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Ready Pac plans product launch, Safe Quality Food certifications - The Packer

GEORGIA — Shipments (1,155-716-373; red-flesh seedless 1,063-662-343; red-flesh seeded 92-54-30) — Movement expected to decrease as most growers finish for the season. Trading moderate. Prices lower. 24-inch bins per cwt.. Red-flesh seedless 36s supply in too few hands to establish a market. 45s $15-16, 60s $15. Quality generally good.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (340-256-262, seedless 292-232-245, seeded 48-24-17) — Movement expected about the same. Trading very active. Prices generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per-pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35, 45 and 60 counts mostly 18 cents; red-flesh seeded-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 12 cents. Quality generally good.

MISSOURI — Shipments (127-228-261; red-flesh seedless 113-204-224; red-flesh seeded 14-24-37) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading moderate. Prices slightly lower. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s $14-15; red-flesh seedless 36s $15, 45s $16-17 and 60s $16. Quality generally good.

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (0-24-255; red-flesh seedless 0-19-229; red-flesh seeded 0-5-26) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices lower. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seedless 45s $17-18, 60s $17. Quality generally good.

TEXAS — Shipments (249-164-145; seedless 215-145-133, seeded 34-19-12) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading moderate. Prices 28 count seeded slightly higher, others generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per-pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 count mostly 14-16 cents, approximately 45 and 60 counts 16-18 cents; seeded-type approximately 28 count 13-15 cents, approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 14 cents. Quality variable.

NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (20-47*-105; red-flesh seedless 20-42*-102; red-flesh seeded 0-5-13) — Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly active. Prices generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s mostly $15-16; red-flesh seedless 36s mostly $17-18, 45-60s $18-19. Quality generally good. *revised.

CENTRAL ARIZONA — Shipments (AZ 233-75-96, seedless 231-74-96, seeded 2-1-0) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading early moderate, late very active. Prices generally unchanged. Red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins per-pound approximately 45 and 60 counts (supplies very light) mostly 18 cents. Quality variable.

DELAWARE, MARYLAND, AND EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Shipments (0-3-41; red-flesh seedless 0-3-38; red-flesh seeded 0-0-3) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin the season. Trading moderate. Prices 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seedless 45-60s mostly $18. Quality generally good.

SOUTH CAROLINA — Shipments (191-103-34; red-flesh seedless 171-90-33; red-flesh seeded 20-13-1) — Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REPORT.

MICHIGAN — Light shipments expected to start by first week of August. Expect sufficient volume for first f.o.b. by early August.

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Product launches, special honors and a food safety achievement have been in the works for Irwindale, Calif.-based Ready Pac Foods Inc. over the past few months.

Ready Pac will combine its fresh foods expertise with the universal appeal of Disney characters and films when it launches a new line of fresh, healthful and convenient foods in time for back-to-school in August, said Tristan Simpson, director of marketing.

Ready Pac plans to introduce a line of snacks and mini meals for kids with packaging featuring Disney characters. The line will kick off with 10 products, including kids’ salads, mini meals/snacks and party platters.

The goal of the program is to provide youngsters with good-tasting, nutritious choices for lunch, snacks and parties that parents can feel good about, Simpson said.

On the awards scene, the company received the Best New Fruit Product award at the United Fresh Produce Association convention in Dallas in May for its line of five fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits, which will begin shipping this summer.

Also in May, Ready Pac received the Domino’s Pizza Annual Supply Partner Award for outstanding supplier service in 2011.

Jeff Herdeg, Ready Pac’s director of foodservice national accounts, who has worked with Domino’s for the past four years, accepted the award.

Ready Pac has been Domino’s primary supplier of leafy greens for several years.

“Since that time, they continue to take on the challenges that we bring them, and they have become a true strategic partner,” said Phillip Worley, Domino’s director of purchasing.

Ready Pac is implementing Safe Quality Food certification in all of the company’s facilities, Simpson said.

Most recently, the firm’s Florence, N.J., facility achieved SQF Level 3 certification, the highest level possible, she said, adding that Ready Pac is one of a few U.S. fresh-cut facilities to have achieved this level of certification.

Level 3-certified companies can use the SQF trademark logo on products and marketing materials.

All Ready Pac facilities have achieved SQF level 2 certification, which includes certified Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point food safety plans benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative, Simpson said.

Level 3 certification is expected to follow later this year.


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