Business updates: Foodservice

12/09/2011 11:49:00 AM
Tom Burfield

GreenGate also made modifications and expanded capacity at its Yuma, Ariz., facility during the summer in order to expand capacity.

Hollandia Produce uses fill-and-seal bag

Hollandia Produce LLC, Carpinteria, Calif., packages its upland cress in a form-fill-and-seal bag like the ones that salad mixes come in, said Vince Choate, director of marketing.

“We harvest our upland cress and form a bag around it,” he said.

The bag is available for foodservice as well as retail.

Naturipe’s single packs enter foodservice

Naturipe Berry Farms LLC, Naples, Fla., has chosen to launch its single-serve fresh blueberry packs in the foodservice sector, even though less than 5% of the company’s fresh blueberry sales go to foodservice operators.

Eventually, the single-serve packs will be available in several size options, but for now, Naturipe is marketing the berries in rigid, heat-sealed film packs that come in three-count, 1.5-ounce packs for retail and foodservice.

Customized pack sizes can be as small as three-quarters of an ounce for foodservice applications, such as pancake toppings, salad or yogurt parfait additions, and in larger restaurant packs of several pounds.

“By making the berries more convenient, there should be no problem getting to more than 5% (of foodservice sales) and quickly to 10% or more,” Robert Verloop, executive vice president of marketing, said in a news release.

West Pak Avocado rolls out new carton

West Pak Avocado Inc., Temecula, Calif., introduced a carton for all of its Mexican avocados packed at the company’s facility in Uruapan, said Doug Meyer, vice president of sales and marketing.

“Our carton has been updated with new graphics and several design features to improve strength and to accommodate our new (Produce Traceability Initiative) labels that bring us into full compliance with our industry’s PTI Initiative,” he said.

The new design covers West Pak’s full line of avocados, including the West Pak No. 1 Grade label, organic avocados and the Dos Amigos No. 2 Grade label.

“We are sourcing avocados from Mexico and Chile and offer the full line of packs, grades and ripening levels for our foodservice customers,” Meyer said.


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