design,” the company said.

New Premium Round Deli containers for guacamole and dips are designed for uses “where extended freshness is required,” the company said.

Clifford Produce

Clifford Produce introduced half-pint clamshells of yellow tear drop tomatoes.

The packs will be available nationwide, said Mario Testani, sales manager for the Ruthven, Ontario-based greenhouse vegetable grower.

The tomatoes will be available year-round and are grown in Leamington, Ontario, and in Mexico in Jalisco and Colima, Testani said.

Colorful Harvest

Salinas, Calif.-based Colorful Harvest’s new random weight bags of green beans are intended to replace bulk displays of loose green beans at retail and reduce waste, said Doug Ranno, chief operating officer and managing partner.

The bags ship 20-count to a box and are designed for placement on aisle endcaps, Ranno said.

Columbia Marketing International

Fred WilkinsonBrett Burdsal (left), regional director of marketing, and Bob Mast, vice president of marketing for Wenatchee, Wash.-based Columbia Marketing International Inc. show off the new dolly stand retail display for pears.Wenatchee, Wash.-based Columbia Marketing International Inc. has a new retail-ready display box for pears and apples.

The dolly stand’s graphics depict a hand truck and wooden crates, with a box of fruit on top.


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