Vicky BoydC.H. Robinson WorldwideC.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE INC.: C.H. Robinson, Eden Prairie, Minn., displays its proprietary Eco-Crate for sweet corn. The container is made of extruded recycled plastic, is fully recyclable and enables shippers to put one to two more pallet loads on a truck, compared with wooden packing crates, says Drew Schwartzhoff, marketing director. Timco Worldwide, a wholly-owned subsidiary, introduced the CantaBella melon, a cross between a cantaloupe and a chanterelle melon. It has high brix levels, the aroma of a chanterelle and the shelf life of a cantaloupe, says Jamie Vosejpka, produce manager.
CF FRESH: Sedro-Woolley, Wash.-based CF Fresh now has a 2-pound plastic bag for Viva Tierra organic apples, says president Luis Acuña. The product, which ships 18 bags to a 40-pound box, is designed for consumers who don’t want as many apples as the company’s 3-pound bag holds. Acuña says the bag is available for all varieties, but the greatest customer demand is for galas and fujis. The company exhibited in a new booth.
CMI: New for Wenatchee, Wash.-based Columbia Marketing International are pouch bags for apples, says vice president of marketing and food safety Bob Mast. The 2-pound bags are available for organic fujis and galas and conventional Ambrosia and Kiku apples. Shipper boxes contain 10 bags of fruit. CMI also is launching a 2-pound poly bag for organic apples, in addition to the 3-pound bag the company offers.
COLORFUL HARVEST LLC: Colorful Harvest LLC, Salinas, Calif., introduced a 12-ounce pack of blackberries to complement its 6-ounce size, says Doug McFarland, marketing director. The company also is adding quick-response codes to packages of berries, which will take consumers to a landing page with berry recipes and other berry information.
Amelia FreidlineCountry Fresh MushroomCOUNTRY FRESH MUSHROOM CO.: Avondale, Pa.-based Country Fresh Mushroom Co. has introduced a 7-ounce microwaveable pack of sliced white mushrooms. The pack includes a butter sauce, says Bob Besix, senior vice president of sales and marketing. He says the company’s 10-count portabella pack has also seen success at retail.
DEARDORFF: Deardorff Family Farms, Oxnard, Calif., has a new home, says Scott Deardorff, secretary-treasurer. After nearly 40 years in the same location, the company has moved to a 115,000-square-foot site that includes 40,000 square feet of cooling space, a 60,000-square-foot warehouse/packing area and 15,000 square feet of offices. The company should be settled by the winter vegetable season. he says. The firm added a new overwrap machine, Deardorff says.