Near an airport, the warehouse will receive berry shipments from charter flights from Mexico and possibly Chile and other areas, he said. The warehouse is 36,000 square feet, and VanDriesseche said the company plans to double that capacity within 2 1/2 years.
Expanding her work to boost the quality of life in banana-growing regions, Mayra Velazquez de Leon, president of Organics Unlimited, San Diego, recently launched a website at www.growbananas.org.
She said the “GROW” in the Web address is short for Giving Resources and Opportunities to Workers. Point-of-sale materials for retailers encourage consumers to visit the site to learn how their purchases of Organics Unlimited fruit helps families in other countries.
SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services, Emeryville, Calif., offers a program to certify foods as antioxidant superfoods.
Not all foods contain enough antioxidants to be considered superfoods, marketing specialist Chip Wood said.
Grower management, variety selection and the environment also can affect antioxidant levels in produce.
To qualify, an item must supply at least 20% of the recommended daily intake of at least one antioxidant and meet or exceed average levels reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or comparable research.
More than 50 varieties of herbs, fruits and vegetables are likely to qualify.
The program involves sampling and testing following USDA-approved protocols to ensure the items deliver as advertised, Wood said.
New flavors, pack sizes, labeling and packaging are in the works for fresh-cut fruits in 2013 from Sundia Corp., Hudson, N.J.
Vice president of sales Mark Sherburne said he was using the show floor as a sounding board for some possible designs but that no decisions had been made as of late October about how the final versions would look.
He said he does know for sure that three new label options are on the way in 2013, as well as some new flavor combinations, but he declined to reveal specifics.
Wahluke Produce Inc./Columbia Onion
The onion side of Mattawa, Wash.-based Wahluke Produce Inc. recently added whole, peeled onions to its list of products.
Wahluke sales manager Scott Nesbit said the new peeled onions are available in 20- and 30-pound boxes as well as large bulk order sizes.
The red, yellow and white onions are grown by Wahluke and peeled and packed by Columbia Onion, a sister company also in Mattawa.