Dan GalbraithFrieda'sFRIEDA’S: Director of marketing Terri Mouton displays Frieda’s specialty lemon bags, which were a PMA Impact Award winner. The Los Alamitos, Calif., company’s bags for 1-pound seedless lemons and meyer lemons came out this spring. The bags have flat bottoms to keep them upright for merchandising on citrus tables. They have handles, how-to instructions and recipe recommendations on the label.
GIORGIO FOODS: Giorgio Foods displayed four packs of 8-ounce stuffed portabella mushrooms. The Temple, Pa.-based company is also working to develop “a smaller mushroom that’s more bite-sized,” said Doug Stewart, vice president of sales for the Northeast. The new four packs retail for $2.99. Giorgio is also promoting using mushrooms in place of meat in dishes through its Trend-a-Blend program and has a new website, www.giorgiofresh.com.
GREEN GIANT FRESH: The Green Giant Fresh pouch packaging line was a finalist for a PMA Impact Award for packaging innovation. The pouches are resealable and include quick-response codes for cooking tips and shopping lists linked to the company’s mobile site. The Salinas, Calif., company introduced these pouches over the past year: sweet baby broccoli, artichokes, radishes, butternut squash, avocados and grapes.
Dan GalbraithGrimmway FarmsGRIMMWAY FARMS: Saleswoman Sherry Kirsch and organic sales manager Carl Williams showed off Grimmway Farms’ new Simply Delicious Carrot Creations, steam-to-serve packs which have a suggested retail price of about $2.49. The 13-ounce Roasted Garlic & Savory Herb flavor bags come 10 bags per master carton. They include baby carrots and a butter/garlic/herb blend designed to be a side dish.
JMB PRODUCE: Dan Miller, worldwide production manager/grower relations, said the new organic asparagus San Francisco-based Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt will offer beginning in November will be mainly 11-pound boxes of bunched product. “We had a small organic deal in Northern California and decided it was a good idea to expand it. Now we’re in Mexico,” Miller said. JMB plans a larger Northern California deal, with acreage being added in 2014 and product hitting the market in full force in 2015, Miller said.