Mike HornickNatureSweet NATURESWEET LTD.: The company recently introduced 1.5-pound packs of its tomatoes in Canada, says Kathryn Ault, vice president of sales. “We’re showcasing the Cherubs, Sunbursts and Glories,” she says. “The larger packs are already in the U.S. They’re for holidays or for those stores with a lot of velocity every day.”
DOMEX SUPERFRESH GROWERS: Howard Nager, vice president of marketing for Yakima, Wash.-based Domex Superfresh Growers, expects the Washington cherry crop to start production around June 4-6. “The cherries started to bud today in Washington,” he said. “It’s going to be a big crop this year. Where last year was about 14 million boxes, we anticipate — weather permitting — 20 million-plus boxes this year. The beginning of June is ideal for Fourth of July ads.” The cherries will be in a zippered standup pouch.
Chris KogerRedline SolutionsREDLINE SOLUTIONS: With the Safe Food for Canadians Act, which is similar to the Food Safety Modernization Act in the U.S., there’s a growing awareness of the need to track produce across the supply chain, says Todd Baggett, CEO of Redline Solutions Inc., Santa Clara, Calif. Here, Baggett demonstrates the Intermec CK71 scanning device, which can be used with Redline’s software to track packages.
NORTHWEST CHERRIES: The cherry industry continues to see benefits from a year-old study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on cherries’ anti-inflammatory properties. The study results were published in the “Journal of Nutrition,” said James Michael, vice president of marketing for North America for Northwest Cherries.
Mike HornickVergers Paul JodoinVERGERS PAUL JODOIN: Jean-Francois Giroux, national key account manager, showed 200-milliliter bottles of organic Pear and Apple Peach juices, recently introduced for Canada only. “We’ve been doing organic shelf stable in 950 milliliters for roughly 10 years,” he says. In November, Vergers Paul Jodoin introduced a conventional sparkling apple cider, left, made with apples from its orchards.
LOVE BEETS: First-time exhibitors Love Beets showcased baby beet products infused with four flavors: Sweetfire, honey and ginger, mild vinegar and balsamic vinegar. Those beets are grown in Cambridge, England, steam cooked, peeled, marinated and vacuum-packed. The company’s sales and marketing office is in Philadelphia, and there is some production in Vineland, N.J., said marketing manager Natasha Shapiro. Just the vacuum packs are available in Canada, in Costco stores.