Del Monte Launches Complete Meal Salad Bowls
By Grocery Headquarters Staff
Del Monte Fresh Produce (Del Monte) is expanding its extensive fresh cut fruit and vegetable product offerings to include complete meal-single serve salad bowls and fresh fruit & protein snack packs under the Nature Made brand. The salad bowl range, made with Del Monte fresh fruits and vegetables, will include the Nature Made Caesar Salad with White Chicken and Nature Made Turkey and Bacon Cobb Salad among others. The new products coincide with the expansion of operating facilities and production lines in Dallas and will also include new bagged single serve Del Monte fresh cut fruit and vegetables. “We are excited to launch our newest product line that will include salads and snack packs,” says Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing. “Our focus is the on-the-go consumer seeking a convenient, healthy and complete meal. Our new product range makes it easy to eat healthy, with delicious and nutritious salads made with premium quality ingredients complete with a fork, dressing, and even an after-meal breath mint. As one of the largest fresh cut suppliers, extending our product line to include salads and snacks for the on-the-go consumer was a logical move.” The new snack pack product range will include fresh fruit and protein combinations such as their Nature Made Turkey and Swiss Snack Pack that includes red grapes, red apple slices, turkey slices, Swiss cheese and crackers. They will also have the innovative Nature Made Turkey Sausage Links & Pancakes Pack that includes grapes, buttermilk pancakes, apples, turkey breakfast sausage and syrup. In addition, Del Monte is also expanding its fresh cut produce capabilities and providing a larger variety of fresh cut items and blends for their customers. New state-of-the-art equipment has increased production and allows Del Monte to process bagged, single serve, fresh cut fruit and vegetables that are perfect for schools, traditional retailers, convenience stores, and other foodservice venues. These significant new product introductions were made possible by the expansion of Del Monte’s Dallas operations with an entirely new USDA Certified facility to process a broader variety of products. The new products will initially be available in the South Central and Midwest and there are plans for future expansion in other markets.