(UPDATED COVERAGE, Oct. 13) ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Packer editorial staff gathered the following news items Oct. 3-5 on the show floor at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit 2009. This is the second of three parts.
Business updates from more booths have been added to this article.
Piel del sapo melons are new this year from Itaueira Agropecuaria S.A., Fortaleza, Brazil, said Tom Prado, director. The company introduced canary melons at last year’s PMA expo and will have even more piel del sapo melons next year, Prado said.
They should be available year-round. The company also is shipping pearl pineapples from Brazil, which are sold through Melissa’s World Variety Produce Inc. in Los Angeles, he said.
Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo
Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo Inc., Santa Cruz, Calif., is now offering sweet petite peppers in 1-pint containers, said Amy Johnson, customer service manager.
The sweet petite pepper medley will be shipping at larger volumes in about two months, Johnson said, but the company currently has limited availability.
Miami-based J&C Tropicals is expanding its line of specialty items with rambutan, kumquat and Ugli fruit.
The company recently started importing rambutan from Costa Rica, and is about to start with kumquat out of Florida, said Jessie Capote, vice president of operations and owner.
The Ugli fruit will come from Jamaica.
“We have a lot of niche products, some Florida-based, some not,” Capote said.
The company also brought on Peter Leifermann as category manager in September, Capote said. Leifermann comes from Homestead, Fla.-based Fresh King, a grower-shipper of avocados, miniature vegetables and specialty fruits and nuts.
“This is a new position, and it’s something only he can do,” Capote said.
Sauce, dip and dressing company Litehouse launched a few new products to compliment the fresh fruits and vegetables in the produce department.
The company now offers its dressings in squeeze bottles instead of only smaller glass bottles, something its customers, especially in foodservice, had been asking for.
In September, The Sandpoint, Idaho-based company started test marketing three blends of fresh apple cider — gala, honeycrisp and fuji — to be merchandised in produce.