NEW YORK — From value-added items such as stuffed mushrooms and soup kits, to new packaging for lemons and guacamole kits, exhibitors at the New York Produce Show and Conference focused on convenience and innovation Nov. 8 at the Hilton New York.
Managing Editor Fred Wilkinson and Sections Editor Dan Galbraith gathered the following news items on the expo floor.
Albert’s Organics, Bridgeport, N.J., has begun direct imports of colored bell peppers.
Red, yellow and orange peppers grown in Israeli greenhouses will be available November through August, said Sue Tamm, director of new business development.
Albert’s will supply the peppers nationwide individually and will offer color combinations in two- or three-packs, she said.
Columbia Marketing International, Wenatchee, Wash., showed off new shipping and display boxes for its Grapples, as well as four-pack tube bags it launched last year.
“Maybe the best thing about them is that some retailers tell us they can offer them for $1 less than they could Grapples in other (clamshell) packaging,” said Bob Mast, vice president of marketing.
New Grapple boxes feature a monkey character on a high-graphic display format.
Also new for CMI at the show: a 2-pound pear bag featuring smaller-sized pears called the Petite Park Place Pears line; and a self-contained, two-box Orchard Fresh shipper.
Dulcich & Sons
Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons, Delano, Calif., is taking its seasonal marketing and packaging approach on grapes to a new level this Christmas.
Following up on the successful Harvest Hobgoblin retail promotion before Halloween, Nick Dulcich, co-owner and sales manager, said he is excited about the Pretty Lady grapes Christmas season launch of high-graphic, holiday-themed packs, bins, danglers and posters.
Earth Source Trading
Ephrata, Pa.-based Earth Source Trading Inc. is testing cape gooseberries in its product lineup.
Sourced from Colombia and available year-round, the berries will be sold at retail in 5-ounce plastic containers with lids, said Christine Runkle, saleswoman.
Cape gooseberries are high in vitamins A and C as well as B complexes, she said, and have a sweet-tart taste with notes of citrus.
Fresh Cut Produce
Many times, fresh produce companies expand foodservice business to the retail scene, but Newark, N.J.-based Fresh Cut Produce is finding success using the opposite strategy, said vice president Harold Miller.