UPDATED: Fresh Summit 2009: Expo notes part 2

10/09/2009 02:36:11 PM
The Packer Staff

The green beans will come in a 12-ounce pack snipped product, or a 16-ounce if unsnipped.

Phillips Mushroom Farms

After building a new growing facility in Warwick, Md., Phillips Mushroom Inc., historically a specialty mushroom grower-shipper, is offering white mushrooms in a full line of pack sizes and styles.

Among its packages, during October, the company has mushrooms on a pink tray, packaged for breast cancer awareness, said Kevin Donovan, national sales manager.

Ponderosa Mushrooms

A clip strip that offers an easier way to merchandise retail packages of dried mushrooms was introduced by Ponderosa Mushrooms, said Joe Salvo, president of the Port Coquitlam, British Columbia-based company.

The wild mushroom marketer of fresh, dried and individually quick frozen mushrooms said most wild mushrooms marketed in the U.S. are sold to foodservice operators.

That contrasts with Europe, where the majority of wild mushrooms are sold through supermarkets.

Potandon Produce

In addition to launching its new steamer bags of value-added potatoes, Idaho Falls, Idaho-based Potandon Produce LLC premiered packaging for its Klondike gourmet potatoes.

The 1.5-pound bags of baby purple, red, gold and mixed potatoes actually made their way to the show before they were available.

“We had to get these specially done,” said Barbara Keckler, marketing coordinator.

The C-size potatoes are available in Klondike Gourmet purple, Klondike Gourmet gold, Klondike Petite reds and Klondike Medley, which is a combination of the other three.

Railex

Railex, Riverhead, N.Y., as of late September, now has four trains departing weekly from Washington and California, up from three, said senior vice president Paul Esposito.

Each week, he said two trains leave from Wallula, Wash., and Delano, Calif., for Albany, N.Y., with guaranteed five day transit times. Esposito said the transportation option is ideal for apples, pears, potatoes and onions.

Ready Pac

Ready Pac, Irwindale, Calif., debuted two additions to its Bistro Bowl line, with the label for the entire line of eight products changed to reflect calorie content and other nutritional information, said Ali Leon, senior director of strategic business. The Italiano and waldorf salads are the two new salad varieties in the line, Leon said, and are ready for distribution.

The company also will have sliced apples in a 4.2-ounce bag available in January in its snack line, Leon said.


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