Amelia FreidlineDel Monte Fresh ProduceDEL MONTE FRESH PRODUCE: Jeff Murray, director of key account sales for fresh-cut for Coral Gables, Fla.-based Del Monte Fresh Produce, displays an 8-ounce pack the company has added to its line of fresh avocado pulp. Melissa Athanasopulos, director of fresh-cut key account sales, says the product is ready for retail but has not yet shipped. Del Monte has also added a fajita kit to its ready-to-go meal line. The kit features sliced red and green bell peppers and onions and a cup of avocado pulp.
DIAZTECA CO.: Rico Rico, Ariz.-based mango grower Diazteca has added gold pineapple from Mexico to its product lineup, says saleswoman Graciela Maldonado and salesman Mario Ramos. The company is marketing the whole gold pineapples from a Mexican grower under the Sarita label.
DISNEY CONSUMER PRODUCTS; After six years in the produce business, Disney is more interested than ever in adding new produce commodities to its lineup, says John King, director of licensing for media networks and games consumables for Disney Consumer Products, Glendale, Calif. Currently with six partners in the produce industry covering value-added salads, sliced apples, cherries, grapes and berries, King says Disney is open to more partners. “We would love to be in bananas, get into citrus again, things on the vegetable side, snacking carrots, things that are kid friendly.”
DJ FORRY CO.: Reedley, Calif.-based DJ Forry Co. introduced 2-pound stand-up, recloseable bags for California peaches, grapes and cherries; fuyu and hachiya persimmons; and a summer fruit trio of nectarines, peaches and plums, says owner John Forry. The fruit comes 10 bags to a case. The company is also introducing a pomegranate aril package that contains two 2-ounce servings.
Amelia FreidlineDole Food Co.DOLE FOOD CO.: Dole introduced an 8.75-pound pre-packed display box of mini yellow and red bananas. Bil Goldfield, communications manager, says the product was designed as a way to get people more interested in exotic fruit without requiring an extensive program commitment from retailers. The banana bunches are packaged in plastic bags for each variety.