click image to zoomJody SheeNaturipe Farms LLCNATURIPE: Dave Adams, director of business development for foodservice and value-added products for Naturipe Farms LLC, Salinas, Calif., shows the company’s new cold-Infused, dried blueberries in half-ounce packages that some chefs are using in salads and in parfaits. He also showed the company’s 18-ounce Smartflow-wrapped blueberry package, which offers a 21-day shelf life. The point-of-sale material that comes with it shows 21 ways to use the berries in 21 days. The product became available in October and is now starting to roll out in foodservice, Adams says.
BUDDY FRUITS: Alexandre Chabert, product manager for Buddy Fruits, Coral Gables, Fla., exhibited for the first time at the show, showing the company’s Buddy Fruits branded pure blended fruit in kid-appealing 3.2-ounce pouches. The product is 100% fruit and currently available in Chick-fil-a kids meals, he says, adding, “the main focus for our company has been retail, but we have received so many requests from restaurants and schools, we decided to come to NRA.”
click image to zoomJody SheeChiquita Brands InternationalCHIQUITA: Miss Chiquita introduces attendees to Charlotte, N.C.-based Chiquita Brands’ newest foodservice product, Stay Fresh bananas in cluster hands in a 30-pound box. The bananas use Chiquita’s patented technology that extends banana shelf life seven days beyond a traditional banana, says John Ballard, senior director foodservice/alternate channels. Chiquita has exhibited at NRA for the past five years. The company also showed its smaller Chiquita To Go single bananas, to extend its reach into foodservice.
FRESH DIRECTIONS: Manuel Castillo, vice president, and Sabrina Castillo, executive manager of Fresh Directions International, Miami, the marketing entity for a Dominican Republic avocado and mango grower and exporter, demonstrate the company’s new packs of avocado pulp and mango pulp, available in 14 ounces for retail and up to 6 pounds for foodservice. Foodservice operators often use it to make smoothies and shakes, Manuel says.