SOUTHERN SPECIALTIES: Products in resealable stand-up pouches were introduced this fall by Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Southern Specialties Inc. The company offers 26-ounce bags of sugar snap peas and french beans and a 2-pound pack of brussels sprouts, says Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development.
Chuck RobinsonSun Belle SUN BELLE: Blueberries come packed in a pint punnet that is flatter and wider than normal, says Phil Rindone, salesman and marketer for Sun Belle Inc, Chicago. The punnet allows consumers to see the fruit better, he says.
SUNKIST GROWERS: Five types of fruit are being packed in 3-pound bags being marketed by Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based Sunkist Growers under the Lil Snappers line of kid-sized fruit. Julie DeWolf, director of retail marketing, says the bags will have navel oranges, cara caras, moros, minneola and mandarins. The Lil Snappers line was introduced by Wenatchee-Wash.-based Stemilt Growers last year. Sunkist offers high-graphic quarter bins top promote the line. Sunkist is working with Stemilt to offer a Lil Snappers bag of apples and oranges, DeWolf says.
TOMATO THYME: Michael Lacey, director of sales and marketing for Wimauma, Fla.-based Tomato Thyme Corp., shows off the new Home Grown Tomatoes retail merchandising box. He says the 4-pound boxes of red round tomatoes will be shipped in 8-, 10-, 12- or 15-count sizes and are ideal for club stores such Costco and Sam’s Club. He adds that the Handy Candy 4-ounce snack cups of high-brix grape tomatoes are set to expand their presence in the Northeast with retailers such as D’Agostino’s, AWI and Topp’s, Lucky Lee, vice president of sales for New York-based Lucky’s Real Tomatoes, which helps handle marketing for Handy Candy, says the product is now available in New York at the five locations of the Gourmet Garage upscale grocers.
VILLAGE FARMS: Eatontown, N.J.-based Village Farms International offers a new 10-ounce bag and clamshell for Heavenly Villagio Marzano tomato. This is in addition to the 16-ounce bag the company launched initially, says Helen Aquino, marketing manager.In the year since the snack size tomato hit the market, the company has received exceptional feedback from both retailers and consumers, Aquino says.
The company also is shipping Exquisite Heirloom tomatoes in a 2-count consumer pack and 11-pound bulk pack. The heirloom variety, with green shoulders, gives consumers a balanced tart and sweet summer tomato flavor.
WESTMORELAND SALES: Leamington, Ontario-based Westmoreland Sales plans to start shipping mini sweet peppers this season, says Ken Green, executive vice president of sales and marketing. The red, orange and yellow peppers are packed in half- and 1½-pound bags that stand up. Ontario operations are expected to supply the peppers this spring with production shifting to Mexico.
WHOLSUM FAMILY FARMS: Dennis Moleta, account manager for Wholesum Family Farms Inc., Nogales, Ariz., says the grower-shipper’s new merchandising stand saves on set-up time in the produce department and enables a range of cross-merchandising options.