BARD VALLEY MEDJOOL DATE GROWERS: The Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers Association, Bard, Calif., introduced its pitted medjool date. Most pitted dates on the market are the deglet variety, which are a bit sturdier, says Ed O’Malley, president and chief executive officer of Datepac LLC, Yuma. The association also featured 3.3- to 4.4-ounce snack-sized Natural Delights, available in whole dates, pitted dates, coconut date rolls and almond date rolls.
BC HOT HOUSE FOODS INC.: BC Hot House, Langley, British Columbia, updated packaging and display-ready cartons with new logos and colors that play up the greenhouse vegetable grower’s 40th anniversary. Inside packaging, consumers will find a quick-response code to a website full of information about product care and recipes, says Michael Reed, president.
Greg JohnsonBland FarmsBLAND FARMS: New Sweet Onion Petals product is the produce department’s answer to popular onion-flavored snack Funyuns. It’s made from baked and pureed Vidalia onions and is processed by Inventure Foods, says John Cameron, director of sales.
WM. BOLTHOUSE FARMS INC.: Account executive Ashleigh Rossi says Bolthouse Farms, Bakersfield, Calif., now offers Bolthouse Farms Baby Carrots Shakedowns — 2.25-ounce packages of seasonings and baby carrots that can be mixed together. They’re being tested in three markets and should be rolled out by next summer or back-to-school time. Three flavors are being tested: chili lime, ranch and salsa.
BORTON & SONS INC: Borton & Sons, Yakima, Wash., is partners with the National Dairy Council and the National Football League to promote the Fuel Up to Play 60 program on its apple bags. The program encourages nutrition and 60 minutes of daily exercise for children. Borton & Sons also offers a bagged mix of size 138 apples and mandarins under the Smaller Fruit for Smaller Appetites label, says Eric Borton.
BOSKOVICH FARMS INC.: Boskovich Farms, Oxnard, Calif., plans to release microwaveable globe artichokes in the next few months, says Russ Widerburg, sales manager. Packaging for the new item now is being finalized. Each pack will contain two size 24 or 30 artichokes.