UPDATED: Fresh Summit 2009: Expo notes part 1 - The Packer

UPDATED: Fresh Summit 2009: Expo notes part 1

10/09/2009 01:55:04 PM
The Packer Staff

Church Bros.

Church Bros. LLC, Salinas, Calif., launched in September a line of snack packs that feature a generic label without a brand name, said Steve Church, vice president of operations.

The new snack packs contain five 1.6-ounce packs of carrots with ranch, or celery with peanut butter, for the company’s retail customers looking for ready-to-eat produce items that don’t carry a brand name.

Classic Salads

Classic Salads LLC, Watsonville, Calif., is now offering a kale and chard blend for its Healthy Greens line, said Jennifer Osborne, director of sales.

The product started shipping in October and comes in 1-pound clamshells and 3-pound food service packs and are organic, Osborne said.

Coast Produce

Mini Snacking Sweeties Bells are the newest addition to the Los Angeles-based Coast Produce Co.’s snacking line, said Emily Fragoso, marketing manager. The miniature bell peppers are “crunchy, sweet, delicious and hothouse-grown,” she said.

The line also includes Mini Snacking Cucumbers and several kinds of Snacking Tom Toms, including chocolate cherry, gold grape-shaped and baby heirloom.

Colorful Harvest

Colorful Harvest LLC, Salinas, Calif., will ship hami melons for the first time beginning in late October, said Doug McFarland, marketing director.

The melons can be shipped to retail stores in four-, five-, six- or eight-counts, and can be shipped nationally, McFarland said.

Colorful Harvest also is expanding its strawberry program to Mexico, McFarland said, starting in November in 1-, 2- and 4-pound clamshells.

The company also is reintroducing avocados for the first time since 2004, he said. The avocados will carry the Green Giant brand, he said, and can ship in all case sizes.

Crunch Pak

Crunch Pak, Cashmere, Wash., has new snack products, 5-ounce apple, cheese and grapes snack packs, and apple, cheese and pretzel snack packs, said Tony Freytag, director of marketing.

Also available for retail, Crunch Pak is offering apple slices with caramel dip in smaller 2.5-ounce sizes, and apples and grapes in the same size, Freytag said.

Dandrea Produce

Dandrea Produce Inc., Vineland, N.J. expects to market about 4 million cases of Spanish clementines this year, according to Ron Dandrea, principal with Dandrea Produce Inc., Buena, N.J.

The season will start in October and extend through January, The company’s first blueberry shipments from Argentina will arrive by Oct. 9, with the first ocean arrivals from Chile expected by about Dec. 1.

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