The Garlic Co. continues its aggressive invasion of retail after 30 years of focusing only on foodservice and institutional customers.

The Garlic Co. to unveil peeled garlic pouches for retail

The Bakersfield, Calif.-based grower-shipper is about to launch a new line of peeled garlic — conventional and organic — in vacuum packed 3-ounce pouches, said Corinne Pettit, retail sales manager.

Making the new line unique is that each recyclable, resealable plastic pouch contains six individual half-ounce packages. The Garlic Co. calls them recipe ready, Pettit said.

“We found that half-ounce of garlic is a nearly perfect fit for most recipes,” she said.

All of the peeled garlic in the new line is California grown, and the vacuum-packed pouches provide unusually long shelf life, Pettit said.

Shipping is scheduled to begin in mid-October, but visitors to The Garlic Co.’s booth at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit 2010 Oct. 15-18 in Orlando, Fla., will get a sneak preview.