CALGARY, Alberta — Hundreds of companies exhibited new products and services and met with potential buyers during the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's annual convention.
The Packer’s Editor Greg Johnson, Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider and Canadian beat writer Cynthia David gathered these news items from the expo show floor during the convention, April 12-13.
Pamela RiemenschneiderSteve Pelton, president of Kitchen Pick Living Herbs, and Cheryl Hubbick, client services representative, display herbs at The Oppenheimer Group's booth. Oppenheimer distributes the Maple, British Columbia-based greenhouse grower's herbs. Oppenheimer
The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, started distributing Kitchen Pick Living Herbs this spring.
The herbs, from Maple Ridge, British Columbia-based Kitchen Pick, are grown using an automated greenhouse system, said Steve Pelton, president of Kitchen Pick, and no hands touch the product until the pots are sleeved during harvest.
“All a consumer has to do is put it in their kitchen and keep it hydrated,” he said. “It can be used all at once, or they can watch it grow back.”
Kitchen Pick living herbs retail for around $2.99 and include a year-round lineup of basil, parsley, cilantro, spearmint, sage, thyme, oregano, rosemary and pea shoots, along with a seasonal rotation of thai basil, red basil and dill.
They’re available in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, Pelton said.
Watsonville, Calif.-based Pacific AgPak Inc. has introduced a 2-pound Freight Buster clamshell for berries and other commodities.
AgPak introduced a 1-pound version last fall, which can help retailers lower freight costs by up to 33% by maximizing the amount of product on the truck.
Interlocking tabs on the top and bottom improve stackability and offer a neater display on the supermarket shelf, said salesman Kyle Baum.
Boise, Idaho-based PakSense Inc. is bringing its XpressPDF temperature monitoring label to Canada after a successful launch last fall in the U.S.
Smaller than a credit card, the flat, waterproof card with a USB connection at one end works by measuring the surface temperature inside a box of perishable food for up to 90 days during shipping or storage.
The sensor doesn’t require a reader or software and starts with the push of a button, said director of sales Doug Thurston.