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Tom Karst

National editor Tom Karst collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

CMI ORCHARDS: Rainier cherries are in good supply and showing historically strong quality, says George Harter, vice president of marketing for CMI Orchards, pictured with Danelle Huber, marketing specialist. “Our growers are saying right now that the rainiers coming off the tree are the best they can remember,” he says. Harter says the company’s organic and high-flavor apple sales have been very strong.

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Tom Karst

National editor Tom Karst collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

VINCENT B. ZANINOVICH: Adding to its existing pouch bag look, Vincent B. Zaninovich & Sons is offering a clamshell option for its red and green Razzle Dazzle California grape pack, says Chance Kirk, retail and foodservice domestic marketing representative for the Richgrove, Calif., company. The company’s Coachella Valley grape volume was fading in late June, with supplies from the Central Valley vineyards expected to increase in early July and reach strong volume by July 8.

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Tom Karst

National editor Tom Karst collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

REDLINE: RedLine Solutions is making significant changes to its cloud-based software products to create easier functionality for clients, says Greg Emery, sales manager for the Santa Clara, Calif., company. In addition, RedLine is offering the new long-range TC8000 pallet tag imager/scanner that is lighter, better balanced and more affordable than its previous version.

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Tom Karst

National editor Tom Karst collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

CRUNCH PAK: Crunch Pak is adding to its popular Paw Patrol snack pack lineup, says Megan Wade, marketing and product development manager for the Cashmere, Wash.-based company, pictured with Jay Zimmerman, senior sales executive for the company. The Paw Patrol is a top-rated television show on the Nickelodeon network. Wade said the first two Paw Patrol branded Crunch Pak snack packs were launched in January, and another option will be unveiled in the fall. Crunch Pak also offers a larger Paw Patrol clamshell that includes five 2-ounce bags, she says.

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Tom Karst

National editor Tom Karst collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

CHELAN FRESH: Holding the firm’s Orondo Ruby variety, Mac Riggan (right), director of marketing for Chelan Fresh Marketing, Chelan, Wash., and Stewart Lang, senior category manager in Canada for Chelan Fresh, say consumers will see great cherry quality volume and quality from Washington in coming weeks. Retailers are just now starting to promote Washington cherries and will be eager to make up dollars lost by the short California cherry crop and will have ample opportunity with the high-quality Northwest crop, Riggan says. The firm also is exploring adding new packaging options for its Rockit apples, he says.

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Tom Karst

National editor Tom Karst collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

STEMILT: Stemilt Growers will harvest its proprietary Rave variety apple the last week of July or the first week of August, says Roger Pepperl, marketing director for Stemilt Growers, Wenatchee, Wash. Packing could begin about Aug. 5 and marketing may continue about four weeks, he says.
Stemilt is also promoting its big crop of Skylar Rae cherries and the company’s late season “Half Mile Closer to the Moon” cherries from the high-elevation Amigos Orchard. Pepperl says Stemilt will have a big social media program promoting the “moon” cherries, and Aug. 15 is designated as “Chant at the Moon Day.”

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Tom Karst

National editor Tom Karst collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

CALIFORNIA GIANT: Year-round raspberry supply is now available from Watsonville-based California Giant Berry Farms, says Cindy Jewell, vice president of marketing for the company.
“We’ve had the opportunity to talk a lot about our new raspberry program and the fact that now we’re a year-round raspberry grower for the first time,” she says. Year-round raspberries complement the company’s existing year-round volume of blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.

 

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Tom Karst

National editor Tom Karst collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

SUNKIST: Sunkist is offering a new two-pound pouch bag for limes, says Cassie Howard, manager of corporate category management for Sunkist Growers, Valencia, Calif.

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Tom Karst

National editor Tom Karst collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

GROWERS EXPRESS: Sales of Green Giant Fresh meal bowls are expanding, says Jennifer Dixon, vice president of marketing and category management for Growers Express LLC, Salinas, Calif. “We launched in February and the customer and consumer response has been fantastic,” she said. The two-serving bowls have a retail price point of about $4 and range in size from about seven ounces to 11 ounces. “We have a larger national retailer that’s going to be starting next month and by mid-July we should see good (national) distribution,” she says.

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Tom Karst

National editor Tom Karst collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

BAY BABY: Mount Vernon, Wash.-based Bay Baby Produce has moved into a new facility, says Michele Youngquist (right), owner of the company, pictured with Tyann Schlimmer of Bay Baby Produce.
“Last June we broke ground on a new facility on our way to United Fresh and this year when we were coming to United Fresh, we are actually moving in as we speak,” Youngquist says. The 55,000-square-foot facility represents a 20,000-square-foot expansion, with upgrades including an additional pumpkin and squash packing area, separate washing and grading area, and shipping and receiving docks.

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National editor Tom Karst collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

NATURE’S FREQUENCIES: Holding the 2018 Produce Innovation Award for Best New Food Safety Solution, RJ Hassler, president of Nature’s Frequencies, says the company’s patented Food Freshness Card is finding demand in the fresh produce supply chain. The hologram card can be placed on supermarket shelves and in walk-in cold storage to fight product loss, he says. The product, with three patents, is embedded with specific anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, he says.

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