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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.

ASTRA PEEL-A-TON: Jordan Gold, sales manager for Astra Peel-A-Ton Inc., Torrance, Calif., says the Japanese company offers a new pineapple peeling machine that is very fast, at 300 fruit per hour, and doesn’t create much waste. Gold said the machine follows the shape of the fruit rather than peeling in a straight line like other machines. The machine can peels pineapples, melons and mini watermelons. Gold said the next innovation from the company is expected to be a peeling machine for larger watermelon.  The company, in the U.S. for about three years,  also offers machines that can peel apples and smaller fruit, he said.
 

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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.

MASTRONARDI PRODUCE:  Julia Weber Shreve, marketing director for Mastronardi Produce Sunset brand, displays the firm’s new Honey Bomb golden cherry tomatoes on the vine and Kaboom! black jalapeños peppers. “(Honey Bombs) have a really great crunch and it’s super sweet; it is going to create some fans,” she says. The Kaboom! black jalapeños offer a striking appearance and full flavor. The company was also touting its Sweet Twister super sweet long peppers, which will begin shipping in January.

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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.

SOUTHWIND FARMS: Robert Tominaga, co-owner of Southwind Farms, Heyburn, Idaho and Kristen Trevino, chef for the company, say the company’s booth saw great traffic with its sampling of potato dishes at the booth. “We do a lot of business here,” Tominaga 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.

NORTH SHORE LIVING: Brittney Bubb, creative coordinator of North Shore Farm, Thermal, Calif. displays the company’s kale and spicy red hot living microgreen packs. Bubb says the microgreens have the roots attached in a sealed two-inch pot with a tear-away sleeve. The pack can but put in the refrigerator and used as needed. The spicy red hot blend includes arugula, mustard and red radish. Kale microgreens are popular ingredients in 
smoothies, Bubb says, as it the microgreen is tender and flavorful but not coarse and bitter.

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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.

SUNTREAT: Amanda Steele, chief marketing officer for Agriculture Capital, owner of Suntreat Packing, displays the Sumo citrus and new high graphic art for the variety. The Japanese-developed citrus, there known as a dekopon, will be available for shipment from California beginning in late December and will continue into January. Suntreat is the only first and only producer and packer of the variety in the U.S. The company also has a full line of citrus and grapes.

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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.

RPE: David Hager, account manager, RPE Produce, Blackfoot, Idaho, shows off the new “Nibbles” mesh pack of small potatoes marketed under the Tasteful Selections brand. The one-pound pack of mini-potatoes, grown near Bakersfield, Calif., received a strong reception at Fresh Summit, he says. “We’re kicking it off at the show and we’ve had great feedback on it,” he said.

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