BOLTHOUSE
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor April 3-4 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo.

BOLTHOUSE: Cristina Di Lelsi, Montreal field sales manager for Bakersfield, Calif.-based Bolthouse Farms, introduced single-serve 450 mL smoothies and protein shakes made with coconut water and sweetened with monk fruit to lower the sugar content. Smoothie flavors include strawberry/banana, while the chocolate and vanilla shakes each contain 16 grams of protein from whey powder.

AROMA ONE
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor April 3-4 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo.

AROMA ONE: Justin Magher, sales and development manager for Miami-based Aroma One Organics, was at CPMA promoting four tubes of fresh chili with a two-year shelf life. Flavors are harissa, green jalapeno, three-alarm Caribbean Reaper and yellow habanero. The company also sells tubes of fresh herb pastes made in France. 

ARCTIC APPLE
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor April 3-4 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo.

ARCTIC APPLE: Industrial relations manager Jessica Brady (left) and Jeanette Hertzler, sales manager of Summerland, B.C-based Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., show off single-serve packages of fresh and dried slices of genetically engineered Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny varieties. The crunchy dried slices, sold under the Apbitz label, are available in 1- and 3-ounce packages. The slices are now in the U.S. and will be available in 2020 in Canada.

CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor April 3-4 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo.

CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES: April marks the start of the California Strawberry Commission’s second annual Get Snacking Challenge, says senior vice president Chris Christian. The Watsonville-based commission invites consumers to send recipes for strawberry snacks through August for a chance to win. “Our consumer call to action generated a lot of excitement last year,” says Christian. Each recipe must have six or fewer ingredients.

CASCADES
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor April 3-4 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo.

CASCADES: The Northbox, a cardboard box lined with an insulating layer of recyclable silver paper, has become popular with meal kit companies including Goodfood and Hello Fresh and cold-pressed juice companies, says Alexis Tremblay-Cloutier, sales representative for St. Bruno, Quebec-based Cascades. The box gives companies that sell direct to consumers a cheaper, lighter box that keeps items cool yet is strong enough to hold gel packs for longer storage.

BONDUELLE
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor April 3-4 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo.

BONDUELLE: Duncan Love, vice president of sales for Bonduelle Fresh America, Irwindale, Calif., says the company launched five ready-to-eat Fresh Picked salad kits for the Canadian market. The kits, with shrink-wrapped top, include salad, condiments, dressing and a fork. Love says the most popular is the Chicken Caesar with cheese and bacon, followed by the Santa Fe with chicken. The salads will be produced in New Jersey.

CALGIANT
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor April 3-4 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo.

CAL GIANT: Marketing coordinator Morgan Maitoza (left) and retail sales account manager Helena Beckett of Watsonville-based California Giant Berry Farms are excited about the company’s second annual culinary competition June 23-25 at the Tehama Golf Club in Monterey, Calif. Chefs and foodservice partners will prepare a berry entrée or dessert to win. Beckett says the contest demonstrates innovation and builds partnerships with chefs. 

CLASSIC SALADS
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor April 3-4 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo.

CLASSIC SALADS: Sales managers Michael Marotta and Brooke Cain of Watsonville, Calif.-based Classic Salads LLC brought three new organic blends to CPMA, including a Kale Fusion with baby spinach and arugula and a Nordic blend of sweet crisp lettuces from hybrid seeds that are hardier than the traditional spring mix. 

COUNTRY FRESH
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor April 3-4 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo.

COUNTRY FRESH: Savory Wild Portabella Jerky has been a “huge hit” in the seven months it’s been in Canada, says Laura Matar, president of Country Fresh Marketing Co., which was purchased by Giorgio Mushrooms, Toughkenamon, Pa., in January. Plant-based flavors include Sweet Balsamic and Golden Fig and Sesame Ginger and Korean Chili. Country Fresh has also introduced Blendabella, jars of chopped diced vegetables and herbs. Zesty Mexican and Rustic Italian are popular and “incredibly versatile,” says regional sales manager Kirk Wilson.

DOMEX
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor April 3-4 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo.

DOMEX SUPERFRESH: Paul Newstead, director of customer business development, says Yakima, Wash.-based Domex Superfresh Growers is pleased with sales of its conventional and organic Autumn Glory apples, available October to April, and is looking forward to cherry season in June. A partnership with Norris Blueberry Farms in Umpqua, Ore., gives Domex an early start on the blueberry season, from mid-June to early October. 

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