NEW ORLEANS — Mann Packing Co., Salinas, Calif., had several new products to highlight at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit 2013 Oct. 18-20.
Greg Kurkjian, vice president of retail sales, and Kim St. George, director of marketing and innovation, were on hand to discuss them, including two new vegetable chop salad kits for the U.S. — Cantina Crunch and Asian Citrus Crunch, which features the company’s signature sugar snap peas. Canadian retailers will get the same packs but under different names: Oriental and Fiest.
“We’ve had great reception on those here at the show,” St. George said.
The company’s relaunched Veggie Mac-n-Cheese product, which includes fresh broccoli, pasta and Sargento cheese sauce. A finalist for the PMA Impact Awards, it comes in Classic Cheddar with Broccoli and Bacon Cheddar with Broccoli.
“We’ve reformulated the Veggie Mac-n-Cheese into smaller bags to retail for $3.99,” St. George said, noting previous retail price for the larger bags was $4.99.
The upscale macaroni offering helps Mann and its customers capitalize on recent trends toward increased consumption of mac-and-cheese items in the deli and meat departments, St. George said.
Mann also has two new gourmet whole head lettuces: Scarlett Butter and Honey Gem, for foodservice customers, Mann’s Brian Bengard said.