From the show floor: CPMA 2014 expo booths No. 3

04/16/2014 10:59:00 AM
Chris Koger

Shanley FarmsMike HornickShanley FarmsSHANLEY FARMS: Megan Shanley, director of sales and marketing, offers Gator Eggs, a six-pack of size 84 avocados in an egg carton-like container. “It’s the perfect amount,” she says of the single-serve concept. “One sandwich, a salad, a snack. You’re not having to eat a huge avocado, put half in your refrigerator and come back to it later.”

THE LITTLE POTATO CO.: Kathy Petkau, manager of sales operations, displayed a new 1.5-pound handled, gusseted bag of fresh creamer potatoes under the Terrific Trio name. “We are just about to launch this,” she said. Little Potato’s microwavable, seasoned product has been rebranded in new packaging.

Calavo Growers Inc.Chris KogerCalavo Growers Inc.CALAVO: A new high-pressure packed guacamole from Calavo Growers Inc. should be on the shelves by the 4th of July, says Patrick Paulmeier, Midwestern region sales manager for Calavo. More than five hours after being opened to serve on the show floor as a sample, the Tomatillo Avocado Salsa maintained its color without browning.

LASSONDE: Lassonde Specialties, a Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, marketer of numerous brands, showcased Sunbites, vacuum-wrapped ears of corn sold in single, double and four packs at retailers, including Wal-Mart. The corn, packed the same day of harvest, is ready to eat after one minute of microwaving, and has a one-year shelf life if kept refrigerated, said Micheal Hazel, salesman. Kerry Somerset, saleswoman, says the corn is grown from GMO-free seeds.

Bland FarmsMike HornickBland FarmsBLAND FARMS: Duane Norton, sales manager, displays Sweet Potato Fries, which started shipping four months ago under the Vidalia Brands label.

CABO FRESH: Jessica Brown, sales and marketing coordinator, showed a new guacamole snack pack with four 2-ounce cups. It’s due to ship in early May. Cabo Fresh’s 12-ounce container will shed its current paper label for the transparent look in May. “It’s full disclosure, you can see everything that’s in the product,” Brown said. “It lets consumers see the chunky avocado bits and how pure it is. It’s 95% avocado and 5% seasoning, no fillers or dairy.” Cabo’s guacamole items come in different flavors.



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