SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services, Emeryville, Calif., offers a program to certify foods as antioxidant superfoods.
Not all foods contain enough antioxidants to be considered superfoods, marketing specialist Chip Wood said.
Grower management, variety selection and the environment also can affect antioxidant levels in produce.
To qualify, an item must supply at least 20% of the recommended daily intake of at least one antioxidant and meet or exceed average levels reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or comparable research.
More than 50 varieties of herbs, fruits and vegetables are likely to qualify.
The program involves sampling and testing following USDA-approved protocols to ensure the items deliver as advertised, Wood said.
New flavors, pack sizes, labeling and packaging are in the works for fresh-cut fruits in 2013 from Sundia Corp., Hudson, N.J.
Vice president of sales Mark Sherburne said he was using the show floor as a sounding board for some possible designs but that no decisions had been made as of late October about how the final versions would look.
He said he does know for sure that three new label options are on the way in 2013, as well as some new flavor combinations, but he declined to reveal specifics.
Wahluke Produce Inc./Columbia Onion
The onion side of Mattawa, Wash.-based Wahluke Produce Inc. recently added whole, peeled onions to its list of products.
Wahluke sales manager Scott Nesbit said the new peeled onions are available in 20- and 30-pound boxes as well as large bulk order sizes.
The red, yellow and white onions are grown by Wahluke and peeled and packed by Columbia Onion, a sister company also in Mattawa.
Nesbit said the main customers for the new peeled whole onions are foodservice operators and food processors.
Wahluke continues to offer potatoes under five different labels.
Washington Potato Commission
Ryan Holterhoff, director of marketing and industry affairs, said the Washington State Potato Commission planned to launch a revamped website immediately after the show.
The website was to feature social networking tools and details about the commission’s growers’ charitable work.
Temecula, Calif.-based West Pak Avocado Inc. has moved into a new, 115,000-square-foot facility, said Dave Culpepper, import/export director who also handles national and international sales.
The new location has four more ripening rooms than the old one, bringing the total to eight.
The company recently bought a new Compac sizing and grading machine that also does color grading.