Eight grower-shippers will vie for the Best New Fruit Product and Best New Vegetable Product awards at the United Fresh Produce Associationâs annual United Fresh 2010 convention April 20-23 in Las Vegas.
âNew and improved products stimulate the growth and profitability of our industry,â John Toner, vice president of convention and industry relations for the association, said in a news release. âThe awards honor the results of years of R&D and the foresight of companies in bringing new innovation to the marketplace.â
The finalists in the fruit category are:
Grab N Go Grape Tomato Bags, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, San Diego;
Del Monte Single Finger Banana, Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc., Miami;
Ready To Eat Mimi Candy Tomatoes, Mastronardi Produce/Sunset, Kingsville, Ontario;
Ready Snax Fresh Fruit Parfaits!, Ready Pac Produce Inc.; and
Dipping Chocolates, Tropical Nut & Fruit Inc., Orlando, Fla.
The best vegetable product finalists, according to the release, are:
Ready Pac Bistro Seasonal Salads, Ready Pac Produce Inc.;
Jade Asian Greens, San Miguel Produce Inc., Oxnard, Calif.; and
Simply Special Vegetable Sauces, USA Fresh LLC, Lucas, Ohio.
âOur goal is to drive innovation and adoption of new technologies to help boost value to the consumer and profitability to the industry,â Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president and chief executive officer, said in the release. âThe finalists for this yearâs new product awards provide a wide array of innovations for our industry and will offer a wealth of fresh ideas to everyone visiting the show.â
Attendees also will vote on categories for packaging, food safety solution, processing equipment and packing or packaging equipment.
The finalists in packaging are:
Fresh Express Artisanal Salads, Chiquita;
Renewable Wide-Flange Container and Lidding Film, Clear-Lam Packaging Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill.; and