(April 6, 3 p.m.) PLEASANTON, Calif. — The following information was gathered April 1 at the Fresh Produce & Floral Council 2009 Northern California Expo:
Calavo Growers Inc., Santa Paula, is now offering its Hawaiian papayas in new clamshell packaging, said Steve Hayworth, commodity manager. The papaya four-packs come in cases of six clamshells and will be available in retail stores this spring.
Coast Produce Co., Los Angeles, is releasing a new line of four organic snack vegetables, the first of which is four mini cucumbers in clamshells, said Emily Fragoso, marketing manager. A line of organic snacking tomatoes is in development, she said, and should be available by June.
Salinas, Calif.-based Colorful Harvest LLC is shipping this spring a full line of colored cauliflower, said Jud Pray, director of sales and business development. Before, the company offered orange cauliflower, Pray said, but now has purple and green. They come in nine-, 12- and 16-count packs, Pray said, and will be distributed nationwide.
Del Monte Foods, Coral Gables, Fla., showcased its newest products, 8-ounce SuperFruit fruit cups. The line has pears with acai blackberry juice, peaches in pomegranate-orange juice, and mixed fruit chunks in mango-passion juice. Ryan Stow, western regional sales manager, said other products launched in March were two new fruit bowls, grapefruit duo and citrus salad.
Grant J. Hunt
Grant J. Hunt Co., Oakland, plans to start importing Zespri kiwifruit from New Zealand to California for the first time, said president Grant Hunt. The new imports will also include apples from Freshco in New Zealand, Hunt said.
Hollandia Produce Inc., Carpinteria, previewed its new bagged Live Gourmet arugula bunches, which will be available by the end of April, said Anne Fortuna, sales manager. The bunches will come in 12 per case and will be distributed first in California, Fortuna said.
Los Angeles Salad Co.
Los Angeles Salad Co., City of Industry, will be offering shelled English peas in retail stores by June, said Michael Bendix, director of sales and marketing. The peas, under development for 18 months, will come in an 8-ounce plastic package or in two 12-ounce packages.
Mann Packing Co., Inc.
Mann Packing, Salinas, previewed a new holiday platter in time for Cinco de Mayo. Called the Fiesta Platter, it features ranch mixed with salsa, along with snap peas, celery, carrots and broccoli. Larry Olivo, western regional manager, said the 37-ounce trays retail for $9.99 and come in four-packs.