click image to zoomMike HornickStellar DistributingSTELLAR DISTRIBUTING: Kurt Cappelluti of Stellar Distributing said tiger fig production will rise from 10,000 2-pound trays last year to about 100,000 trays when its second year of production starts Aug. 1 on 300 acres in Madera, Calif. Harvesting of fig varieties in Brawley, Calif., started May 5.
FRESHWAY FOODS: Freshway Foods, Sidney, Ohio, introduced a line of "superfood" salads for the foodservice industry. Janet Eastman, director of marketing, said all salad ingredients come in a box and consumers simply toss and dress them. Flavors include an Asian kale and a roasted cherry Brussels sprouts slaw.
click image to zoomPamela RiemenschneiderPistachio ThumbPISTACHIO THUMB: Travis Lemaster, creator of Pistachio Thumb, came up with the idea of the aid to help pistachio aficionados protect their digits from wear and tear from cracking nuts. Lemaster is working with Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based Sunkist on branded Pistachio Thumbs with several promotions coming this summer.
YUCATAN FOODS: Los Angeles-based Yucatan Foods showed off 2-ounce, 100-calorie individual Cabo Fresh guacamole servings that come in 4 packs, chief executive officer Ardy Haerizadeh said. The processor also displayed new 6-ounce containers in the same flavors as the current 12-ounce containers.
click image to zoomPamela RiemenschneiderNNZ Inc.NNZ: Steve Greenfield, director of marketing for Lawrenceville, Ga.-based NNZ Inc., says the company is offering a “fast start” option for customers interested in trialing the company’s new Snack Fresh single serving containers. NNZ will include everything needed to set up for 10,000 units for $6,000. Snack Fresh containers can be used for a variety of produce items like grape tomatoes, blueberries, blackberries and grapes.
RUBY FRESH: In response to customer demand for a smaller option for its Ruby Fresh Salad Jewels, Firebaugh, Calif.-based Ruby Fresh offers a new 3.5-ounce option, said salesman Dave Anthony. The smaller option, half the size of the company’s other packs, is more appropriate for a single meal or small family side dish salad, he said.
click image to zoomPamela RiemenschneiderRoyal Flavor GreenhouseROYAL FLAVOR: Jorge Vega, general manager for Royal Flavor Greenhouse, San Diego, says the company plans to start shipping new heirloom tomato variety packs in June. Vega, marketing director, says the company plans to offer a year-round program.