ONTARIO ASPARAGUS FARMERS
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.

ONTARIO ASPARAGUS: New CPMA member Ontario Asparagus Farmers is awaiting the start of the 2019 crop, says director Peter Streef (left), with Anna de Sousa and grower-shipper Marc Wall of Sandy Shore Farms. The province now has 3,500 acres and distribution is expanding south to Texas and as far west as California, Streef says. Growers are also hoping to expand to Canada’s east coast. 

GREENFRUIT
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.

GREENFRUIT: Christine Connell, export sales manager for grower-shipper Greenfruit Avocados, Newport Beach, Calif., is shipping conventional avocados to Canada under the Greenleaf brand and organic fruit under Nature Grown. Business development director Dan Acevado says there are plenty of avocados in Mexico and production is getting back to normal.

MISSION
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.

MISSION: Oxnard, Calif.-based Mission Produce is rolling out its Ready! merchandising program. Marketing assistant Jenna Rose Lee says Mission avocado displays will have two different signs, fully-ripened Ready for Tonight and Ready in a Couple Days. Lee says distinguishing different stages of ripeness helps consumers choose the perfect avocado for their needs.

PORTIONS
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.

PORTIONS: A new vending machine filled with vegetable refrigerated snacks, soups and meals in glass jars is in nine locations in Montreal, says Sophie Briques. Items include ready-to-eat salads ($7-9), wraps, fruit, as well as microwavable meals including vegetable lasagna, all prepared in a Laval commissary of mainly local ingredients. Small amounts of protein are sold separately to add as desired. Locations include universities, hospitals and office buildings. Briques says selections are replaced daily and unsold items are donated to a food bank. 

RED BLOSSOM
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.

RED BLOSSOM: Grower-shipper Red Blossom of Los Olivos, Calif., currently shipping strawberries out of Santa Maria, is adding organic acreage this year, says marketing director Michelle Deleissegues. While wet weather has slowed production, she expects volumes to increase to normal levels soon, with the season running into July. 
 

PPC
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.

PPC: Clint Jenkins, account executive for Payson, Utah-based PPC Flexible Packaging, showed the company’s new category 5 recyclable pouches and new clamshells with resealable top seals that maintain a controlled atmosphere. Jenkins says the new materials also absorb moisture and wick it away from products such as cucumbers and zucchini noodles, while the specialty bags allow high-quality printing. 

SAGE
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.

SAGE: Ryan Easter, director of business development for Yakima, Wash.-based Sage Fruit Co., said it will offer more organic nectarines and peaches this summer from new partner Wapato, Wash.-based Pride Packing. Apricots should start in June.

TAYLOR FARMS
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.

TAYLOR FARMS: Amanda Knauff, business development manager for Canada, says Salinas, Calif.-based Taylor Farms is launching four new chopped salad kits in Canada including Tangerine Crunch, with an orange dressing, and Salsa Ranch and Steakhouse Wedge with a creamy blue cheese dressing. Knauff says chopped salads are growing by double digits in Canada.

SAVOURA
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.

SAVOURA: With a $32 million investment in its Mirabel greenhouses, Ste-Sophie-based Les Serres Sagami now grows 12 hectares of organic tomatoes under the Savoura Bio label, according to president Stephane Roy (right). The company sells in Quebec and the Eastern U.S. It also is producing greenhouse strawberries for a second year, says general manager Caroline Dalpe. 

SUMO
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.

SUMO CITRUS: Amanda Steele, chief marketing officer for Dinuba, Calif.-based Suntreat, says the Sumo citrus crop is finally big enough to warrant its first consumer public relations campaign. The sweet, plus-sized mandarin with bumpy skin and topknot is harvested in late December and shipped January through mid-April. Australian farms supplied North America for the first time last summer, says Rick Johnson, senior vice president of sales. He says the Sumo commands a premium price because it’s difficult to grow, hand-picked and tree-ripened with extra steps in between.  
 

TITAN FARMS
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.

TITAN FARMS: Daryl Johnston, vice president of sales and marketing for Ridge Spring, S.C.-based Titan Farms, is expecting a good peach crop after plenty of cold chill hours this winter. Titan handles Florida peaches from now until early May, with the South Carolina harvest expected to start around May 11, a week earlier than usual. Johnston says peaches sold in clamshells and bags appeal to millennials, not huge stonefruit users, because the graphics allow growers to highlight the fruit’s taste and story. 
 

VEG-PAK
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.

VEG-PAK: Toronto’s Veg-Pak Produce Co. Ltd. is packing more value-added produce under its Harvest Fresh brand, says vice president Dan Carlevale. New items include kohlrabi spirals in a fettuccine cut, a kale super blend, a medley of riced cauliflower and carrots, a riced stir-fry meal kit and a kale super blend. 

WISH FARMS
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.

WISH FARMS: Marketing project manager Nick Wishnatzki (left), vice president of sales James Peterson and sales associate Marcus Caswell from Plant City, Fla.-based Wish Farms were in Montreal to promote the second year of organic blueberries from the Misty Organics farm in Central Florida. The fruit, available late February to mid-May, is grown in pots under hoops and watered via drip irrigation.

TWIST-EASE
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.

TWIST-EASE: Jim Helseth (left), inventor of Minneapolis, Minn.-based Twist-ease twist ties, says his dispensers of 1,200 twist ties are now in 21,000 stores across North America, yet many stores in Eastern Canada still don’t know about them. The convenient ties can be pulled off one by one to keep store displays neat, says Dave Oman (right). They’re also popular in vineyards to tie vines to a trellis. Helseth says he’s now working on a compostable closure. 
 

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