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Ashley Nickle

Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Oct. 19-20 at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.

SCHMIEDING: Scott McDulin, vice president of marketing and retail sales for West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Schmieding Produce, displays one of the popular items in the company’s new tropicals line. Along with gold pineapple, the company will carry Hispanic staples including green plantains, red and white malanga, breadfruit, calabaza, sour oranges and more. 

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Ashley Nickle

Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Oct. 19-20 at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.

ROBINSON FRESH: Michael Castagnetto, vice president of global sourcing for Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Robinson Fresh, introduces the new Perfect Potato line from the company. Flavor pairings include Radiant Red potatoes with Zesto Pesto seasoning; Yummy Yellow potatoes with Steakhouse Sizzle seasoning; Perfect Pair red and yellow potatoes with Little Italy seasoning; and Marvelous Medley yellow, red and purple potatoes with Hawaiian Red Sea Salt seasoning. Also pictured is Jeff Stachelek, vice president of sales and marketing for Albert Bartlett, the grower of the potatoes in the packs.

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Ashley Nickle

Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Oct. 19-20 at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.

COOSEMANS D.C.: Bill Santoni, director of sales and partner in Coosemans D.C., talks about the new fresh tea kits available from the company. Coosemans D.C. is also offering more fresh-cut produce items in bags, which significantly reduce the amount of plastic used. Turmeric is one of the items now being offered in a bag, and the company is working on a bagged fresh-cut jackfruit option as well.

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Ashley Nickle

Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Oct. 19-20 at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.

SHENANDOAH: Nadine Williams, director of marketing for Rockingham, Va.-based Shenandoah Growers, talks about the new line of purees that debuts in January. There are nine items in the line, all organic. Shenandoah expects the purees to be merchandised next to the company’s fresh-cut items, along the wet wall in the produce department.

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Ashley Nickle

Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Oct. 19-20 at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.

CMI: Brand manager Rochelle Bohm, grower-owner Scott McDougall and vice president of marketing George Harter show off the new packaging for the Ambrosia apple. The new label will be Ambrosia Gold and will call out the product as “the gold standard of Ambrosia apples.” Wenatchee, Wash.-based CMI was also launching its new American Dream box, which retailers can buy for certain holidays and support military families.

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Ashley Nickle

Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Oct. 19-20 at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.

LIMONEIRA: Ian Smetona, sales representative for Santa Paula, Calif.-based Limoneira, shows off the new Lemon Trio pack, which has standard lemons, meyer lemons and pink lemons. The company was also featuring its holiday display bin and packaging, and it was talking with booth visitors about how this year will be its first to pack organic product, since Limoneira bought a packinghouse with an organic line this year.

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Ashley Nickle

Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Oct. 19-20 at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.

APIO: Jenny Stornetta, senior marketing communications manager for Guadalupe, Calif.-based Apio, holds up one of the company’s new salad kits. The Chopped and Crumbled line is an evolution of Apio’s superfood salads, with all the ingredients as bite-size pieces and a higher proportion of toppings to vegetables. The company also introduced its new Ready to Wok stir fry line, which has packages that include noodles.

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Ashley Nickle

Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Oct. 19-20 at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.

CHELAN FRESH: Kevin Stennes, organic sales manager for Chelan, Wash.-based Chelan Fresh, holds up the SugarBee apple that the company will be shipping in higher volumes this season. Chelan Fresh was sampling that apple along with several varieties still in development, including its red-flesh apples Lucy Rose and Lucy Glo. The company also showed off new pouch bags for its Rockit apples.

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Ashley Nickle

Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Oct. 19-20 at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.

DRISCOLL’S: Steve Trede, director of customer development for Watsonville, Calif.-based Driscoll’s, discusses the expansion of the company’s supply of proprietary variety blackberries. Driscoll’s was also showcasing new blueberry varieties and talking with booth visitors about developing a different marketing plan for strawberries next year to help growers recover after a season of particularly low prices.

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Ashley Nickle

Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Oct. 19-20 at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.

STEMILT: Director of marketing Roger Pepperl and communications manager Brianna Shales stand next to the new Easy Pallet Display from Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers. The company also talked with booth visitors about its new apple juice, which is 50% red-flesh apples, giving the juice a pink color. The juice also has a tangier flavor than standard apple juice.

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Ashley Nickle

Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Oct. 19-20 at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.

SAMBRAILO: Director of sales and marketing Juana Ramirez and quality engineer Tony Aguilar discuss the ReadyCycle product line available from Watsonville, Calif.-based Sambrailo Packaging. Anything that is typically packaged in a rigid clamshell can have a ReadyCycle alternative that is plastic-free, Ramirez said. Products for strawberries, tomatoes, snap peas and peppers are already in the market. ReadyCycle won a Best of Show award at the event.

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Ashley Nickle

Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items on the show floor Oct. 19-20 at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.

STAR GROUP: Dariel Trottier, president of Kelowna, British Columbia-based Consolidated Fruit Packers, and Jessica Wells, creative coordinator of parent company Star Group, discuss new brand Inspired. The label will be used on living lettuce, fresh-cut lettuce and on salads carried by the company. Flavor profiles for the new salads include Citrus Crush, Mango Sensation and Ambrosia Apple.

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