Pamela RiemenschneiderGrapple Fruits LLCNEW ORLEANS — The Packer staffers Dan Galbraith, Tom Karst, Pamela Riemenschneider, Doug Ohlemeier, Vicky Boyd and Coral Beach collected these news items on the expo floor at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit 2013 Oct. 19-20 at the Ernest Morial Convention Center.
GRAPPLE FRUITS: Todd Snyder, co-developer at Grapple Fruits LLC, shows a new packaging option for Grapples — the pouch bag. Pouch bags include three pieces of fruit, which equal a lower ring than other four-count options. They also include recipes for alternative uses for Grapples. The new pouches start shipping in mid-November.
MARIANI PACKING: Three new flavors joined the Mariani Packing Co. Inc. line of packaged snacks, said Miranda Ackerman, brand manager. The Vacaville, Calif.-based company’s Crunch line includes dried fruit and nuts packed in 5-ounce resealable pouches. Hawaiian Crunch features pineapples, banana chips, barbeque almonds papaya with lime, New England Crunch includes cinnamon apples, cranberries and honey roasted almonds and Sierra Crunch is a more traditional trail mix with cranberries, pineapple, almonds and yogurt chips, Ackerman said.
Pamela RiemenschneiderNaturipe Farms LLCNATURIPE FARMS: Kyla Garnett and Janis McIntosh show off Naturipe Farms LLC’s new microwaveable cranberry sauce kit. The 14-ounce kit includes everything needed to make traditional cranberry sauce in about four minutes in the microwave, Garnett says. The kit, a finalist for the Produce Marketing Association Impact Packaging Awards, is available in limited quantities this season, she says, but should go nationwide next year.
NORTH BAY PRODUCE: Nick Osmulski, sales manager at North Bay Produce, Traverse City, Mich., said the company plans to roll out a washed and ready-to-eat blueberry snack pack. The value-added pack features 1.5 ounces of blueberries in each pod, packed in three-count configurations priced around $2.99 to $3.99, depending on the channel. They’re designed to merchandise side-by-side in a display-ready box at retail, or could be adapted for school foodservice, convenience stores or vending machines.