( Photo courtesy Mann Packing Co. )

Consumer interest in alternatives to carbohydrates motivated Salinas-based Mann Packing Co., now owned by Coral Gables, Fla.-based Fresh Del Monte Produce, to introduce a fresh vegetable-based noodle and rice line last spring, said Loree Dowse, director of creative marketing. 

Products include butternut squash “rotini,” sweet potato “fettucine” and cauliflower rice.

Mann also expects its new processing plant in Gonzales, Calif. to go online later this year, Dowse said. At 130,000 square feet, the plant will include 20 dock doors and a wind turbine to help reduce energy use.