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Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

PURE FLAVOR: Pure Hothouse Foods, Leamington, Ontario, offers two new Pure Flavor brand kits, salsa and guacamole, says chief marketing officer Chris Veillon. Each comes in 1 1½–pound retail and 4-pound club packs, and contains all the fresh ingredients to make salsa or guacamole, including onions, tomatoes, peppers and avocados. Veillon says the company is altering its greenhouse vegetable snacking program to pack in top-seal containers rather than clamshells, to reduce labor and packaging waste. 

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

DOUBLE DIAMOND: Graham Hamilton, in marketing with Double Diamond Farms, Kingsville, Ontario, says the company added to its kids line with Panda Peppers, mini sweet peppers, and Gecko Grapes grape tomatoes, both in about 8-ounce sizes for convenience. 

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

SUN BELLE: Janice Honigberg, president of Sun Belle, Schiller Park, Ill., says the company has expanded to year-round supplies of several items. Among them are blueberries, strawberries and golden berries. She says Sun Belle has also expanded its organic program, Green Belle, to 15% to 20% of overall sales. And she says the company opened an 80,000-square-foot warehouse in the Miami area in February, which takes in truck, air and boat shipments, as well as third-party handling.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

Glenn Walls (from left) with Apio, Guadalupe, Calif., visits with Reade Sievert and Tim Graas of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, Kan.

 

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

SUNSET: Mastronardi Produce, Kingsville, Ontario, now has commercial volume of its Sunset brand Aloha peppers, which are a half red, half yellow variety. Director of sales Dean Taylor says the peppers are grown in the company’s Coldwater, Mich., greenhouse. “When cooked, they don’t lose their color,” he says, so they’re very popular at retail and foodservice. Sunset also offers year-round supplies of shishito peppers in 1-pound and 8-ounce bags.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

RENAISSANCE: Renaissance Food Group, Rancho Cordova, Calif., has several new items in its Garden Highway line of fresh-cut produce products, says James Naaman, senior vice president of national sales. Its fiesta fruit salad comes in an 18-ounce clamshell and contains fresh-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumber, orange, mango, jicama and a chili spice packet. The company also has new fresh-cut bruschetta; pineapple, jicama and cucumber salsa and expanded vegetable noodle products, he says.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

WONDERFUL CITRUS: Diana Salsa, director of marketing for Wonderful Citrus, Delano, Calif., said the November-to-May Halos citrus season set sales records, and the company projects a bigger crop for the next season. She said the “grove of goodness” promotions will likely continue with the in-store signage next season.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

World Cup matches on TV made the Mexico pavilion a popular spot on the expo floor.

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Greg Johnson

Editor Greg Johnson collected these news items June 26-27 from the expo floor at the United Fresh Produce Association's show in Chicago.

NATURIPE: Naturipe Farms LLC, Salinas, Calif., has a new fresh-cut, ready-to-eat snacking line, which will be available in August, says Jill Overdorf (left), director of business development. In the line of 5-ounce cups, shaped to fit in a cup holder, are: strawberries; strawberries and blueberries; apples and blueberries; grapes and blueberries; and apples, grapes and blueberries. Marketing coordinator Jaqueline Padilla also displayed the items.  

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