United Fresh 2011: Notes from the show floor - The Packer

United Fresh 2011: Notes from the show floor

05/10/2011 02:15:00 PM
The Packer Staff

The recipe book sells for $7.99. Proceeds benefit the commission’s scholarship program.

Charlie’s Machine & Supply

After seeing a manual onion top ’n’ tailer in use in Europe, Charlie and John Boggs of Charlie’s Machine & Supply Inc., Boulder, Colo., were so impressed with it that they got permission to produce and sell the device in the U.S.

With a price of about $500, Charlie Boggs said that the simple device, which has no moving parts, is an alternative for operations that don’t have thousands or tens of thousands of dollars to spend on automated equipment.

It features a plastic cutting-board type of surface roughly 2½ by 3 feet with a V-shaped opening in the center. The two sides of the “V” are the blades that top and tail an onion when it is rubbed across the surface of the board.

CHEP

CHEP USA, Orlando, Fla., is touting how its pallets help preserve the environment by highlighting success with Watsonville, Calif.-based Driscoll Strawberry Associates Inc.

Driscoll’s uses CHEP pallets to transport strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. CHEP pallets help Driscoll’s achieve its sustainability goals, said Derek Hannum, CHEP’s director of marketing.

Driscoll’s has decreased solid waste generation by more than 387,000 pounds, lowering greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 292,000 pounds and saving enough electricity to power 216 houses a year, Hannum said.

Church Bros.

Church Bros. LLC, Salinas, Calif., displayed baby lettuce products. The Cosmopolitan line of baby lettuces includes lolla rossa, red oak, green oak, red romaine, green romaine, tango and mixed selections in 2-pound bags and bulk mini bins, said Ernst Van Eeghen, director of marketing and product development.

Church Bros. also is expanding operations in Mexico. The company grows lettuce, broccoli, cilantro, parsley and green onions in several central Mexico locations, Van Eeghen said. He said Church Bros. expanded south to diversify its operations and provide year-round supply.

Colorful Harvest

Colorful Harvest LLC, Salinas, Calif., is rolling out a new website at colorfulharvest.com. The site includes information about children’s nutrition and other material, said Doug Ranno, chief operating officer and managing partner.

The grower-shipper also is increasing its total acreage in all growing regions. Acreage has increased from 4,200 acres last year to more than 5,000 acres in 2011, Ranno said.


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