United Fresh 2011: Notes from the show floor

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

The company specializes in equipment for fresh-cut processors. For 50 years, the Dutch firm has been making machines ranging from compact bell pepper coring devices to complete processing lines for potatoes.

EcoLab

Continuing its focus on products for sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention, EcoLab Inc., with U.S. offices in St. Paul, Minn., corporate officials say their firm is responding to customer demands for one-stop shopping.

“Customers want one solution, from soup to nuts,” said Terri Bringgold, senior marketing communications manager for the company’s food and beverage division. “We are ready to meet their demands.”

EcoLab has annual sales of more than $6 billion worldwide and delivers services to produce processors and foodservice operations in more than 160 countries.

Eurofresh

Retailers got a look at a new packaging/merchandising approach from Eurofresh Inc., Willcox, Ariz. The company showed off what it called “Produce Seal” on its new line of European cucumbers. The individually wrapped cucumbers have the standard Eurofresh labeling plus the Produce Seal mark and the words “sealed for freshness.”

Mark Cassius, vice president of sales, the individually wrapped cucumbers don’t require wax or preservatives. Another selling point of the European cucumbers is that they have very thin skins, so they don’t require peeling.

The company also is venturing into the arena of produce snack foods with miniature cucumbers, which are about pickle size and packaged in small bags for retail sale.

FoodLogiQ

FoodLogiQ, Durham, N.C., announced a new program with LoBue Citrus, Lindsay, Calif., for its case and pallet level traceability program.

Kerry Farrell, vice president of sales and marketing for FoodLogiQ, said the program includes print-and-apply labels.

Philip LoBue, chief executive officer of LoBue Citrus, said in a news release that traceability is an important part of the company’s food safety and quality management program. This deal allows LoBue Citrus to use FoodLogiQ’s technology in other facets of its operation.

Fox Solutions

Fox Solutions LLC, McAllen, Texas displayed its new Htech horizontal roll stock bagger, which packs product in half poly/half mesh bags.


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