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.
Mike HornickPacific AgPak PACIFIC AGPAK: Kyle Baum shows the company’s 1-pound clamshell for berries, released earlier in 2012. The single layer packaging speeds cooling, Baum says, and stacking tabs secure product.
PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL MARKETING INC.: A 1-pound baby organic spinach clamshell is expected to ship within a few weeks after Fresh Summit. Pacific International planned to start shipping 10-ounce and 48-ounce bags of broccoli florets shortly after the trade show ended.
PARAMOUNT CITRUS INC.: Texas Sweet Citrus grapefruit in 8-pound bags, a new Paramount Citrus offering, is sourced by Healds Valley Farms Ltd., Edinburg, Texas. Paramount acquired Healds Valley Farms in July, says Marc Seguin, vice president of marketing.
Coral BeachPero Family Farms PERO FAMILY FARMS: Zipper bags of organic snipped green beans offer customers a new 24-ounce size, says Scott Seddon, brand manager for Delray Beach, Fla.-based Pero Family Farms. The company also unveiled 10-ounce zipper bags of jalepeno peppers at Fresh Summit 2012, which Seddon says provide retailers a better display option than traditional bulk bins.
PERU CITRUS GROWERS ASSOCIATION: Sergio Del Castillo Valderrama, chief executive officer for ProCitrus, Lima, Peru, says Peruvian citrus growers are preparing for a larger crop in 2013 because 3-year-old plantings will begin bearing marketable fruit. He also says the two-day format for the Produce Marketing Association’s annual trade show worked well for international attendees.
PHILLIPS MUSHROOM FARMS: Kennett Square, Pa.-based Phillips Mushroom Farms is rolling out 6-ounce packs of vitamin D-enhanced sliced and whole portabellas, says national sales manager Kevin Donovan. He says the company plans to introduce the product over the winter and make a big push in the summer.
Amelia FreidlinePonderosa Mushroom PONDEROSA MUSHROOMS: Port Coquitlam, British Columbia-based Ponderosa Mushrooms rolled out a 6-ounce pack of handsliced king oyster mushrooms at retailers in Vancouver this summer and it is now shipping into parts of southern Ontario, president Joe Salvo says. He says the company has begun exporting its product line to Dubai, with a good response so far.