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Tom Karst

The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these updates at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey, Calif. on July 27.

GREENFRUIT AVOCADOS: Kraig Loomis, sales and marketing manager for GreenFruit Avocados, Newport Beach, Calif., says the company’s two-count carton is a way for foodservice distributors to reduce waste and extend quality. The company showcased the 24-count one-layer outer box, which contains 12 small boxes inside, with each carton holding two size 48 hass avocados. Loomis says the packaging option is non-plastic and non-bagged, providing both retailers and foodservice operators with another sustainable option.

 

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Tom Karst

The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these updates at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey, Calif. on July 27.

 

COOL PACK: Anthony Toohey, account manager for Cool Pak, Oxnard, Calif., and Leonardo Lira, director of product development, say the company is offering alternatives to plastic rigid packaging in response to strong demand for plastic alternatives. Toohey says the primary materials the company is looking at are wood chip fibers and bamboo for consumer pack applications with berries, cucumbers, potatoes, and other commodities.
Topseal clamshell containers have been an emerging trend, but Toohey says topseal closures will eventually be used with fiber containers. While the cost of fiber containers can be twice as expensive or more than rigid plastic containers, Toohey says increasing volume of compostable packaging will make it more price competitive with plastic.

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Tom Karst

The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these updates at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey, Calif. on July 27.

 

NONPAREIL: Stephen Abend, chief of operations for Nonpareil, Blackfoot, Idaho, says the company has brought back its original Idaho Potato Packer label, which existed before the company acquired the Nonpareil label from J.M. McCauley and Sons in the 1950s. The Idaho Potato Packer brand is a secondary label to the Nonpareil label for both retail and foodservice markets. While other potato marketers have begun to market smaller potatoes of various varieties, Abend says the firm remains focused on the russet potato. 
 

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Tom Karst

The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these updates at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey, Calif. on July 27.

 

ENZA ZADEN: Kees Rodenburg, sales representative for Enza Zaden USA, Salinas, Calif., and Jean-Francois Thomin, marketing manager for U.S. and Canada at Enza Zaden, say the company is gearing part of its vegetable seed variety development to be optimized for indoor and greenhouse environments. With consumer trends favoring local produce and less food miles, Enza Zaden believes retailers will be looking for increasing supply from indoor and greenhouse operations close to metropolitan centers.

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Tom Karst

The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these updates at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey, Calif. on July 27.

 

MONTEREY MUSHROOMS: Mike O’Brien, vice president of sales and marketing for Monterey Mushrooms, Watsonville, Calif., says the company is introducing a new 40-ounce bag of sliced mushrooms that gives foodservice operators two days longer shelf life. O’Brien says the perforated, single-use bag creates an ideal environment for mushrooms to respire and retain freshness. The 40-ounce bags are packed four to a 2.5-pound carton and will replace the 10-pound bulk box. The new bag will be rolled out to California customers first and distribution will expand after that, he says.
 

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Tom Karst

The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these updates at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey, Calif. on July 27.

 

GLORIANN FARMS: Katie Veenstra, director of marketing for GloriAnn Farms, Tracy, Calif., says the firm serves two big national foodservice accounts with sweet corn and is looking to expand their business. The company offers an eight-pack, cleaned and cut pack with five-inch cobs. In addition, GloriAnn offers a 48-count iceless carton of sweet corn and a 20-count premium carton of single cobs that have been cleaned.
 

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Tom Karst

The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these updates at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey, Calif. on July 27.

 

MELON1:  Brandi John, sales representative for Melon1, Dean Liere, regional portfolio manager for watermelon in North America and Latin America for Syngenta and Melon-1, with Chef Joseph Poon. John says the Crisp Delight watermelon variety offered by Melon1 offers improved yield and reduced post-processing liquid loss. The variety was developed to meet demand from the fresh-cut operators for a firmer watermelon and tests show up to a twofold increase in flesh firmness compared with standard seedless varieties.

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