After a successful inaugural year, Youngstown Grape Distributors Inc., Reedley, Calif., is gearing up for its second season shipping pomegranate arils.

“Demand is very good, and we’ll have a constant supply,” said Mike Forrest, the company’s sales director. “There’s a nice crop size.”

Production began in late September, with volume shipments expected to ramp up in October with distribution nationwide and in Canada, Forrest said.

This season Younsgstown will pack its arils, the juicy, ruby-red seeds inside pomegranates, in 5.3-ounce and 8-ounce sealed bowls, Forrest said. The company also sells a club-pack sleeve featuring two of the 8-ounce bowls.

Based on the feedback Youngstown has received, consumers find many uses for arils, Forrest said.

“A lot of people eat them out of hand, they’re great on cereal and in salads, and they’re used in many different recipes,” he said.

Customers also love that they’re packed with fiber and antioxidants, Forrest said. Studies have shown that the tannins in arils help reduce the risk of heart disease and lower bad cholesterol levels.

Pomegranate aril deal begins for Youngstown Grape Distributors

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