click image to zoomCynthia DavidPeak of the MarketPEAK OF THE MARKET: Larry McIntosh, president and chief executive officer, Winnipeg, Manitoba-based grower-owned vegetable supplier Peak of the Market, says the grower-owned vegetable supplier has opened a 24,000-square-foot distribution center in Calgary, Alberta. It’s the company’s first expansion outside Manitoba in 71 years. “We’re closer to our customers, we can deliver more reliably and we can bring in more produce from the U.S.,” McIntosh says.
SUN RICH: Don Jankey, director of national accounts at Richmond, British Columbia-based Sun Rich Fresh Foods Inc., shows off a 37-ounce Fruit Medley bowl filled with cut strawberries, mangoes, oranges, grapes and honeydew melons. Fresh-cut kent mango spears from Mexico are available in 16-ounce bowls and grab-and-go cups, Jankey says. , while diced mango makes an instant salsa for fish and chicken. Sun Rich also launched 16-ounce tubs of preservative-free orange and grapefruit sections with a 14-day shelf life. In addition to its Richmond plant, Sun Rich has fresh-cut facilities in Reading, Penn, Corona, Calif. and Brampton, Ontario.
click image to zoomCynthia DavidChilean Fresh Fruit AssociationCHILEAN FRESH FRUIT: Pink muscat seedless grapes and sweet lemon plums were the stars of Chile’s challenging grape and stone fruit season, says Karen Brux, managing director for North America for the San Carlos, Calif.-based Chilean Fresh Fruit Association. Chilean kiwis are now coming to market, Brux says, and apples are plentiful. The Chilean citrus committee is funding new retail programs across North America this year for clementines, mandarins and navels, which should begin in late May or early June.
TANIMURA & ANTLE: Salinas, Calif.-based Tanimura & Antle Inc. is launching its Little Gems in the Canadian market to gauge retail interest, say marketing manager Diana McClean and Jason Dunn, Canadian regional sales manager. Each package contains three heads of the miniature romaine-like lettuce, McClean says. For retailers who prefer a bagged lettuce, T&A offers new Field Fresh wrapped romaine, green leaf, red leaf, escarole and endive. According to a company study, the wrapped lettuce offers 20% less shrink and saves 22 cents in labor compared to naked leaf lettuce.