Tom KarstGill's OnionsGILLS ONIONS: Displaying a new 16-ounce bag for diced onions and celery, Rex Lawrence, retails sales manager for western North America for Gills Onion, Oxnard, Calif., says the product is being released during the holiday season. “It’s really a versatile product used for a lot of different items beyond stuffing,” he says. Gills Onions has also revamped labeling to be color-coded to coincide with categories such as diced onions. Gills Onions also is beginning to market shelf-stable 16-ounce jars of caramelized red onions and grilled yellow onions, he says. The product can be merchandised with refrigerated diced onions or as a display with dry onions, he says. The expected retail price point is in the $4.49 to $4.99 range, he says.
I LOVE PRODUCE: Jim Provost, president of I Love Produce LLC, West Grove, Pa., said his company has initiated a program to donate proceeds from Peruvian organic ginger sales to a school adjacent to the field from which the ginger is harveted. Coming into a strong world market expected to trade as high as he $40-$50 range per 30-pound carton, ginger from Peru will continue into January, when supplies from China will begin to increase, Provost said.
Tom KarstKeystone Fruit MarketingKEYSTONE FRUIT MARKETING: Matthew Gideon, salesman for Keystone Fruit Marketing Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, displays flat sweet mild red onions that represent a new program for the marketer. The red onions are from Peru, Mexico, Texas and Georgia. “We have been working on a proprietary seed for the last four to five years and we finally found one with a consistently mild flavor,” he says. The red onions will be available from October through July, he says. Peru’s production runs from October through December, with Mexico volume beginning in February. Mexico, Texas and Georgia will ship from February through July, he says.
BARD VALLEY MEDJOOL DATE: The Bard Valley Medjool Date Association trucked in a date tree from Yuma, Ariz., as part of the group's booth display. “We had a lot of traffic to the booth last year because of (the tree) and we went to a bigger footprint,” said Ed O’Malley, president and chief executive officer of Datepac, which packs the majority of the group's dates.