12-Lipman Family Farms WEB
Amy Sowder

LIPMAN FAMILY FARMS: Immokalee, Fla.-based Lipman Family Farms introduced its proprietary seed variety, Crimson, in April, says Shawna Dalrymple, brand manager. “We’re in full production right now,” she said. Jessica Press (from left), Dalrymple, Christina Hahn and Amy Holcomb worked the booth together.

10-Green Giant Fresh WEB
Amy Sowder

GREEN GIANT FRESH: In August, Green Giant Fresh will relaunch its Rancheros Bowl, adding tortilla chips, cheese and a new label, calling it a Sante Fe Veggie Bowl. “We’re revamping the entire line and then introducing four new flavors,” said Tristan Simpson (not pictured), senior vice president of sales and marketing. Nancy Bryner (left), sales, and Callie Whitney, associate marketing manager, also worked the booth.

13-Crosset WEB
Amy Sowder

CROSSET: Organic wholesale distributor Crosset helps clients such as Green Field Farms, a 90-member farmer cooperative in central western Ohio. Crosset hired its first dedicated marketing manager, Stephanie Smith. The company is changing its annual food show in Cincinnati, adding Jungle Jim’s to its retailer roster and a millennial panel will discuss what they want in produce on August 28. David Miller (from left) and Barbara Miller of Green Field shared the booth with Matt Girbin and Kurkjian of Crosset.

14-Multivac WEB
Amy Sowder

MULTIVAC: Cem Yildirim, national sales manager for produce at Multivac, says his company’s thermoformer joins with Yamato’s multi-head weigher and depositor to make multi-component snack packs with thin film-sealed tops. “The two together, now you’ve got an automatic packing line without any labor: Tada!” Yildirim said.

15-North Bay Produce WEB
Amy Sowder

NORTH BAY PRODUCE: Sharon Robb, national marketing manager for Trevor City, Mich.-based North Bay Produce, says the company launched its cookbook in October and has the recipes on its website too. She made brioche bread pudding with bourbon sauce and a blueberry compote from the cookbook. Michigan blueberries will start by July 1, she said.

16-WisconsinPotatoGrowers-Bushmans WEB
Amy Sowder

WISCONSIN POTATO AND VEGETABLE GROWERS ASSOCIATION: The association is planning a chef competition, by pairing a chef from the Lake Geneva, Madison, Milwaukee area with a member grower to cook a potato-centric dish at the Elkhorn Ribfest on July 12. Brian Lee (from left), sales and marketing for Plover, Wis.-based Okray Family Farms, Dana Rady, director of promotions for the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association, and Michael Gatz, director of development at Rosholt, Wis.-based Bushmans’ Inc. shared the booth.

17-MerieuxNutriSciences WEB
Amy Sowder

MERIEUX NUTRISCIENCES: Tracie Sheehan, vice president of technical services at Mérieux NutriSciences, Chicago, says she loved her current company’s Enviromap so much she used it at her prior company. “It has a layout on your plant of what tests positive for bacteria. It links to our lab data, and it gives you a dashboard, which is especially great if you’re a company with 25 plants. It gives you patterns and trends,” Sheehan said.

18-Potandon WEB
Amy Sowder

POTANDON PRODUCE: Idaho Falls, Idaho-based Potandon Produce created the proprietary Klondike seed variety of the red and yellow thin-skinned, creamy small potatoes used in the One-Step-Done Green Giant Fresh bags. The bags, also called Zip-Pop bags, are created by Schur, a 2019 Produce Innovation Award finalist for packaging. There are five flavors in these bags that release shelf-stable, anhydrous butter spice pops onto the potatoes halfway through the 6-minute microwave-cooking time. The packs are low-sodium, lactose-free with “a very healthy nutrition panel,” said Glen Reynolds (center), vice president of sales and business development, who manned the booth with Blake Hansen (left), sales, and Steve Ottum (right), president.

19-Topline WEB
Amy Sowder

TOPLINE: Leamington, Ontario-based Topline is offering San Marzano roma tomatoes at higher-end stores in Canada, and the company is working up to a weekly availability of 2,000 to 3,000 cases. The company has also updated its packaging logo and colors.

20-FiveStarGourmetFoods WEB
Amy Sowder

FIVESTAR GOURMET FOODS: At the expo entrance, Michelle Eoff, executive vice president, and a chef make samples from the company’s fresh produce. Ontario, Canada-based FiveStar Gourmet Foods, which provided fresh food for TV’s “The Biggest Loser,” offers Simply Fresh Salads, MiniMeals2Go, Simply Fresh Kitchen, Simply Fresh 4 Kids and an organic line.

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