United Fresh reveals finalists for 2014 product awards

05/16/2014 02:24:00 PM
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A record 40 finalists are in the running for the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2014 New Product Awards.

The finalists in five categories will be displayed at the association’s show in June 10-13 in Chicago. Show attendees will have the opportunity to vote on the products, with winners set to be announced at the united Fresh Membership booth on June 12, according to a news release.

Categories are fruit products, vegetable products, packaging, processing/packaging equipment and food safety products. The 2014 New Product Award finalists companies and their nominated products are listed below.

Best New Fruit Product

 

  • Crunch Pak — Marvel Apple Snacker with super heroes on packages of fresh sliced apples and other snacking ingredients including grapes, cheese and pretzels;
  • Fresh Fruit Cuts — Woot Froot fresh-cut peaches and nectarines available in 3-ounce and 14-ounce bags and various tray sizes.
  • Naturipe Farms — Fresh Cranberry Sauce Kit, a microwavable product; and
  • Sbrocco International Inc. — USDA Quality Monitored Good 4 U Fresh Fruit includes fresh table grapes and apples in high-graphic pouches with the official USDA Quality Monitored seal.

 

Best New Vegetable Product

 

  • Black Gold Farms — Roasties, a clamshell with fresh, whole baby red potatoes, McCormick Produce Partners seasonings and cooking instructions;
  • Fresherized Foods — Wholly Guacamole Layered Bean Dips: 10-ounce dips can be served either chilled or warmed;
  • Good Foods Group — Tableside Chunky Guacamole four-pack, with single-serve portions of hand-scooped avocados, with garlic, onions and tomatoes;
  • Love Beets — Organic Beets in an Organic Mild Vinegar, which are freshly cooked and certified organic;
  • Mastronardi Produce — Sunset Y.E.L.O. (Youth, Energy, Life, Om) tomatoes;
  • Mucci Farms — CuteCumbers, bite-sized cucumbers with no cutting or chopping required;
  • Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. — The Snacking Series: Juno Bites, Bumbles, Sangira and Azuca all have bite-sized tomatoes in grab-and-go packaging with recipe ideas;
  • Reichel Foods — New Dippin’ Stix Flavor Celery Stix & Ranch Dip, with fresh-cut celery sticks and ranch dip, packaged for snacking on the go;
  • Tiffany Gate Foods — FreshCooked, cooked and ready to use on salads, in soups or as sides, it includes quinoa, beets, yams and chickpeas;
  • Village Farms — Rebellion tomatoes, packs with four to six tomato varieties with distinct shapes and colors, from red, orange, yellow, green and brown;
  • Wholesum Family Farms — Wholesum Harvest Grilling Squash, yellow and zucchini squash combo in self sealing bags with recipes and quick-response codes; and
  • Apio Inc. — Eat Smart Kale & Red Chard Stir-Fry Kit, which includes broccoli florets, red chard, kale, snow peas, carrots and a stir-fry sauce infused with soy, garlic and ginger.


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