FRESH SOLUTIONS NETWORK: The Fresh Solutions Network, of which the Basin Gold Cooperative, Pasco Wash., is a member, introduced a number of products. Tray packs of three triple-washed, foil-wrapped sweet potatoes joined its Grillables line along with a new floor display that resembles a large propane grill, says David Masser, vice president of sales for Keystone Potato Products, Hegins, Pa. A tray pack of four sweet potatoes was added under the Heartland label. The network also rolled out Simply Spuds — sweet potatoes and five potato varieties in 1.5-pound microwavable steamer bags, as well as a floor display. They are all packed in light-blocking bags that slow greening and enhance shelf life.
Tom KarstFreshway FoodsFRESHWAY FOODS: Freshway Foods, Sidney, Ohio, has introduced a new romaine blend salad that is proving popular with school foodservice accounts, says Mena Ruggiero, director of retail sales. The mix, introduced late summer, is 80% green romaine, 10% red romaine and 10% greenleaf, Ruggiero says. The blend was created for one of Freshway’s distributors in South Bend, Ind., because it wanted a different salad for schools to meet updated nutrition standards. “The spring mixes seems to scare the children away, so we kind of did something different for them and it seems to be going really, really well,” Ruggiero says.
FRIEDA’S INC.: Los Alamitos, Calif.-based Frieda’s officially launched its Stokes Purple sweet potatoes at Fresh Summit, says Alex Jackson, who handles sales promotions. The California non-GMO potatoes have a “vivid, bold purple flesh,” are high in antioxidants and available in 15- and 20-pound packages, according to the company says.
GOURMET GARDEN: Folson, Calif.-based Gourmet Garden is running a new promotion offering consumers a free cookbook with the purchase of two tubes of its herbs and spices. Margaret Laport, North American marketing director, says the book, “The Insider’s Guide to Cooking with Herbs and Spices,” features healthful recipes with a strong emphasis on using fresh produce. The first retailer signed up to run the promotion is Raley’s in California, Laport says, with others in the planning stages.
GOURMET TRADING: Gourmet Trading Co., Los Angeles, showcased tri-color asparagus packs at Fresh Summit 2012. The company offers green, white and purple asparagus in a Tri-Color pack for retail and foodservice operators September through mid-December, according to Brian Miller, vice president of sales. For foodservice, Gourmet Trading offers an 11-pound box featuring four bunches of green asparagus, four bunches of white asparagus, and three bunches of purple asparagus. The company also offers a one-pound bag of green, white and purple asparagus for retail, Miller said.