F&S Produce Co. is introducing a new line of fruit and vegetable snack packs for retail, foodservice and institutional markets — including schools — in the Northeast.
Rosenhayn, N.J.-based F&S Produce manufactures, markets and distributes fresh-cut produce and other refrigerated value-added products.
There are six fruit and five vegetable packs in the line, all in 2-ounce portions. The fruit — red grapes, sliced red or green apples, and honeydew, cantaloupe or pineapple chunks — are each packaged in a small bag or clear cup. The vegetables — broccoli or cauliflower florets, carrot slims, celery sticks, and sugar snap peas — are in bags.
The packs were designed to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program, said Barbara Fontaine, director of business development and foodservice sales.
The program, which became permanent nationwide in 2008, provides free fresh fruits and vegetables to schools with a high proportion of low-income students.
The company serves various schools in the Philadelphia area, Fontaine said.
“Our customers work with the schools,” she said. “The distributors have relationships with the school districts, who purchase a variety of items from a broadliner. We’ll be part of that program.”
F&S Produce is pursuing additional long-term business partners to help expand its program and reach in schools, Fontaine said.
The company recently earned the highest level Safe Quality Food certification, according to a news release. It first earned SQF 2000 Level 3 certification in 2010 and was re-certified again in February, the release stated. SQF is administered by the Food Marketing Institute and covers product quality in addition to safety. SQF is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative.
In addition to SQF 2000 Level 3, it is certified for: U.S. Department of Agriculture organic; Orthodox Union Kosher; and Halal.
Staff Writer Coral Beach contributed to this article.