click image to zoomChris KogerProcyk FarmsPROCYK FARMS: A massive display of fresh vegetables set against a background of cartons earned Procyk Farms Ltd., Wilsonville, Ontario, third place in the best booth contest on the expo show floor.
GWILLIMDALE FARMS: Whether a recipe calls for three medium onions or 1 pound of onions, a new offering from Bradford, Ontario-based Gwillimdale Farms Ltd. fits the bill, says Quinton Woods, salesman. The onions, in a mesh sleeve, offer a more attractive price point to retailers compared to bulk onions, Woods says.
click image to zoomChris KogerArizona Leafy Greens Marketing AgreementARIZONA LGMA: The Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement is introducing a fourth training module in a series designed to train field and packinghouse crews on food safety best practices. The new module, in a workbook format, focuses on environmental risk assessments, says Teressa Lopez, who is the Arizona LGMA administrator through the Arizona Department of Agriculture. Lopez, showing an earlier “tailgate training” module, says the format allows trainers to educate employees on site.
NATURIPE: Mighty Blues, 9-ounce containers of large blueberries (minimum of 18 milimeters), have greater availability in the Canadian market as California production starts, says Kyla Garnett, marketing manager at Naturipe Farms LLC, Salinas, Calif. “If you place an order today, we’ll have it in the store tomorrow,” Garnett says.
click image to zoomChris KogerChurch Bros.CHURCH BROS.: A 1-pound foodservice pack of Italian greens (a blend of scarlet and black kales and arugula), sold under the Tuscan label, is new to the Canadian market from Church Bros. LLC., Salinas, Calif., says Ernst Van Eeghen, director of marketing and product development for the Salinas, Calif., company. Kale’s popularity continues to rise Van Eeghen says, and the company is educating new kale consumers on how to prepare the greens. Canadian customers are responding in a big way to the kale blend and Church Bros’. red heirloom spinach, Van Eeghen said.
DEL MONTE: New fresh-cut offerings in Canada from Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. include the company’s Gold Fresh Pineapple spears and chunks, melon spears/chunks (watermelon, Mag Melon, honeydew and cantaloupe), fruit parfaits and party trays that include celery, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots and other vegetables. Besides the standard packaging available in the U.S., Del Monte offers customized packaging for certain customers in Canada, says Amanda Press, assistant manager of trade shows and special events.