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

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

The cups allow retailers more efficient use of shelf space and better product display, said John Alva, global supply chain manager.

Savoura

Greenhouse tomato grower Savoura, Portneuf, Quebec, began replicating its Canadian operation in the Queretaro region of Mexico in August, with 5 acres of production, along with a new distribution center in McAllen, Texas, said Robert Boudreau, director of business development for North America.

Sun Glo

Sun Glo of Idaho Inc., Sugar City, Idaho, is including a microwave steamer bag with its bagged russet potatoes.

A label on the bulk bag includes a detachable Kwik-Lok tag for closure as well as a QR code that provides recipe ideas, said Mary Sedberry, saleswoman.

Sunkist

Sunkist Growers, Sherman Oaks, Calif., showed off new lemon packaging at the expo.

The citrus marketer is offering 1-pound stand-up handle bags filled with meyer lemons, said Leland Wong, director of marketing.

Available year-round, meyer lemons are sweeter than traditional lemons, Wong said.

Sunkist also has new options in its navel orange gift box offerings.

New 10-pound boxes have graphics themed for events — namely tail-gating, auto racing and soccer, Wong said.

The boxes retail for about the same price as a 5-pound clementine box, he said.

Supreme Cuts

Supreme Cuts LLC, Mahwah, N.J., is offering a new line of fresh-cut vegetables for retail and foodservice.

Chunks of butternut squash, rutabaga and sweet potato are available in 20-ounce plastic packs with lids for retail, said Merle Axelrod, president.

Also available is an autumn medley of the fresh-cut vegetables in a 20-ounce pack, Axelrod said.

The packs ship to retailers six to a box, she said, and are sold to foodservice customers packed in two 5-pound plastic bags, she said.

Tanimura & Antle

Tanimura & Antle Inc. has a new player in its lineup of Artisan lettuces.

The Salinas, Calif.-based grower-shipper-marketer is adding boston lettuce to its Artisan product line, said Brian Antle, harvest manager.

The heads of boston lettuce are field-packed in clamshell containers, Antle said, and will be distributed nationwide at retail.

The packs offer benefits to retailers and consumers, he said.

Because the product stays fresher, fewer of the outer leaves have to be cut away, which means less shrink for grocers and more product for the consumer to enjoy, Antle said.


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