N.Y. show's expo floor offers new produce items

11/11/2011 07:40:00 AM
The Packer Staff

Mission Produce

Oxnard, Calif.-based Mission Produce now has 1-kilogram club packs of green asparagus.

Packed in bags made from breathable film, the large-size asparagus stalks are protected from handling in the display aisle, said David Austin, director of marketing.

Mission has been selling the packs at Wegman’s stores for about two months now, Austin said, and they retail for $5.99-6.99.

Onofrio’s Fresh Cut

A late October launch of Harvest Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms, an extension of the company’s top-selling line, emerged as the big topic of discussion at the show booth of New Haven, Conn.-based Onofrio’s Fresh Cut.

“What’s unique is that butternut squash is the main ingredient in the stuffing, and it also includes cranberries and brown sugar,” said Jody Russo, president of Wood River Services Inc., East Greenwich, R.I., which handles marketing for Onofrio’s Fresh Cut.

“It almost seems like something you’d traditionally stuff a turkey with.”

The mushrooms are in test-marketing now exclusively at Boston-area retail chain Market Basket, “and they think it’s going to be a No. 1 seller” for this holiday season, Russo said.

Procacci Bros.

Procacci Bros., Philadelphia, introduced a tray-packed guacamole kit.

The kit includes all the components to make guacamole: a lime, some garlic, a tomato, a jalapeño and two avocados, said Frank Schafhauser, salesman.

Procacci also is entering the floral market with a full line of floral products for retail, said Jim Gandolfo, floral specialist.

Pure Hot House Foods

Pure Hot House Foods Inc., Leamington, Ontario, displayed its new triple-washed kabob packs that use greenhouse peppers, greenhouse grape tomatoes and mushrooms with skewers included.

The company also displayed its just-trademarked Juno Bites snacking tomatoes that feature a high-brix profile of 9 and are available through the winter, said Ken Paglione, salesman.

Renaissance Food Group

Renaissance Food Group LLC in late October launched party trays and salad toppers, said Phil Fendyan, vice president of sales and marketing for the Rancho Cordova, Calif.-based company.

The new Salad Essentials toppers are Southwest, Mediterranean, Apple Crunch and Vegetable Delight.

Rockhedge Herb Farms

Rockhedge Herb Farms, Pleasant Valley, N.Y., now offers its complete lineup of fresh herbs in three-quarter-ounce plastic cups with lids.


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