The revised line includes a 6.3-ounce (formerly 8-ounce) bag of four items, such as celery and carrot sticks, grape tomatoes and light ranch dip, for $1.99. Mann is also offering individual portions of sugar snap peas for the first time with containers of ranch dip, Kurkjian said, as well as five snack-size bags of carrot coins in a 15-ounce clamshell, enough for a week of school lunches.
The new packs will ship in May. He also said Mann’s 12-ounce bag of butternut squash cubes, developed for the holidays almost six years ago, are now shipped year-round.
Just in time for the summer grilling season, Kingsville, Ontario-based Mastronardi Produce Ltd. has a two-count slicer beefsteak tomato pack.
The pack gives consumers ideas for tomatoes and grilling, said Nancy Pickersgill, marketing coordinator.
The company also launched a four-count bruschetta kit featuring four medium beefsteak tomatoes with a spice mix perfect for bruschetta.
“It’s perfect for hors d’ouvres in a hurry,” Pickersgill said.
All a consumer has to do is dice the tomatoes, mix in the spices and serve on a sliced baguette.
Dimpled Sun Drops grape tomatoes from Leamington-based Mucci International Marketing are meaty and extremely sweet (rating 10 on the brix scale), said general manager Danny Mucci.
The new tomatoes are available in any size pack, Mucci said, and can be displayed in a new freestanding unit that holds six boxes.
In other news, production of year-old Bella Sweets mini sweet peppers in three colors has doubled to keep up with demand. Snack-sized eight-count Cutecumbers are available across North America, he said.
The Cooking with Spinach pack, a 1-pound bag of fresh-cut spinach, from NewStar Fresh Foods LLC, Salinas, Calif., is now available in Canada after making its debut in the U.S.
Director of marketing Cindi Dodd said the pack is available with just spinach or with shredded carrots.
Also, new to Canada over the winter are bunches of long-top green onions. Sales director Anthony Vasquez said the onions are about 6 inches longer than traditional green onions.
Matt Seeley, vice president of marketing for Salinas, Calif.-based The Nunes Co., said all the company’s products, which includes iceberg lettuce, cauliflower and asparagus, are now available in organic for the U.S. and Canadian markets.
He estimated that less than 10% of Nunes’ overall volume is in organic, but it’s growing.