“We’re undersized at our current facility and needed to expand,” said Jim Howard, president.
The site is expected to open around March 1.
Greg Johnson Del Monte
Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing, and Melissa Athanasopulos, director of key account sales, fresh-cut, for Del Monte Fresh Produce, Coral Gables, Fla., show the company’s avocado pulp pack for foodservice.
Christou says the high-pressure hass avocado pack comes in 2-pound bags, eight in a box. Earlier this year, Del Monte’s package earned a three-star Superior Taste Award from the International Taste and Quality Institute in Brussels. Since the package consists of only avocados, Christou says restaurants can use it as a base for their own signature guacamole dishes.
Greg Johnson Dole Berry Co.
Greg Mixon, vice president of sales for Dole Berry Co., displays the company’s convenience-sized blueberry packs, “Brainberries.” The Watsonville, Calif-based company introduced the packs at the foodservice expo and plans to market them as seasonal but eventually ramp up to year-round production.
Duda Farm Fresh Foods
For the second year in a row, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Oviedo, Fla., won the People’s Choice award for its produce stand-themed booth. Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers won Best of Show, with Gills Onions second.
Nichole Towell, director of marketing, said the key to winning the award was creativity and promotion, which included promoting the company’s products and booth through advertising, e-mail and social media.