PURE HOT HOUSE: Ken Paglione and Jamie Moracci of Leamington, Ontario-based Pure Hot House Foods showed off the company’s new Juno Bites Trio pack of tri-color grape tomatoes and a new refrigerated Caprese Salad Kit, which includes fresh mozzarella and a vinaigrette in the package. Pure Hot House also has a new Marzanito mini sweet tomato, grown with gourmet cooks in mind, Moracci said. The company also launched a new cocktail cucumber, which is smaller than its mini seedless cucumber variety, and is a 1-2 bite option for snacking and children’s lunches.
click image to zoomPamela RiemenschneiderHollandia Produce LLCHOLLANDIA: Consumers and retailers asked for an organic option for Hollandia Produce LLC’s line of live butter lettuce and watercress, and the Carpinteria, Calif.-based company answered with the Grower Pete’s brand, says Vincent Choate, director of sales and marketing. The company has been test marketing the product and is now ramping up production, Choate says.
ZANINOVICH & SONS: Chance Kirk, director of retail and foodservice sales for Richgrove, Calif.-based Vincent B. Zaninicich & Sons, introduced attendees to its proprietary green Sweet Sunshine grape which comes in high-graphic stand-up handled pouches. The company also has designed a Sweet Sunshine carton along with retail displays, Kirk said.
click image to zoomPamela RiemenschneiderWell-Pict Inc.WELL-PICT: More of the company’s proprietary raspberries are on tap from Watsonville, Calif.-based Well-Pict Inc., says Julie Lucido, representing the company along with salesman Jim Grabowski. Well-Pict added more acreage of the sweet-tart berry and expects to have it available through October or November, thanks to the additional acreage.
BUDDY FRUITS: Coral Gables, Fla.-based Buddy Fruits has two Apple Chips varieties, introduced in the fall, said Eliu Vinas, director of new business development. Flavors include granny smith and fuji and contain just that: 100% apple and no other ingredients, Vinas said. They’re offered in a .75-ounce single-serving pouch and 2-ounce family size, said Catherine Vieira, vice president of sales.