BOSTON — The New England Produce Council's annual Produce and Floral Expo packed plenty of new products on the show floor, from value-added convenience packs to foodservice offerings of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Packer's Eastern Editor Doug Ohlemeier attended the show, talking to exhibitors on the expo floor. He collected the following news from exhibitors.
Arrow Farms/Gold Bell/DiSilva
Arrow Farms Inc./Gold Bell Inc. and sister company DiSilva Fruit, Chelsea, Mass., has released 4- and 5-pound bags of white potatoes.
The California potatoes come in paper bags to minimize greening, said Joanne Cipriano Dolan, Gold Bell’s president.
Arrow Farms/Gold Bell is also offering 3-pound bags of apple and orange combinations. The bags include navel oranges and granny smith and red delicious apples.
Maurice A. Auerbach Inc., South Hackensack, N.J., is offering peeled garlic in 6-count 1-ounce packs. The vacuum sealed bags provide for better quality and shelf life, said Bruce Klein, marketing manager.
C&S Wholesale Grocers
The specialty packaging division of C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc., Keene, N.H., has expanded its line of packaged organic citrus and tropicals.
C&S offers 8-count 3-pack overwrap trays of navel oranges, lemons, avocados and kiwifruit, said Patch Sangkachand, the Hatfield, Mass.-based national category manager of organic produce.
Coosemans Retail Group, a part of Coosemans Worldwide Inc., Miami, has expanded its offerings with a line of retail bagged vegetables.
The microwaveable bags, marketed under the Crystal Valley Foods brand, offer extended shelf life, said Rick Durkin, Crystal Valley Foods’ director of business development.
French beans come in 8- and 16-ounce bags while the snow peas, sugar snap peas, English peas, baby carrots, baby squash and asparagus tips are available in 6-count, 8-ounce retail bags as well as in 8-count, 2-pound foodservice bags, Durkin said.