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Tom Karst

ANAHEIM, Calif.   — The Packer's Tom Karst gathered these briefs and pictures at the Produce Marketing Association's 2019 Fresh Summit.
 

 

SUN BELLE: Janice Honigberg, president Schiller Park, Ill.-based Sun Belle says the firm is promoting organic and biodynamic cranberries and blueberries this fall, along with organic pomegranate arils from Peru. Organic and biodynamic Green Belle label blueberries have started from Chile and will continue until February and perhaps later. Shipments are arriving by air but will be shipped by ocean vessel when volumes increase, Honigberg says.

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Tom Karst

ANAHEIM, Calif.   — The Packer's Tom Karst gathered these briefs and pictures at the Produce Marketing Association's 2019 Fresh Summit.

 

 

APEEL SCIENCES: Gordon Robertson, chief revenue officer at Goleta, Calif.-based Apeel Sciences, says the company’s recent initiative with greenhouse grower and marketer Houweling’s Group to cut plastic use on English cucumbers is drawing interest from retailers. The project is expected to begin in early 2020, Robertson says. In September, Kroger is rolling out avocados with Apeel Sciences’ shelf-life extender in 1,100 stores, and is stocking Apeel limes and asparagus in Cincinnati stores.Robertson says Apeel plans to bring other applications to the market by the second half of 2020.

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Tom Karst

ANAHEIM, Calif.   — The Packer's Tom Karst gathered these briefs and pictures at the Produce Marketing Association's 2019 Fresh Summit.

 

NATURIPE: Jackie Long, sales representative with Naturipe Farms, Salinas, Calif., says the company is promoting a new 12-ounce pack of “wine berry,” or muscadine grapes. The grape variety is sourced from North Carolina and the grapes are so tender, sweet and small that consumers can eat the skins.

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Tom Karst

ANAHEIM, Calif.   — The Packer's Tom Karst gathered these briefs and pictures at the Produce Marketing Association's 2019 Fresh Summit.

 

 

STARR RANCH GROWERS: Dan Davis, director of business development for Wenatchee, Wash.-based Starr Ranch Growers, says there are promotional opportunities this year for small organic gala apples. The company offers a new multi-material bag that reduces plastic use by 25% and works well with organic fruit displays, he says.

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Tom Karst

ANAHEIM, Calif.   — The Packer's Tom Karst gathered these briefs and pictures at the Produce Marketing Association's 2019 Fresh Summit.

 

 

BOSKOVICH FARMS: Bridget Boskovich, marketing department representative for Boskovich Farms, Oxnard, Calif., says the company’s compostable packaging option decomposes in 60 days. The plastic wrap around the pack is corn-based and decomposes in about 50 days, she says. The new pack, offered in a variety of sizes, is available for prepared salads and commodity items and will be introduced in January.

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