Dan GalbraithMarco Ltd.MARCO: United Kingdom-based Marco Ltd.’s new Linemaster IV system claims to raise packinghouse productivity by 30%, reduce airfreight costs by 10% and estimates return on investment within six months. The system’s checkweigher function alerts employees if a pack is under or over weight by simple red lights, says France coordinator Mariette Terrisse. The company’s “One Light–One Fruit” operator display increases packing speed by telling the employees exactly how many items to add or take away to achieve the correct weight.
NATURESWEET: Bob Dixon, Southwest regional manager, and Christina Winkler, brand manager, show off NatureSweet Cherriots, a winner of a PMA Impact Award. The San Antonio-basedd company’s Cherriots are ready-to-eat, snacking tomatoes in a 5.25-ounce triple pack, with each container having up to 12 small tomatoes geared for on-the-go consumers.
PURE HOT HOUSE FOODS: Ken Paglione, key account manager, displays two new snacking tomato products from Leamington, Ontario-based Pure Hot House Foods Inc. under its Pure Flavor label. At left is a pack of Juno Bites and at right is a pack of Bumbles. Juno Bites include multicolored tomatoes while Bumbles include yellow tomatoes, with the name being a take-off of “bumblebees.”
RAINIER FRUIT: Mesh pouch bags with handles are new for Selah, Wash.-based Rainier Fruit Co. apples, says marketing director Suzanne Wolter. “They’re flexible to either do 2-, 3-, or 4-pound bags, and they’re a much more efficient bag and use less plastic,” Wolter says. The mesh pouch bags will be used on the company’s exclusive and signature apple varieties: Junami, Lady Alice and Honeycrisp. Junamis packed in the bags will be available in December; Lady Alice apples in the bags should be out in February, Wolter says.
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