LAS VEGAS — Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider gathered the following news items May 11 at the Food Marketing Institute’s annual convention.

Chef in Black

Thanks to an appearance on ABC’s “The Shark Tank,” The Chef in Black president and founder Dorene Humason was able to launch a line of salad dressings and dip based on her passion for Asian cuisine.

The Folsom, Calif.-based company added bottled dressings in fat free and traditional in its Chinese Salad Dressing line in March. Humason said through trials at trade shows that her original seasoning packet makes a great dip.

To that end, she developed a booklet with 15 different ways to use the product to give shoppers ideas, available for retailers and consumers through her Web site www.chefinblack.com.

Corrigan Corp.

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Corrigan Corp. offers ozone sanitation capability.

Demand for ozone sanitization capability in misting systems prompted Corrigan Corp. of America, Gurnee, Ill., to add it to its lineup, said Larry Werner, sales manager.

Sustainability and green issues are in the forefront with many customers, Werner said. The company also offers ozone pumps and crisping systems.

“We’ve used ozone for the past five years or so in meat and seafood, but it has gotten very popular for produce in the past year or so,” he said.

Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee

The Parma, Idaho-based Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee has a new informational video about its growing region and Spanish sweet onions, said Candi Fitch, executive director.

The committee also added Scanlife 2D bar code capability, which allows consumers to use a smartphone to scan the bar code, which takes them directly to recipes from its Web site, www.bigonions.com.

Fitch said the committee plans to offer the bar codes to members for consumer packaging.

Spectrum Bags

The new line of bags from Cerritos, Calif.-based Spectrum Bags Inc. solves several common problems with bags in the produce department.

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New line of bags from Cerritos, Calif.-based Spectrum Bags

FreshPic bags come sealed in a pouch, and are easy to open, said Les Yager, executive vice president of sales and marketing.

“Bags open when they’re dispensed from the package,” Yager said. “This is one of the hardest things about produce bags — they’re so thin that they’re hard to open.”

FreshPic bags also have handles, eliminating the need for twist ties, and their pouch can be customized with up to eight colors.