PRODUCE PRO SOFTWARE: A new smart phone app from Produce Pro Software offers drivers a tool that saves time, said Marc Hatfield, national sales manager for the Woodridge, Ill.-based company. The app, which works with Android devices, allows truckers to have all the data for their stops on the device. The app allows drivers to view what product is on the truck, gives the ability to capture electronic signatures, and provides real time updates on inventory, turn by turn navigation and the drivers’ location. During deliveries, drivers can use the app to verify product quantities and adjust, if needed, the quantity delivered, Hatfield said.
COLORADO CERTIFIED POTATO GROWERS: The Monte Vista-based Colorado Certified Potato Growers Association, which involves 36 growers, has given names to two formerly experimental potato varieties, said Preston Stanley, manager. AC99330-P/Y is now known as Midnight Moon, and CO97226-2 R/R is now called Red Luna. Midnight Moon is a dark purple-skinned variety with a yellow interior, whereas Red Luna has red skin and red flesh. Both are higher in antioxidants than some of the earlier varieties.
Tom KarstRiveridge ProduceRIVERIDGE PRODUCE MARKETING: Showing off a new pie clamshell concept for fresh apples, Melissa Dubridge, sales representative for Riveridge Produce Marketing, Sparta, Mich., says there is interest from buyers. The product should be ready for shipment by early November, she says. Marketed as the “bake your own apple pie” clamshell, it includes six Michigan jonagold baking apples and an apple pie recipe. The reusable clamshell also can be used to store a fresh-baked pie, she says. Riveridge is also offering multi-variety clamshell pack, with two apple varieties offered in the clamshell. The multi-variety clamshell will be offered in 2.25-pound and 4.25-pound options, he says.
TAYLOR FARMS: Salinas, Calif.-based Taylor Farms Retail Inc., displated new single-serve chopped salad. The 6.75-ounce single-serve bowls are available in Asian, Barbeque Ranch, Southwest and Italian. Each salad includes a protein, said Shannon Renz, sales manager.
Vicky St. Geme, vice president of marketing for Taylor Farms, said the company also presented new items to three Taylor Farms categories: line extensions to the company’s Chopped Salad segment: Kale and Sweet Kale. Taylor Farms also added two new additions to its organic salad program with Organic Kale and Organic Powergreens. Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Green Beans were added to the fresh cut vegetables lineup under the Green Giant brand, she said.