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.
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