About 25 Scotian Gold Cooperative Ltd. growers are growing SweeTango apples on 100 acres in the Annapolis Valley, said Karen Corey, director of marketing & business development for Scotian Gold Co-op Ltd., Coldbrook, Nova Scotia, which owns the Canadian rights.
“We had just enough last year to supply Atlantic Canada retail stores and send a little to Ontario,” she said. “We expect to triple our volume this year, pending good growing conditions, and look forward to expanding our market area.”
Sundia, based in Oakland, Calif., has added a snack-size cup of fresh ruby red grapefruit slices from Mexico to its line of fresh-cut fruit cups, said chief operation officer and general manager Dan Hoskins.
“We see the trend to individual packages sky-rocketing,” Hoskins said.
Sunkist Growers of Sherman Oaks, Calif., is selling fresh grapes grown by two of its California citrus shippers.
Julie DeWolf, director of retail marketing, said black, green and red grapes, seeded and seedless, will be available in a variety of bags and clamshells. The first grower, from California’s desert area, will supply grapes from May to mid-July under the Mr. Grapes label, she said, and the second will supply Central Valley grapes from mid-July to September under the Bravante label.
“It seemed like a natural fit since these growers understand the Sunkist system,” DeWolf said.
Fresh-cut processor Sun Rich Fresh Foods Inc., Richmond, British Columbia, has launched a 12-ounce dual pack of diced mango and papaya with a seven-day shelf life.
Canadian retail sales manager Jeanette Weeks said the product is available in the province’s Overwaitea Foods stores and will launch in Loblaws and Thrifty stores at the end of April. It’s available for foodservice through a U.S. distributor.
Tanimura & Antle
Salinas, Calif.-based Tanimura & Antle has a new high-impact display carton for its Artisan Red line of onions.
The cartons feature photographs of serving suggestions, along with a quick response code for consumers to scan for more information.
“It’s moveable, so retailers can cross-merchandise onions in the meat department or with salads,” said Rick Antle, president.
The company also continued its Artisan lettuce promotions through the summer with seasonal contests driven by social media.