Chiquita gourmet cafe, saladChiquita Brands North America, Charlotte, N.C., earned one of the National Restaurant Association’s 2014 Food and Beverage Innovations Awards for new Gourmet Cafe Creative Classics from Fresh Express.

Said judges: “Incorporating creative and unique ingredients into classic salad recipes, this new line of salads delivers a great-tasting, healthy and convenient menu option for operators, with 15 days of shelflife.”

Pre-packaged salad varieties include Chicken Caesar, Chopped Asian, Chopped Santa Fe, Kale Great Greens, Turkey & Bacon Chef and Tuscan. Tuscan features Genoa salami, a Tuscan cheese blend, salted pumpkin seeds, Parmesan Italian dressing and a blend of Italian lettuces.