These news items were collected by Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider at the Fresh Produce and Floral Council’s Northern California Expo on March 30 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, Calif.
Smoked sun dried tomatoes are great as an ingredient and just for snacking, said Gary DeAtley, president of Danville-based California Sun-Dry.
The company added smoked sun dried tomatoes to its lineup in a 3-ounce zip top bag, DeAtley said. Bagged sun dried tomatoes are one of the fastest growing areas of the category.
Santa Monica, Calif.-based Dream Foods Intl. plans to start shipping its Italian Volcano lemonade and limeade in 8.5-ounce convenience sizes by early April.
David Dalessandro, sales and business development associate, said the company hopes to target college markets and convenience stores with the new sizes.
The company already ships its blood orange and tangerine juices in the smaller size bottles, Dalessandro said.
Oxnard, Calif.-based Gill’s Onions LLC plans to have its 19-ounce tub of diced onions and celery available in about 2 weeks, said Nelia Alamo, director of sales and marketing.
The tub was first available for the holidays and now features a new label, complete with quick-read code that takes consumers to the Gill’s Onions website for more information about growers and recipes.
Gill’s sliced sweet yellow onions also should start shipping in 2-3 weeks, Alamo said, and are available through mid-September.
The 6-ounce containers are California-grown sweet onions, Alamo said.
Consumers have a chance to win a foodie’s dream trip to Noosa, Australia in the Gourmet Garden sweepstakes.
The Folsom, Calif.-based company is giving away a trip to the Audi Noosa Food & Wine Festival along with a seven-night stay and round trip airfare.
The sweepstakes runs through June 15 in the U.S. and Canada, said salesman Rob Doolan.
Consumers can scan quick-read codes on point of sale materials and packaging to get to the entry form, or visit the company’s website www.gourmetgarden.com.
The company also added a new poultry seasoning in a 2.8-ounce tube. The seasoning includes sage, thyme, parsley, garlic and cracked pepper and is perfect for poultry, dressing and roasted vegetables, Doolan said.