The Immokalee, Fla.-based grower-shipper reports a surge in demand for the recently introduced Ripe Bites grape and Crimson Queen round tomato varieties.
The tomatoes are touted as possessing high flavor, deep red hue color and high lycopene levels, according to a news release.
Ripe Bites are greenhouse tomatoes marketed for their high-sugar content, according to the release.
Aside from high flavor, the Crimson Queens contain higher lycopene levels and possess the same characteristics of round shape, durable skin and long shelf life that make round tomatoes popular with foodservice operators and consumers, according to the release.
“Our Ripe Bites and Crimson Queen varieties answer the call from today’s consumers and foodservice customers who are looking for great tasting, healthy, colorful and fresh tomatoes,” Darren Micelle, chief operating officer, said in the release.
Lipman introduced the varieties in October.