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Produce Show Daily Oct. 17 2013 (PMA)

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22 Thursday, October 17, 2013 POLICELLA FARMS LEADS INDUSTRY WITH CLEAN, GREEN, SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS Policella Farms has announced that the company recently expanded its HACCP certified packing warehouse and completed their 200 kW solar project. The new warehouse uses the latest state-of-the-art, energy efficient technology available today, including 100 percent recyclable, insulated and Energy Star rated building panels, LED lighting throughout the entire facility, a high-efficiency refrigeration system, and more than 1,000 solar panels running into 20 inverters' allowing them to perform at peak capacity even on days with low light levels. These initiatives propel Policella Farms further in their goal to reduce the company's carbon footprint for a cleaner, greener future for the next generation. The energy generated from this project will be equivalent to the following annually: reducing 388,000 lb CO2, planting 20 acres of pine trees and saving 194 barrels of oil consumption. The company's ongoing commitment to green practices is reflected in LIMONEIRA UNLEASHES THE NATURAL POWER OF LEMONS By John Carter, Director of Global Sales, Limoneira Company Limoneira's 120-year history has enabled us to calibrate our business model to deliver the quality and consistency that grocery and food service partners require, setting us apart from other suppliers. We are vertically integrated and have been a grower, harvester and packer for over a century. Our teams are closely connected to respond quickly to customer needs. Since manifests can change daily, we need to make sure our response times are optimal. Consumers want to know that the food they are eating is safe and sustain- ably produced. Limoneira is Global Gap certified and has some of the highest food safety ratings in the industry. We have solar arrays that produce 2 megawatts of energy for our Northern and Southern Ranch operations. We also have rigorous water practices to conserve this vital resource. Our organic green waste operations reduce usage of water, herbicides and fertilizer and maintain healthy root stocks, and our integrated pest management programs use beneficial organisms and reduce pesticide usage. In addition, we help our grocery and food service partners market to consumers. Our Unleash the Natural Power of Lemons campaign is advertised on high traffic consumer websites and dis- FLAGSTONE FOODS LAUNCHING NEW ANN'S HOUSE PRODUCT LINE By Jeff Vogel, President, Amport Foods Amport Foods, founded in 1962, and Ann's House Nuts, founded in 1973, were acquired by Gryphon Investors in 2010, creating Snacks Holding Corp. Snacks Holding Corp. rebranded to Flagstone Foods in 2012, and is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of private label wholesome snacks in North America. Flagstone Foods is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minn., with manufacturing facilities located in Minnesota and North Carolina. Amport Foods and Ann's House of Nuts are two highly complementary companies that process, package and distribute over 750 varieties of branded and private label wholesome snacks. Amport Foods is one of the largest suppliers of dried fruit, and Ann's House of Nuts holds the number one spot in trail mix in the country. The significant position they hold within the growing wholesome snacks sector speaks to their strength, agility and innovation. Rooted in consumer insights, Flagstone Foods is continuously devel- FRESH ORIGINS DEBUTS NEW HERB CRYSTALS AND FLOWER CRYSTALS Fresh Origins, America's leading producer of microgreens and edible flowers, has introduced Herb Crystals® and Flower Crystals®. With dazzling, all-natural colors and the flavors of fresh flowers and herbs, the crystals are perfect ingredients for adding a distinctive finishing touch to any culinary creation. Carefully hand-harvested at the peak of flavor and color, fresh herbs and edible flowers are combined with pure cane sugar to create vibrant, flavorful crystals. Their crispy texture and concentrated fla- vor brighten up salads, pair well with savory dishes and add crunch to baked goods and desserts. The crystals can even be tossed into a cocktail for a surprise of color at the bottom of the glass, and the flavor will be savored in the last sip. "We're excited to introduce our Herb and Flower Crystals and eager to see how they inspire new trends," says David Sasuga, founder of Fresh Origins. "The possibilities are endless!" Herb Crystals are available in Basil, Cilantro and Mint, and Flower Crystals Produce Show Daily their day-to-day operations, including: integrated pest management; use of certified organic, bio-degradable coco fibre; the recapture, storage, sterilization and reuse of greenhouse water; high-efficiency energy curtains to reduce energy consumption; and high-efficiency natural gas boilers that capture CO2 and reintroduce it to the greenhouse to assist in optimal plant growth. Good corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship have long been a hallmark of this 4th generation familyowned greenhouse grower shipper. "At Policella Farms, we're taking a strong leadership position by investing in green technology that will reduce the industry's dependence on fossil fuels and promote good green practices," says Rick Policella, Vice President of Sales and cusses five important uses for lemons including their nutritional properties, advantages for beautiful hair and skin, natural cleaning abilities, lifestyle possibilities, and of course, their use to create delicious recipes and beverages. Limoneira's Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Every Season is the Perfect Opportunity to Unleash the Power of Lemons with Limoneira promotions through the holidays into next year build awareness for the lemon category and promote our partners. Additionally, Limoneira Unleash opinion leaders geographically located in our customers' shopping areas will be actively working to help drive consumers to their stores, bars and restaurants. Watch for Limoneira promotions in the coming months. From midNovember to December 31, 2013, oping innovative ideas for customers and their consumers. Flagstone Foods sources the highest quality ingredients from over 30 countries around the world, and this global sourcing capability sets Flagstone apart from the competition. At this year's 2013 Fresh Summit, Flagstone Foods is excited to launch the new and improved Ann's House line of products designed for the produce section in the New Product Showcase. This product line is designed with produce specifically in mind and offers a broad assortment of over 30 items covering multiple wholesome snack segments including dried fruits, snack nuts, seeds, are available in Fennel, Hibiscus and Rose. Mini Herb and Flower Crystals, available in the same flavors but with a finer grain, will also be introduced. Best used for rimming the glasses of creative drinks and cocktails, their more delicate granules are perfect for inspiring forward-thinking mixologists. All are kosher-certified and have no added flavorings or colors. About Fresh Origins Fresh Origins is America's leading producer of microgreens and edible flowers. Combining the benefits of an ideal climate with a deep passion for Marketing. Policella Farms' solar project alone greatly reduces the company's carbon footprint, making the environment cleaner and greener for generations to come. About Policella Farms Policella Farms is a 4th generation, family-owned, HACCP certified grower, packer and shipper of premium greenhouse tomatoes, peppers, seedless cucumbers and other specialty products. The company operates two state-of-theart facilities, one in Leamington, Ontario, and the other in Detroit, Mich. During Fresh Summit, visit Policella Farms at booth 568. For more information, visit www.policellafarms.com, call 519-3266450 or email info@policellafarms.com. Limoneira's Unleash chefs and bartenders will promote lemon recipes and festive drinks for the holidays. In January 2014, Unleash nutritionists will share healthy lemon tips to start off the New Year with a bang. In February, Limoneira Unleash beauty opinion leaders will share lemon skin and beauty tips for Valentine's Day. From March 20–April 20, Limoneira Unleash green cleaning opinion leaders will share cleaning tips. From June 15–July 15, learn about summer barbeques, pool parties and picnics with Limoneira Unleash lifestyle opinion leaders. During Fresh Summit, visit Limoneira at booth 1429. For more information, visit www.limoneira.com or call 866-321-8953. trail mixes, granolas, organic items and other wholesome snack items. Products are packed in stand up pouches and PET containers. Packaging is designed for ease of shopability for the consumer, clearly communicating product attributes and features with a clean, fresh design. In addition to the new Ann's House line of produce products, Flagstone Foods will have a full line of fresh pack tub items and select dried fruits featured this year at the exhibit. Visit Flagstone Foods, Amport Foods and Ann's House of Nuts in booth 5039 during the Fresh Summit. quality and innovation, Fresh Origins products are sought after by the finest restaurants and top chefs nationwide. In 2013, Fresh Origins will be also partnering with U.S. retailers to offer select products for home cooks to enjoy as well. Visit www.freshorigins.com for more information and recipes, and find the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @Microgreens. Visit Fresh Origins at booth 1542 during Fresh Summit. Learn more by visiting www.freshorigins.com.

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