click image to zoomMann Packing Co.GILLS ONIONS: After a hiatus from the market following recalls over listeria concerns, Gill’s Onions LLC, Oxnard, Calif., will return shortly with two new products in 15-ounce jars: caramelized red onions and grilled onions. “These are great for convenience because caramelizing onions is a chore to do with pots and pans,” says Pat Caselli of Edge Sales & Marketing, a broker for Gill’s.
MANN PACKING: Keeping in line with sustainability initiatives, Mann Packing Co. Inc., San Ramon, introduced lidless vegetable trays with individually sealed compartments. The grower-shipper also added 8- and 32-ounce bags of French beans and 10- and 22-ounce bags of crinkle-cut sweet potatoes to its extensive line of bagged vegetables, said Fernando Azevedo, national accounts, western region sales manager.
click image to zoomReady PacMASTRONARDI: The long, slender Sweet Twister from Mastronardi Produce West LLC, Salinas, resembles an Anaheim chili pepper, but its sweet taste tells you otherwise. The red and orange peppers, marketed under the Sunset brand, are available in 8-ounce and 1 1/2-pound handled grab-and-go bags, says Ken Silveira, president.
MELISSA’S: Melissa’s has introduced 12-ounce microwavable packages of roasted baby Dutch potatoes with olive oil and rosemary that are ready in two to three minutes. World Variety Produce Inc., Los Angeles, which markets under the Melissa brand, also added 3-ounce containers of washed, cleaned and sliced leaks as well as kale sprouts, a blend of shredded brussels sprouts and kale, says Louie Barragan, sales.
click image to zoomShanley FarmsNATURIPE: Salinas-based Naturipe Farms LLC introduced 18-ounce flow-wrapped containers of prewashed ready-to-serve blueberries for food service. The firm also shows off Berry Quick snacks featuring washed, ready-to-eat blueberries in single-serve 1.5-ounce packs, three packs of 1.5 ounces each, and Disney themed three-packs, says Kyla Garnett, marketing manager.
READY PAC: Ready Pac, Salinas, added four blends to its organic Bistro Bowl offerings. They are chicken caesar, southwest style, cranberry walnut, and baby spinach and chicken. The blends are available in 4.5-7.5-ounce lunch sizes, and all are less than 300 calories, says Alan Ediger, senior vice president of sales.
click image to zoomTanimura & AntleRPE: The Tasteful Selections line of specialty potatoes now includes small reds and yellows in 16-ounce microwavable bags that can be cooked in 6 minutes. Bancroft, Wis.-based RPE also redesigned the bags for Tasteful Selection’s Ruby Fingerling and Sunrise Medley to reduce consumer confusion, says Mark Bucek, regional sales manager.