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Tom Karst

CHICAGO — Editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor June 11-12.

 

APEEL SCIENCES: Natalie Shuman (from left), director of trade and retail marketing for Apeel Sciences, Michelle Sisson, marketing manager, and Gordon Robertson, chief revenue officer, say the company is expanding the marketing of its shelf-life extending technology for fresh produce in the U.S. and in Europe. Apeel is already used on U.S. avocados, asparagus and limes, and the company also displayed treated organic apples and mandarins at the United Fresh expo.

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Tom Karst

CHICAGO — Editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor June 11-12.

 

SOSTENA: Timothy Colin, CEO of Sostena, Davis, Calif., and Misty Ysasi, director of marketing and communications for Frontera Produce, Edinburg, Texas, say the proprietary Golden Crush cantaloupe from Sostena is finding strong consumer acceptance. When the Israel-developed melon turns a shade of gold, the variety reliably has a brix content of 12 to 14, Colin says. Frontera expects to market about 500,000 cartons of the Golden Crush cantaloupe this year. Based on consumer response, Colin says the variety could eventually reach annual volume levels between 7 million and 10 million cartons. Additional honeydew and watermelon Crush branded varieties are anticipated by 2020, he says.
 

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Tom Karst

CHICAGO — Editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor June 11-12.

 

DEL FRESCO PURE: Ray Mastronardi, vice president of sales at Del Fresco Produce Kingsville, Ontario, says the company has a nearly year-round supply of its greenhouse Yes!Berries. The company has 17 acres of greenhouse strawberries, with just a little supply gap at the end of summer when replanting occurs.
The company also received a recent SCS Global Services certification of Yes!Berries as pesticide-free. Del Fresco Produce also is beginning to harvest pesticide-free product from its Living Cube indoor farms. The company has 14 Living Cubes, each of which are about the size of shipping container. By early June, baby butter lettuce was being harvested, with micro greens and other baby lettuces soon to begin. Full production is expected by July or August, Mastronardi says.

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Tom Karst

CHICAGO — Editor Tom Karst collected these news items on the expo floor June 11-12.

 

 

FIVESTAR GOURMET FOODS: Kate Brooks, vice president of sales for FiveStar Gourmet Foods Inc. says the company — which recently announced a strategic partnership with Church Brothers Farms, Salinas, Calif., — is launching several new product lines, including a deluxe salad line, a small snacking line and a petite salad line, she says. There are six flavors in the deluxe salad line, she says. The line includes in-house created salad dressings and has a retail price range of $4.99-5.99.
 

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