(Oct. 16) Eden Prairie, Minn.-based The Sholl Group II, marketer of the Green Giant Fresh label, has teamed up with two produce companies to create a national distribution network for its Freshtables-brand products.

The company said in a news release that it has partnered with Loffredo Fresh Produce Co. Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, and Field Fresh Foods Inc., Los Angeles.

Loffredo Fresh Produce will pack and distribute the Green Giant Fresh Freshtables stir-fry line, the Freshtables SteamPerfect line and the Green Giant Fresh microwavable bagged fresh-cut line throughout the Midwest, said Gene Loffredo, president and chief executive officer.

Loffredo said Oct. 16 that Sholl contacted him six months ago looking for a regional partner.

“Their management and food safety people came here and we spent a day with them,” he said. “We made a deal over the next month or two and we’re now their Midwest co-packer.”

Loffredo Fresh Produce will distribute the products to Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to the release.

“While it’s not a huge part of our business, it’s a possibility of being $3 million or $4 million worth of volume, possibly more,” he said.

Loffredo said the company began distributing the Freshtables SteamPerfect line Oct. 8 to West Des Moines-based Hy-Vee retail stores and Dahl’s Foods, a regional Iowa chain. He said the entire line would be distributed by mid-November.

Field Fresh Foods also will produce all three lines and distribute them in California, Nevada and Arizona, according to the release.

Emelio Castanada, president of Fields Fresh Foods, said in the release that the partnership is a natural fit and works with the company’s strategy to bring innovative products to retailers and foodservice.

“Our expertise in fresh-cut produce and the Green Giant Fresh brand are a perfect combination,” he said in the release.