KERN RIDGE: Kern Ridge Growers LLC, Arvin, introduces ready-to-use shredded carrots in 5-pound bags for food service and institutional use and 10-ounce bags for retail sales, says Eric Bianchi, sales representative.
Phillips FarmsLOS TRES AMIGOS: Kerman-based Los Tres Amigos de Pasa rolls out a line of chocolate-covered and spicy flavored raisins to add a new dimension to snacking, said James Metcalf, senior marketing director. “My kids find natural raisins to be boring, so we thought, ‘let’s spice it up a little bit,’” he says. Flavors include plain chocolate-covered raisins, spicy chocolate-covered raisins, chile limón-flavored raisins and chile limón-flavored raisins with peanuts.
NATIONAL RAISIN: Fowler-based National Raisin Co., which packs under the Champion label, shows off Raisels — natural sour orange- and sour lemon-flavored golden raisins. The snacks, which had been in school food service for the past 12 to 18 months, are now being rolled out to retailers and the public, said Sharon Jensen, director of marketing. The packer also is working on a no-sugar-added snack that features raisins, raspberry-flavored dried cranberries and pomegranate-blueberry fruit pieces.
Phillips FarmsPHILLIPS FARMS MARKETING: Visalia-based Phillips Farms Marketing displays its line of specialty produce, including the latest addition — finger limes. The peanut-sized citrus, which is native to Australia, is filled with juice vesicles that resemble clear fish roe. When eaten, they burst, releasing a pleasant lime flavor, said Caralee Phillips, co-owner. Finger limes can be used in place of regular limes, as a desert ingredient, as a garnish or in sushi.
SETTON PISTACHIO: Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., Terra Bella, has launched Pistachio Chewy Bites made from roasted pistachios and dried cranberries with agave nectar. The individually wrapped mini-bars contain more than 50 percent pistachios and target the active lifestyle and “healthy intended” markets, said Mia Cohen, chief operating officer. The health intended category includes consumers who know about proper nutrition and may want to eat healthier but don’t necessarily do so, she said.
TRINITY FRUIT: Trinity Fruit Sales, Fresno, has taken the work out of removing seeds or arils from pomegranates with its new Juicy Gems ready-to-use fresh arils. The 4.4-ounce cartons feature perforated plastic windows that allow the seeds to breathe, lengthening the shelf life, said Kendal Ankrum, sales. They should be kept and displayed in a retail refrigerator case.