Jirstrek Fruits readies lineup for holidays
Montreal-based specialty importer Jirstrek Fruits Ltd. is heading into the holiday season with vacuum-packed French chestnuts, cooked and peeled; zucchini flowers from Israel; tree-ripened palmer mangoes from Brazil and figs from Argentina, said project manager Danielle Chayer.
“Volumes have been very impressive this year,” said Chayer, who flies in 300 specialty items for retailers, caterers and hotels.
“We feel there’s an interest in having better fruit.”
Les Rotisseries St-Hubert succeeds with salads
Prepared salads made with fresh-cut lettuce and vegetables aren’t just a growing force in Montreal supermarkets.
Laval-based Les Rotisseries St-Hubert, a popular casual dining chain with roots in Quebec, is introducing one or two salads a year to its chicken-focused menu with great results, said Nicole Buchanan, principal buyer for procurement service for Meilleures Marques, Anjou, Quebec.
While Caesar salad remains the most popular, Buchanan said the marinated artichoke salad, new this spring, is gaining fans. It combines marinated artichokes with greens, grated carrots, Italian dressing and a lemon wedge.
A goat cheese and fruit salad incorporates apple wedges, dried figs and golden raisins on a bed of lettuce tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette, while the Bangkok salad topped with chicken features sliced red peppers and canned mandarin orange and pineapple segments.
St. Hubert’s main course salads contain at least three servings of fruits and vegetables.
Les Serres du St-Laurent adds tomato variety
The producers of Savoura tomatoes, Les Serres du St-Laurent Inc.. have a new director of sales and development this fall and a new product.
Pierre Cayer, former district sales manager for Wonderful Brands, joined the greenhouse vegetable grower in October to succeed Valerie Grenier, who is joining her husband’s real estate firm to spend more time with her two young children.
Grenier said the new Savoura grape tomato, available in large-scale production in November, is one of the sweetest varieties available.
She said the fruit is picked by hand with the stem on to maintain freshness.
The grape tomato is sold in an 8.8-ounce clamshell in Provigo and Metro stores, she said. It retails from $2.99-3.99.
This year’s hot summer produced an oversupply of field and greenhouse tomatoes, which depressed prices.
By mid-October, however, Grenier said prices were getting back to normal levels.