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DALLAS — Editor Greg Johnson, Managing Editor Fred Wilkinson, National Editor Tom Karst and Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider collected these news items on the exposition floor at United Fresh 2012 on May 1-3.
Dan Baker, director of foodservice for Sidney, Ohio-based Freshway Foods, says the company’s new lineup of Culinary Garden salad mixes give restaurant operators a premium salad and coleslaw blend. The line was introduced in early April, and could expand to retail. It includes Asian Salad, Hearty Blend, Asian Apple Coleslaw, Tuscany Blend and Asian Coleslaw packed four 3-pound bags per case.
Edinburg, Texas-based Frontera Produce Ltd. started a traceability program with Redwood City, Calif.-based YottaMark’s HarvestMark last fall, and it’s now getting feedback from the program, said executive vice president Amy Gates. She said the information should allow the company to better meet consumer needs. She said it’s set up in three markets, Dallas, Houston and St. Louis, but already, it’s led to the company doubling its friends on Facebook through stronger consumer interaction.
Vincent Choate, director of sales and marketing for Carpinteria, Calif.-based Hollandia Produce LLC, says the company is expanding distribution for its three-in-one salad blend, previously available only at specialty retailers. It’s a blend of lollo rossa, lollo bionda and red oak leaf lettuces grown together in one root ball, packed in the company’s signature Squircle container.
Fred WilkinsonJemD Farms
Adrian Abbott, vice president of operations for Leamington, Ontario-based JemD Farms, shows off piccolo baby snacking cucumbers. The 10-ounce clamshells are available at retail in the Northeast, Abbott says.
The touchscreen monitor and snap-in ink cartridge of the new Kwik Lok Autopilot 901C Inkjet Printer gives users an easier interface for bag closure printing. The system is capable of printing consecutive numbers, GTINs, 2D bar codes and soon, will be able to print Quick Read codes, says Bruce Cox, regional sales manager for the Yakima, Wash.-based company.