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10 cool products spotted at CPMAThursday, May 17, 2018 > 12:18:06
Standouts from this year's Canadian Produce Marketing Association trade show
The Vancouver Convention Centre was awash in fruit and veggie products in late April when the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) convention and trade show rolled into town.
The annual show featured exhibitors—close to 300 in all—from Canada, the United States and around the world, showcasing the latest produce products hitting the market. Among the hundreds of products we observed over the two days of the trade show, we thought these were the standouts:
Organicgirl Salad Dressings
Made in small batches using organic ingredients, these new lineup of salad dressings won Best Organic Product at CPMA 2018. Available in tasty flavour combos including Pomegranate Balsamic and Lemon Agave.
CuteCumber Poppers from Mucci Farms
These snack-sized greenhouse-grown cucumbers are conveniently packed with a dip. Geared for kids or adult lunch bags and available in a different pack sizes. At the show, this product received the Best Freggie Approved Award.
Meal Bowls from Green Giant
New at the Green Giant booth were these microwaveable meal bowls. The Burrito Bowl and Fried Rice Bowl (pictured) use the company’s popular Cauliflower Crumbles as a base and include sauce/seasoning packets.
Inspired Salads by Star Produce/The Star Group
Named the Best New Product at the CPMA Show, Inspired Salads feature a unique combination of flavours and textures and come in varieties like Tofu Butter Chicken and Okanagan Ambrosia Apple. Not on the market yet, these salads are expected to launch in late summer.
Ginger Rooibos Kombucha from Cedar
This fizzy drink made with fermented tea cultures has a bit of a kick. Its makers say this healthy beverage boasts gut, mental clarity and alkalizing benefits. Also available in Lemongrass Turmeric, Cherry Ashwagandha Lemon, and Mint Holybasil flavours.
Aloha Peppers from Mastronardi (Sunset brand)
These uniquely coloured bell peppers stood out at the show floor. Touted to be as flavourful as they are colouful and can be used to create “island-inspired dishes all year long.”
Smoothies and shakes from Bolthouse Farms
Made with real fruit juice, Bolthouse Farms B Balanced smoothies are 50% lower in sugar than comparable juice smoothies. And for protein seekers, the Bolthouse Farms B Strong shake contains 16g of protein.
Cheesy Cauliflower Mash Kit from Taylor Farms
Taylor Farms serves up new ways with cauliflower. This low-carb Cheesy Cauliflower Mash kit includes cauliflower “pearls”, sharp cheddar cheese, smoky bacon and a spice blend. Ready in eight minutes.
Simply Fresh Asian Vegetables from Fresh Direct
Featuring Fresh Direct’s clear, new “Simply Fresh” branding, these handy packs of veggies are ready for the wok. Varieties include Baby Bok-Choy and Gai-Lan.
You Make Me Pasta Kits from Mastronardi Produce (Sunset brand)
Mastronardi is attempting to make things easy for even the most challenged home cook with these kits that include veggies, pasta and spices. Consumers need only follow a few simple directions and a meal is ready in 15 minutes or less. Winner of Best Packaging Innovation Award at CPMA.