News United Fresh 2014 expo notes 3 By The Packer Staff June 13, 2014 | 12:14 pm EDT Comments CHIQUITA: Brian Kocher, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Chiquita Brands International, Charlotte, N.C., says new bagged salad products from Fresh Express will launch nationwide Aug. 20. One of the new products is a mix of shredded broccoli and cauliflower mixed with baby spinach, red butter lettuce, red cabbage and carrots. The new shreds come on the heels of the Fresh Express Gourmet Cafe salads, which the company introduce in May. By Coral Beach Photo By Coral Beach WESTMORELAND SALES: Dina Dilaudo (left), sales consultant for Topline brand greenhouse vegetables, discusses the company's Creations line with Paul Calas of Anthony Marano Co., Chicago. Creations kits include a variety of tomatoes, mini seedless cucumbers and mini sweet peppers packaged with olive oil and a spice packet so that consumers have a complete salad or side dish. A new 1-pint clamshell of the Creations line is scheduled to be available in the coming weeks, Dilaudo said. By Coral Beach Photo By Coral Beach CABO FRESH: Tony Giaimo, a regional salesman for Cabo Fresh, Los Angeles, dishes up guacamole samples for show attendees. The company is introducing a four-packet package of snack-size servings of the guacamole. Each 2-ounce plastic snack tub has 100 calories. The tubs have peel-off lids and a shelf life of 45 days, say Scott Harrington, vice president of sales for the company's western region. By Coral Beach Photo By Coral Beach BLAND FARMS: Greg Smith (left), marketing and communications manager for Bland Farms, Glennville, Ga., and sales manager Duane Norton, show how fresh Viadalia onions can be displayed with snack products from sister company Vidalia Brands in a new bin available to retailers. By Coral Beach Photo By Coral Beach NATURE FRESH FARMS: Owner and president Peter Quiring describes how his company's high-tech greenhouses in Leamington, Ontario, function with the help of a mini-greenhouse that is complete with live plants, watering systems, lighting and insects that pollinate and protect the plants from destructive pests. By Coral Beach Photo By Coral Beach WHOLESUM FAMILY FARMS: Eastern account manager Dennis Moleta and national sales representative Cherie Galper say recently introduced stand-up, resealable bags for Wholesum Family Farms' "grilling squash" are already so popular that the Nogales, Ariz., company is selling as many as it can pack. A tamper-proof seal on the bags keeps the squash from being handled by grocery shoppers. Colorful graphics and three quick-response codes on the bags provide customers with information, including profiles on the squash growers. By Coral Beach Photo By Coral Beach APIO INC.: Stir-fry kits introduced in recent weeks by Apio inc. under the Eat Smart brand come in two varieties, Shanghai and kale and red chard. Marketing specialist Jamie Kump (from left), marketing director Cali Tanguay and product development manager keri Morrelli all say show attendees liked the combination of super foods with full-flavored sauces that are included in the kits. The sauces include garlic, ginger and soy. By Coral Beach Photo By Coral Beach RAWL & SONS: Walter P. Rawl & Sons Inc. introduces a new Kale Chip kit. Mark Haun, business development manager, says they come in a 12-ounce bag and include chili and lime seasoning. Consumers add olive oil and bake them. Haun says the product started shipping in mid-May. By Greg Johnson Photo By Greg Johnson MASTRONARDI: Paul Mastronardi, CEO of Mastronardi Produce, Kingsville, Ontario, says the company is transitioning more than half of its tomato products in top-seal packaging, which us 20 to 25% less packaging, yet are more sturdy than the traditional clamshells. By Greg Johnson Photo By Greg Johnson SUN WORLD: Natalie Erlendson, program marketing manager for Sun World International, displays the company's Together At Last pack, a 3-pound combo pack featuring the company's Superior Seedless and Midnight Beauty grapes. Having both grapes in one pack helps drive sales of black seedless grapes, Erlendson says. By Pamela Riemenschneider Photo By Pamela Riemenshcneider SUNKIST: Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based Sunkist Growers has a new way for retailers to display its Zebra pink variagated lemons. Joan Wickham shows the company's new display-ready C pack, which gives consumers information about the variety and a convenient way to build secondary displays. Zebra lemons, along with other specialty varieties like Meyer lemons, have grown in popularity over the past few seasons, Wickham says, just in time for increased production to come online for Sunkist. By Pamela Riemenschneider Photo By Pamela Riemenschneider NATURIPE: Blueberry packs got an overhaul at Naturipe Farms. Berry Quick Snacks have a fresh new look, says Brian Jenny (left), senior director and general manager of ready-to-eat. Jenny says the new design should start hitting the market in June. Kyla Garnett, says the company has a new heat seal lid for larger berry clamshells, the 2-pound and 18-ounce packs, that reduces the amount of plastic used by 50%. For organic blueberries, Naturipe plans to offer a palm fiber tray with a flow wrap option starting later this summer, she says. By Pamela Riemenschneider Photo By Pamela Riemenschneider DEL MONTE FRESH PRODUCE: Del Monte was showcasing its new Nature Made line of protein salads and snack packs, says Katrina Valdes, marketing manager of new business development for Del Monte, Coral Gable, Fla. The new items will initially be available in the Texas market and the Midwest after July, she says. The four protein salad varieties -- chef salad with turkey and ham, Greek-style salad with white chicken, Caesar salad with white chicken and turkey and bacon cobb salad -- average about 8 ounces each. Three Nature Made snack packs will be offered. The Nature Made snack packs feature combinations of protein, crackers, apples, grapes and cheese. Valdes says a breakfast snack pack features small buttermilk pancakes and turkey sausage. Schools, foodservice and convenience stores are target markets, she says. By Tom Karst Photo By Tom Karst MANN PACKING: Mann Packing Co. Inc., Salinas, Calif., has redesigned packaging, said to Kim St. George, director of marketing and innovation for the Salinas company. The packaging, with a graphic logo of a farm family, features a recipe QR code on the back that links to the company's website. All of the company's packaging should be using the new design by the end of July, she says. The company plans to introduce on July 1 Asian and Mediterranean Snap Pea Sensation kits, both of which can be served cold or hot. The Mediterranean includes basil, parmesan cheese and olive oil and the Asian kit has an Asian dressing. By Tom Karst Photo By Tom Karst READY PAC: Ali Leon, senior director of marketing for Irwindale, Calif.-based Ready Pac, and David O’Toole, regional sales manager for Ready Pac, shows off the new design of the Ready Snax line. The company also has a line addition with a fruit, cheese and flatbread cracker pack, says Tristan Simpson, senior director of marketing and corporate communications for Ready Pac. The packaging has been re-oriented to save on display space, with the product now merchandised vertically instead of horizontally. The product also includes a merchandising unit that makes sure the product is always presented right side up. By Tom Karst Photo By Tom Karst 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 The Packer’s Greg Johnson, Tom Karst, Pamela Riemenschneider and Coral Beach gathered these news items from the trade show at United Fresh 2014 trade show, June 10-13, in Chicago. For related content, see United Fresh 2014 expo notes 1, United Fresh 2014 expo notes 2 and United Fresh 2014 expo notes 4.