Over 25 fresh fruit and vegetable innovations are up for United Fresh Produce Association’s 2012 New Product Awards, including Hollandia Produce for its Live Gourmet Squircle Clamshell and Harness Style Shipping Carton. The finalists will compete in five categories for the title of Best New Products at United Fresh 2012 in Dallas on May 1-3.
“These 27 products are forerunners in the effort to bring new approaches, ideas and processes to the fresh fruit and vegetable industry,” says John Toner, United’s vice president of convention & industry relations. “From its very beginnings, the United show has been the undisputed home of innovation for the produce industry, and these awards continue to showcase the best and brightest minds in the produce business.”
Products will be on display in the Dallas Convention in the lobby of Hall A adjacent to the United Fresh Show Floor, where they will be judged by all attendees from United, FMI and AMI throughout the show. Winners will be determined by total votes received as of 5:00 pm on Wednesday May 2nd, and will be announced at the opening of the show floor on Thursday, May 3, at 10:00 am.
“The development and display of the latest in innovation from our industry is a vital part of the mission of every United trade show,” says United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel. “Our industry’s success is built upon the foresight and creativity of its member companies in bringing new products to market. This serves to boost value to the consumer and profitability to the industry.”
The 2012 New Product Award for Best New Packaging finalists are:
- Fruit Pop Pouches, Maxwell Chase Technologies, LLC
- Garden Highway Salad Essentials Salad Toppers, Renaissance Food Group
- Live Gourmet Squircle Clamshell and Harness Style Shipping Carton, Hollandia Produce LLC/Live Gourmet
- Naturipe EarthCycle Packaging for Organic Berries, Naturipe Farms, LLC
- Rock Garden Breathable Herb Bag, Rock Garden
- Safe-T-Fresh Grab and Go Cups, Inline Plastics Corp
- SUNSET Fresh Tomato Soup Kit, Mastronardi Produce