Industry Happenings United Fresh 2017 Booths No. 2 By Ashley Nickle June 19, 2017 | 2:32 pm EDT CALAVO: Peter Shore, director of business development and marketing for Santa Paula, Calif.-based Calavo Growers, shows the company’s Intense tomatoes, which it offers year-round. Calavo was also featuring avocados from California and Mexico. Photo By Ashley Nickle CMI: George Harter, vice president of marketing for Wenatchee, Wash.-based CMI Orchards, displays bags of cherries the company was starting to pack as that season kicked off, with red cherries beginning the week of June 12 and rainiers starting soon afterward. Photo By Ashley Nickle FARMER’S BEST: Steve Yubeta, vice president of sales, and Cristina Tarriba discuss the recent expansion that allows Nogales, Ariz.-based Farmer’s Best to supply its green bell peppers, cucumbers and roma tomatoes year-round. Yubeta said the growth is something customers have been requesting for years and so the response to the news at the show was very positive. Photo By Ashley Nickle FOX SOLUTIONS: Jim Savigny, sales engineer for McAllen, Texas-based Fox Solutions, stands next to an updated version of the automated pouch bagger the company debuted last year. Interest in the machine has been strong, Savigny said. Photo By Ashley Nickle FRESH EXPRESS: Fabian Pereira, head of marketing for Orlando, Fla.-based Fresh Express, displays the company’s salad kit offerings. The organic chopped kits are expected to be out in August or September, he said. Photo By Ashley Nickle GREEN GIANT FRESH: Lori Bigras, director of marketing and communications, and Jennifer Fancher, vice president of marketing, display new fresh-cut products Brussels Sprouts & Baby Potatoes, Halved Brussels Sprouts & Asparagus, and Spaghetti Squash available from Salinas, Calif.-based Growers Express. Those items are expected to be available for nationwide distribution later this summer. Photo By Ashley Nickle NNZ: Steve Greenfield, director of sales and marketing for Lawrenceville, Ga.-based NNZ, shows some of the company’s packaging options, including the cup clamshell, designed for grape tomatoes and blueberries. That package comes in three sizes — 3-ounce, 4-ounce and 5-ounce. Photo By Ashley Nickle SUNKIST: Joan Wickham, director of communications for Valencia, Calif.-based Sunkist Growers, holds a package of the company’s organic valencia oranges. The company was also featuring its star ruby grapefruit and serving fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice at its booth. Photo By Ashley Nickle 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 CHICAGO – Ashley Nickle collected these news items from the United FreshMKT Expo tradeshow floor June 14-15.