Ready Pac also started shipping its salad kits in new clamshells in September, Leon said.
Ready Pac also added chopped escarole to its line of prewashed bagged greens, Leon said, and also expanded its line of platters to include fruit and chocolate, apples and cheese, fancy fruit, and harvest vegetables with cheese.
Rosa Secilia Gourmet
Canadian fresh herb and seasoning company Rosa Secilia Gourmet is launching a line of seasonings and a line of pesto, both fresh, in the U.S.
The seasonings, which have been on the Canadian market for nine months, include basil, dill, ginger, cilantro, chili peppers, Italian, lemongrass, roasted garlic, parsley and oregano. The pesto line, which has seven varieties, has been available in Canada for ten years, but it just making its way to the U.S., as well, said Gerard Trudeau, president. Some of the products will be in private label.
The company is also developing new products that should be released within the month, Trudeau said.
Dain Craver, a grower with Sage Fruit Co., Yakima, Wash., handed out samples of RosaLynn variety apples at the Sage Fruit exhibit.
The apple variety is a chance seedling discovered about 15 years ago in an orchard that included winesap, rome, jonathan, golden delicious and red delicious, with fujis and galas planted nearby. The variety features very strong keeping quality and crunch.
“I just call it the Mother Nature cross,” he said.
Craver said he expects to market about 6,000 cartons of RosaLynn apples through Sage Fruit Company this year.
San Miguel Produce
Jan Berk, vice president of San Miguel Produce Inc., Oxnard, Calif., showed off two new products, including the company’s 14th bagged greens variety, escarole, and a reconfigured, bilingual clamshell package used for both conventional and organic products.
The company has relabeled its line of Cut N’ Clean greens to meet Canadian requirements, said Brian Cook, key accounts sales and marketing representative.
The new labels, available now, appear on the organic clamshells containing collard, mustard, garden greens and rainbow greens, Cook said.
Sinclair Systems, Fresno, Calif., showed its new Sinclair VPS — Variable Print System.
The proprietary system is designed to fit with existing Sinclair systems, said president and chief executive officer Bill Hallier. The VPS can print DataBar codes, PLUs and lot numbers right on a label, and is supported by the company’s global technical staff.