Tomato growers launch Handy Candy grape tomatoes - The Packer

Tomato growers launch Handy Candy grape tomatoes

08/09/2012 02:15:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

A group of growers and distributors is increasing distribution of a tomato snack that targets children and hungry on-the-go consumers.

Handy Candy grape tomatoesHandy Candy LLCA group of growers and distributors is increasing distribution of Handy Candy-branded 4-ounce resealable cups of grape tomatoes.Handy Candy LLC — a separate company formed in 2011 by employees of Birmingham, Ala.-based Flavor-Pic Tomato Co. Inc. — markets the Handy Candy-branded 4-ounce resealable cups of grape tomatoes.

Though Flavor-Pic began introducing the product in light volumes this spring, Rick Murrah, Flavor-Pic vice president of sales and marketing, said retail reception is increasing, with U.S. and Canadian distribution.

“We wanted to bring a consumer-friendly product to the market that not only has great flavor and value, but also helps drive healthy eating initiatives among adults and children,” Murrah said. “With the national interest in eating fruits and vegetables, this is a great time for such products and lends itself well to busy professionals and smaller households and other consumer groups.”

Flavor-Pic, Wimauma, Fla.-based Red Diamond Farms, Veg Fresh Farms LLC, Anaheim, Calif., and hothouse packer-marketer Special Edition Marketing, Leamington, Ontario, grow and distribute the tomatoes. Other distributors are Grant County Foods LLC, Dry Ridge, Ky., Capital City Fruit Co. Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, and United Salad Co., Portland, Ore.

Murrah said Handy Candy is preparing to introduce a 4-ounce blueberry convenience cup.

During the spring, John Kontos, president of Birmingham distributor Alex Kontos Fruit Co. Inc., purchased the majority ownership of Flavor-Pic from Shane Stevenson, Flavor-Pic’s president.

Murrah, Stevenson and Jerry Williams, Flavor-Pic’s salesman and buyer, own Handy Candy, which operates separately.

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Laura Lara    
Duarte  |  November, 07, 2012 at 09:35 PM

Received a free sample at the Walk of Hope on Sunday at City of Hope. LOVED THEM!!!Trying to find a local grocer that carries. Perfect snack.

Memphis, Tn.  |  April, 24, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Great product! Packaging is perfect size for lunchbox. I picked them up at WM.

Martha Waldron    
Memphis, TN  |  January, 05, 2014 at 08:33 AM

I have bought a package of Handy Candy grape tomatoes every week for many years. We like the idea of a small juicy sweet snack. HOWEVER, this week the little tomatoes were very tart and bitter. Not one but all of them. Had to throw them away. Not sure of the problem. We have never been unhappy with the product until this package.

mel stark    
Matshall, WI  |  February, 18, 2014 at 06:30 PM

Taste great, really like them

frank falcon    
lafayette la  |  December, 15, 2014 at 05:21 PM

just bought a container of Handy candy from Walmart. when I opened the container, I was hit with a strong oder of insecticide....

alabama  |  January, 25, 2015 at 11:37 PM

I have ate multiple cups of these from walmart and they all have the heavy pesticide smell. I always wash them throughly before eating.

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