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Packer staffers Pamela Riemenschneider, Chuck Robinson and Fred Wilkinson collected these news items Dec. 4 on the New York Produce Show exposition floor.
Chuck RobinsonAmco Produce AMCO PRODUCE: Amco Produce, Leamington, Ontario, has begun shipping baby bell peppers in 1- and 3-pound bags, report Guido Policella (left), sales manager, and Mitch Amicone, salesman. There are six peppers per pack, and supply is year-round.
APIO: Sweet Kale vegetable salad kit is new from Guadalupe, Calif.-based Apio Inc. Bob DeCosta, northeast regional sales manager, says the kits contains seven superfoods and no lettuce. The ingredient list includes broccoli slaw, brussels sprouts, chicory and green cabbage. It also has roasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and poppyseed dressing. It is available in 12-ounce and 28-ounce packs. Apio also showed off its Just the Veggies party trays, which have no dip or dressing, just mini sweet peppers (recently added), baby carrots, grape tomatoes, celery, broccoli and sugar snap peas.
BALDOR: Red walnuts are new at Baldor Specialty Foods Inc., New York, says Alan Butzbach, quality assurance and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points director. Baldor has the exclusive East Coast rights to market the nuts for six months, he says. They are a cross between Persian walnuts, which are red skinned, and English walnuts. The flavor is slightly milder than English walnuts, he says. They come in 5-pound bulk and 7-ounce punnets.
BOOTH RANCHES: Longtime orange grower-shipper Booth Ranches LLC is making its first venture into a mandarin deal. A 10-week deal of harvesting and marketing w. murcotts should start in late January and last into March, says Neil Galone, vice president of sales and marketing for the Orange Cove, Calif., company.
Chuck RobinsonB&W Quality Growers B&W: B&W Quality Growers Inc., Fellsmere, Fla. is marketing a specialty blend meant to be a component for salads instead of a salad mix, says Andy Brown, vice president of marketing. The idea is to encourage chefs to be creative in using the product. He says the company’s specialty blend No. 1 has watercress, baby arugula and pea tendrils. A group of chefs helped develop the product, and other blends are planned.
CALAVO GROWERS: A new pack of fresh, ripe avocado halves has a shelf life from the date of manufacture of 60 days, says Rick Joyal, northeast region sales manager for Santa Paula, Calif-based Calavo Growers Inc. The peeled and pitted hass avocado halves are vaccuum-packed in plastic. A paperboard box protects the product but has avocado-shaped holes for showing the avocado. No preservatives are used in the product. The 2- to 3-ounce packs are packed six to a case.