(CORRECTED Aug. 10) MONTEREY, Calif. — Exhibitors at the Produce Marketing Association’s Foodservice Conference and Exposition featured new products and services. The Packer’s Editor Greg Johnson and staff writer Mike Hornick gathered these items July 31.
Andrew & Williamson
Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, San Diego, started an heirloom tomato program, said Mark Munger, vice president of marketing. He said the tomatoes are grown in shade houses in Baja California, Mexico, and are grown with flavor in mind.
The company also expanded its yellow grape tomato program, Munger said, and plans to brand them this fall.
“We’re really excited about Peruvian avocados coming into the U.S. for the first time unencumbered by the cold process,” said Mike Angelo, director of national sales for Calavo Growers, Santa Paula, Calif.
Arrivals should begin in late August, Angelo said.
Cal-Organic Farms, a division of Bakersfield, Calif.-based Grimmway Farms, has expanded its greenhouse growing operations by 10 acres in the Tehachapi, Calif., area, said Todd Linsky, vice president of organic sales.
In addition to beefsteak tomatoes, Cal-Organic is growing red, yellow and orange vine tomatoes, Linsky said.
Cincinnati-based Chiquita Brands International’s new line of dried fruit chips is available to foodservice customers, in addition to retail, said Joe Huston, president for North America.
The product comes in 30- and 80-gram bags and contains dried pineapples, bananas and mangoes. He said Chiquita did a test market in AMC Theatres this spring and was pleased with the results.
Christopher Ranch, Gilroy, Calif., plans to begin shipping a peeled version of its Monviso heirloom garlic for foodservice by mid-August, said Justin Guibert, salesman. A loose version of the Monviso started earlier.
The Chuck Olsen Co.
Seedless lemons are expected to start shipping from Visalia, Calif.-based Chuck Olsen Co. by late August or early September, said Dave Perez, salesman. They’ll be sourced from the San
Joaquin Valley and supply will run through February.
The company is also making a move on the import-export scene.
“We’re going to be marketing the DiMare lemon deal out of Indio” in fall and winter, Perez said.