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

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

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

CMI also introduced 2-pound bags of Petite Pick pears in all its varieties, said Bob Mast, vice president of marketing for the Wenatchee, Wash.-based marketer.

Also new are retail QR codes for Kiku, Kanzi and Ambrosia apples, he said.

Once scanned, the QR-coded retail display materials take consumers straight to a 35- to 40-second online informational video.

CMI’s point-of-purchase cards also are double-sided, one side with info for retailers and the other with consumer info such as recipes, he said.

Coosemans\Crystal Valley Foods

Crystal Valley Foods, Miami, a longtime supplier of Miami-based Coosemans Worldwide Inc., is introducing a packaged retail line.

Crystal Valley offers 8-ounce bags of asparagus tips, snow peas, sugar snap peas, shucked English peas, baby green zucchini, baby carrots and French beans. The French beans also come in 16-ounce bags, and Crystal Valley offers 5-pound foodservice bags of snipped and unsnipped green beans.

Rick Durkin, Crystal Valley’s director of business development, said the company recently installed a green bean packing line for bulk and packaged Guatemalan snipped green beans.

The company decided to increase repacking after Florida winter freezes cut supplies, Durkin said.

Originally focusing the bags on the winter window, Crystal Valley began packing cut beans throughout the year because of customer requests, Durkin said.

Crystal Valley also recently purchased a farm in Peru, he said.

Amelia FriedlineTony Freytag, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Crunch Pak, shows off Princess Foodies.Crunch Pak

Cashmere, Wash.-based Crunch Pak LLC added two products to its line of Foodles snack packs for kids, and its DipperZ low-calorie single-serve snacks received a lot of attention on the exhibition floor.

“We’ve had very good reception in the first hour,” Tony Freytag, senior vice president of sales and marketing, said of the DipperZ.

He said the product also was voted a No. 1 item at the National Association of Convenience Stores’ expo in early October.

The new Foodles feature carrots, cheese and pretzels and apples, granola and yogurt. The packaging features classic Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

Freytag said the new packs would be available around mid-November.

Curry & Co.

Curry & Co., Brooks, Ore., is introducing Vidalia sweet carrots.

Curry plans to release the carrots, which come in 1-, 2-, 3- and 5-pound cello packs and 50-pound bulk cartons of washed carrots, in early December from its Ellerbee, N.C., growing region.

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