"Dates are high in antioxidants, and the right kind of antioxidants," he said, adding they compare favorably to blueberries.
Best Sorting, Heverlee, Belgium, showed off its four-way sorter.
The unit features optical, infrared, laser and fluorescent sorting to grade product for color, defect and foreign materials, said Nicolas Stein, sales manager.
The four-way process also helps ensure consistency of product, he said.
BioIonix Inc., McFarland, Wis., offers a water treatment system that reduces water use for processors.
An electro-chemical process sanitizes wash water and permits reuse of water, said Russell Schlager, sales and business development manager.
The technology is useable for fruit and vegetable rinse water disinfection and doesn't rely on hazardous chemicals or radiation, he said.
The process is environmentally friendly and reduces odors.
Charlie's Machine & Supply
Charlie's Machine & Supply Inc., Boulder, Colo., has introduced a stainless steel corer for head lettuce and peppers that fits over a standard trash can.
The corer costs around $400, said company spokeswoman Janice Janis, and can be sharpened using a rotary sharpener.
The company also has introduced a heat sealer for bagging product.
Orlando, Fla.-based Chep Equipment Pooling Systems introduced a series of developments in its customer Web-based portal application.
The new offerings in the Chep Portfolio+Plus system are designed to improve end user online experiences, complete with real-time aggregated data that can help optimize supply chain decisions, make for more efficient online transactions and find answers to questions more quickly.
"We've directly enhanced what the customers wanted, directly meeting their needs," said Derek Hannum, director of marketing for Chep. "With hundreds of thousands of transactions every day, the customer portal is really important. It frees up customers to do what they do."
Chiquita Brands International Inc., Cincinnati, introduced Pineapple Bites, an individually packed pineapple spear in a 2.8-ounce bag.