Pete's Living Greens
Ashley Nickle

MONTEREY, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items July 27 on the show floor of the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo.

 

PETE’S LIVING GREENS: Kyle Griffith, sales manager for Carpinteria, Calif.-based Pete’s Living Greens, talks with booth visitors about a newer item from the company, a 24-count of butter lettuce varieties. Shipping the heads with roots off allows for a higher-volume pack that still provides considerable shelf life.

Limoneira
Ashley Nickle

MONTEREY, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items July 27 on the show floor of the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo.

LIMONEIRA: Stewart Lockwood, director of field operations for Santa Paula, Calif.-based Limoneira, shows off the new foodservice pack for the company’s pink lemons. Foodservice operators have mostly been using the specialty item in beverages and as a garnish, while some chefs have created recipes to include it.

Jica Foods
Ashley Nickle

MONTEREY, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items July 27 on the show floor of the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo.

JICA FOODS: Melissa Colella Wang, founder and CEO of Congers, N.Y.-based Jica Foods, visits with booth goers about the company’s jicama tortillas, which are already available in some retail locations. The company also makes jicama sticks and chips with various seasonings.

HMC Farms
Ashley Nickle

MONTEREY, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items July 27 on the show floor of the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo.

HMC: Steve Kenfield, vice president of value-added for Kingsburg, Calif.-based HMC Farms, talks with booth visitors about the company’s newest innovation, sliced grapes. HMC has been doing research to optimize the product for a couple of years and plans to do a couple of pilot projects with foodservice operators to understand all the dynamics of the product, Kenfield said. The sliced grapes drew considerable attention at the expo, he noted.
 

IMG_7619
Ashley Nickle

MONTEREY, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items July 27 on the show floor of the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo.

MELON 1: (From left) Rachel Syngo and Brandi John from Melon 1, Dean Liere from Syngenta Seeds, and chef Joseph Poon discuss with booth goers a firmer-flesh watermelon variety, the thick cell walls of which allow the fruit to be cut and still retain its moisture. Punta Gorda, Fla.-based Melon 1 offers the option year-round, with red and yellow fruit available.

Ippolito
Ashley Nickle

MONTEREY, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items July 27 on the show floor of the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo.

IPPOLITO: (From left) Dan Canales, Katie Harreld, Ron Mondo, Jon Kiley and Michele McNeece show off the company’s new cilantro pack. The product, which has been shipping for about four weeks, is cleaned, trimmed and ready to use right out of the bag. Salinas, Calif.-based Ippolito International will soon be adding curly parsley and Italian parsley to the new product line.

Grimmway
Ashley Nickle

MONTEREY, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items July 27 on the show floor of the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo.

GRIMMWAY: (From left) Julia Delgado, Maria Avina, Lisa McNeece and Jennifer Hurter visit with booth goers about the newest item from Bakersfield, Calif.-based Grimmway Farms. The company is launching an organic rainbow carrot chip. It can be used for steaming — the colors don’t bleed — as well as for dipping. Shipping of the new item was expected to begin within a week or so.

Gerawan
Ashley Nickle

MONTEREY, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items July 27 on the show floor of the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo.

GERAWAN: Fresh-cut fruit specialist Brittnie Hammack and technical services manager Denver Schutz discuss the newest offering from Gerawan Farming — fresh-cut peaches and nectarines. The Reedley, Calif.-based company has proprietary varieties of the fruit, and the modified-atmosphere packaging of the product and processing technique used are also proprietary. Gerawan expects commercial production of its peach and nectarine slices to begin next year.

Church Bros
Ashley Nickle

MONTEREY, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items July 27 on the show floor of the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo.

CHURCH BROTHERS.: James de Lorimier, commodity manager for Salinas, Calif.-based Church Brothers Farms, talks with booth visitors about three new products for the company. Church displayed its Tuscan Baby Romaine, Sweet Baby Broccoli and Sandwich-Ready Leaf. The Tuscan Baby Romaine will likely roll out in mid- to late August, while the Sandwich-Ready Leaf is expected to be ready for distribution in September, de Lorimier said.

Taylor Farms Foodservice
Ashley Nickle

MONTEREY, Calif. — Retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these news items July 27 on the show floor of the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo.

TAYLOR FARMS: Katia Arteaga, marketing coordinator for Salinas, Calif.-based Taylor Farms, shows off one of the latest products for the company, a cut and washed baby romaine. The item is heat-resistant and ideal as a burger topper, shell or for salad, Arteaga said. Taylor Farms also displayed a savoy blend of kale, romaine and savoy cabbage, and it showcased its vegetable noodles.

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