From the show floor: CPMA 2013 expo booths 1

04/27/2013 08:06:00 PM
The Packer staff

APIO: Apio Inc.’s Eat Smart Sweet Kale Salad Blend has had unprecedented success in the market, says Bob DeCosta, sales manager. DeCosta says the company plans to start shipping its Eat Smart Ginger Bok Choy Vegetable Salad Kit this summer. The kit offers six “superfoods,” nutrient-packed vegetables including Napa cabbage, snap peas, carrots, broccoli, bok choy and red cabbage.

click image to zoomClassic SaladsPamela RiemenschneiderClassic SaladsCLASSIC SALADS: Classic Salads LLC’s new blends — Kale, Supermix and Nordic Blend — are “going gangbusters” says John Burge (center), vice president of saes and marketing for the Watsonville, Calif.-based company. The company offers bilingual English/French packaging, as well as foodservice clamshells and bags, displayed by Tim DePolo (left) and Brooke Cain.

click image to zoomPom WonderfulPamela RiemenschneiderPom WonderfulPOM WONDERFUL: Jason Osborn (left), senior brand manager, and Chris Cockle, country manager for Canada for Los Angeles-based Pom Wonderful, display the company’s new Tropical Blends: Pom Hula, Pom Mango and Pom Coconut. The blends, which also won the 2013 CPMA Best New Product, were introduced April 18 and are slated to start shipping to stores this summer.

BARD VALLEY DATES: Dave Nelson, vice president of sales for Yuma, Ariz.-based Datepac LLC, and Erin Hanagan, marketing manager, offered samples of new pitted dates in a 12-ounce clamshell along with 3.4-ounce and 4.4-ounce snack packs of medjools and date rolls flavored with coconut, almond or chili lime. Datepac is a member of the Bard Valley Date Association, which markets the dates under the Natural Delights brand. “They make a great grab-and-go snack before or after a workout when you need a burst of energy,” Hanagan said

click image to zoomMonaghan Mushroom GroupMonaghan Mushroom GroupMONAGHAN MUSHROOM GROUP: The Essex Kent brand is converting to a new image, Belle Grove, says Harvey Mitchler (right), sales director for the Campbellville, Ontario-based operation of Monaghan Mushroom Group. The Belle Grove brand will be used on the company’s full line of mushrooms, says Stephen Allen, head of marketing for the Tyholland, Ireland-based company.



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