Robert's Picks for PMA Fresh Summit 2017
- by Robert Schaulis
NEW ORLEANS, LA - My first PMA Fresh Summit is behind me, and it is a blur. From my first day as a bright-eyed junior reporter to my last—bleary-eyed and hunting for watermelon water—I was thoroughly impressed by the community, the events, and the veritable wellspring of innovative products; here are a few that stood out…
Pete’s Living Greens Endive and Escarole Living Strips
You would be hard-pressed to find a person that relishes endive and escarole as much as I do. Whether used raw to brighten up a salad, braised to a gentle sweetness, or simmering in a soup, these leafy greens speak to me. And with the latest additions to Pete’s Living Greens’ Living Strips line, perfectly displayed in the company’s innovative Home Harvest Pack™, we chicory lovers get a great look at the product and a chance to pick up the freshest greens possible. Kudos Pete! Tackle fennel next please!
SUNSET and Semillas Fitó, S.A. Monterosa Tomatoes
When I first got a look at the Monterosa, I almost gasped. I had to take a moment. These intensely-pink, ideally-striated tomatoes looked like something out of a storybook. Coming to North America for the first time through Mastronardi Produce’s latest strategic partnership and boasting a sweet taste, soft meat, and fine skin, Monterosa has all the attributes to turn shoppers’ heads and encourage consumers to fall in love with tomatoes—again.
Domex Superfresh Growers Organic 2 lb Pound Pouch Bags
Bringing bright graphics and convenience to the burgeoning organic apple category, the Superfresh team’s self-merchandizing pouch bags are easy to buy, and I am a sucker for that. To me, these portable, resealable, recyclable bags cry out, “pick me up, and you’ll have the appropriate amount of apples.” And I am a pushover for crying apples.
Braga Fresh Josie’s Organics Organic Power Mix
With an on-trend blend of organic veggies, the latest offering from the Josie’s Organics line has everything a busy shopper like myself needs to skip the prep and get straight to the fun part of nourishment—the eating! Featuring green cabbage, julienne-cut broccoli stalk, green kale, and julienne-cut rainbow carrots in a high-graphic 10 oz bag, Power Mix is a great way to add color to consumers’ plates and retailers’ produce displays.
SunFed Almost Famous Roma Tomatoes
Adding convenience and brand appeal to the growing imperfect produce movement, SunFed’s Almost Famous line of value-added fruits and veggies is proving that these tomatoes are anything but ugly. With Pop Art-inspired graphics and the same great flavor and texture as their Perfect Produce® cousins, these flavorful, fresh little guys are primed to celebrate the perfection in their imperfection.
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