RENEE'S GOURMET: Kristen Lewarne, product manager for Toronto-based Renée’s Gourmet, introduced new fat-free Caesar salad dressing and refrigerated mayonnaise at CPMA. Both are made with fresh Greek yogurt and other natural ingredients. The Caesar has only 5 calories per serving, Lewarne said, and the mayonnaise has half the fat of regular mayonnaise. The products are only available in Canada.
click image to zoomCynthia DavidGambles ProduceGAMBLES: Gambles Ontario Produce Inc., at the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto, is adding its redesigned Go Fresh private label to about 800 stock-keeping units, says business and product development manager Tom Kioussis (left). The Go Fresh logo, with quick-response code, will appear on everything from tray pack corn to single-serve veggie cups with dip. Trader Sean Balog shows off the company’s carrots in biodegradable bags. New hand-packed biodegradable bags of Go Fresh carrots have a money-back guarantee on the back, Kioussis said. Gambles wholesales and distributes fresh fruits and vegetables across the province. The new web address is www.goproduce.com.
OPMA: Cookbook writer and former TV host Cary Osmond is the face behind the Ontario Produce Marketing Association’s new back to basics campaign and website, Producemadesimple.ca. Every Monday, the site introduces a fruit or vegetable as Pick of the Week. Tuesday is prep day, Wednesday Osmond offers usage tips, Thursday she’ll discuss what the item pairs well with and Friday she’ll share a recipe. Osmond also stars in 10 videos that will change every three weeks.
click image to zoomCynthia DavidPrimeProPRIMEPRO: Grant Ferguson, director of sales for Mississauga, Ontario-based Chantler Packaging Inc., demonstrates PrimePro, the next generation of modified atmosphere packaging for fresh produce. Using the PrimePro carton liner, which absorbs ethylene to keep produce fresh, Ferguson says it’s now possible to ship fresh broccoli from Ecuador to northern Europe, a 28-day journey. Washington cherry and pear growers use the film, and greenhouse growers from Spain to Mexico to Canada have adopted it to keep their produce fresh. Ferguson said PrimePro was recently certified for use with organic produce by the Organic Materials Review Institute.