Doug OhlemeierHLB Specialties LLCNEW ORLEANS — The Packer staffers Dan Galbraith, Tom Karst, Pamela Riemenschneider, Doug Ohlemeier, Vicky Boyd and Coral Beach collected these news items on the expo floor at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit 2013 Oct. 19-20 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
HLB SPECIALTIES: Lorenz Hartmann de Barros, director of sales for Pompano Beach, Fla.-based HLB Specialties LLC, and Samantha Barthel, saleswoman, display clamshells and trays of goldenberries. The Columbian husked and peeled berries are available throughout the year. HLB just began importing the fruit. HLB also is introducing hass avocado Giro bags that feature a strip that provides recipes and other information.
ROCKET FARMS: Jorge Michael, western region sales manager for the Salinas, Calif.-based grower-shipper Rocket Farms, displayed fresh herbal lemonade packs. The 2.5-ounce clamshells feature, mint, baby dill, rosemary and edible flowers, plus recipes to help consumers create fresh lemonade. Rocket Farms also offers the product in eight-count display-ready cases.
Doug OhlemeierSeald Sweet InternationalSEALD SWEET: Mayda Sotomayor, chief executive officer of Vero Beach, Fla.-based Seald Sweet International, displays Mandarinas clementines. Grown in South Africa, the copyrighted ClemenGold variety comes in 2- and 3-pound resealable bags, says Kimberly Flores, marketing manager.
Corrected: This article originally incorrectly stated the company name, brand and bag size on the Seald Sweet Mandarina clementines.
SOUTHERN SPECIALTIES: Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development of Southern Specialties, said the company featured heirloom and specialty tomatoes at the booth. The Pompano Beach, Fla.-based importer and grower-shipper grew heirloom tomatoes in the past but is now ramping up production. The company also introduced a bean medley that includes green beans and carrots is offering a new raspberry variety, adelita, grown in the Mexican state of Michoacan.