Five innovative produce products named champions at conference
Canadian Grocer staff
Highline Mushrooms' Simple Sides
Innovation was on display at Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s Convention and Trade Show, which returned to a live event in Montreal this week.
A jury comprised of produce industry leaders and media, evaluated dozens of new products at the show. Winners were selected in five categories:
BEST NEW PRODUCT:Highline Mushrooms Simple Sides. These sauté kits include sliced white mushrooms and sauce and come in two flavours – Herb & Garlic and Sesame & Ginger.
BEST SNACKABLE PRODUCT: NaturSource Salted Hot Cocoa Chocolate and Cinnamon Nut Mix. A mix of nuts and pretzels are infused with chocolate and cinnamon in this plant-based snack.
BEST PACKAGING INNOVATION:Sambrailo for its ReadyCycle sustainable packaging. The solution from California’s Sambrailo is 100% recyclable and home compostable and is touted an alternative to single-use plastic packaging.
BEST ORGANIC PRODUCT:Mucci Farm’s Natural Organics Grape Tomatoes. Presented in a 100% recyclable cardboard fibre tray, these grape tomatoes are Certified Organic by Pro Cert.
BEST NEW TECHNOLOGY:Star Group - Open Plastic Initiative. By supporting the research of Queen’s University’s Open Plastic Initiative, Star Group is helping reduce single-use plastics.