Doug OhlemeierPioneer Growers Co-opPIONEER GROWERS CO-OP: Jon Browder, sales manager for Belle Glade, Fla.-based Pioneer Growers Co-op, displays a new sweet corn pack, which the company plans to begin shipping Dec. 1. The resealable tote pouch holds 12 mini cobs per pouch. Browder says the bags aren’t typically used for corn. Pioneer is developing a five-count pack and also offers four and eight ears per bag.
PERO: Pero Family Farms is donating $33,500 to breast cancer research. The Delray Beach, Fla.-based grower-shipper presented the contribution to Frisco, Texas-based National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., during the expo. Pero is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) and plans to label more than 1 million packages of vegetables about the campaign. Pero was introduced to the Pink Ribbon Produce fundraising and education effort that supports research and prevention efforts through Meijer Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Doug OhlemeierC.L. Henderson Produce CoHENDERSON PRODUCE: Allan Henderson (left), chief executive officer for C.L. Henderson Produce Co., and Christopher Henderson, vice president of marketing and sales, display Little Cruncher 3-pound resealable zipper bags. Released in mid-October, the packaging trumpets “bite-sized and right-sized” fresh apples for the 10-12 medium apples in each bag. The Hendersonville, N.C., grower-shipper is introducing apple pie tray packs with six cooking apples. The overwraps of granny smith and red rome apples include pie recipes.
BLACK GOLD FARMS: Grand Forks, N.D.-based Black Gold Farms won a PMA Impact Award for its value-added potatoes that include McCormick seasoning packs. The clamshell containers, each with a handle, are available in three flavors: Italian Herbs, Toasted Onion and Garlic, and Roasted Garlic and Rosemary.
Dan GalbraithBolthouse Farms IncBOLTHOUSE FARMS: Bolthouse Farms Inc. hopes to find more widespread, national success for the Baby Carrot Shakedowns it tested in limited markets last year. Shakedowns, which retail for about 99 cents and are 25 calories, come with compartments for seasonings such as ranch and chili lime, and 2.25 ounces of baby carrots. “This is a completely new type of carrot product,” says Suzanne Ginestro, vice president of marketing for Bakersfield, Calif.-based Bolthouse Farms. “It’s something we’re excited about and wanted to get into a few markets first to be sure we launch it right.” Shakedowns were introduced at Wal-Marts and a few other retailers in late 2012.