From the floor: PMA expo briefs, Modern Mushrooms to Sunsweet Growers - The Packer

From the floor: PMA expo briefs, Modern Mushrooms to Sunsweet Growers

10/25/2011 09:17:00 AM
Chris Koger

The bags reduce cooking time from 30 minutes to about six or seven minutes, she said, and will be available beginning in spring 2012.

The green globe artichokes are available March through May and August through October, Tuggle said.

Ocean Mist is working on a Season & Steam bag tailored for the other variety of artichokes available the rest of the year, she said.

The planned rollout for those bags is summer 2012, and the company is aiming for a year-round supply of the packs, she said.

Oppenheimer Group

After an agreement with Mexico-based Mainland Farms, The Oppenheimer Group for the first time is selling strawberries grown in North America.

Bruce BlytheKarin Gardner (left), marketing communications manager for the Oppenheimer Group, and colleague Katie Knox, show the company’s new Fresh Pomegranate Arils.The strawberries will be available from late October through March in 1- and 2-pound clamshells, according to an Oct. 14 statement from the Vancouver, British Columbia-based company.

“This is the start of something big, and we look forward to expanding our berry category and growing more with (Mainland),” Nolan Quinn, Oppenheimer’s berry category director, said in the statement.

Oppenheimer also introduced fresh pomegranate arils, which are supplied by California-based Madera Naturals and sold under the Ocean Spray brand.

Arils are the fleshy encasements of the seeds of the pomegranate, which recently has gained attention because of the fruit’s high levels of antioxidants, said Oppenheimer marketing communications manager Karin Gardner.

“People are becoming more familiar with the health attributes” of pomegranates, Gardner said.

PakSense

Boise, Idaho-based PakSense Inc. has made it easier to get temperature monitoring results with its new XpressPDF temperature monitoring label.

The single-use, recyclable label is equipped with a USB-ready plug-in that users can take directly from the product to a computer.

The tag generates a PDF document users can print out with no additional software or readers, said Amy Childress, marketing director.

“This takes away the headache associated with temperature monitoring,” Childress said.

The system is perfect for applications such as monitoring temperature from a distribution center to a retail location, where not all end locations are equipped with readers and software.


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