“These packs are great for food safety because no one touches the product at retail,” Durkin said.
Coosemans Retail Group is also offering traditional bags of washed snapped green beans in 2-count, 5-pound bags, with beans from Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Guatemala. Durkin said Coosemans responded to customer requests, first distributing the bagged beans last year and recently ramping up offerings, he said.
Durkin said retailers tell Coosemans the bags eliminate most shrink.
Miami-based Crystal Valley Foods is a separate company that sells bulk product to Coosemans, Durkin said.
East Coast Fresh Cuts
East Coast Fresh Cuts, the fresh-cut division of Savage, Md.-based Coastal Sunbelt Co. Inc., is introducing a Carolina-style salsa.
The salsas come in 1-pound cups and have 21-day shelf lives, said Ross Forca, East Coast Fresh Cuts’ president.
The company is introducing overwrap rainbow cauliflower and carrot packs. The microwaveable packs come in 12-ounce trays.
Infinite Herbs & Specialties, Miami, is releasing small clamshells of herbs.
The quarter-ounce package contains a variety of herbs such as thyme, lemon thyme, bay leaf, rosemary, opal basil, marjoram or chives.
Phillip Harlow, sales and marketing, said Infinite can custom pack any herbs in the smaller clamshells, which he said serves customers who may prefer to purchase smaller packs to avoid shrink.
The herbs are available in organic as well.
Mucci Pac Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario, now offers sun drop grape tomatoes.
The tomatoes come in 10.5- and 12-ounce clamshells.
Steve Zaccardi, senior account manager, said the tomatoes’ high brix offer a lot of sweetness.
Additionally, Mucci is marketing mini cucumbers. The smaller cucumbers are available in 8-count trays and 1.25-pound bags.
Mucci is expanding the marketing of the cucumbers which it previously sold to a select number of customers, Zaccardi said.
Nash Produce Co., Nashville, N.C., is offering microwaveable sweet potatoes.
Nash markets the shrink-wrapped 8-ounce minimum-sized sweet potatoes in 20-pound cartons as Mr. Yam.
The potatoes offer a new venue of comfort and convenience that appeal to a key demographic — 32-year-old mothers of two children shopping for nutritional foods, said Brandon Giddens, salesman.
Nash is a grower-shipper and fresh-cut processor.
Theresa Nolan, president of the Nolan Network, Plymouth, Mass., has begun merchandising summer citrus for Seald Sweet International, Vero Beach, Fla.