The Dispute Resolution Corp., Ottawa, added about 40 Canadian members at the close of 2010, said vice president of trading assistance, Fred Webber.
A new Canadian law stating that the importer of record must be licensed either by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency or DRC led to some late year new members, Webber said. DRC has 1,353 members as of the start of 2011.
Duda Farm Fresh Foods
Oviedo, Fla.-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods now has a four-count clementine pack in a resealable bag.
The high-graphic bag features a boy and a girl clementine cartoon figure, and is perfect for snacking on the go, said Nichole Towell, marketing development manager.
The four-pack gives retailers a lot more merchandising opportunities as well, Towell said.
“Retailers can merchandise this in other areas in the store, like at the checkout,” Towell said.
Towell said the packs retail for about $1.
Giro Pack Inc., Bryan, Ohio, which manufactures soft mesh bags, touted the “green” attributes of mesh versus poly. Sales and marketing representative Jennifer Pierce said mesh bags use nearly 22% less packaging material than poly bags.
“If a large retailer changed from poly to mesh bags, they would get a five-year supply of mesh out of a four-year supply of poly,” said Pierce. “That’s a whole year of plastic that won’t be going into a landfill and a whole year of savings for the retailer and the consumer.”
Groupe HydroSerre Groupe HydroSerre Inc., Mirabel, Quebec, is introducing two types of greenhouse lettuce in a single clamshell, said Daniel Terrault, vice president of business development.
Blends include heart of Boston and mâche or mâche and niçoise. The company also offers a double-dome clamshell filled with two living lettuces such as red oak leaf and Boston.
For their first CPMA show, the three companies represented at the Guatemala Fresh booth brought limes, mangos, plantains, snow peas, sugar snaps, ginger and red and black beans to Montreal.
“We started small with PMA 25 years ago,” said spokeswoman Monica Figueroa, “but the U.S. market is now crowded with products and we decided it’s time to look for other opportunities, starting with the Canadian market.”
Gourmet Garden, makers of fresh herbs and spices packed in refrigerated tubes, is offering a tour of its Australian plant next May as part of its 2011 sweepstakes, said spokeswoman Celeste Brockwell. Two winners from the U.S. and two from Canada will be announced July 1.