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07/17/2014 04:03:00 PM
Chelsea Mies

Church Bros. introduces new salad blends

Church Bros., LLC, Salina, Calif., recently launched three new salad blends for the foodservice industry.

Church Bros., LLCChurch Bros., LLC now offers a Cascade Mix. The mix contains green leaf and romaine heart leaves with a little radicchio.Ernst Van Eeghen, director of marketing and product development, said that the three new blends offer clients a unique salad. Van Eeghen said the products help with what he wants to end: “cookie cutter salads.”

The salad blends, launched under the True Leaf Farms brand, are Power Blend, Treviso Blend and Cascade Mix.

The Power Blend is baby kale, baby chard, spinach and lolla rossa. Van Eeghen said the hearty bitterness of the kale is balanced by the sweetness of the lolla rossa and spinach.

The Treviso Blend consists of chopped Treviso and romaine. The sweetness of the romaine is balanced really well by the mild, smooth bitterness of the Treviso, Van Eeghen said.

“If you take the Caesar salad that everyone has, and use Treviso Blend you don’t only get a great color and flavor, but you get to do something unique with a traditional Caesar,” Van Eeghen said.

The Cascade Mix is the green leaf and romaine heart leaves with a little radicchio. The leaf sizes are inconsistent, according to Van Eeghen, which results in a nice homemade look on the plate.


Gold Coast Packing expands line, facility

Santa Maria, Calif.-based Gold Coast Packing is working on expansions in two different areas: product lines and facilities.

Gold Coast is expanding its line of greens for the foodservice industry. Aside from new kale and collard green options, the company also has a new 38-ounce broccoli kit called Joan’s Broccoli Madness.

“We are always working on things that are outside the norm for the foodservice packs,” Brett Scattini, vice president of sales for Gold Coast Packing, said.

The grower-shipper-packer is also expanding its processing facility, Fresh Nature Foods, opened in December 2012. Although only a year and a half old, Scattini said that the facility needs expansion to keep up with customer needs and growth. The addition will add 25,000 square feet to the existing building.


Hollandia Produce gets superfood certification

Carpinteria, Calif.-based Hollandia Produce LLC’s Live Gourmet and Grower Pete’s brands both have products that have recently gained SCS Global Services’ certification as superfoods.

Vince Choate, director of marketing at Hollandia, said the certification has “reinvigorated chef interest” in Hollandia’s products for the foodservice sector.

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