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New Dried Fruit Products from Stoneridge Orchards

­ Stoneridge Orchards, dried fruit experts and the consumer brand of Royal Ridge Fruits,offers a wide variety of new products, ranging from dried fruits lightly dipped in rich, premium dark chocolate or smooth and creamy Greek yogurt, to the company’s signature Montmorency tart cherries exclusively flavored with all-natural Tajin®, the number one seasoning blend sold in the U.S. and Mexico. The company also is making available its new sliced peaches, as well as a new snack size of its dried Montmorency tart cherries, the company’s most popular dried fruit product.

“We’ve been growing cherries, berries and tree-fruit on our family farms for three generations and have perfected our fruit selection, harvesting and drying process to create wholesome and nutritious all-natural dried fruit products that are great on their own or as an ingredient in many fantastic recipes,” said Bryce Dorsing, Senior Vice President of Royal Ridge Fruits. “Our newest products further demonstrate our commitment to bringing excitement to the dried fruit category by developing and introducing innovative new consumer-focused products that are unlike any other available.”

The Dorsing family has operated their family farms ­ growing cherries, raspberries, blueberries and other fruits ­ in Washington State since 1962, when the family patriarch was awarded a small plot of farmland in a modern homesteading act. The farm has grown to become the largest producer of Montmorency tart cherries on the West Coast. The Dorsing family began freezing when Royal Ridge was formed in 2000 and added drying capabilities in 2006, with a substantial expansion in plant and installation of new state-of-the-art equipment in 2014. The family’s company, Royal Ridge Fruits, launched the Stoneridge Orchards brand in 2010.

“We are excited to launch our new six-SKU Stoneridge Orchards line of all-natural whole dried Montmorency tart cherries, blueberries and cranberries lightly dipped in either decadent premium dark chocolate or smooth and creamy Greek yogurt. These items are the perfect snack, a sweet finish to a satisfying meal, or delicious party treat,” adds Dorsing.

All of the Stoneridge Orchards dipped products are made with whole, all-natural fruits –­ not a mixture of fruit juice and pectin –­ and they contain no artificial colors, flavors, hydrogenated oils or sulfites. They also are Kosher-Dairy certified. Each of the six varieties comes in a five-ounce re-sealable bag with a suggested retail price of $3.99.

In addition, the following all-natural dried fruit products are now available:

  • Chili Lime Cherries with Tajin ­ Stoneridge Orchards created this entirely unique and surprising product by flavoring its whole, all-natural dried Montmorency tart cherries with just the right amount of all-natural Tajin chili lime seasoning. The result is unlike any other product on the market. Tajin is made from only three ingredients (premium chilies, dehydrated lime juice and sea salt) and is the number one seasoning blend sold in the U.S. and Mexico. These Chili Lime Cherries are an exhilarating, perfectly-balanced slightly zesty and slightly sweet snack experience. Available in a five-ounce re-sealable bag with a suggested retail price of $3.99.
  • Montmorency Cherry Snack Packs ­ Due to demand from retailers and consumers alike, Stoneridge Orchards has taken the company’s most popular product and packaged it in a new one-ounce snack pack size. Stoneridge Orchards grows its own Montmorency tart cherries on its third-generation, family-owned farm in Washington state, and then dries them in its own state-of-the-art processing plant. They contain no preservatives, sulfites or high fructose corn syrup. Montmorency tart cherries also are high in antioxidants and are great on their own or as part of a favorite recipe. The one-ounce snack packs have a suggested retail price of $1.29 each, or $4.99 for a five-count multi-pack.
  • Sliced Peaches ­ Stoneridge Orchards selects the finest tree-ripened summer peaches at the peak of juiciness and sweetness and then dries them to preserve their natural goodness and flavor. They then slice the peaches into wedges, as opposed to rings, providing a heartier eating experience for the consumer. The Sliced Peaches come in a four-ounce re-sealable bag with a suggested retail price of $4.99.

All of the new Stoneridge Orchards all-natural dried fruit products are available now to retailers nationwide. Each comes in a case of six or in eye-catching 48-count display shippers, with the exception of the Montmorency Cherry Snack Packs. Those are available in five-count multi-packs, attractive 24-count countertop dispensers and 80-count bulk packs.

To inquire about carrying the products, you may contact the sales team at (855) 300-3199 or sales@stoneridgeorchards.com. For more information on Stoneridge Orchards, please visit www.stoneridgeorchards.com/stoneridge-orchards.

Sliced Stone Fruit Now Available in Packages

 

Woot Froot is a line of fresh cut peaches and nectarines packed in snack-size bags as well as larger packages that company President Kim Gaarde says has the flavor and texture to provide consumers with a great eating experience. The brand belongs to Fresh Fruit Cuts of Fresno, Calif.

Peach_Nectarine_3oz_mockGaarde’s confidence in the new product is backed up by recognition from the United Fresh produce trade association, which has named Woot Froot as a finalist for its 2014 Best New Fruit Product Award as well as by several years of research and development that involved the evaluation of more than 500 fruit varieties and development of Fresh Fruit Cuts’ proprietary process for packing the fruit to keep its fresh appearance and texture.

With consumers responding positively to convenience driven items including fresh cut fruits and vegetables, and snack items like carrots and apples continuing to grow in popularity, Woot Froot sliced peaches and nectarines have been a positive addition to the fresh-cut snacking category, Gaarde said. “It has been a whirlwind of activity and opportunity here; we are very excited to see these products become successful in market.”

After the success of last year’s production, the company was able to make recent equipment upgrades within their facilities, allowing them to add additional SKUs and pack sizes. Woot Froot will now be offered in 3-ounce bags, five-count multipack clamshells, 14-ounce bags, and 10-ounce, 20-ounce and 2-pound trays, and is scheduled to hit retail stores starting May 15. For more information on fresh cut peaches and nectarines, visit www.wootfroot.com or contact Fresh Fruit Cuts at info@wootfroot.com. United Fresh will name the award winners in June.

 

Indoor Aquaponics Farm Opens for Business in Minnesota

Urban Organics, a large-scale indoor aquaponics farm located in the historic Hamm’s Brewery building in East St. Paul, Minn. is now open for business. Urban Organics will offer immediate access to fresh, delicious and healthy foods for the Twin Cities community. Its first crops — hyperlocal, organic fresh greens — are on shelves at select Lunds and Byerly’s stores.

Aquaponics is the combined culture of fish and hydroponic vegetable crops in a closed-loop, recirculating aquaculture system (RAS). In aquaponics, fish provide the nutrients that plants need to grow, and the plants act as a filter to improve the water quality for the fish. Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, Inc. and its team of experts including engineers, horticulturists and biologists worked with Urban Organics to design, install and engineer the world-class system—one of the largest and most advanced aquaponics facilities in the nation.

“Our mission is to inspire a food system for the people, by the people,” says Fred Haberman, co-founder and CEO of Haberman and co-founder and partner in Urban Organics. “We are starting with a community-rooted, self-sustaining aquaponics facility in an area in need of economic revival — East St. Paul.  But this is a test for a movement that can be scaled nationally and internationally. This level of aquaponics could change the world of farming as we know it.”

At Urban Organics, kale, Swiss chard, Italian parsley and cilantro are the first crops, and tilapia will follow in mid-summer.  These fresh, organic local greens don’t depend on the weather or growing seasons and will be available year-round. The produce will be in stores within a day of when it is harvested — the freshest, most local produce available at grocery stores.

“The world’s population — and more specifically the middle class population — is growing, and with it, the demand for fish protein is quickly surpassing sustainable natural fish production. Aquaponics has the potential to help meet the demand, while reducing pressure on fish populations in the wild,” says Randall J. Hogan, Chairman and CEO of Pentair. “Our expertise in water systems and solutions allows us to re-imagine fish farming in a sustainable way that provides a real commercial option to help solve this growing food dilemma, and potentially support urban growth and renewal.”

“This remarkable transformation from stockhouse to aquaponics farm is a true testament to how these old brewery buildings can be revitalized,” says Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul, Minn. “The innovation and passion of the Urban Organics team is inspiring, and I’m proud to welcome them to Saint Paul.”

Urban Organics is an indoor aquaponics facility providing hyperlocal, sustainable, year-round fish and greens to the Twin Cities. To learn more, visit urbanorganics.com and facebook/uo.saintpaul.

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