UPDATED: Fresh Summit 2009: Expo notes part 3 - The Packer

UPDATED: Fresh Summit 2009: Expo notes part 3

10/09/2009 03:35:00 PM
The Packer Staff

Sun-Rype Product

Sun-Rype Product, Kelowna, British Columbia, has offered its 100% fruit strips, bars and bites in a couple of major U.S. chains for about a year, said Craig Graupe, U.S. sales manager. Now the company is ready to expand into several chains nationwide.

The snacks are made from strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries and pomegranates and have no artificial ingredients, preservatives or added sugar.

Tanimura & Antle

Tanimura & Antle, Salinas, Calif., is offering its Living Lettuce in foodservice without the roots, said Rick Antle, chief executive officer.

The foodservice packs are available in clamshells and bags in packs of either 16 or 12 clamshells or 16 1-pound bags, Antle said. The company also is offering arugula and watercress in foodservice packs in the next three weeks, Antle said.

Taylor Farms

Taylor Farms, Salinas, Calif., is offering three new retail vegetable trays and three new vegetable steamers for national distribution, said CJ Given, sales manager.

Each new vegetable comes with an assortment of vegetables including broccoli, carrots and celery, with one 38-ounce tray available now featuring turkey bites, colby cheese, and Hidden Valley ranch dressing.

A 40-ounce tray with salami, cheese, Ritz crackers and Hidden Valley ranch dressing, is available in December.

The third tray features vegetables with red roasted pepper hummus, Given said, and is available now. The company’s 18-ounce vegetable steamers come with Garden Vegetable with broccoli, carrots and celery; Garden Stir Fry with broccoli, carrots and snow peas; and Garden Trio with carrots, broccoli and sugar snap peas.

Texas Department of Agriculture

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s Go Texan program challenged chefs from local hotels in Austin to an Iron-chef style battle featuring products that could be purchased at Austin-area farmers markets. The event, held in early October, capped off the program’s Chef Roundup foodservice promotion.

Restaurants that feature Go Texan products were eligible for the foodservice promotion, which was designed to help promote local producers of all types, including meat, produce and even broadline items like tableware, said Richard De Los Santos, director of marketing.

More than 400 restaurants statewide participated in the program, he said.

To-Jo Mushrooms

A bourbon barbeque pack of mushrooms is being rolled out in the next several months by To-Jo Fresh Mushrooms Inc., said Anthony D’Amico, president of the Avondale, Pa.-based company.

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