May 1, 2014
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United Fresh Announces 2014 New Product Award Finalists

United Fresh this week announces a record 40 fresh fruit and vegetable innovations as finalists for United’s 2014 New Product Awards. This year’s finalists will compete in five categories for the title of Best New Products at United Fresh 2014, June 10-13 in Chicago.

“We’re excited to have a record of 40 finalists for our New Product Awards, which is a clear indicator of the ever increasing ingenuity in fresh produce,” said John Toner, United’s vice president of convention & industry relations. “We’re proud to showcase these innovative products at the United Fresh 2014 show in Chicago, which continues to be the home for innovation and creativity in the produce business.”

“New products like these are an essential element of the success of the fresh and fresh-cut produce industry, said Tom Stenzel, United’s president and CEO. “Our member companies bring foresight about market trends and emerging technologies, and then apply creative ideas to capitalize on those trends, which contributes to the growth and profitability of our entire industry.”

The 2014 New Product Award finalists:

Best New Food Safety Solution

Produce TMS Solution
ALC Logistics, Software Division of the Allen Lund Company - Booth 1279
This web-based TMS software is designed and customized to fit the needs of the produce industry.

Arizona LGMA Food Safety Training Kit Videos
Arizona Leafy Greens Food Safety Committee- Booth 2194           
The Arizona Leafy Greens Food Safety Training Kit is now available in a DVD series (English and Spanish), offering another user-friendly tool for food safety training professionals.

FlashTrak Telematics
DeltaTrak, Inc. - Booth 855               
Delta Trak’s FlashTrak Telematics is a complete cloud based solution for cold chain management and temperature monitoring. Used for both mobile and facilities applications, it helps assure the integrity of perishable products.

Fruit Gard, 2 part dry product
Food Defend - Booth 2286                
FruitGard® reduces spoilage and food safety organisms on produce. FruitGard® offers a dry post-harvest intervention that leaves no toxic residue and can be safely applied in common processing infrastructure.

FoodLink Fresh
FoodLink - Booth 1052          
FoodLink Fresh is a web-based, food safety and quality inspection solution that provides analysis for data collected across the supply chain from harvesting to temperature & handling during transportation to receiving at the DC and retail store.

SmartTraxx Go
Locus Traxx Worldwide - Booth 312 
Disposable by design, the SmartTraxx GO is the temp-recorder done better. Pull the tab, instantly temperature and location data begin streaming in real-time to the cloud. Complete visibility at your fingertips, in transit and at the dock.


Best New Fruit Product

Crunch Pak with Marvel Apple Snacker
Crunch Pak – Booth 132       
Marvel Entertainment and Crunch Pak, the fresh sliced apples specialist, launched an assortment of fresh snack products called Snackers that feature Marvel Super Heroes on packages of fresh sliced apples and other snacking ingredients including grapes, cheese and pretzels. Snackers are a mini meal replacement; think of it as a healthy bento box.

Woot Froot
Fresh Fruit Cuts – Booth 140             
Woot Froot is cutting edge freshcut peaches and nectarines available in MAP packaging of 3oz and 14 oz bags and various tray sizes with a shelf life of 21 days.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce Kit
Naturipe Farms – Booth 645             
A first of its kind, this fresh cranberry microwavable sauce kit takes the mystery out of preparing one of fresh produces' most nutritious fruits. “Kick the Can” with Naturipe.

USDA Quality Monitored GOOD 4 U FRESH FRUIT®
Sbrocco International, Inc. – Booth 457        
Fresh Table Grapes & Apples in GOOD 4 U FRESH FRUIT brand high-graphic pouch bags with the official USDA Quality Monitored Seal to indicate USDA Quality Monitoring Program participation.


Best New Packaging

Josie's Organics Romaine Hearts 
Braga Fresh Family Farms – Booth 1249     
3 pack of organic romaine hearts featuring Josie's logo and signature polka dot pattern

Del Monte® Fresh Guac     
Del Monte Fresh Produce – Booth 407         
Our Del Monte® Fresh Guac comes in an assortment of flavors in convenient packaging, is preservative free, and is always ready-to-eat. Available in 8 oz. single and 2-pack, and a 2 oz. 4-pack.

Wholly Guacamole 100 Cal Minis
Fresherized Foods – Booth 623         
These 2oz mini cups are perfect for those who wat to guac on the go!  Great to travel, for portion control or for a kid's lunchbox, the mini cup is great for squeezing or dipping. These cups also freeze up to 3 months.

Orchard Valley Harvest Wellness Mixes
John B Sanfilippo – Booth 627          
Orchard Valley Harvest Wellness Mixes. Three 4oz varieties: Antioxidant Mix; Omega-3 Mix; and Energy Mix. All mixes are Non-GMO Project Verified, contain no artificial ingredients, gluten-free, and packed with nutrients.

Sunset® Eco Flavor Bowl™
Mastronardi Produce/Sunset – Booth 220    
The SUNSET® Eco Flavor Bowl™ is a new packaging format designed with the environment in mind. The unique top seal film locks in flavor while reducing your carbon footprint, making it the perfect bowl forsustainable snacking.

Bouquet Pack - Long Stem Strawberries
Naturipe Farms – Booth 645 
The unique shape and color of Naturipe’s Bouquet Pack gives the sense of “something special” with Premium Long Stem strawberries packed in a first of its kind, bi-colored, co-extruded clamshell.

Wood look Returnable Plastic Crate
Polymer Logistics – Booth 620          
RPC’s first innovation in 20 years! World’s first foldable, simulated wood crate brings a fresh look and feel, while offering all the advantages of RPC—including our revolutionary ‘active-lock’ mechanism.

Ready Pac Ready Snax Refresh
Ready Pac Foods – Booth 1271       
New Packaging and design of the Ready Snax Snacking line

Hacienda Special Reserve Tomatoes with Display Ready Box
Redsun Farms – Booth 637   
This eye catching case of tomatoes include varieties such as; Brandy Yellow, Cherokee Green and Purple, Green Zebra, Aurea Big Tiger- all offering a unique appearance and flavor for tomato lovers.

Dippin' Stix Sweet Gala Apples & Caramel
Reichel Foods – Booth 557  
Dippin’ Stix now offers delicious Sweet Gala Apples & Caramel in a convenient 5 pack carton. The carton offers a brilliant versatile design that can be merchandised two different ways.

Lip Smackn' Grapes - Rinse & Serve Reusable Bowl
Village Farms – Booth 1069  
Village Farms is first to market for this unique and exclusive package making it a necessary addition to the category. No venting in bowl bottom makes functional for reusing/repurposing.

TopLine Creations
Westmoreland – Booth 1275             
TopLine Creations!  Same Gourmet Produce you Love with the adage of Flavor Infused Olive Oil. Great for a snack or whip up a salad on the go. Rinse. Drizzle. Enjoy!

Yerecic Label – Booth 965                
LabelBling™ uses holographic films, sparkle inks, embossing or a combination of these effects on produce packaging to catch attention while shopping and entice consumers to learn more about the product.

Ready To Eat Single Serve Blueberry
North Bay Produce, Inc.– Booth 759
North Bay Produce’s Ready To Eat Blueberries are the newest solution for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Offering innovative packaging and portability, our single serve blueberry pack will hold up to the busy demands of on the go eating for young and old alike.


Best New Packing/Processing Equipment

Bosch SVC 4020 Vertical Form-Fill-Seal Bagger 
Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc. – Booth 2053    
Built for today's hygenic requirements and for tomorrow's regulations, the new SVC vertical packaging platform is ideal for the fresh food industry.

Super Batch Centrifuge      
FTNON BV – Booth 2461      
Unique centrifuge which can handle all kind of products with different capacities. Easy to operate, easy to maintain. Small footprint, energy efficient.

Turatti S.R.L – Booth 2249    
Strawberries yields forever! The new Frazer capper was developed to remove the strawberry calyx and to cut each fruit in half - if required - increasing capacity and yield. This patent-pending system can be used also to top radishes.

Forklift Inflator
West Coast Supplies – Booth 1956   
The Forklift Inflator is easily installed on any forklift and is powered by the forklift battery. Once installed, simply flip the switch to fill air bags anywhere inside the trailer or container.


Best New Vegetable Product

Black Gold Farms – Booth 859         
Roasties is a pre-packaged clamshell containing fresh, whole baby red potatoes and an enclosed packet of McCormick Produce Partners seasonings with easy instructions to rise, season & bake.

Wholly Guacamole Layered Bean Dips    
Fresherized Foods – Booth 623         
The maker of America's number one branded guacamole brings a layer of beans 10oz dips, served either chilled or warmed!

Good Foods Tableside Chunky Guacamole - 4pk           
Good Foods Group – Booth 1066
Our guacamole is deliciously prepared with hand-scooped avocados, like your favorite tableside restaurant experience. With garlic, onions and tomatoes, it's chunky and full of goodness! In convenient single serves. 

Organic Beets in an Organic Mild Vinegar           
Love Beets – Booth 443        
Our Organic Beets in an Organic Mild Vinegar are freshly cooked and simply delicious. Certified organic, all natural and gluten free — being healthy never tasted so good!

Mastronardi Produce/Sunset – Booth 220    
Youth, Energy, Life, Om. Sunset's next must-have tomato

Mucci Farms CuteCumbers™ Snack Sized Cucumbers
Mucci Farms – Booth 240     
Smaller, crunchier and more convenient than mini cucumbers, our bite-sized CuteCumbers™ make an ideal snack for kids and adults. A handy-sized cocktail snack with no cutting or chopping required.

The Snacking Series - Juno Bites, Bumbles, Sangira, and Azuca        
Pure Flavor - Pure Hothouse Foods, Inc. – Booth 864         
The Snacking Series features Pure Flavor’s exclusive line of bite-sized tomatoes designed with the consumer in mind. Grab-and-Go Packaging, a variety of flavors, and recipe ideas – the quick snacking solution everyone is looking for!

New Dippin' Stix Flavor - Celery Stix & Ranch Dip         
Reichel Foods – Booth 557   
Dippin’ Stix expands their vegetable and dip offerings with fresh cut celery sticks and creamy ranch dip, a delicious combination, conveniently packaged for healthy snacking on the go.

Tiffany Gate Foods – Booth 228       
Delicious, hard to cook vegetables, grains and beans. Perfectly cooked and ready to use on salads, in soups, as sides or by themselves. Lineup includes quinoa, beets, yams and chickpeas.

Rebellion tomato     
Village Farms – Booth 1069  
A revolution in flavor! Rebellion is a unique pack container 4 to 6 different flavorful tomato varieties each with a distinct shape in range of colors from red, orage, yellow, green and brown.

Wholesum Harvest Grilling Squash          
Wholesum Family Farms – Booth 454          
Wholesum Harvest Grilling Squash features yellow and a zucchini squash combo in self sealing bags. The bags feature recipes and QR codes to the company grower video and bank of recipes. 

Eat Smart Kale & Red Chard Stir Fry Kit  
Apio, Inc. – Booth 1556                     
Eat Smart’s new Kale & Red Chard Stir Fry Kit is a unique twist on a traditional favorite offering on trend flavors with a gourmet taste. This restaurant inspired kit includes broccoli florets, red chard, kale, snow peas, carrots and a stir fry sauce infused with soy, garlic and ginger.

New Product Award finalists will be displayed at the United Fresh Membership Booth at United Fresh 2014 in Chicago. The winner in each category will be determined by total votes received as of 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12. United Fresh will announce winners at the Membership Booth on Thursday, June 12. United Fresh 2014 attendees are encouraged to stop by the United Fresh Membership Booth and vote for their favorite new products on display.

For more information about the New Product Awards Competition contact John Toner, vice president, convention and industry relations, at 202-303-3424.


Delhaize America’s Teri Miller to Be Honored at 2014 Reception Honoring Women in Produce

Teri Miller, Produce Category Manager at Delhaize America, headquartered in Salisbury, North Carolina, will be the honoree and featured speaker at the United Fresh Produce Association’s annual Reception Honoring Women in Produce, Thursday, June 12, at United Fresh 2014 in Chicago.
Held each year in conjunction with the United Fresh convention and expo, the Reception Honoring Women in Produce recognizes the contributions of all women working in the produce industry, and selects one individual to share their personal experience of service. The featured speaker is selected from nominations submitted by United Fresh members across the industry and reviewed by a committee of her peers, including honorees from the past 17 years.
“Teri is the personification of leadership and dedication in the produce industry,” said United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel. “Teri’s hard work and principled leadership motivates her team to the highest levels of performance, both for the company and for each individual. She has repeatedly contributed her time to important initiatives, such as countering bioterrorism and improving traceability. Her commitment to food retailing and her distinguished leadership in produce serve as a model for anyone pursuing a career in this great industry.”
Miller is a 25-year veteran at Delhaize America. She has been instrumental in the creation of Food Lion’s Supply Chain department including working on  programs regarding food traceability at Food Lion (a Delhaize America banner), bioterrorism, country of origin labeling and the is part of the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) Executive Leadership Group. Additionally, Miller is a board member and treasurer of the Southeast Produce Council, and a past board member and treasurer of the Lion’s Pride Foundation, which provides financial assistance to company associates, their families and the community in times of hardship.
“So many times I have attended the Reception Honoring Women in Produce and admired the women who have accomplished so much for this industry, so I am humbled and thankful for this recognition,” said Miller. “Not only is this reception a great tradition, but it’s also a fun and memorable event that I always enjoy sharing with my friends and colleagues. This honor makes this year’s reception an experience that I will always cherish.”
Teri will join a distinguished group of past honorees, including:

  • Dan’l Mackey Almy, DMA Solutions, Inc.
  • Tonya Antle, Tanimura & Antle
  • Frieda Rapoport Caplan, Frieda’s Inc.
  • Margaret D’Arrigo , Taylor Farms, Inc.
  • Jan DeLyser, California Avocado Commission
  • Jan Fleming, Strube Celery & Vegetable Company
  • Janice Honigberg, Sun Belle, Inc.
  • Lorri Koster, Mann Packing Company
  • Kathleen Nave, California Table Grape Commission
  • Lisa McNeece, Grimmway Enterprises Inc.
  • Dr. Martha Rhodes-Roberts, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
  • Steffanie Smith, Colorful Harvest, LLC
  • Heather Shavey, Costco Wholesale
  • Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk, Seald Sweet International
  • Rosemary Talley, Talley Farms
  • Jenney Tenney, The Kroger Company
The annual Reception Honoring Women in Produce is one of the most popular networking events at the United Fresh annual convention. Tickets are required for the event, and areincluded in the United Fresh 2014 convention package or All Access Pass.For more information about the reception, please contact Angela Bezon Tiwari, United Fresh political affairs manager, at or 202-303-3416.

USDA Proposes Changes to Agricultural Quarantine Inspection User Fees

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing proposed changes to the fees it charges to recoup the costs of conducting agricultural quarantine inspections (AQI) at U.S. ports of entry. The adjustments APHIS proposes, the first changes to AQI user fees in nearly a decade, include significant increases over current rates.

AQI activities include inspections conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of conveyances, cargo and passenger baggage
entering the country as well as APHIS’ analytical and scientific work to track pests overseas,
focus inspections at ports of entry, and develop the import regulations that protect U.S. animal
and plant health from foreign pests. USDA said in a statement that the fees should fully fund the actual costs of running the AQI program and be borne by those using the services. However, according to USDA, revenue from fees charged has been insufficient to cover all costs and compelled DHS to use appropriated funds that should be available for other important homeland security functions and initiatives.

USDA said its proposed AQI fee structure is designed so that no one party pays more than the costs of the services incurred. Because the proposal aligns fees with actual program costs, some fees will be raised and some lowered under the proposed structure.

“There is no question that the APHIS AQI program is a critical tool for safeguarding the U.S. produce industry from damaging pests and diseases, and United Fresh fully supports APHIS in this important mission,” said Ray Gilmer, vice president of issues management & communication for United Fresh. “The APHIS proposal includes fee increases that are double or triple current fee rates for inspections. “In the coming weeks, United Fresh will work with its members, representing all segments of the supply chain, to assess the impact the proposed new fees could have on fresh produce commerce and the ability of produce shippers to move commodities as efficiently as possible.”

This proposed rule will also be available for a 60 day comment period. More information, including specific rate change proposals, can be found on the USDA APHIS website. If you have questions, please contact United’s Julie Manes, director of government relations, at 202-303-3404.


United Promotes Fresh Produce Opportunities for Cold Chain Partners

United Fresh CEO Tom Stenzel spoke this week at the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) annual meeting in San Diego, sharing strategies to work with fresh produce companies in expanding sales and growth. IARW is part of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, a group of partners representing all aspects of the cold chain including cold storage construction, management and transportation. Stenzel emphasized new opportunities for IARW members in the fresh produce industry, from import/export cooling facilities to forward distribution and cross-docking arrangements. “While your business in the frozen foods sector is flat to declining, we’re seeing a boom in fresh foods across multiple retail channels,” Stenzel said. “Today’s growth opportunities are in fresh, refrigerated foods, with sales continuing to expand in traditional grocery and also pharmacies, convenience stores, farm markets and wherever consumers shop.”  He encouraged companies to reach out to produce partners to “share their expertise to help deliver the very highest quality produce to consumers, 100 percent of the time. That’s how we’ll continue to grow our business together,” he said.


New e-Learning Tools Available for Traceability & Produce Identification

United Fresh, along with the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), Produce Marketing Association (PMA), GS1 Canada and GS1 US have launched two e-Learning modules designed to assist produce industry stakeholders to learn how to identify their products along the supply chain and implement traceability processes for their businesses.

The modules are developed for all industry participants to gain foundational knowledge and can be used as training tools for new employees or as a refresher for industry veterans seeking a clearer understanding of these key concepts for their day-to-day operations.

Improving supply chain efficiencies from the field to the consumer helps ensure that the right product gets to the right place at the right time. As industry associations with mandates to provide valuable information to our members and enable their success, we are constantly striving  to support that effort via a collaborative approach – these modules are the latest tools created in that spirit.
“The Produce Traceability Initiative has a laser focus on case level traceability to ensure the industry is enabled to accurately and quickly identify where specific cases of product are in the supply chain,” said Dan Vaché , United’s vice president, supply chain management. “These two new learning modules provide an easy way to understand the different levels of collecting product data and help avoid confusion between tracking at the pallet level, case level, and item level. They are an excellent introduction to for those wanting to learn the basic concepts of traceability and a great way for those wanting to revisit the basics in a clear and concise manner.”
The modules are available in English and French and can be accessed online via the links below:

Learn more by contacting United’s Dan Vaché at 425-629-6271.


Spend $100 and Win $25,000 at the Salute to Leadership Raffle

At the United Fresh 2014 convention in Chicago, one lucky person will win the $25,000 Grand Prize for the “Salute to Leadership Raffle.” 

Proceeds from the raffle support the United Fresh Foundation. Tickets are just $100 and winner’s name will be drawn at the Produce Celebration Gala on June 11. 

Winners don’t need to be present to win (though it’s more fun if you’re there in person!), and you can purchase as many tickets as you like! Don’t miss your chance to win! Buy Your Tickets Today! 

For more information about the Salute to Leadership Raffle, contact United's Education Manager, Shannon Young at 202-303-3405.


Take Your Career to the Next Level – United’s Produce Inspection Training Program

Produce industry leaders know the value of United’s Produce Inspection Training Program. The course helps them understand quality standards, inspection grading, USDA produce procedures and much more! The next program will be held June 2-6, 2014 at the USDA SCI Training and Development Center in Fredericksburg, VA.

This unique five-day course includes the fundamentals of produce inspection, covering essential knowledge, terminology and practical information. The course also includes Commodity Labs, which apply the principals learned in the fundamentals course to real produce inspections. USDA experts show hands-on examination of a range of commodities, including grapes, lettuces, potatoes, strawberries and tomatoes.

Visit the United Fresh website to learn more about the program. You can also watch a video and hear from participants about their experiences in the course. Click here to register online or you can download the registration form and email it to If you have questions, feel free to contact Shannon Young at 202-303-3405.


Be a Winner and Enjoy the Taste of Chicago – Register for United Fresh 2014 Today

Register today for United Fresh 2014 and you'll be automatically entered for United's Taste of Chicago giveaway. You could win a gift certificate to one of the best restaurants in Chicago! 

This week’s drawing features these great Chicago restaurants: Beatrix, Paris Club Bistro & Bar, and the Pump Room.
Last week’s winners were Andy Anderson of Maya Management, Dave Yeager of Farm Fresh Direct, and Steve Beckman of Yoke’s Fresh Market. Congratulations and bon appétit!
Every Friday through June 6, 2014, United Fresh will draw three lucky winners from the United Fresh 2014 registered attendee list. Each winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to one of Chicago's finest restaurants, courtesy of our promotional sponsor Testa Produce, Inc. 

Watch for the weekly announcement from United Fresh to see if you're a winner and Register now for United Fresh 2014 for the best chance to win!


New Member Welcome

Each week, United Fresh welcomes its newest partners in building a stronger produce industry.

  • Assurance, Schaumburg, IL
  • Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions, Southbridge, MA


United Fresh thanks all current members for their dedication to the association and the produce industry. Please let us know whenever we can be of service to you. For more details about the benefits of membership, please contact Miriam Wolk at 202-303-3410.


Upcoming United Fresh Events

Join us for events designed to grow your business:

Produce Inspection Training Program
Jun 2-6, USDA SCI Training & Development Center, Fredericksburg, VA

United Fresh 2014
Jun 10-13, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

2014 Washington Public Policy Conference
Sep 8-10, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

Produce Inspection Training Program
Sep 22-26, USDA SCI Training & Development Center, Fredericksburg, VA