By all accounts, the 2016 Viva Fresh Produce
Expo was a stirring success. According
to Expo officials, attendance more than
doubled compared to last year’s Expo with a
final registered attendee count at 1,500.
Bret Erickson, president and CEO of
Texas International Produce
Association, which hosted the
Expo, said, “It was a reward-
ing weekend to see such an
overwhelming positive response from spon-
sors, attendees and exhibitors at the Viva
Fresh Produce Expo. From the
enlightening content of our edu-
cational programming to the chef-
inspired food and the bustling, yet
intimate convention floor, there was a so much excite-
ment and enthusiasm for this event.”
In addition to the educational content, more than
19,000 pounds of fresh produce were donated to the San
Antonio Food Bank after the close of the show.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Grows Sausage Line
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has introduced a line of refrigerated fully cooked sausage products that are being initially
launched in 3,000 Walmart stores nationwide.
According to company officials, the sausages from
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit are high-quality, competitively
priced and easy to prepare at home. All Dickey’s sausages
are gluten-free and contain no MSG or nitrites. After the
initial launch in select Walmart stores, Dickey’s sausages will
also be available in other grocery stores nationwide, with
that expansion expected at a future date.
“We are pleased to launch one of our signature barbecue
products in Walmart stores across the country,” says Tamala
For the initial launch, the sausages are being merchan-
dised from bunker cases in the center of the frozen food
aisle. Dickey’s officials say the displays will also be featured
during Memorial Day weekend.
The line includes three products: Original Fresh Smoked
Polish Sausage, Smoked Spicy Cheddar Sausage and
Smoked Sausage Hot Links. All are in 12-ounce packages
and will be priced competitive with other national smoked
sausage brands. —;Richard Turcsik
For more information, visit dickeys.com.
VIVA FRESH EXPO THRIVES
Connect with us to bring the Nation’s #1 Medjool date brand
to your health-minded shoppers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whole Dates Pitted Organic