Business updates: Fresh-Cut/Value-Added/Prepared Meals - The Packer

Business updates: Fresh-Cut/Value-Added/Prepared Meals

03/12/2010 03:39:00 PM
Susie Cable

Mann plans to provide marketing support, including coupons and recipes, for fresh-cut sweet potatoes and butternut squash, Hernandez said.

Pero’s new Salad CutUps sold in high-tech packs

In January, Pero Family Farms Food Co. LLC, Delray Beach, Fla., introduced Salad CutUps fresh-cut salad ingredients.

Each package consists of multiple types of fresh-cut produce, but they are not packaged together. Instead, each of the four or five items is packed in its own bag designed specifically for it.

“Each is packaged separately for portions and freshness,” said Ed Sullivan, chief marketing officer.

The films used have specific oxygen transfer rates that are best for the types of produce, Sullivan said. The items then are packed in a master bag, which also has a specific oxygen transfer rate designed to maintain freshness for that particular set of items.

Each Salad CutUps package weighs 6.5-7.5 ounces and contains toppings suggested for two dinner salads or for four appetizer salads, Sullivan said.

Stemilt Growers builds foodservice business

Roger Pepperl, marketing director for Stemilt Growers Inc., Wenatchee, Wash., said the company is doing more business with foodservice programs.

The school lunch programs, in particular, are a growing part of its business. Pepperl said Stemilt expects the farm bill to open more opportunities to get apples to schoolchildren.

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