The Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association has announced finalists for its 2013 New Product Awards. Winners in five categories will be announced at the association’s annual convention May 14-16 in San Diego.

Finalists include:

Best New Food Safety Solution:

  • ThermoTrace TTI, DeltaTRAK
  • FoodLink Item, FoodLink
  • Pimware, Pimware

Best New Fruit Product:

  • CantaBella, C.H. Robinson Worldwide
  • Flavorz, Crunch Pak
  • Ready Pac Bistro Fruit Salads, Ready Pac Foods
  • Ruby Fresh Salad Jewels, Ruby Fresh
  • Lil Snappers, Sunkist Growers Inc.

    Best New Packaging:

    • Eco-Crate, C.H. Robinson Worldwide
    • Cabo Fresh 100 Cal Snack Pack, Cabo Fresh
    • Salad Kitz, Crunch Pak
    • Folding RPC, InterCrate
    • Artisan Series Basket Weave Clamshells with Dometops, JemD Farms-Red Sun & Golden Sun Greenhouse Vegetables
    • Sunset Display Ready Box, Mastronardi Produce
    • Snack Fresh, NNZ Inc.
    • Peel and Reseal Spring Mix Trays, Ready Pac Foods

    Best New Packing/Processing Equipment:

    • Mango Destoning Equipment, ABL
    • ECM-200 Precision Slicing Machine, Nichimo
    • RayFly Optical Sorter, Raytec Vision, SPA
    • Robag FXIS 3ci rotary polyethylene packaging system, TNA North America

    Best New Vegetable Product:

    • Pumpkin Pie Baking Kit, AMF Farms/Bay Baby Produce
    • Tasti-Lee Tomatoes, Bejo Seeds Inc.
    • Italian Greens, Church Brothers
    • Grower Pete’s Organic Living Butter Lettuce and Watercress, Hollandia Produce
    • Bite-A-Minis, Nature Fresh Farms
    • Dippin Stix – Celery, Reichel Foods

    The 2012 New Product Award winners were:

    • Best New Food Safety Solution: FlashCheck Real-time Bacterial Enzyme Detection Kit, DeltaTRAK, Inc.
    • Best New Fruit Product: Fresh Fruit Parfaits, Ready Pac Foods
    • Best New Packaging Product: Naturipe EarthCycle Packaging for Organic Berries, Naturipe LLC
    • Best New Packing/Processing Equipment: Bosch Pack 301 IN Inverted Horizontal Flow Wrapper, Bosch Packaging Technology Inc.
    • Best New Vegetable Product: Delano tomato, Mastronardi Produce