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Packer staffers Pamela Riemenschneider, Chuck Robinson and Fred Wilkinson collected these news items Dec. 4 on the New York Produce Show exposition floor.
Chuck RobinsonGrimmway Farms GRIMMWAY FARMS: The Simply Delicious Carrot Creations brand of Grimmway Farms, Bakersfield, Calif., has two new flavors: roasted garlic and herb and honey brown sugar and cinnamon. The packs are 13-ounces and come 10 per case. The suggested retail price is $2.49-2.79. Showing off the new products are Eric Proffit, sales manager; Kelly Dietz, sales director; and Lisa McNeece, vice president of foodservice and industrial sales. Grimmway Farms also is marketing baby carrots branded with The Biggest Loser. Consumers are offered a chance to stay at The Biggest Loser Resort. The packs come in 2- and 3-ounce packs and 1- and 2-pound packs.
LITTLE POTATO CO.: The Potato Jazz line of potato side dishes from Little Potato Co., Edmonton, Alberta, come in microwaveable steam trays of consistently sized small potatoes that come with savory spice packs, says Don Daintrey, sales and marketing director. Four flavors are offered: Savoury Herb, Garlic and Parsely, Zesty Italian and Chipotle Fingerlings. The products are new to the U.S., but have been test marketed in Canada, he says. The produce has a 30-day shelf life and requires no refrigeration, he says.
MALENA PRODUCE: Gonzalo Avila, business manager for Rio Rico, Ariz.-based Malena Produce Inc., shows off their new extended shelf life bag for eggplants. The bags use Tefen, Israel-based StePac LA Ltd.’s film to increase shelf 10-12 days, Avila says, and also allow printing of recipes on the bag.
MANN PACKING: A new party tray being used by Mann Packing Co., Salinas, Calif., reduce the use of plastic in the produce by a third because it is lidless, says Mark McHale, national account and east region sales manager. Film seals the contents on the top of the tray. Mann Packing also showed off a new 10-ounce pack of sweet potatoes for crinkle-cut fries.
Chuck RobinsonMann Packing MASTRONARDI PRODUCE: Mastronardi Produce, Kingsville, Ontario, offers a new pack of orange and red sweet peppers called Sweet Twister, says Chris Veillon, director of marketing. He plans a national rollout of the product in late spring. The company showed off the its redesigned package graphics. The graphics are more modern and help update the Sunset brand, Veillon says.