click image to zoomChris KogerScotlynnSCOTLYNN: The Vittoria, Ontario, grower recently opened a facility in Belle Glade, Fla., to precool, pack and ship sweet corn, says Joe Didiano, director of produce sales. The company also has 260 new acres of asparagus with plans to almost double that by next season, he says. The corn is packed under the Sweetpac brand.
F.P.D. EAST: Beaconsfield, Quebec-based F.P.D. East Inc., an importer of produce into Canada, is importing the South African Royal Beaut apple. Peter Martino, vice president, said the apple has a dominant red blush. Because of its newness to the market, only one container will be available, Martino said.
click image to zoomChris KogerMastronardi ProduceMASTRONARDI: Colorful displays of greenhouse tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers earned Mastronardi Produce second place in the best booth contest on the show floor. The company displayed new Duo/Trio/Quattro packs of mini/grape tomatoes and is rolling out the “Inspired by Flavor” branding campaign in Canada, says Chris Veillon, marketing director.
BIOLOGICO: Tom Huculiak, manager of business development for greenhouse grower Biologico, said the company will have bell peppers for the first time this fall, and is testing an organic zebra tomato. “We are aggressively converting to organic,” says Huculiak, shown with a pack of the zebra tomatoes.
click image to zoomChris KogerMann Packing Co.MANN PACKING: Mann Packing Co. Inc. is debuting an all-clear vegetable party tray pack to the Canadian market, says vice president of retail sales Greg Kurkjian, pictured here with Christine Keller, director of marketing and innovations. Another product introduced to the U.S. last year, Veggie Mac-n-Cheese meals, are now available in Canada. The meals are available in four flavors, and are a “great alternative to the center-of-store mac and cheese,” Kurkjian says.
LA HUERTA IMPORTS: Corbeil, Ontario-based importer of Mexican and South American produce, is now marketing Mexican “Chico” sapote, which has a texture like a pear and has a slight flavor of cinnamon, says Graeme Bruce, vice president. People of Hispanic and Asian descent are familiar with the fruit, and the company is trying to reach other demographics with the sapotes.
click image to zoomChris KogerBabe FarmsBABE FARMS: One-pound bags of baby fennel and baby purple artichokes, in resealable bags featuring quick-response codes, are new to the Canadian market from Babe Farms, says Ande Manos, sales and marketing for the company. She says the codes offer convenient referrals to online recipes and menu ideas.
NATUREFRESH FARMS: Interest in a fried green tomato kit from NatureFresh Farms has picked up after the company moved from a four-pack to a two-pack, says Ray Wowryk, director of business development. The company also has 3- and 4-variety packs of mini tomatoes.