Del Monte Fresh touting innovation and quality at PMA Foodservice

Attendees of the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo, being held at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, CA, July 26-27, should plan on bringing their appetites to try innovative new products when they visit Del Monte Fresh Produce at booth No. 1214 and its vegetable division Mann Packing Co., at booth No. 909.

“Attendees who visit our Del Monte Fresh Produce booth will be able to take a close look at our newest fresh cut fruit and vegetable offerings, including our new film-sealed fruit cups that recently won the 2019 United Fresh New Product Innovation Award for Best New Packaging,” said Dionysios Christou, vice president of marketing at Coral Gables, FL-based Del Monte Fresh Produce. The fruit cup product line includes an array of fruit blends and varieties.

Produce-News-PMA-06-21-19 “In addition, we will continue to highlight our national capabilities and extensive reach across our North America distribution network to both current and potential customers,” he added. “Our expansive North American distribution footprint allows us to service national accounts while providing consistent, premium quality produce from coat to coast. This model, combined with our vertical integration, truly sets us apart from the competition. We source most of our products from Del Monte owned farms and deliver them straight to our company-owned-and-operated distribution centers, allowing us to control quality from the very start.”

Christou also encourages attendees to stop by the Mann’s booth.

“We will have Tony Baker, a local chef and member of the Mann’s Chef Panel, prepare sample recipes highlighting Caulilini baby cauliflower, as well as Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet pineapple and Del Monte avocado,” Christou said.

“Our Caulilini baby cauliflower florets will make their first PMA Foodservice debut at this year’s show,” Christou noted. “The florets are available in a 3-count 2-pound pack. Mann Packing introduced Caulilini baby cauliflower spears at last year’s exposition, but found that it is best to offer both cuts to operators, allowing for creative freedom as well as portion and cost control.”

Del Monte Fresh’s extensive foodservice program includes the company’s entire traditional whole and fresh cut products. “We provide foodservice operators with fresh whole fruit and vegetables, including Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet pineapple, bananas, melons, grapes, limes, tomatoes, avocados and peppers,” Christou said.

Del Monte Fresh’s fresh cut fruit lines includes its pineapple, watermelon, mango, strawberries, blueberries, apples, fruit cups, parfaits, snack trays and other items. When it comes to vegetables, it offers a full line of fresh cut leafy greens, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, brassicas and sugar snap peas.

“Understanding that convenience is key for the foodservice industry, our fresh cut fruits and vegetables minimize prep time and offer consistent quality and cuts/sizing,” Christou said. “Our Del Monte Vegetable Noodles are becoming more and more popular, along with several of Mann’s signature foodservice-focused products: Better Burger Leaf, Caulilini baby cauliflower, Arcadian Harvest Classic, Red RomaBlend and RomaCrunch.

Highlighting the Del Monte and Mann’s brand names can help drive traffic and sales to salad bars, deli service counters and restaurants where the company’s produce is served, Christou noted.

“Our proprietary seed varieties offer superior taste profiles that are second to none, and we encourage foodservice providers to highlight these products as Del Monte and Mann’s Family Favorites branded,” he said, adding, “because we have exclusive seed and trademark rights with some of our signature products, like Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet pineapple, MAG Melon, firm flesh watermelon, various grape and honeydew varieties, Broccolini baby broccoli, and Caulilini baby cauliflower, we are very happy to work with customers to license the names.”

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