Specialties business updates

06/15/2012 01:40:00 PM
Jim Offner

Acreage this year is around 80-90, Flores said.

Whether that number increases or decreases depends on the program’s success, Flores said, adding that two growers are providing product this year.

“We’ll see how it goes,” he said.

Rock Garden South offers two new lines

Miami-based Rock Garden South, a subsidiary of Miami-based Coosemans Worldwide, is launching two product lines this year.

Rock Garden South launched its retail microgreen product, MicroMix, at the May 1-3 United Fresh 2012 convention in Dallas.

“We’re debuting four flavor points that are going to be distributed to retailers throughout the South shortly,” Jeff Bruff, general manager, said, adding there also is interest from national retail accounts.

The mixtures, he added, are as follows: Kale Combo, Veggies Galore, Italian Blend and Spicy Selection.

“Each has a different mixture of microgreens to give them a unique balance and flavor profile,” Bruff said.

The microgreens, scheduled to debut in June, are all Florida-grown, he said.

Rock Garden South also is offering pomegranate arils for the first time, Bruff said.

The arils likely will be available this year through September, but next year they will be shipped year-round, Bruff said. For retailers, the product will come in a cup that holds around 4.5 ounces, he added.

Melissa’s introduces blue velvet apricot

Vernon, Calif.-based World Variety Produce Inc., which markets specialty products under the Melissa’s brand, is debuting a blue velvet apricot this year, said Robert Schueller, public relations director.

The item is available for just a few weeks in June, he said.

The company also will offer its black muscato grape for the second year, and that will start in late June or early July, Schueller said.

“Volume is pretty good. We have a month at the beginning of the season in late June or early July for black muscato and in September, and in between, we’ll have the green and red muscato grapes from mid-July to early September,” he said.


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