The company’s Peel and Reseal Ready-to-Serve Pack won the new product launch competition at the 2013 Produce Marketing Association’s Foodservice Expo in Monterey, Calif., in July.
The package holds 18 ounces of ready-to-serve fresh blueberries, uses 30% less plastic than traditional containers and has a convenient peel-and-reseal opening, she said.
Naturipe’s new Earthcycle environmentally responsible packaging appeals to organic and natural consumers, she said. The plant-based fiber tray and Flo-Wrap overwrap reduces PET plastics by 85% and is tamper proof.
Ocean Mist has new microwaveable pack
Cooking artichokes just got faster thanks to new microwaveable artichoke packs from Ocean Mist Farms, Castroville, Calif., that are designed to decrease cooking time, said spokeswoman Kari Volyn.
Consumers just open the bag, season, seal and steam them in their microwaves and they are ready to eat in minutes, she said.
The award-winning steam-in-bag technology also is available with brussels sprouts.
Rainier installs mesh bagging equipment
Rainier Fruit Co., Selah, Wash., installed mesh bagging equipment this summer, which, in addition to its current mesh header bag, allows the company to pack a wraparound mesh pouch bag, said Suzanne Wolter, director of marketing.
“The band completely wraps down the front and back, allowing the bag to stand up on display and giving us more labeling area to call out the variety,” she said.
The bag will help consumers more easily identify Rainier’s limited availability and exclusive varieties — the Junami and Lady Alice, she said, along with Rainier-brand Honeycrisps.
Stemilt to offer new Lil Snapper bags soon
Stemilt Growers Inc., Wenatchee, Wash., plans to release two new pear Lil Snapper bags in September, said Roger Pepperl, director of marketing.
One bag will be for bosc pears, and the other will be for red pears.
“Both, we feel, will add value to the category as pears in general have excelled in our program,” he said.
Wish Farms offers tray of 3-pound clamshells
Wish Farms, Plant City, Fla., now offers trays with a four 3-pound clamshell configuration for strawberries, said Gary Wishnatzki, chief executive officer and president.
The configuration offers freight savings over the traditional eight 1-pound trays, he said, and should help retailers, especially club stores, sell more berries.