RIVER RANCH FRESH FOODS LLC: Larry Narwold, retail and foodservice sales manager, displayed individually wrapped lettuce from River Ranch. Romaine, red leaf and green leaf versions started shipping a few weeks before Fresh Summit.
ROCK GARDEN SOUTH: Miami-based Rock Garden South, part of Coosemans Worldwide, received an Impact Award for its Go Micro! Microgreens. Manny Lepe, procurement director, says the packaging, which is a resealable micro-perforated bag with a stand-up bottom, allows the product to breathe and keeps it fresher longer. The company also displayed trial products of living kale and broccoli microgreens on pads to gauge retail interest, Lepe says.
RPE INC.: Two microwaveable 16-ounce bags have been added to RPE’s Tasteful Selections line. Honey Gold and Ruby Sensation were released about a week before Fresh Summit.
Vicky BoydRuby FreshRUBY FRESH: Ruby Fresh, Firebaugh, Calif., rolls out three Salad Jewels salad toppings featuring pomegranate. They are Brilliant Southern Blend, Sparkling Spring Mix and Gleaming Mediterranean Medley. Consumers add greens/lettuce to the kit to make a salad or even a meal, says David Anthony, sales.
SEALD SWEET INTERNATIONAL: New for this season from Seald Sweet International, Vero Beach, Fla., is the Autumn Gold label for late-season mandarins from South Africa. Kim Flores, marketing manager, says the label will also be used for W. murcotts from Chile. The mandarins and murcotts are available in 2- and 3-pound pack sizes.
SEV-REND CORP.: Harrison Chien, vice president of sales and marketing for Collinsville, Ill.-based Sev-Rend Corp., demonstrated how the company’s invisible barcodes can be seen by scanners but not the human eye. The bar codes are being introduced to the fresh produce industry now as the company opens new distribution centers in Bakersfield, Calif., and Vidalia, Ga. The invisible codes make labels look less cluttered and help guard against counterfeiters.
Coral BeachSouthern Specialties SOUTHERN SPECIALTIES: Charlie Eagle, vice president of Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Southern Specialties, says he expects the company’s new grab-and-go resealable bags of green beans with holiday-themed packaging to be popular with retailers and consumers. The beans are available in 1- and 2-pound bags. New zipper pouches are also available for sugar snap peas and Brussels sprouts (in cold case) and were designed based on consumer input.