MONTREAL — The Packer Editor Greg Johnson, Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider and Canadian freelance writer Cynthia David gathered the following news items April 14-15 on the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo floor.
Snoboy has his own Facebook page.
The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based brand of Amerifresh Inc. is one of the oldest continually traded produce brands, said Rick Harris, director of business development, with more than 85 items under the brand.
The company uses Snoboy’s Facebook presence to interact with customers on its Amerifresh Facebook page, as well as serve as the road journal for Amerifresh representatives.
AMF Farms“Chattering” pumpkins, each with a saying to match their expression, are the newest painted mini pumpkin offerings from AMF Farms Inc., Burlington, Wash.
Owners Liz Mitchell and Michele Youngquist grow more than 150 acres of pumpkins. During breast cancer awareness month in October, AMF sells spray-painted pink pumpkins with a pink ribbon, donating 25 cents per case to the cause, she said.
Retailers with Muslim customers should stock up on dried fruit and nuts by July 1, a month before the start of the 30-day Ramadan holiday, said Adel Boulos, vice president of Montreal-based Amira Enterprises Inc., which specializes in Middle Eastern products. The demand for dried dates, figs, apricots and almonds in ethnic markets this year has been “unbelievable,” Boulos said.
Guadalupe, Calif.-based Apio Inc. added microwaveable green beans to its line of value-added produce.
The green beans come in two sizes, a four-serving bag and a 10-serving bag.
The products started shipping in mid-April, said saleswoman Jamie Applegate.
The line includes green beans, green and yellow beans and green beans and carrots.
After a successful test in Chile last year, Aweta-Autoline of Yakima, Wash., plans to test its multiscan machine on sweet red cherries this summer, said Jeff Heil, sales and commercial engineer. The machine can detect a split in red cherries, said Heil, which is a difficult feat.
Aweta’s high-speed grading machine has already proved successful with yellow rainier cherries, he said. Each machine has two rows of 20 lanes, with 12 lanes active. He said more lanes can be activated as needed.