click image to zoomFred WilkinsonApio Inc.SAN DIEGO — Editor Greg Johnson, Managing Editor Fred Wilkinson, National Editor Tom Karst, Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider, and Staff Writers Mike Hornick and Vicky Boyd collected these news items on the exposition floor at United Fresh 2013.
APIO: Apio Inc.’s ginger bok choy kit joins its kale salad mix line, rolling out in the Western U.S. with planned nationwide distribution, says Mike Curran, vice president of national accounts and foodservice. Twelve-ounce bags will retail for around $3.99, and 28-ounce bags will be available for foodservice, he says.
BIRKO: Mark Swanson, chief executive officer of Birko Corp., Henderson, Colo., said its conveyor system uses a sensor to optimize application of anti-microbial spray on produce. Birko can custom-build the system to any commodity, Swanson said. Birko has a history of designing and building food safety equipment for meat processors and since moving into the fresh produce market counts Cashmere, Wash.-based apple marketer Crunch Pak among its clients, he said.
click image to zoomFred WilkinsonNatureFresh FarmsNATURE FRESH: Leamington, Ontario-based greenhouse tomato grower Nature Fresh Farms now offers fried green tomato kits in a two-pack, says salesman Tyler Clark. Kits include a batter mix and should retail for around $4.99, he says.
HEINZEN MANUFACTURING: Rudi Groppe, president, showed off the Gilroy-based Heinzen Manufacturing International’s new conveyor design that allows for easy sanitation. The solid urethane belt features positive-drive teeth on the bottom that keeps it on track. Workers also are able to flip the belt up for easy access to sanitize parts below.
click image to zoomVicky BoydIppolito International LPIPPILITO: Katie Harreld, sales manager for the Salinas, Calif.-based Ippilito International LP, displays the new two-pack of microwavable artichokes. The pouch contains two microwavable bags and a size chart so consumers can determine how long to cook the artichokes.
KWIK LOK: Larry Leonard, Kwik Lok Corp. regional sales manager based in Clovis, displayed the new touchscreen for the company's 901 printer. With a few clicks of a stylus, users can insert type, quick-response codes or other images on the screen and see them as they’ll be printed on the bag closures.