Those attending the United Fresh Produce Association’s upcoming show in New Orleans will have a record number of finalists to vote on for the association’s New Product Awards for 2011.

“These 34 products represent the forerunners in the effort to bring new approaches, ideas and processes to the fresh fruit and vegetable industry,” John Toner, United Fresh vice president of convention and industry relations, said in a news release.

The nominated products will be on display at the United Fresh membership booth on the show floor. Attendees can vote beginning May 2, with the balloting set to close at 2 p.m. on May 4. The winners will be announced about an hour after the votes are tabulated, according to the news release.

The show, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, is scheduled for May 2-4.

The finalists in the six categories for the 2011 New Product Awards:

Best New Packaging:

  • Clearly Fresh Bags, Apio Inc.
  • Eco Trays, Clifford Produce
  • E-Pack, Daumar Corp.
  • IFCO “6408N RPC” (RPC for berries), IFCO Systems
  • Fresh N Tasty produce pouch, Robbie
  • Mixim classic 5x5 6-ounce bushberry packaging system, Sambrailo Packaging

Best new food safety solution:

  • Arizona Leafy Greens Food Safety Training Kit, Arizona Leafy Green Marketing Agreement
  • EMD portable analysis system, BioSafe Systems
  • SmartWash, New Leaf Food Safety Solutions
  • XpressPDF Label — temperature monitoring, PakSense
  • FreshQC, VirtualOne Software

Best new processing equipment:

  • Primus Gemini — fresh berry sorter, Best Sorting
  • Onion Top & Tail — manual, Charlie’s Machine & Supply Inc.
  • OP-120, Onion Peeler — Dofra Foodtec
  • Tray Filling System, automatic rigid tray filling and lidding system, Heinzen Manufacturing
  • Tamajiro onion peeling machine, Nichimo International
  • PerfoTec fast respiration meter, PerfoTec BC
  • High Capacity Automatic Spin Dryer Mod. Nextra Large, Turatti SRL

Best new fruit product:

  • Chiquita Fruit+Juice Duos, Chiquita Brands North America
  • Crunch Pak With Disney, Crunch Pak
  • Four Pack Fresh Fruit Cups, Del Monte Fresh Produce, NA, Inc.
  • Zima Seriously Sweet Tomato, Mastronardi Produce/Sunset
  • Sun Drops Grape Tomatoes, Mucci Farms
  • Naturipe Berry Quick Blueberry Snacks, Naturipe Farms, LLC
  • Sunkist Premium Table Grapes, Sunkist Growers Inc.

Best new packing/packaging equipment:

  • ITM Information That Matters, Heat and Control Inc.
  • Vegatronic 200 Ultrasonic, Ilapak
  • Volmpack Ultrek 320 vertical-form-fill-seal bagger, Volm Cos. Inc.

Best new vegetable product:

  • Wasabi Arugula, Church Bros.
  • Colorful Classics Vegetable Tray & Sweet Honey Dijon Vinaigrette, Colorful Harvest
  • Mann’s Snacks On The Go!, Mann Packing Co. Inc.
  • Pure Flavor Grill Ready Vegetable Mix, Pure Hot House Foods Inc.
  • Ready Pac Salad Singles, Ready Pac Foods Inc.
  • York’s Harvest Garden Chips, Tropical Nut and Fruit.
United Fresh announces award finalists