NATUREFRESH
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

NATUREFRESH: Matt Quiring (right), retail sales account manager for Leamington-based NatureFresh Farms Inc., with procurement administrator Ryan Connor, launched the company’s greenhouse mini cucumbers in a fully-compostable package in Montreal. The package decomposes in 90 days and gives retailers a more sustainable package. NatureFresh also expects strong sales of its Tomz Tomberry tomatoes in a plastic bowl.

LIPMAN
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

LIPMAN: Acquiring Suntastic Hothouse Inc., Exeter, Ontario, and working with other field growers has allowed Immokalee, Fla.-based Lipman Family Farms to offer greenhouse vegetables, processed vegetables for foodservice, and to expand into organics, says brand manager Shawna Dalrymple. The company now produces proprietary Crimson tomatoes under glass and in the field. 

IDAHO POTATO
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

IDAHO POTATOES: The Idaho Potato Commission, Eagle, is sending its Big Idaho Potato truck to the Toronto Honda Indy July 12-14 on its first international tour, making several retail stops, says Kent Beesley, retail promotion director for West and Canada.

LITTLE POTATO CO
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

LITTLE POTATO: Christa Wagner (left), advertising and promotions director, and Janet Burton, vice president of sales for Edmonton-based The Little Potato Co., have launched three microwave and three roasting potato kits with seasonings in a custom-molded container. “It’s dinner in five minutes,” says Burton. In May, the Add a Little Sizzle to your Grill competition offers a $5,000 prize. The company has also added a window to its fingerling package to allows consumers to see the product, while blocking light to guard against greening. 

GWILLIMDALE FARMS
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

GWILLIMDALE FARMS: Quinton Woods, sales manager for Bradford, Ontario-based Gwillimdale Farms, says the farm’s year-round carrot and beet production is transitioning to Mexico, where the roots are grown and packed for Canadian and U.S. customers. Gwillimdale is expanding its 680 acres of potato production in New Liskeard, Northern Ontario, for a third year. Woods says new 5-pound black and white extruded poly bags keep out light while allowing consumers to view the potatoes — red, Yukon, white or mini white — inside. 

JERSEY FRESH
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

JERSEY FRESH: New Jersey is gearing up for asparagus and leafy green harvest in mid- to late April, with blueberries following in June, says Joe Atchison (left), coordinator of agricultural development for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Marketing director Tom Beaver (right), says Canada is the third-largest market for New Jersey products and he was at CPMA to make connections between growers and Canadian buyers.

HIGHLINE
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

HIGHLINE: The lamb-mushroom meatballs at the booth of Leamington, Ontario-based Highline Mushrooms were a show favorite. Marketing specialist Stephanie Myles promoted a new 8-ounce bag of washed, diced mushrooms along with top-sealed blends of mini bellas, shiitakes and oyster mushrooms with names like Pasta Perfect.

GREEN GIANT
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

GREEN GIANT: Steve Noll, Sandwich, Mass.-based regional sales manager of Green Giant Fresh, says the company is focusing on Eastern Canada with its microwavable range of bagged vegetables, from snap peas to chunks of butternut squash, processed in Maine. 

GIUMARRA
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

GIUMARRA: Gary Caloroso (left), regional business development director for Giumarra Cos., Los Angeles, says more volumes of sweet-tart Lemonade apples will be available from May to September from New Zealand. “We’ve been developing them for a long time,” he says. Vice president of marketing Mimi Corsaro (right) is promoting new early-season Sugar Drop green grapes, shipping from Mexico in early June and from California in early July, with its long berry and distinctive sweetness.

GOURMET GARDEN
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

GOURMET GARDEN: Celene Endler, senior marketing manager of Hunt Valley, Md.-based Gourmet Garden, introduced tubes of Chunky Garlic and Thai Seasoning to the Canadian market, along with small plastic bowls of “lightly dried” chives, which maintain their fresh taste and green color for a month in the fridge. The Thai paste blends lemongrass, ginger, coriander and chili allowing consumers to quickly create authentic Thai dishes.
 

FRESH DIRECT
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

FRESH DIRECT: Davis Yung, president of Vancouver-based Fresh Direct Produce Ltd., says the company is promoting 12-15 varieties of Asian greens, such as Yue Choy and Shanghai choy under the Simply Fresh Asian brand. Yung says the vegetables are packaged in sealed bags on an automated line and the graphics include Chinese characters, which retailers requested to attract Asian and non-Asian consumers. 

GENUINE GEORGIA
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

GENUINE GEORGIA: After selling peaches and pecans in bulk for five generations as a holiday item, Will McGehee and his famlly, Fort Valley, Ga., bought a shelling plant and cooked up flavors for their new Pecan Nation. The packages come in plain, roasted salted, maple crumble and cinnamon, with a gingerbread flavor due out for Christmas. The first production run is sold out, says McGehee, and the value-added packages should hit store shelves by late June. 

FOXY
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

FOXY ORGANIC: Salinas, Calif.-based The Nunes Co. Inc is again working with actress Brooke Shields, says Laura Hastie, communications and marketing co-ordinator. The campaign includes commercials and billboards in 19 markets, says Hastie, to promote the full line of Foxy organic and conventional vegetables. Tom Nunes, aka T5, became company president in January.

EARTHBOUND
Cynthia David

MONTREAL — The Packer contributor Cynthia David collected these items on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 2019 expo.

EARTHBOUND: Steve Roberts, Canada’s regional account manager for San Juan Bautista, Calif.-based Earthbound Farm, shows off new proprietary blends at CPMA based on baby red buttercup lettuce. The leaves are left to grow longer so they’re hardier, stay crisp longer and don’t wilt when dressed, says Roberts. Earthbound’s Southwest Asian Caesar and sweet kale blends are also catching on in Canada, he says, and a new Rosé blend of butter lettuces should be ready by late May. 

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