“Kumquats are not an exciting item but this adds to the specialty business that keeps growing,” Feighery said.
Pure Hot House
Pure Hot House Foods Inc., Leamington, Ontario, is introducing a line of ready for grilling fresh-cut vegetable mixes.
The greenhouse-grower-shipper is releasing Grill Ready vegetables under the Finest Flavors label.
The 14-ounce metal pan of vegetables can be placed directly on grills, said Ken Paglione, key account manager.
The triple-washed and ready-to-eat mixes come in these offerings: grilled peppers (three colors of bell peppers) fall and winter blend (onions, bell peppers, potatoes and mushrooms), steak toppers (mushrooms and onions) and mixed vegetables (grape tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, zucchini squash and mushrooms).
“A lot of double-income couples with kids are all about convenience,” Paglione said. “These people want to buy items that are quick and easy to prepare.”
Pure Hot House is also shipping tomato berries that are sweet and look like strawberries, under the Pure Flavor label in 1-pint and 1-pound clamshells.
Additionally, Pure Hot House is offering 1-pound resealable bags of bite-sized sweet peppers.
The Sweet Sensations packs include conical-shaped mini yellow, red and orange peppers.
State Garden Co. Inc., Boston, is rolling out a line of conventional and organic single-serve salads.
The New England Produce Center-based company, which also owns Olivia's Organics, plans to introduce the Caesar salad, spring mix and baby spinach salads on May 3.
The salads State Garden’s Northeast Fresh division label, come in 3-, 3.5- and 5.5-ounce individual servings and 10.5-ounce family packs, said Stephen Noll, State Garden’s vice president of sales.
Supreme Cuts LLC, Mahwah, N.J., is expanding its line of “steaming bag” microwaveable green beans.
The fresh-cut processor and distributor is offering sugar snap beans and snow peas in 6-count, 8-ounce microwaveable bags.
Merle Axelrod, president, said the packs use technology that maintains product color and nutrients.
“These items are becoming more popular,” she said.
The green beans join other bags of trimmed beans and medleys of beans.