EARTHBOUND ROUNDUP

(April 12) Coastal Salad Blend Natural Selection Foods, which produces the Earthbound Farm line of organic fruits and vegetables, introduces a new addition to its organic specialty salads.

Coastal Salad Blend features chopped romaine and radicchio, mixed with organic baby lettuces.

Available in 10-ounce bags, the blend is packed six to a case and 120 cases per pallet. Retail price ranges from $2.79 to $2.99.

Meanwhile, Snack-Size Organic Apples Natural Selection also expands its line of Healthy Snacks for Healthy People with a five-count sleeve of organic snack-size apples. The sleeve features the same packaging as other ready-to-eat snacks in the line for easy customer identification.

Packed 18 to a case and 120 cases per pallet, the sleeves retail for $1.99 to $2.49.

Contact Frank Hinchberger, director of sales, Natural Selection Foods, 1721 San Juan Highway, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045; phone: (831) 623-7880; e-mail: frank@nsfoods.com; Web: www.ebfarm.com.

CARIBBEAN GOLD GUAVA

Caribbean Gold introduces Thai guava. The fruit is grown in Florida with seeds from Thailand.

Unlike most guavas, Thai guava lacks the strong smell associated with the fruit. To prevent bruising, the guavas are grown on trees with plastic sleeves wrapped around them. The fruit is then shipped in these sleeves.

Thai guava is available in 20-pound boxes.

Contact Caribbean Gold Inc., 16804 S.W. 81st Court, Miami, FL 33157; phone: (305) 235-6011.

APPLE PACKAGING

Rainier Fruit Co. introduces gala apple bags that feature artwork, bold type identifying the variety and clear space through which to see the product.

The packaging is color-coded, which makes it easier for customers to identify the variety of apple they are looking for.

The company plans to expand the packaging to include granny smith, fuji and braeburn varieties.

Contact Rainier Fruit Co., 352 Harrison Road, Selah, WA 98942; phone: (509) 697-6131; Web: www.ranierfruit.com.

SPECIALTY LABELS

Mettler-Toledo introduces semicustom specialty labels. The labels feature a variety of themes, including holidays, and are a value-added addition for the Solo Wrapping systems and Mettler-Toledo scales.

The specialty labels offer inexpensive customization and allow retailers to market to local shoppers.

Contact Mettler-Toledo Inc., 1900 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240; phone: (800) 447-9206; e-mail: retailcust.sppt@mt.com; Web: www.mt.com/us.

LOW-CARBOHYDRATE SALAD DRESSING

Maple Grove Farms of Vermont introduces five low-carb salad dressings to its line of specialty dressings. The sugar-free dressings are sweetened with Splenda, a no-calorie sugar substitute made from real sugar. The dressings contain 1 net gram of carbs or less per serving.

The available varieties are Italian balsamic, raspberry vinaigrette, Dijon, bacon vinaigrette and balsamic vinaigrette.

Contact Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, 1052 Portland Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819; phone: (800) 525-2540 or (802) 748-5141.

RECIPE BOOKLET

Ready Pac Produce introduces the “Easy One-Dish Dinners” recipe and coupon booklet that will be inserted into the company’s European-style salads. The in-pack promotional booklets contain coupons for Ready Pac fresh-cut vegetables, fruit and salad and one-dish recipes for quick meal ideas that encourage the use of fresh-cut produce. The entire promotion will place more than 2.5 million coupons in the market.

Contact April Bracken, Ready Pac Produce, 4401 Foxdale Ave., Irwindale, CA 91706; phone: (800) 800-4088, ext. 9318; fax: (626) 856-0088; e-mail: abracken@readypac.net; Web: www.readypacproduce.com.

TRACK LIGHTING LINE

Amerlux Lighting Solutions unveils Aspect, its newest line of track lighting. The line features a choice of horizontal or vertical ballast housing configurations, which minimizes the profile while offering two distinct aesthetics.

All fixtures offer vertical aiming angle adjustment and locking, which maintains aiming position. Available in a wide range of lamp types and wattages, the line offers an array of beam spreads for task-specific lighting, including spot, narrow flood, flood, wide flood and linear.

Aspect is created with die-cast aluminum construction and can be custom-colored from a palette of more than 200 powder coat paint finishes.

Contact Amerlux Lighting Solutions, 23 Daniel Road East, Fairfield, NJ 07004; phone: (973) 882-5010; fax: (973) 882-8970; e-mail: mail@amerlux.com; Web: www.amerlux.com.