Idaho Potato Commission
In August, the Eagle-based Idaho Potato Commission began offering its foodservice tool kit, which is designed for beginning culinary students, said Don Odiorne, vice president of foodservice. He said the materials cover cutting techniques, planting and harvesting, among other potato information.
Odiorne said the commission is also increasing its use of its Stunt Tater character in social media, especially targeting the younger audience.
Foodservice buyer Markon Cooperative, Salinas, Calif., began shipping Artisan romaine two months before the conference, said Steve Pinto, director of multi-unit accounts.
“Tanimura & Antle is packing it in our brand,” Pinto said.
Mastronardi Produce, Kingsville, Ontario, added a field-grown green pepper to its lineup in June that will be year-round, said Dean Taylor, foodservice manager.
“We have all colors available now,” he said.
The company is also offering a new website for foodservice.
King City, Calif.-based Metz Fresh LLC is starting shipments of baby red and green romaine for foodservice, said Jeanette DeConinck Hertzler, director of sales development.
Watsonville, Calif.-based Monterey Mushrooms introduced a 40-ounce, four-count foodservice mushroom pack, said Mike Reed, director of sales.
It’s a smaller box than previous offerings, and extends product life in part by lowering the risk of exposing mushrooms to heat in a foodservice setting, Reed said.
Naturipe Farms, Naples, Fla., showed two products that are new for foodservice, said Robert Verloop, executive vice president of marketing.
Berry Quick Snacks come three to a perforated pack. Each snack contains 1.5 ounces of blueberries.
The other product, labeled Naturipe Blueberries in English and French, comes in a 4.4-ounce resealable plastic container. Both products come prewashed, Verloop said.
NewStar Fresh Foods
Power Greens — mixed baby green and red swiss chard with baby tatsoi and spinach in a 13.25-ounce bag — is now out from Salinas, Calif.-based NewStar Fresh Foods, said Mark Solis, inside sales account manager.
An organic version, Super Greens, substitutes wasabi arugula for the baby tatsoi.
The new products are for retail and foodservice, Solis said.
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