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

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

Childress said the suggested price is $25.

Pero Family Farms

Pero Family Farms, Delray Beach, Fla., has expanded its mini sweet pepper line.

Pero has added 8-ounce and 1-pound bags to its 2-pound bags and 1-pint clamshells. It also is preparing to introduce 1-pound organic miniature sweet pepper bags.

Additionally, Pero added a 24-ounce organic snipped green bean line, said Frank Pero, corporate executive vice president.

Phillips Mushroom Farms

Phillips Mushroom Farms, Kennett Square, Pa., is completing the second phase of construction on a mushroom production facility in Warwick, Md., said sales coordinator Mike Commodari, who is in charge of fresh inventory control.

The initial facility opened two years ago, he said, but the addition will double production from 10 million pounds of white mushrooms to 20 million pounds, Commodari said.

He said the plant uses the Dutch system of mushroom growing.

“The unique thing about this operation is we can harvest up to three times a day,” Commodari said.

Traditional growing operations harvest once a day, he said.

The company expects the addition to be completed by January.

Pure Hot House Foods

Leamington, Ontario-based Pure Hot House Foods Inc. has a wash-and-go snack size tomato pack.

The Easy Bites rinse-and-ready tomatoes come in a three-pack of 2.6-ounce wash-and-go containers. The containers are perforated on the back and are recloseable, salesman Ken Paglione said.

The company also rebranded its sweet peppers and specialty tomatoes. Its long sweet peppers are now Aurora Sweets, its mini sweet peppers are Aurora Bites, its grape tomatoes are Juno Bites and the mixed snacking tomatoes are the Iris Medley.

The company also has a new beefsteak tomato slicer pack, which includes two beefsteak tomatoes in a tray. They retail for about $3 and come with a recipe on the packaging.

Greg JohnsonRD Produce BV, Amsterdam, Netherlands, is exporting a new leek to the U.S., which grows the white part of the stem much larger than traditional leeks, appealing to more chefs, said owner Dick Willems. Also pictured is Marga Herwers. RD Produce

RD Produce BV, Amsterdam, Netherlands, is exporting a new leek to the U.S. that grows the white part of the stem much larger than traditional leeks, which appeals to more chefs, owner Dick Willems said.

The product is field-grown and helps fill a niche in the North American market, he said.

Riveridge Produce

Russell Comport has joined Riveridge Produce, Sparta, Mich., as export/import manager.

Comport’s goal is to expand the company’s exports, particularly in Southeast Asia and Central America, he said.


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