Industry Happenings Slideshow: Midwest Produce Expo new products #1 By Dan Galbraith August 18, 2016 | 10:28 am EDT LIBERTY FRUIT: Reade Sievert shows off new meal enhancement-type packs — a convenience for families on the go. Photo By Dan Galbraith CONWED: Ron Del Castillo, salesman for Conwed Global Netting Solutions, Minneapolis, says the company has new packaging for imperfect produce. “Our ‘Reduced for Value’ packaging for imperfect produce is working really well already for a lot of grocers,” Del Castillo says. “And it’s picking up. Less desirable produce is a big revenue stream.” Photo By Dan Galbraith LIBERTY FRUIT: Peeled clementine packs are a new snack-on-the-go item for Kansas City, Kan.-based Liberty Fruit Co., geared to healthy snackers. Photo By Dan Galbraith UTAH ONIONS: Utah Onions, Syracuse, Utah, opened a new cross-dock packing facility in the Dallas suburb of Carrollton, Texas, in early August, says Kirt Mockli. Photo By Dan Galbraith MARKET FRESH PRODUCE: Market Fresh Produce, Nixa, Mo., is offering many new products, shown here by (from left) Kaylyn Bender, Brenna George, Kristyn Head and Mike Kemp. Most of the products will launch around Sept. 1, Kemp says. New products include green beans, corn, asparagus, brussels sprouts, cucumbers and squash. “We’re still in beta testing on the corn, but we should have that later this year, in time for the holiday season.” Market Fresh is also opening a new, 7,500-square-foot office less than a mile from its current location. Ribbon-cutting for the new facility will be Aug. 24, Kemp says. Photo By Dan Galbraith LIBERTY FRUIT: New additions to the Carol's Cuts line include these fruit packs for snackers. Photo By Dan Galbraith EARTHBOUND FARM: Earthbound Farm used the Midwest Produce Expo to show off its new Organic Chopped Salad Kits line, which will launch at retail in mid-September. “The chopped kit is huge on the conventional side, so now it’s an organic offering,” says Jeff Hutterer, customer development director for the Central region. Flavors will include BBQ Ranch, Asian and Southwest. They will come in 11-ounce bags, with dressing included, and should retail for $3.99-4.99, Hutterer says. Photo By Dan Galbraith LAKESIDE: Blushes, greenhouse-grown, cherry snacking tomatoes are the new signature product for Lakeside Produce, Leamington, Ontario, says Ajit Saxena, who just earned a promotion to the title of marketing manager/platform development. “This is the big thing for us right now. It’s a cherry tomato with an absolute burst of flavor,” Saxena says. The dry pint size carries a suggested retail price of $3.99. They’re grown from the nebula seed originating from Holland, Saxena says. “They’re an interesting marketing challenge because they don’t turn really red, but we’re marketing them with the help of supporting documentation and P.O.P. materials.” Photo By Dan Galbraith FRESKA: Tom Hall, Freska Mangos, shows off a couple of the company’s avocados, an area in which the Oxnard, Calif., company hopes to expand. “We’re trying to get more into avocados to diversify our portfolio a little bit. About eight months ago, we bought Harvest Time in Oceanside, Calif., and it’s a nice fit for us. It makes us a more complete player for both Mexico and California.” Photo By Dan Galbraith MAS: MAS Melons & Grapes, Rio Rico, Ariz., plans to update its logo and point-of-sale materials in conjunction with its 20th anniversary in 2017, says salesman Mikee Suarez. Photo By Dan Galbraith 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Packer's fifth-annual Midwest Produce Expo showcased a number of new products from fresh produce-related companies.