( Courtesy Naturipe Farms )

(CORRECTED) Naturipe Farms, Salinas, Calif., has value-added blueberry foodservice packs that promise contact-free production in the kitchen, longer shelf life and other benefits.

The 18- and 32-ounce packs of Naturipe value-added blueberries have a 21-day shelf life and come from the top 20% of harvest, according to a news release.

“We work with chefs and restaurant operators to understand their needs and provide for their requests,” Jill Overdorf, director of business development, said in the release. “We are solution-oriented and work to help them reduce their back of house prep and waste so they can focus on their creations.”

Naturipe will feature berry recipes and tips at the Produce Marketing Association’s Foodservice: Delivered virtual event at 7 p.m. Eastern July 20. Overdorf will join Vincent Cani, executive sous chef at The Hilton Orland (Fla.) Resort & Spa, to make Savory Corn and Cranberry Waffles with Blueberry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce.

“By listening to our foodservice customers, Naturipe Farms developed our value-added blueberry packs,” she said in the release. “The fruit is triple washed and provides contact-free production with no labor and 100% yield.”

The berries will be available year-round with a consistent supply, according to the release, and comes in a container with a peel and reseal top that provides a 30% reduction in plastic.

Note on correction: The date of the PMA event was incorrect  in the original story. The Packer regrets the error.

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