CORRECTED: From the show floor: Fresh Summit 2013 booths No. 1

10/26/2013 08:42:00 PM
The Packer Staff

YUCATAN FOODS: Dan Walton, executive vice president of Los Angeles-based Yucatan Foods, which markets the Cabo Fresh brand, showed attendees new four-pack, snack-sized guacamole cups that are ready for national release following successful trials at Stater Bros. and Hy-Vee stores, Walton said. The packs of four 2-ounce cups retail for $2.25. Cabo Fresh also is launching a 12-ounce size of the Classic flavor profile, which has a higher content of garlic and onion powder than other flavors and also has added a 6-ounce stock-keeping unit for guacamole products. Scott Harrington, formerly of Sun Pacific, will begin work as vice president of western sales for Cabo on Nov. 1, succeeding Kristyn Lawson, who has left the company.

Church Bros.LLC Tuscan blendDan GalbraithChurch Bros.LLCCHURCH BROS.: Salinas, Calif.-based Church Bros. LLC used Fresh Summit to help launch its Tuscan Baby Kale Blend, which is billed as “a unique combination of baby kales that deliver a very delicate, yet robust flavor.” The blend is geared not only for salads but as a cooking vegetable.

COMPAC: Auckland, New Zealand-based Compac Sorting Equipment displayed new equipment, including the SLS (single lane sorter) InVision 9000 and optical cherry sorting with dynamic lane balancing. The InVision boasts 10 times the light that fluro tube systems offer, said Compac’s Nathan Soich. The SLS is geared for mainly small and medium-sized packing facilities and offers versatility with the ability to pack in poly bags, tote bags, boxes, cartons, punnets and trays.

Eagle Eye ProduceDan GalbraithEagle Eye ProduceEAGLE EYE PRODUCE: Idaho Falls, Idaho-based Eagle Eye Produce introduces Simply Good Diced Blends and Diced Blends Fries in 1-pound bags. Available in various combinations, the new blends combine potatoes with seasoned vegetables and are designed for less than 10 minutes of preparation, says director of business development Kendrick Hanny. The products are Diced Tuscan Blend, Diced Steakhouse Blend, Diced Garlic Rosemary Blend and Diced Classic Blend. Diced Blends Fries include Cheesy Fries, Southwest Fries, Steakhouse Fries, Sweet Fries and Classic Fries.

EARTHBOUND FARM: Audra Pura, product innovation manager for San Juan Bautista, Calif.-based Earthbound Farm, said the company’s new PowerMeal Bowls feature organic salad with 18-day shelf life. The ready-to-eat packs combine organic greens, seeds, fruits and whole grains. PowerMeal Bowl combinations are chia and soba noodles with Asian greens; tomatillo and black beans with baby lettuce; and blueberry and quinoa with baby spinach.


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