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Produce Innovation Awards


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Vote for your favorite produce innovations

New products and innovations contribute substantially to the fresh and fresh-cut produce industry’s success. Leading companies contribute to the industry’s economic growth through the development, manufacturing and marketing of new and innovative products. United Fresh exhibitors are showcasing their new and innovative products in the 2016 Produce Innovation Awards competition. This year’s finalists will be on display at the United Fresh Trade Show, June 21-22. You will have an opportunity to vote for your favorite in each of the following categories:

  • Best New Fruit Product
  • Best New Vegetable Product
  • Best New Packing/Processing Equipment
  • Best New Food Safety Solution
  • Best New Packaging 


Best New Fruit Product

*2016 WINNER*Smuccies Sweet Strawberries Smuccies Sweet Strawberries Mucci Farms  – Booth 2232 Smuccies Sweet Strawberries are bursting with delicious strawberry flavor! Perfect as a sweet snack, in salads or smoothies, these tasty treats are greenhouse grown in Canada and always in season.
Bing Crisp Bing Crisp Bing Beverage Company – Booth 1447 Made with both Bing Cherry and (three different types of) Apple juices, Crisp is the newest addition to the Bing lineup. Unique and refreshing Crisp is lightly carbonated and moderately caffeinated. Made with natural colors and flavors, 5 B-Vitamins, and 100% Vitamin C. The full lineup of Bing beverages are diabetic-friendly with low sugar and low calories.
Crunch Pak Blendz Crunch Pak Blendz Crunch Pak – Booth 1832 Crunch Pak Blendz is pure fruit puree packaged in a squeezable pouch featuring licensing from Disney, Marvel and Lucas films. Our pouches are just fruit and Vitamin C. No added juices, concentrates or sugars, so parents can feel good about providing something healthy with characters kids are excited about.
Garden Highway Tropical Juicing Kit with Ginger Garden Highway Tropical Juicing Kit with Ginger Renaissance Food Group – Booth 1226 Garden Highway’s Tropical Juicing Kit is a flavorful combination of red & green apples, juicy pineapple, zesty lemon, and fresh ginger. This 15.75 oz kit features premium labeling and juicing instructions, which suggest pairing with greens. This Kit is one of seven in a family of Garden Highway Juicing Kits.
Pro2 snax Pro2 snax Reichel Foods – Booth 2226

A combination of fresh sliced apples, nuts, dried fruit, cheese and proteins packaged in single-serve stay fresh trays. 6 flavor combinations available.

Best New Vegetable Product

*2016 WINNER*Dole Chef's Choice Caesar Salad Kit

Dole Chef’s Choice Caesar Salad Kit Dole Fresh Vegetables – Booth 1800
Dole Chef's Choice Caesar Salad Kit combines fresh mini romaine with traditional toppings for a restaurant-quality salad.  The kit includes two heads of romaine, Parmesan Cheese, croutons, Dole’s signature dressing and pepper. With the new Dole Salad Kit, it’s easy to create a grilled or chopped Caesar salad in minutes.
2ct PERSONAL Spaghetti Squash 2ct PERSONAL Spaghetti Squash Bay Baby Produce/AMF Farms – Booth 1359

A vibrant yellow personal sized spaghetti squash in a 2 count bag. A perfect meal in a bowl, the slightly sweet tender meat elevates the flavor in any dish. Try it with the delicious Southwestern recipe included in the bag it's healthy, fast and fun to make. Your friends and family will love it!

2 Pack Peppers 2 pack tomatoes (Vine Ripe or Hothouse), 2pk red peppers, 2pk green peppers, and 2pk red and yellow peppers Market Fresh Produce – Booth 1262 The new line is a pre-portioned and overwrapped vegetable line with breathable film to preserve the quality and shelf life of the product. Each item includes its own individual tray with a recipe and nutrition facts.
chef crafted salad blends Chef Crafted Salad Blends Taylor Farms - Booth 2048

Taylor Farms’ new Chef Crafted salad line includes six distinctive salad combinations of leafy greens, fresh herbs, crisp vegetables and fruit packaged together.  Serving flavorful, beautiful salads is simplified with each of the Chef Crafted blends.  The six new blends are highlighted in trays that include the company’s patented technology, providing freshness that could previously only be found in flexible film.

Crunchies Freeze Dried Beets

Crunchies Freeze Dried Beets

Crunchies Natural Food Company – Booth 1441

Crunchies Freeze Dried Beets are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. They are rich in flavor, vibrant in color and have a phenomenal crunch. As a trending superfood, Crunchies Freeze Dried Beets are the perfect healthy on-the-go snack!

Dolce Mix Dolce Mix Double Diamond Farms – Booth 1650 Rosso Dolce has been such a hit for Double Diamond Farms that we are now offering a mix of red, yellow and orange sweet long peppers. Superbly sweet and colorful, the Dolce Mix is great for grilling, roasting, slicing for sauces or adding unbeatable flavor and color to any salad.
Dole Chef's Choice Caesar Salad Kit

Dole Chef’s Choice Caesar Salad Kit

Dole Fresh Vegetables – Booth 1800
Dole Chef's Choice Caesar Salad Kit combines fresh mini romaine with traditional toppings for a restaurant-quality salad.  The kit includes two heads of romaine, Parmesan Cheese, croutons, Dole’s signature dressing and pepper. With the new Dole Salad Kit, it’s easy to create a grilled or chopped Caesar salad in minutes.
Green Giant Fresh Vegetable Blends Green Giant™ Fresh Vegetable Blends Green Giant™ Fresh – Booth 1641 New Green Giant™ Fresh Vegetable Blends make quick, healthy meals a snap. Now available in three mixtures of premium, fresh vegetables— Asian, Italian and Southwest blends. The ultimate in versatility, these new Vegetable Blends offer an infinite number of quick and easy cooking and usage options with virtually no prep.
Live Gourmet Living Baby Romaine Lettuce Live Gourmet Living Baby Romaine Lettuce Hollandia Produce, L.P. – Booth 1711 Young plant sweetness combined with the crunchy goodness of dark, vitamin-rich leaves is the secret to this variety. With no heart, there’s no bitterness, just lots of life! That’s because it’s harvested with roots-on for longer lasting freshness. Plus, it’s portioned and priced perfectly for one- or two-servings, so there’s no waste, just great taste!
Living Lettuce Living Lettuce Pure Flavor – Booth 1814 Pure Flavor is setting foot into the living lettuce category with this all-new product, debuting in 2 varieties: Boston Green, and Spring Mix. Everything from the lettuce to the growing medium is 100% compostable, while the innovative bouquet-shaped packaging is recyclable. Consumers can continue watering the lettuce to keep it fresh and nourished until it is consumed.
Love Handles snacking bags Love Handles snacking bags Village Farms – Booth 1838 There are 5 Village Farms Love Handles series snack bags. Each is packed with an exclusive Village Farms variety for convenience in our lovable grab 'n go bags. At Village Farms we have a handle on healthy snacking!
Naked Leaf Living Lettuce and Herbs Naked Leaf Living Lettuce and Herbs Mucci Farms – Booth 2232 Invigorate meal time with our Naked Leaf Living Lettuce and Herbs. Crisp, refreshing, and alive, we leave the root on to maximize flavor and prolong shelf life. Grown in our state of the art greenhouses, Naked Leaf Living Lettuce and Herbs are great for salads, soups, sauces and sandwiches.
naturesweet constellation NatureSweet Constellation  NatureSweet LTD – Booth 1209

New NatureSweet Constellation includes a colorful blend of premium NatureSweet tomatoes that are greenhouse grown year-round to meet the needs of all consumer usage occasions. Delectably juicy and deliciously sweet, Constellation tomatoes come in a resealable and 100-percent-recyclable package that can be found in both the retail and club channels every day of the year.

OhioRed Tomatoes OhioRed™ Tomatoes NatureFresh Farms – Booth 1238 OhioRed™ Tomatoes are one-of-a-kind grown exclusively in Delta, OH. This new product is being grown year-round in Ohio for the first time ever in the new state-of-the-art greenhouse complex built by NatureFresh™ Farms. The product was 100% sold out before the first crop was picked; rave reviews from customers.
Ready Pac Bistro Salad Kits with Grilled Chicken Ready Pac Bistro Salad Kits with Grilled Chicken Ready Pac Foods – Booth 1852 Restaurant-quality salads packed with up to 30 grams of protein per bowl and serves 4! Includes premium grilled white meat chicken strips, savory cheeses, creamy dressings and crunchy toppers over a bed of fresh greens.
Roterno: Tomato on the Vine Roterno: Tomato on the Vine MightyVine – Booth 1256 The Roterno variety is a great tasting, high flavor slicing tomato, used for burgers, sandwiches, and salads. This is a great cut-and-eat tomato, full of vibrant flavor, color and taste and is available all year long.
Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kit

Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kit

Fresh Express – Booth 2026 Discover a refreshing way to get your daily protein with our Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kit. Dry roasted edamame, sunflower seeds and toasted quinoa provide 7 grams of protein to a mix of kale, romaine and cabbage. Finish with a sweet onion dressing for a family meal that's easy and delicious.
Sunset Tomato of Yore Sunset Tomato of Yore™ Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET®– Booth 1626 Draped in red, ripened on the vine and bursting with fresh, classic flavor, this tomato is the hero of any dish.
Wholly Guacamole

Wholly Guacamole

Fresherized Foods – Booth 1241 Say hello to three new products of your favorite Wholly Guacamole! These flavors combine the classic taste of guacamole you love with a fun and exciting twist on flavor! From a kick of spicy, to a refreshing taste of lime, you're in for a new taste of your favorite guacamole.
Windy City Crunch

Windy City Crunch

Gotham Greens – Booth 1541 Gotham Greens’ Windy City Crunch product is a unique lettuce variety with crunchy stems and tender leaves that are characterized by the crispness of the traditional Iceberg or Romaine but even more packed with flavor and nutrients. It holds the perfect amount of dressing. Harvested fresh daily from Gotham Greens’ Chicago greenhouse, this packaged salad is a true Chicago original.


Best New Packing/Processing Equipment

*2016 WINNER*
Internet Fresh-Cut Flowers Flowpack for Home Delivery
Internet Fresh-Cut Flowers Flowpack for Home Delivery PerfoTec BV – Booth 2431 This new packaging technology is a breakthrough for the delivery of fresh-cut flowers through internet ordering. The flowers remain fresh and hydrated inside a special flowpack, and they remain in sleep until the consumer opens the pack and puts them on the vase.
Automatic Spiralizer Mod. Streamer Automatic Spiralizer Mod. Streamer Turatti SrL– Booth 2400 The innovative Mod. Streamer from Turatti transforms fruits and vegetables into exciting products that looks like the famous Italian "Spaghetti" or "Tagliatelle" without the calories! This amazing system brings excitement to the vegetarian plate and thanks to its patented design can process automatically large quantities of fruits and vegetables.  
Model XY-RJ VFFS Bagger

Model XY-RJ VFFS Bagger

Triangle Package Machinery Company – Booth 2611 Model XY-RJ is a vertical form fill seal (vffs) bagging machine designed to produce a wide variety of bag styles. With an easily rotatable sealing jaw, packagers can run pillow, 3-sided seal, gusseted, and Doy bags. Optional Ultrasonic sealing provides additional benefits, such as improved production and product quality.
Roller Wash Conveyor Roller Wash Conveyor Palcon Systems, Inc – Booth 2310 Used to convey and wash product being loaded in a low-care area and conveyed to a high-care area for further processing. Creates an even-flow product stream to a trim conveyor. Recirculates the wash water while filtering large contaminants. Gently rotates round products to ensure all surfaces are washed.
Volmpack AutoPack

Volmpack AutoPack

Volm Companies, Inc. – Booth 1619 The Volmpack Autopack is a fully automated solution for filling paper or mesh bags up to 100 pounds and as small as 10 pounds.  This versatile combination machine automatically places the bags to fill, reducing the need for manual labor.  One machine for bulk bagging and filling consumer packages!


Best New Food Safety Solution

*2016 WINNER*
NatureSeal First Step+10

NatureSeal First Step+ 10 NatureSeal, Inc. – Booth 1811 A produce wash comprised of organic acids and hydrogen peroxide for whole and cut fruits and vegetables. Co-developed with the USDA, this patent-pending, FDA-approved solution is an easy to handle alternative to chlorine. It is highly effective against pathogenic bacteria and OMRI listed for use on organic produce.
CloudSlot CloudSlot FarmLogix, LLC – Booth 1560 CloudSlot maintains full chain of custody transparency for all participants in the supply chain with a low-cost FSMA-compliance tool for farmers, virtual slot segmentation for distributors, and a by-farm online order entry system for customers. Unique SKU-mapping delivers metrics, both nationally and by location, by farm, product, spend and miles. 
GO XL LUX GO XL LUX  Locus Traxx Worldwide – Booth 1614 The 60-day battery life of the GO XL Lux helps you monitor the temperature and location of your cargo as it travels across the world. This innovative technology senses light, alerts you when your products are at risk on the road and records when doors are opened at the dock.
Interactive Handwashing Training Interactive Handwashing Training LGMA Tech (a part of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement) – Booth 2538 Hand washing is a critical food safety practice in the production of fresh produce crops.  This Apple and Android app provides interactive training for workers on proper hand washing and glove usage.  It is available in English and Spanish, free to download and can be delivered anywhere.  
Lightning NFC In-Transit Temperature Monitoring System Lightning NFC In-Transit Temperature Monitoring System Cargo Data Corporation – Booth 1446 Lightning NFC brings smart technology and transparency to in-transit temperature monitoring and arrival quality documentation. As soon as the Lightning NFC temperature recorder is retrieved by Receiver/Inspector, it’s held back to back to a smartphone or tablet for instant data transfer and viewing of the full temperature chart and details. 

RedLine Solutions – Booth 2250 is a web-based tool enabling grower-shippers to achieve supply chain visibility, while increasing productivity. Operated through intuitive multilingual interfaces, which support fast, error free data collection and real time knowledge of inventory volumes and locations. The system addresses labeling needs, manages packing operations and enables order validation.


Best New Packaging

*2016 WINNER*
readyripe lite watermelon pouch
readyripe™ lite watermelon pouch Maglio Companies/The Fresh Group LTD – Booth 1533 The readyripe™ lite watermelon pouch, based on our patented and award winning technology and design, is made for the in-store production market. It offers 5 day shelf-life, enables the retailer to reduce production expense, provides the consumer greater flavor, quality and convenience and increases the retailer’s profits.
Cherry Pop-Top Lid Cherry Pop-Top Lid CMI – Booth 1741 CMI’s Signature Sweet cherry pop-top lid offers retailers a unique way to market Red and Rainier cherries. To create an impactful display, simply pop the lid open and lock it in place to reveal sweet, juicy cherries inside. This package is the first of its kind and will revolutionize the way cherries are displayed at retail.
Cloud 9 - The Tomato You Can't Resist! Cloud 9 – The Tomato You Can’t Resist! Pure Flavor – Booth 1814 Do you ever wonder what farmers do with all the tomato plants when the season is over? Now, there’s a solution! This package is an all compostable recyclable paper tray made from tomato plants, filled with the irresistible cherry tomato that’s been the talk of the town!
CuteCumbers Reseal Flow Wrap CuteCumbers Reseal Flow Wrap Mucci Farms – Booth 2232 This package takes flow wrap to a NEW Level. A clear, recyclable and stackable tray with resealable flow wrap. A Fresh new look, with kid friendly graphics.
elevAte Superfood Salads elevAte Superfood Salads Ready Pac Foods – Booth 1852 Made with nutrient-dense organic greens combined with ancient grains, plant-based proteins, nuts, legumes, seeds and antioxidant-rich berries—the 8 varieties include Non-GMO Project Verified, USDA organic and certified gluten-free recipes.
Frieda's Adorable Kumquats Frieda’s Adorable Kumquats Frieda’s Specialty Produce – Booth 2214 Frieda’s introduced its 8-ounce Adorable Kumquats resealable stand-up pouch in February 2016, to join its lineup of new specialty citrus pouches (Meyer Lemons, Seedless Lemons and Pink Lemons). Frieda’s branded line stands out on the shelf with bold, playful copy, making it easy for retailers to add variety and interest to displays.
Fruit Tubes by Buddy Fruits Fruit Tubes by Buddy Fruits Buddy Fruits – Booth 1442 New Fruit Tubes by Buddy Fruits bring the tube packaging that revolutionized the kids’ yogurt category to Produce!  These innovative Fruit Tubes are filled with Buddy Fruits’ blended purees and then sealed fresh in a shelf-stable and freezable tube – making them a perfectly fun and convenient lunchbox companion!  
Good Foods Grab & Go Snack Packs Good Foods Grab & Go Snack Packs Good Foods Group, LLC – Booth 1653 Good Foods Grab & Go packs are made with simple, real ingredients (like fresh hand-scooped Hass avocados) and are high pressure processed (HPP) to capture flavor and maintain freshness. Four varieties: Chunky Guacamole, Avocado Tomatillo Salsa, Mild Salsa and Artichoke Jalapeno Dip. Conveniently packed in single-serve ergonomic cups - PET 1 for easy recyclability.
Naturipe's Compostable Organic Top Sealed Blueberries Naturipe’s Compostable Organic Top Sealed Blueberries Naturipe Farms LLC – Booth 1418 Naturipe’s molded, pulp fiber tray is top sealed, compostable, recyclable and made from renewable resources; aligning with Naturipe’s Cultivate with Care™ program and reinforcing our commitment to environmental stewardship. The natural color and feel of the sustainable material also helps retailers differentiate their organic displays and resonates with today’s organic shopper.
OUTRAGEOUSLY FRESH Snacking Tomato Jar Bag OUTRAGEOUSLY FRESH Snacking Tomato Jar Bag The Oppenheimer Group - Booth 1557 Greenhouse grown grape, cherry and mixed medley tomatoes packed in a unique "mason jar" bag. Ideal for kitchen counters and more, re-sealable OUTRAGEOUSLY FRESH jar bags deliver healthy snacking with grab-and-go convenience that's changing the greenhouse display. 10.5 oz x 12 per case, or in our eye-catching shipper units.
Picnic Pak Grape Tomatoes Picnic Pak Grape Tomatoes Red Sun Farms – Booth 2021 The Picnic Pack is ready for celebrating, in a convenient family size serving. Our delicious grape tomatoes are perfect for summer picnics, barbeques, and family gatherings. In a 2x10oz portion; this two pack format allows for traditional family style portions or can be combined to accommodate large celebrations.
Sunkist 1 lb. Meyer Lemon Pouch Sunkist 1 lb. Meyer Lemon Pouch Sunkist Growers – Booth 1521 The convenient newly designed 1 lb. pouch bag is the centerpiece of our campaign, commanding attention in the produce department with bright, colorful graphics, a handle for easy transport, and a flat base that stands up in the refrigerator for easy access.
SUNSET Minzano

SUNSET® Minzano®

Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET®– Booth 1626

SUNSET® Minzano® is a mini San Marzano, perfect for creating fresh and flavorful pasta sauce, and packed in a sleek resealable stand up bag.

The TomBar & the TomBox

The TomBar™ & The TomBox™

NatureFreshTM Farms – Booth 1238 The TomBar™ creates a unique & interactive shopping experience for consumers who are looking to hand select their greenhouse grown tomatoes. With its mobility, The TomBar™ delivers a destination experience in the produce department. Made from 100% recycled paperboard, consumers hand pick & pack their tomatoes in to The TomBox™.


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