Companies exhibit new products at NEPC show - The Packer

Companies exhibit new products at NEPC show

04/15/2010 12:39:33 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

The grower-shipper, which specializes in proprietary varieties of creamer potatoes, has opened a packing facility in Bakersfield, Calif.

Don Daintrey, sales and marketing director, said Little Potato is trying to lead the development of production and sales of creamer potatoes.

Little Potato also grows creamers in Saskatchewan and Pasco, Wash.


Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario, has rolled out new Kumato tomatoes and hot pepper packs.

The company introduced 1-pound flow wrap packs of mini Kumato tomatoes, a miniature version of Mastronardi’s larger Kumato tomatoes.

Mastronardi also has introduced 8-ounce clamshells of tricolor red, yellow and orange peppers called “One Sweet Pepper.”

Paul Mastronardi, executive vice president, said the peppers are great for grilling.


Mucci International Marketing Inc., Kingsville, Ontario, is ramping up production of its jumbo slicer hothouse grown round red tomatoes.

The tomatoes come in 1.5-pound minimum weight flow wrap cascade trades two counts per carton.

Mucci is increasing shipments of mini sweet bell peppers called Bella Sweets.

The peppers come in 12-ounce retail and 1.5-pound club store packs, said Steve Zaccardi, account manager.

The greenhouse grower-shipper is also increasing shipments of Rustico sweet longs. Those come in 2- and 3-count 2- and 4-pound bags.


Naturipe Farms LLC, Naples, Fla., is changing the size of one of its strawberry clamshells to provide better shipping efficiencies.

The new 6-count 2-pound clamshells allow are a little taller, to allow for the shipping of two extra pallets per truckload, said John Heffernan, Naturipe’s Boston-based Northeast accounts manager.

Naturipe plans to begin shipments of the new pack in mid-May.

Quality Sales

Quality Sales LLC, Hartford, Conn., is introducing packs of mixed hot peppers.

The half-pound overwrap packs feature three to four varieties of Thai hots, long hots, cherry hots, serranos, jalapenos, habaneros and anaheims, said Lucas DiBenedetto, Quality Sales’ vice president of operations and human resources.

Procacci Bros.

Procacci Bros. Sales Corp., Philadelphia, is introducing consumer packs of kumquats to its product offerings.

The kumquats come in dry U.S. pints and feature sweet and edible peels with tart pulps, said Rick Feighery, Procacci’s director of sales.

He said the company has long distributed the product in bulk but responded to customer requests for consumer packs.

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