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SCHUR: Tom Muller (left) and Tracy Gilmore of Schur explain their new zip-pop packaging, a 2019 Produce Innovation Award finalist. The vegetables cook separately from the spice puck, which sits at the top of the bag in the microwave until the bag puffs up and the zip pops open. Then the spice pack falls and covers the vegetables in spice for the remaining cook time. “You don’t have to do anything: Just microwave,” Muller said.

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SFL COMPANIES: Auburn Hills, Mich.-based SFL Cos. does freight brokerage, supply chain management and other services even better since a partnership with transportation management company Turvo provided a real-time app to track shipments by syncing with the driver’s GPS and using photos at start and finish, says Royce Neubauer (far right), president and CEO. He worked the booth with colleagues Angelo Giannosa (from left), Holly Brozowski and Sydney Yoscovits. 

 

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DEL MONTE FRESH PRODUCE: Dennis Christou (from left), vice president of marketing, and Danny Dumas, senior vice president of North America, share about Del Monte Fresh Produce’s film-sealed fruit cups available in Canada and coming to the U.S. The company received the 2019 Produce Innovation Award for Best New Packaging. “It’s to address consumer needs for portability and allows us to reduce plastics,” Christou said.

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MANN PACKING: Salinas, Calif.-based Mann Packing Co. introduced Denver Scramble and Fiesta Scramble Breakfast Nourish Bowls to retailers in January. “In the short time they’ve been available, they’ve been two of our best-selling SKUs,” said Loree Dowse (left), director of marketing, who chatted with Jeff Hutterer, regional business manager.

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AFFY TAPPLE: Niles, Ill.-based Affy Tapple created a year-round program this year for caramel-covered apples with holiday and seasonal labels, plus holiday-themed colored toppings, according to holiday, say Jim Barker (left), senior vice president of sales and marketing, and Beth Hrycaj, director of marketing. Also, gourmet caramel chocolate apple offerings started on Valentine’s Day 2019. The nine-count party packs are new as well.

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NATIERRA: Los Angeles-based Natierra introduced in February a new premium line of non-GMO, single-ingredient dried fruit. “For every bag sold in this line, we donate a meal to a child in Haiti,” said Linda Scimeca (right), central regional sales manager, who talked about the products with Jennifer Brown (left), East Coast sales director. “It’s single ingredient. It’s just fruit.”

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RAW WRAPS: Brandy Chappell, founder of Plantation, Fla.-based Raw Wraps, was nominated for an Innovation Award for the kale taco product, which should be available on the market in mid to late June. “I’m a holistic nurse practitioner, and I created it for people with food allergies, which includes myself,” Chappell said. 

 

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NATURESWEET TOMATOES: San Antonio-based NatureSweet Tomatoes created its sweetest tomato yet: The Comet. It’s orange and rolling out in stores by mid-June and should be fully national by late July. “We’ve been growing it one and a half to two years, and it’s been doing extremely well in consumer tests,” said Summer Jones (left), an account executive who worked the booth with J. Michael Joergensen, vice president of category growth. 

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