DUDA FARM FRESH FOODS: Jason Bedsole, vegetables and citrus sales manager for the eastern region of Oviedo, Fla.-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., shows off Duda’s line of holiday-themed packaging for celery introudced this fall. The line features packs of 30-count celery stalks, 18-count celery hearts and 8-ounce celery sticks.
Fred WilkinsonEast Coast Fresh EAST COAST FRESH: Ross Foca, president of Savage, Md.-based East Coast Fresh, says the company — until recently known as East Coast Fresh Cuts — is now the exclusive distributor of Betty Crocker brand fresh potatoes on the East Coast.
EUROFRESH FARMS: Jim D’Amato, regional sales manager for Willcox, Ariz.-based EuroFresh Farms, says the Redi-Bites punnets of grape tomato introduced this fall are stackable. Consumers pull up the label to open the package and may rinse them without taking the tomatoes out of the pack. RediBites are packed under the ArtiSuns Farms label. EuroFresh also showed off its new Redi Bites snacking cucumbers, which are about 3½ inches long, seedless and sold in an 8-ounce bag.
FOUR SEASONS PRODUCE: Paul Pogrebneak, senior business development manager for Ephrata, Pa.,-based Four Seasons Produce, says satsuma mandarins grown in California by Family Tree Farms are new for the company. The fruit will be packed in standard boxes for retail and also will be available with leaves still on the fruit as a merchandising option, he says.
Chuck RobinsonFresh Express FRESH EXPRESS: The Veggie Lovers line from Fresh Express has three additions, says Kevin Scrivanich, northeast director of sales for Charlotte, N.C.-based Chiquita Brands International and Fresh Express. Farmers Garden has butter and red-leaf lettuce, grape tomatoes, carrots and radishes. Spinach and Tomatoes has spinach, grape tomatoes, tango lettuce and carrots. Veggie Lovers has iceberg lettuce, carrots, romaine lettuce, pea pods, red cabbage and radishes.
FRESH SIDES: Consumers have options with the new microwaveable potato kits from Fresh From the Start, Riverhead, N.Y. Fresh Sides allow consumers to open the bag, add seasonings and re-seal prior to microwaving, says Daniel Dubinsky, senior vice president of sales and marketing. The line has six varieties of specialty potatoes, including fingerlings and sweet potatoes. Fingerling packs are 16 ounces and the rest are 24 ounces, and retail for about $2.99.
The company offers a YouTube page to guide consumers and give recipe ideas at YouTube.com/freshsides.