Best New Vegetable Product Finalists

Check out the video for photos of the new products.(Photos courtesy United Fresh)

Fourteen products have been selected as finalists for the Best New Vegetable Product award from the United Fresh Produce Association.

The items include new varieties, new flavors and new technology. Which ones most interest you?

Here are the company’s descriptions of their new items.

Apeel Asparagus

Apeel Sciences – Booth #12031

“Apeel extends the lifespan of asparagus by slowing the rate of water loss, bringing a new wave of benefits to growers, packers, distributors, and retailers in the category,” the company wrote. “With Apeel, asparagus that is normally shipped via air freight can now be shipped via sea freight – even without controlled atmosphere.”

BrightFarms Happy Beet

BrightFarms – Booth #6005

“They are called beet greens, and they are delightfully sweet and juicy at baby size,” the company wrote. “Beet greens are one of the healthiest greens – packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. BrightFarms Happy Beet mixes beet greens with sweet baby spinach for a delicate balance of flavor and nutrition.”

Cece's Veggie Co. Organic Butternut Shells & Cheese

Cece’s Veggie Co. – Booth #10015

Cece's Butternut Shells & Cheese offers 100% organic, fresh-cut butternut squash paired with an organic cheese sauce packet for a heat-and-eat meal ready in minutes,” the company wrote. “Delivering a full serving of veggie nutrition in every bowl, this is a game-changer for busy families looking for healthy, organic and delicious meal solutions.”

Dole Bountiful Kits

Dole – Booth #8000

“Dole Bountiful Kits introduces a more satiating salad that delivers the fresh ingredient experience of grains and vegetables currently only available at a deli counter or restaurant,” the company wrote. “Features plant-based proteins in a Dole Bountiful Blend Fresh Pouch. Four flavors include: Sweet Thai, Lentil Cucumber, Fiesta Ranch and Triple Quinoa.”

Garden Highway Chef Essentials Fresh Slaws

Renaissance Food Group – Booth #8040

“Garden Highway Chef Essentials Fresh Slaws provide a fresh, convenient solution for consumers, while presenting the produce industry with an innovative new product line,” the company wrote. “Recognizing a consumer demand for healthy convenience, our chef team created a lineup of Fresh Slaw products highlighting the current Southwestern flavor trend.”

LivingCube Microgreens: Basil

Del Fresco Produce Ltd.– Booth #12027

“With 12 times the nutrients of mature leaves, LivingCube microgreens are a small way you can add health benefits to food,” the company wrote. “We offer varieties and customized packaging combinations. Our packaging comes in two sizes (50g, 100g) making them easy to buy, store and use. No need to chop, just sprinkle.”

Nourish Bowls Breakfast

Mann Packing – Booth #2000

“Mann Packing has added two new flavors to its award-winning Nourish Bowls product line, this time tackling the most important meal of the day,” the company wrote. “Nourish Bowls Breakfast Denver Scramble and Fiesta Scramble are chock-full of fresh vegetables and flavor, and high in protein with the addition of 1-2 eggs.”

Plant Based Dips

Good Foods Group – Booth #6029

“Good Foods developed a cold-pressure plant-based dip product line for consumers striving to find better-for-you foods that are vegan, low-calorie, low-carb, no-sugar-added, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly… all with clean simple natural ingredients and no preservatives,” the company wrote.

Raw Wraps Kale Tacos

Green Leaf Foods – Booth #3044

“Kale tacos blend together kale, apples, onion, celery to create a dehydrated bread that is soft, pliable and flexible, ready to eat, shelf-stable for one year, preservative-free, non-GMO verified, grain-free, paleo, vegan, raw, keto and only 25 calories with very low sodium,” the company wrote.

Ready Pac Foods Fresh Picked Protein Snacks

Bonduelle Fresh Americas – Booth #12006

The company described this product as a "power-packed snack with vanilla Greek yogurt, sweet red grapes, crisp apple slices, Monterey jack cheese and crunchy trail mix made with banana chips, cashews, raisins and almonds."

Southwestern Tortilla Vegetable Meal Bowl, Korean BBQ Vegetable Meal Bowl

Growers Express – Booth #5015

“Perfect for the time-starved consumer, Green Giant Fresh Vegetable Meal Bowls are satisfying as packaged or customizable,” the company wrote. “Each plant-based bowl is made with the company’s first-to-market Cauliflower Crumbles or Vegetable Noodles and paired with flavorful sauces. Two new flavors are coming soon – Korean BBQ and Southwestern Tortilla.”

Sugar Bombs

Mastronardi Produce Ltd. – Booth #10040

“Following the fame of Sunset Flavor Bombs, these bright red grape tomatoes are taking their turn in the spotlight,” the company wrote. “Ripened and packed on the vine for optimal flavor and freshness, these beauties rock the flavor charts with their sweet taste, pleasant aroma and crunchy texture.”

Sweetpops Tomatoes

Red Sun Farms – Booth #10011

“This bite-sized tomato will release an explosion of juicy flavor that you just can’t stop snacking on,” the company wrote. “The intense flavor is best enjoyed as a snack but will deliver a sweet tomato pop to any recipe.”

Taylor Farms Avocado Ranch Chopped Salad Kit

Taylor Farms, Inc.– Booth #4031

“Our clean Taylor Farms Avocado Ranch Chopped Salad Kit is free from artificial preservatives, colors and flavors,” the company wrote. “Delicious bright veggies including romaine, cabbage, carrots, cilantro and green onion come together in this mouthwatering salad. Complete this meal with our creamy avocado ranch dressing, crispy corn and taco seasoned cheese.”


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