FRESH TALK By Arielle Sidrane
Potandon Produce, the exclusive marketing agent for Pinto Creek Co., based in
Eloy, Ariz., announced that fresh potato
season begins on May 9. Red potatoes
will start shipping on May 9, Green Giant
Fresh Klondike Goldust potatoes are
expected to start on May13, followed by
Green Giant Fresh Klondike Gourmet
mini potatoes on May 25. Fresh shipments will be available from Arizona until
approximately July 4th at which time production will move to Texas.
“We’ve had excellent red potato
demand throughout the winter and we
expect that to continue throughout the
summer,” says Dick Thomas, senior vice
president of sales for the Idaho Falls,
Arizona potatoes will be available in
Idaho Falls to load with russet orders
approximately one week after production starts. With a full service distribution
warehouse in Idaho, Potandon is able to
offer its customers the option of combining varietal potatoes with russet orders,
creating a buying experience that is sec-ond-to-none, say company officials.
For more information, visit potandon.com.
RAW SEAFOODS SPAWNS PREPARED LINE
Since 1998, Raw Sea Foods has been supplying the supermarket seafood case and
foodservice channels with scallops, fresh fish and other seafood items. Now with the
introduction of its frozen J. Scott line the company is branching out into prepared
appetizers, burgers and entrées.
The J. Scott line initially consists of Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Pepper Jack
Cheese that is hand-rolled with hickory-smoked bacon; Caribbean Mahi Burgers,
combining freshly ground mahi mahi with fire roasted green chilies and a proprietary
blend of Caribbean spices; Southwest Phyllo Cups, filled with wild-caught U.S. Gulf of
Mexico shrimp, cream cheese and roasted vegetables; and Lemon Dill Atlantic Salmon,
using a recipe specially formulated by J. Scott chefs combining the flavors of the three
The J. Scott brand retails for $5.99-$9.99, depending upon variety, and package sizes
range from 4- to 12.8-ounces.
“We’ve been doing this line in club stores for a little over a year, and based on its success, this year we decided to introduce the retail package,” says Scott G. Hutchens, vice
president of Raw Sea Foods, based in Fall River, Mass. — Richard Turcsik
For more information, visit rawseafoods.com.
United Snacks of America has
launched a new brand of salty
snacks—Farmer’s Pantry. Its
initial product, Farmer’s Pantry
Cornbread Crisps, is billed as a
“revolutionary” product and the
first cornbread cracker snack to
hit the market.
The line is made in the U.S.,
“with ingredients you would
only find in a farmer’s pantry”
and always grown on American family farms,
according to company officials.
“We believe it’s high time for snacks to
resolve the tradeoff between being whole-
some, made from natural ingredients and
delicious,” says Josh Chaitovsky, co-founder
and CEO of United Snacks of America,
based in New York. “But to be truly sustain-
able, we also pledge to give back to our
American farmers, and to hungry
Americans in need, by support-
ing important charities such as
Veterans Farm, Farm Aid and The
Family Farm Charities.”
Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread
Crisps are available in Original
and Jalapeno flavors in 6-ounce
regular size Cornbread Crips bags
that have a suggested retail price
of $3.99, and 2-ounce “bite-size”
Cornbread Crisps that retail for under $2.
According to the manufacturer, Farmer’s
Pantry can be merchandised in the salty
snack aisle, while the 2-ounce bags are ideal
for the deli, sandwich counter, foodservice,
grab-and-go and checkout areas of the store.
— Richard Turcsik
For more information, visit farmerspantry.com.
Down on the Farm