MANN PACKING CO.
Mann’s will be exhibiting a
portfolio of fresh cut vegetables
including its new Kale Beet Blend
and Mann’s Nourish Bowls. The
Kale Beet Blend is a versatile vegetable blend that can be enjoyed
steamed, sautéed, roasted or eaten
raw, says Jacob Shafer, marketing
and communications specialist
for the Salinas, Calif.-based company. The super-food blend includes kale, golden beets, kohlrabi and
red cabbage. The blend can be eaten as a nutritious salad, in a smoothie
or heated for a quick side dish with any meal, he adds.
Mann’s Nourish Bowls were developed to create a healthy, warm
single-serve meal with fresh veggies, grains and sauces, ready in 3-4
minutes. Flavor profiles include Monterey Risotto, Sesame Sriracha,
Smokehouse Brussels, Southwest Chipotle and the recently added
Cauli-Rice Curry bowl.
“The continuing success of Mann’s portfolio reflects the company’s
commitment to creating innovative new products that give cost-effective, fresh and delicious choices to consumers,” says Shafer. “Mann’s goal
is to seize the opportunity to join the industry’s finest produce suppliers.”
Shuman Produce will showcase
its year-round RealSweet brand
sweet onion program. The program features the Reidsville,
Ga.-based company’s Vidalia
sweet onion accompanied by a
Peruvian sweet onion in the fall
and winter months.
“We look forward to
Southern Exposure each year,”
says John Shuman, president.
“This is one of our most important events as we are able to
connect with the industry through networking and education. The timing of the Southern Exposure event is key for our business, as it is just a
few weeks before the beginning of our RealSweet Vidalia onion season.”
In addition to touting its sweet onion program, Shuman Produce will
also highlight the company’s diversification into new produce ventures.
Shuman Produce has been growing sweet potatoes in North Carolina
and Mississippi for a few years, and the first Georgia crop was planted
this year. The company has also recently started a Georgia-grown broccoli program.
“We will also be previewing our ‘How To Speak Southern 2.0’
campaign, which connects consumers to our world famous Vidalia
onions in a fun and engaging way,” Shuman adds. “This marketing initiative was extremely successful in 2015, and we look forward to building its retail and consumer reach in 2017. We are proud to be a family-owned business that offers the sweetest, highest quality and safest sweet
onions available while building a culture of giving back.”
NatureSweet prides itself in handpicking all five varieties of fresh
tomatoes at the peak of perfection, says Lori Castillo, marketing
director. Based in San Antonio, the
company’s tomatoes are vine-ripened and sustainably grown year-round on 1,400 acres of greenhouse land to ensure the highest
quality. NatureSweet’s five varieties, which include Glorys, Cherubs,
Constellation, Sunbursts, Eclipses and Jubilees, will all be showcased at
the company’s booth.
“These complement a range of dishes—everything from salads to
sandwiches to simple snacking,” Castillo says. “NatureSweet grows its
tomatoes for taste, not yield, so each tomato is carefully raised and har-
vested for a product that outshines the competition.”
The company is also known for innovative packaging, Castillo notes,
adding that NatureSweet is committed to having a positive social, envi-
ronmental and economic impact on the communities in which it works
CMI Orchards has established its reputation by offering packaging
innovation and a product lineup that is second to none, says Steve Lutz,
vice president of marketing for the Wenatchee, Wash.-based company.
Southern Exposure attendees will be able to learn about the company’s
products and services, including its Daisy Girl organics brand, which
has seen remarkable growth, he says.
“Just this season, Daisy Girl is up more than 24 percent for total U.S.