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Supplier Side Del Monte Opens Guatemalan Greenhouses sister greenhouse facilities in Costa Rica that will have the capacity to grow tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplant. Spectrum Creates Pre-opened Produce Bag Del Monte Fresh Produce recently finished the first phase of its new greenhouse project in Guatemala and is now producing and shipping beefsteak tomatoes and tomatoes on the vine to North America. The 16 hydroponic greenhouses, packing plant and supporting facilities in Jalapa, Guatemala, are state-ofthe-art buildings with sophisticated food safety and pest control systems that exceed FDA and USDA protocol and regulations. These systems are in line with Del Monte’s worldwide sustainable management practices, put in place to ensure the long-term viability of natural resources. “The geographical location of the facilities is one of their many distinctive and advantageous features,” says Dennis Christou, VP of marketing, North America at Coral Gables, Fla.-based Del Monte Fresh Produce. “The proximity to two Guatemalan ports allows for easy and efficient access to all United States ports, helping to minimize our environmental footprint. In addition, the moderate temperatures allow us to forgo heating during winter months, which helps save energy.” Built in an area that’s not typically conducive to conventional agriculture, the hydroponic greenhouses have helped stimulate economic growth in the surrounding community. While Del Monte’s greenhouse products are available year-round, the core season will be October through June. “Greenhouse products are more consistent in quality and supply, produce a greater yield, and are generally grown in more environmentally friendly conditions,” Christou says. The company has already begun construction of Spectrum Bags has introduced FreshPic, a pre-opened produce bag that has enhanced convenience and food safety. “In every conversation we had with customers, big and small, the feedback was the same: Produce bags are impossible to open,” says Les Yager, EVP of sales and marketing at Cerritos, Calif.-based Spectrum. “There were other complaints about getting bags off rolls, twist ties ending up on the floor, etc. Clearly, there was an opportunity to do something.” The bag nests in a green hygienic pouch; every bag pulls out, one at a time, pre-opened. “Customers can actually pull bags out with one hand and load their fruit and vegetables with the other. There’s even a handle, so tying and carrying are easy and twist ties become unnecessary,” Yager says. “We’re now finding, too, that the ultra-clear film used for these bags allows for bar code scanning. Cashiers don’t have to waste time pulling items out at the register to scan.” Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Spectrum makes such products as bags for grocery, deli, bakery, wine bottles and pharmacy. For more information, visit Tanimura & Antle’s Artisan Romaine Scores at PMA Tanimura & Antle (T&A) won the Best New Product Launch Award for its Artisan Romaine at the recent PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey, Calif. “We’re very pleased to get exposure for this new product that so far has received positive reviews from both foodservice and retail markets,” says Diana McClean, marketing director at Salinas, Calif.-based T&A. The lettuce has uniformly cupped leaves suitable for salads, grilling, dipping and filling. It offers the crunch of iceberg and the sweet flavor of a romaine heart. Artisan Romaine is field packed in a 2-count consumer clamshell, as well as 24-count and 9-pound foodservice cases. For more information, visit 190 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What’s Next | September 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Progressive Grocer - September 2011

Progressive Grocer - September 2011
Table of Contents
New Era for Old World
Inside the Market Basket
Perfect Partners
Still Pink
Progressive Grocer Independent: Lasting Impressions
Breakfast Retailing Handbook: Breakfast Across the Store
Breakfast Foods/Frozen Waffles, Pancakes and French Toast
Cereal, Energy and Snack Bars, Q4 2010-Q1 2011
Fresh Priorities
Innovation in Focus
Goodness Grazing
Practical Implications of Food Safety Research
Gleaming Opportunities
Putting the Shine On
Seasonal Excitement
What Price Beauty?
Progressive Grocer Tech: Sourcing Savings
Bright Ideas
Supplier Side News
Editors’ Picks for Innovative Products

Progressive Grocer - September 2011