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VILLAGE FARMS: Helen Aquino, director of brand marketing and communications for Village Farms, Heathrow, Fla., displays the company’s newest tomato, the Lorabella Blossom, available in 10-ounce bags and clamshells. Village Farms also created a recipe booklet for Fresh Summit titled “We are Better for the Story,” in which the company collaborated with food bloggers and influencers to build a story of their experience, and the flavor profiles, of Village Farms’ lineup.

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SUPERFRESH GROWERS: Catherine Gipe-Stewart displays a pouch bag of Yakima, Wash.-based Domex Superfresh Growers’ Autumn Glory apples at the company’s booth. This season’s crop presents a lot of opportunities to promote and merchandise smaller fruit, particularly in pouches, Gipe-Stewart says, and Superfresh Growers continues to expand availability of its Autumn Glory variety.

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MASTRONARDI: The “You Make Me” line of pasta kits from Kingsville, Ontario-based Mastronardi Produce expanded to four varieties, displayed by Daniela Ferro, communications coordinator. Flavors are Fresh, a classic Italian; Hot, a spicy arrabbiata; Chill, a cold pasta salad; and Blush, a creamy parmesan. The company also introduced a limited edition football-shaped tomato clamshell that allows consumers to rinse and display, as well as the Aloha, a bicolor bell pepper.

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STAR PRODUCE: Rindi Bristol, senior director for Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Star Produce Group, displays the company’s new Inspired Greens, a living lettuce grown in southern Alberta, available in nine stock-keeping units, 52 weeks a year. Bristol says Star Produce combined five greenhouse technologies under one roof, with product grown in a pot to produce a dense, 7-ounce head of leaves with less waste. 

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SHENANDOAH GROWERS: Get ready for the That’s Tasty brand from Harrisonburg, Va.-based Shenandoah Growers. Nadine Williams, director of marketing, displays the company’s suite of products with the That’s Tasty logos, which she says will gradually replace the company’s existing regional brands. 

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SAMBRAILO: Juana Ramirez (left), director of sales and marketing for Watsonville, Calif.-based Sambrailo Packaging, and Sara Lozano, marketing manager, show off the company’s newest product, ReadyCycle, which launched earlier this year. ReadyCycle is a fully recyclable option to replace plastic clamshells. Lozano says the company’s been working on this solution for the past several years, and she’s seen good reception at the show, particularly from natural and organic retailers. The packaging is good for berries, tomatoes, bell peppers and more. 

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RIVERIDGE: Trish Taylor, saleswoman for Sparta, Mich.-based Riveridge Produce, shows off a freshly pressed half gallon from the company’s new cider operations, which opened in September. The new facility is capable of pressing 30,000 gallons a day. 

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NATURIPE: Salinas, Calif.-based Naturipe Farms launched a new look for snacks, says Jill Overdorf, director of business development and corporate chef. The company’s new 5-ounce snack packs come in five flavors and in a cup holder for on-the-go snacking, retailing for around $1.99. Naturipe’s berry trios have been rebranded as Bites, with a consistent look with the new snack packs and cups. The company also is piloting a new Blazeberry raspberry, a variety with yellow to orange and pink color variation.

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Pamela Riemenschneider

NATURAL DELIGHTS: Ready-to-eat single-serving snack packs are now available from Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers, Bard, Calif., says Erin Hanagan-Muths, director of marketing. Each pack contains two pitted dates, available in organic and conventional. 
 

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