MONTEREY, Calif. — Editor Greg Johnson and staff writer Mike Hornick collected these news items on the exposition floor at the Produce Marketing Association’s recent Foodservice Conference and Exposition.
Oxnard, Calif.-based Boskovich Farms began shipping organic bunched vegetables just a week before the PMA Foodservice Conference, said vice president of sales Don Hobson.
The items include parsley, cilantro, green onions, chard, beets and carrots, among others. Secured with a yellow twist, they mirror the company’s conventional offerings.
They’re available year-round, Hobson said.
California Avocado Commission
The California Avocado Commission, Irvine, garnered this year’s Sensory Experience award for its recipe, Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wrap with California Avocado.
Chilean Avocado Importers Association
The Chilean Avocado Importers Association plans a new logo without the hass variety name, said Xavier Equihua, executive director.
“More than 90% of avocados consumed in the U.S. are hass, so that doesn’t matter now,” he said.
As of July 22, the new design had not been finalized. Chilean avocado production runs from October to March.
The current logo has been in use for about a decade.
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Church Bros. LLC introduced heirloom red spinach in limited quantities under its Tuscan specialty label. The company won the Best New Product Launch award at the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo for this entry.
Classic Salads LLC, Watsonville, Calif., has expanded its baby leaf line to five products with the addition of Super Mix and Baby Kale. Two-pound clamshell packaging is a new option for all five products, says John Burge, vice president of sales and marketing.
Colorful Harvest LLC added Mexico as a source for its red corn, and plans to add deals in Maryland, Illinois and Toronto next year, says business development manager Steve Johnston.
Coosemans Worldwide began shipping hand-carved, star-shaped organic beets and flower-shaped organic beets, radishes, carrots and potatoes about a month before the PMA Foodservice Conference. Processed in Los Angeles, the products are available in 5-pound foodservice bags.