ANAHEIM, Calif. — Packer staffers Greg Johnson, Pamela Riemenschneider, Amelia Freidline, Vicky Boyd, Mike Hornick, Tom Burfield, Coral Beach and Tom Karst collected these news items Oct. 27-28 on the Fresh Summit exposition floor.
Tom KarstFarm Fresh ProduceFARM FRESH PRODUCE: Touting a new 40-pound high-graphic box for sweet potatoes are (from left), Diana Ramirez, Farm Fresh Produce, Faison, N.C., Steven Ceccarelli, Farm Fresh Produce, Faison, N.C., and Bethany Ceccarelli, Farm Fresh Produce, Faison, N.C. The box was expected to be in production by mid-November. The new box for domestic sweet potatoes follows a recent redesign of the 6-kilo export box, Steven Ceccarelli says.
FAMOUS SOFTWARE: Famous Software, Fresno, Calif. highlighted new Famous Business Intelligence software, says Heather Hammack, sales manager with the company. The product, currently in limited release, allows customers to extract data from Famous databases to gain business efficiencies. Hammack says the Famous Mobile case-tagging system for harvest crews is gaining business, with one of the firm’s customers, Salinas, Calif.-based Pacific International Marketing, expecting to use the system with 75 of its field crews by the end of the year.
FIRSTFRUITS MARKETING: FirstFruits Marketing, Yakima, Wash., taste-tested a new, unnamed apple variety, as well as club varieties at its booth, says Keith Mathews, chief executive officer for the company. “We are in the third year on Opal and second year on Sweeties and both are doing very well,” he says. FirstFruits Marketing is continuing a partnership with Katie’s Krops and Katie Stagliano, Mathews says. Mathews says FirstFruits Marketing promoted its involvement in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
FOX PACKAGING LLC: A new eight-sided carousel bagger, tagged Ochopush, is being marketed by Fox Packaging, McAllen, Texas, says Ed Savigny, general manger of Fox Solutions LLC, Lockport, N.Y. The variable speed bagger can pack between 1-pound and 25-pound bags, and features a slip clutch operation that provides safety to operators, he says. Patents are pending on the $40,000 machine, Savigny say.