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LITTLE POTATO: Little Potato Co. is getting big. Shelley Henschel, marketing manager, says the Edmonton, Alberta-based company now offers a 3-pound pouch bag in all four packs: Little Charmers red, Dynamic Duo, Terrific Trio and Little Charmers gold.

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L&M: John Long, director of sales and operations for Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Cos. says volumes of Crimson Delight apples are picking up this season, and the company plans to offer them in a new pouch bag, as well as bulk. Crimson Delights, a hard winter apple that’s a cross of gala and Splendor, are designed to store until mid- to late November, and have a sweet, classic apple flavor.

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HLB: Yellow pitaya from Ecuador delivers a tastier eating experience than its pink dragonfruit cousins available in the U.S., says Samantha Barthel, retail specialist and Melissa Hartmann de Barros of HLB Specialties, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The company started importing the variety this fall, to great reception so far, Hartmann de Barros says.

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GROW FARMS: The Grow Farms family is growing, says Tommy Wilkins (left), director of sales for Grow Farms Texas. Mark Cassius is the new executive vice president and general manager of Ciruli Bros., Rio Rico, Ariz. Cassius says his role at Ciruli Bros. and Grow Farms is to help the companies put forth a cohesive message across the organization.

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FRESH GOURMET: HomeBrew pickling seasonings from Commerce, Calif.-based Fresh Gourmet make it easy for consumers to DIY their own pickles at home, says company representative Cynthia Aquino. Aquino says the packets allow consumers to pickle two cups of fresh vegetables, in a container they provide, in just a few days.

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FOWLER FARMS: Austin Fowler of Fowler Farms, Wolcott, N.Y., displays the company’s newest variety of cider, made from 100% SnapDragon apples. Fowler Farms has a full lineup of ciders from its premium apple category, Fowler says. 

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COOSEMANS: Lolo Mengel, owner of Coosemans DC Inc., says the company added a lineup of kits — plant based meals, teas, spices and salads — that help introduce consumers to the company’s ethnic and specialty offerings. “We also wanted to create a destination for stores to have meal solutions to help compete with subscription meal kits,” Mengel says.  
 

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BAYER CROP SCIENCE: Lyndon Johnson (from left), Travis Whitney and Grant Aiken display the new Sunions, the first “tearless” sweet storage onion, which made its debut at Fresh Summit. During storage, the onion decreases pungency, unlike most storage yellow onions. It will hit retail shelves once independent panels of tasting experts determine the flavor and “tearlessness” has reached optimum eating quality, likely this December, Johnson says. 

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ROBINSON FRESH: It’s a bouncing baby line of vegetables under the Green Giant Fresh brand from Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Robinson Fresh. Michael Castagnetto, director of global sourcing, introduced the line, which is launching with tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers, at Fresh Summit. The company also announced it is marketing Albert Bartlett potatoes in North America.

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