The following items were compiled by The Packer staff from the show floor of the United Fresh Marketplace April 21-24 in Las Vegas.
Abbott & Cobb
Abbott & Cobb Inc., Feasterville, Pa., introduced a line of easy-open, single-ear microwaveable corn. It plans to sell the corn to retailers in display-ready cartons, 24 ears to a carton. Each ear is individually wrapped for freshness.
"When you microwave it, a strip pops up, and you roll the wrapping right off," said Victor Lomoriello, vice president of sales/operations for Abbott & Cobb.
The microwaveable corn, to be marketed under the company's Summer Sweet label, will be available year-round.
| Dawn Withers
Accu-Label Inc., Leamington, Ontario, is touting the Orb-it G-2, which can label individual fruit and vegetable items with GS1 DataBar technology.
Accu-Label Inc., Leamington, Ontario, is offering a new machine, the Orb-it G-2, that can label individual fruit and vegetable items with GS1 DataBar technology, said Sam Sleiman, co-owner.
The equipment has been available since January, Sleiman said.
Ag-Pak Inc., Gasport, N.Y., unveiled a prototype of bagging machine.
The German-made machine can bag a variety of fruits and vegetables, said Jan Verde, a sales representative with the manufacturer, German-based C-Pack, and can make up to 20 bags per minute.
The machine is already in use in Russia, Turkey and Portugal, Verde said, and the company is now building the machine for North American companies.
Bakersfield, Calif.-based Agra-Best LLC debuted a machine capable of processing cauliflower and broccoli florets at speeds up to 52 heads per minute, said David Vargas, owner.
The machine is called Pop A Top and eliminates the need for manual cutting of cauliflower and broccoli florets.
Vargas said the Pop A Top machines can help reduce labor by up to 70%.