Ruby will include a red butter lettuce from Rijk Zwaan’s Salanova line of proprietary seeds, Nucci said.
With Arcadian Harvest, Mann Packing aimed for minimally processed mixes with fewer edges and reduced pinking.
“That’s been a huge success,” Nucci said. “We’re looking at different components and focusing on some unique reds to highlight in Ruby.”
Pom Wonderful enjoys fresh aril success
Los Angeles-based Pom Wonderful reported 80% increases in sales of its Pom Poms Fresh Arils for the latest fresh pomegranate season, and the same rise in fresh fruit shipments.
Pom Wonderful had a new extraction method plus new sorting equipment and cup fillers in place when the season began. The season runs from October to February or March.
The arils product is not currently on shelves.
The company also notched a 30% increase in juice sales for 2012, according to a news release. Pom Wonderful launched a single-serve 8-ounce bottle that paced the growth.
Pure Hot House adds handled tray pack
Canadian greenhouse grower-shipper Pure Hot House Foods Inc., Leamington, Ontario, has added a 21-ounce tray with embedded handles to its line of Grillers and Roasters fresh-cut vegetables.
The handles are aimed at increased durability, said Sarah Pau, marketing assistant.
Grillers are available in spring and winter and Roasters in fall and winter under the Pure Flavor label.
The products also come in 7-, 10- and 14-ounce sizes from Pure Hot House Foods.
The company is developing a line of microwaveable products, Pau said March 11..