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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.
The Oppenheimer Group
Karin Gardner, marketing communications manager for The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, says the company plans to offer a new 11-ounce kiwifruit pack. The zip-top handle bag features three to four pieces of fruit, depending on weight and a knife/spoon kiwifruit scoop for easy eating on the go. The pack should retail around $1.99, she says.
Pure Hot House Foods
The Luna Sweet Trio, a triangular cocktail tomato pack, was unveiled at the United Fresh 2012 show, says Bob Donckers, chief operating officers for Pure Hot House Foods Inc., Taylor, Mich. The 10-ounce pack includes orange, yellow and red cocktail tomatoes.
PTI Lite is a traceability product geared to small producers, said Gary Fleming, vice president of strategic services for RedLine Solutions Inc., Littleton, Colo. Fleming said PTI Lite has been out on the market for about a month and already has customers. “This is bare minimum, if you need to get a label onto a case and onto a pallet, then boom, you don’t need anything other than a computer,” he said. PTI Lite includes a bar code printer, labels for cases, hybrid pallet tags and the software that makes it work, he said. “The price point is right for the small farmers,” Fleming said.
Robbie Fantastic Flexibles
Robbie Fantastic Flexibles has introduced a standup package for in-store fresh-cut programs. The package has an easy-carry handle and a resealable zipper that helps maintain freshness, says Patrick Starrett, product marketing manager for the Lenexa, Kan.-based company. The graphic design allows for any variety of fruit to be put in the package, he said. The package will be available in two sizes, with the smaller size being about a 12-ounce package while the larger pack will be 16 ounces to 24 ounces. The back of the package will feature a large window for easy product viewing by consumers.