MONTEREY MUSHROOMS: Customers in the Northeast now have access to Monterey Mushrooms’ line of bagged sliced mushrooms. The Monterey, Calif.-based company recently added the bagging technology to its Pennsylvania facility, says Michael Stephan, director of sales for central and eastern regions. Stephan says the bagged program, which includes 10-ounce zip top bags of sliced Baby Bella or sliced white button mushrooms, is popular with consumers because they can choose how many mushrooms they want and re-seal the bag for later. Health and nutrition messages, cooking tips and recipes are on the bags.
NUNES: The Nunes Co., Salinas, Calif. has added items to its Foxy-brand organic line, says Mark Crossgrove, vice president of sales, including red, green and rainbow chard; green and lacinato kale; parsley; and cilantro.
Fred WilkinsonPacific Trellis PACIFIC TRELLIS: Angie Eastham, sales manager for Reedley, Calif.-based Pacific Trellis Fruit, says the grower-shipper is offering grapes in gusseted bags in random and 2-pound fixed weight sizes. The bags, whose high-resin film better protects fruit from damage and displays better, will be used for the first time on about 15% of the grapes Pacific Trellis imports from Chile, she says. Also new this season are grapes from Peru packed in 2-pound clamshells, Eastham says.
RACE-WEST: Marcus Cutler, director of field operations for Clarks Summit, Pa.-based wholesaler Race-West Co., talks with Lori Hickey, who handles marketing for Delano, Calif.-based grape grower-shipper Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons. Dulcich is rolling Christmas-themed retail boxes and other point-of-purchase display materials for their Pretty Lady grapes, Hickey says.
SAN MIGUEL: Three new salad kits from San Miguel Produce Inc., Oxnard, Calif., are packed with healthful ingredients in mind. The salads feature mature greens, which pack more of a nutritional punch than their baby brethren, says Jan Berk, vice president and partner. Each kit includes greens and a 2-ounce dressing packet. IRONman is a blend of beet greens and spinach, SUPERkale is a blend of mature shredded kale and carrots, and EnerCHI Salad includes a blend of traditional Asian and leafy greens.
SOUTHERN PRODUCE DISTRIBUTORS: Southern Produce Distributors Inc., Faison, N.C., has introduced 3- and 5-pound bags branded with its 10-in-One label, says Brenda Oglesby, sales manager. The bags list 10 ways to fix the sweet potatoes. Helping her show off the bags is salesman Kelly Precythe.