NEW ORLEANS — The Packer staffers Dan Galbraith, Tom Karst, Pamela Riemenschneider, Doug Ohlemeier, Vicky Boyd and Coral Beach collected these news items on the expo floor at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit 2013 Oct. 19-20 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
READY PAC FOODS: Irwindale, Calif.-based Ready Pac Foods won a PMA Impact Award for the Peel-and-Reseal tray it worked with Clear Lam Packaging, Elk Grove Village, Ill., on for its Bistro Bowls. The clamshell tray is environmentally friendly that’s easy to open and keeps lettuce fresh while using one-third less plastic. Ready Pac also introduce two line extensions, Baby Kale Blend Bagged Salad and Baby Kale Turkey Cranberry Bistro Bowl. Baby Kale Blend Bagged Salad features baby kale with baby spinach, baby arugula and chard; Baby Kale Turkey Cranberry Bistro Bowl is the newest extension of the Bistro Classic Bowls line and features baby kale, diced turkey, sliced almonds, whole cranberries and red apple poppyseed dressing, said senior marketing director and corporate communication manager Tristan Simpson.
Dan GalbraithRuby FreshRUBY FRESH: Katrina Tonkogolosuk, account executive with Fresno, Calif.-based Marketing Plus, shows off new products from Firebaugh, Calif.-based Ruby Fresh. Organic pomegranates are available in four-pack clamshells, Tonkogolosuk says. Also new are 5.3-ounce and 4-ounce pomegranate aril cups that are actually not yet on the market yet; and 3.5-ounce Salad Jewels, which launched about two months ago and emerged as a PMA Impact Award finalist.
SUNSWEET GROWERS: Sunsweet Growers Inc., Yuba City, Calif. has additions to the PlumSweets Amazins dried plums line, including plums dipped in dark chocolate and plums dipped in Greek-style yogurt. “Greek yogurt is the big thing right now, so we want to capitalize on that,” said dried fruit product manager Jen Driscoll. “What differentiates our product is the Greek yogurt we use is very high-end.”