United Fresh 2009: Expo notes part 1

05/05/2009 01:09:00 PM
The Packer Staff

Meanwhile, Nager said Washington apples remain plentiful and will be attractive for promotion this summer.

Driscoll's

Driscoll Strawberry Associates Inc., Watsonville, Calif., showcased its new Web site, which publicly launched April 27, said Gloria Chillon, director of marketing.

The site offers more interactive features, Chillon said, including Driscoll-exclusive recipes, healthy living tips, nutritional information and where to buy Driscoll's berries.

Eurofresh

Eurofresh Inc., Willcox, Ariz., is offering 3-pound packs of tomatoes on the vine for Costco that started shipping this spring, said Kevin Partida, regional sales manager.

The company also has a 5-pound pack of tomatoes for Costco, Partida said, and plans to pack 11-pound cases.

Partida said 12-ounce and 8-ounce packs of grape tomatoes debuted at the expo.

Feeding America

James Borys, produce program buyer/manager for Feeding America, Chicago, said exhibitors at the United Fresh Produce Association exposition donated 42,000 pounds of fresh food to the Three Square Food Bank, Las Vegas, a member of Feeding America.

Borys said the donated products will be distributed through food pantries, soup kitchens and other emergency feeding centers in the region.

Borys also thanked Sysco Corp. and Champion Exposition Services for their support and assistance in the donation.

Golden Eagle Extrusions

Milford, Ohio-based Golden Eagle Extrusions Inc. rolled out its peelable lidding film for polypropylene trays, the company's first offering of a breathable film that's also peelable. Offered in various levels of peelability, the film could be used for trays of fresh-cut tomatoes and onions to dual microwaveable meals.

"Instead of having to use a knife to open, it makes it a whole lot easier," said Jim Potts, account manager with Golden Eagle.

Heinzen Manufacturing

Gilroy, Calif.-based Heinzen Manufacturing International introduced the company's fully automated wash and dry system for fresh produce processors.


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