UPDATED: Fresh Summit 2009: Expo notes part 1

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

Epic Roots

Epic Roots LLC, Salinas, Calif., has added a mache salad blend to its lineup, said Catherine Baggott, director of marketing. The Boston Salad is the company’s newest addition and will be available in October for retail customers.

Epic Roots also redesigned the label on its mache salad Salade Verte to comply with Canadian standards, Baggott said. The company has both salad blends available in foodservice packs, Baggott said.

Fresh Gourmet

Just in time for football season, Los Angeles-based Fresh Gourmet Co. is introducing lightly salted Fresh Gourmet crispy jalapeños and crispy red peppers, said Brandon Steele, vice president of marketing.

The new products are much more than just crunchy salad toppers, Steele said. They’re made from fresh jalapeños and fresh red bell peppers and can be used to enhance potatoes, pizzas, burgers and other favorites.

The company is offering a special six-case promotional program called Get the Big Game Crunch to kick off the new products.

Frieda’s

Frieda’s Inc., Los Angeles, has added purple snow peas to its retail produce lineup, said Hazel Kelly, public relations specialist. The purple snow peas started shipping in September and come in a 12-ounce overwrap tray or 10-pound bulk packs, Kelly said.

Hugh H. Branch

Harvest Fresh Snips green beans from Hugh H. Branch Inc., Pahokee, Fla., should go to retailers by mid-October, said Kiley Harper-Larsen, food safety director. The product is triple-washed and packed in modified-atmosphere 12- and 24-ounce bags, with other package sizes available on request, she said. They can be microwaved, steamed or boiled.

The product is produced by Rosemont Farms Corp., Boca Raton, Fla., and Americus Bean Co. Inc., Americus, Ga., which grow more than 50 items.

The growers control the process, from growing to packaging, which ensures a superior, more flavorful product, Harper-Larsen said.

I Love Produce

I Love Produce LLC, Kelton, Pa., has made its red and white peeled pearl onions available mostly in 10-pound jars to foodservice customers in the past, but now the company is offering them to supermarkets, said owner-president Jim Provost.

The upcoming holiday season is a good time for restaurants and retailers to add value to their offerings with peeled onions, he said. They will be available to supermarkets in 1-pound jars or overwrapped trays packed to order.


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