Prepared Foods showcases new retail packaged snacks and side dishes featuring fruit as an ingredient.


Fresh Snack Solution

Naturipe Farms LLC, Salinas, Calif., introduced Berry Parfaits featuring Chobani yogurt and Naturipe fresh berries. Packaged for on-the-go occasions, the 6oz items are part of the Naturipe Snacks line, officials say.

Berry Parfaits are available at select retailers and come in two flavors: Doubleberry Crunch featuring fresh Naturipe blueberries, Chobani's non-fat strawberry Greek yogurt, and granola; or Vanilla Crunch containing fresh Naturipe blueberries, Chobani's non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt, and granola. Each Berry Parfait provides 10g of protein and is under 170 calories.

"This Berry Parfait is just one of the new products Naturipe has coming down the pipeline. We are eager to bring this innovative product to the market,” said says CarrieAnn Arias, Naturipe vice president of marketing. “Making sure our customers have the best snacking experience possible is a top priority. Additionally, we are proud to keep working towards reducing our plastic waste and become more sustainable throughout our supply chains. Keep your eyes out for more exciting snacking news from us.”


Fruit—With Function

DOLE Essentials Fruit Bowls

Dole Packaged Foods LLC, Westlake Village, Calif., introduced two new product lines: DOLE FRUITIFY and DOLE Essentials.

DOLE FRUITIFY is the brand's first line of tropical juice drinks crafted to deliver enhanced nutrition with functional ingredients such as green tea and turmeric. Less than 100 calories per can, these beverages are 65% juice and contain no added sugar or high fructose corn syrup, are non-GMO and Kosher, and provide an excellent source of Vitamin C to help support immunity.

DOLE FRUITIFY varieties include GLOW, with pineapple and mango juice with turmeric; REPLENISH, with pineapple juice and coconut water; and ENERGIZE, with pineapple juice with green tea extract. FRUITIFY juices are available in single flavor four-packs on grocery store shelves nationwide.

Officials say new DOLE Essentials deliver a more “sophisticated and functional snack option” and were created with an adult's palate in mind.  DOLE Essentials are high in vitamin C, gluten-free, non-GMO, and contain no added sugar, preservatives, or artificial flavors.

Varieties include Pineapple with Cucumber & Mint Natural Flavors, Mandarin Oranges with Turmeric, and Mixed Fruit with Green Tea Extract. DOLE Essentials are sold in packs of two 7oz single serve bowls in BPA-free packaging.


Plantain Chips

Barnana's Organic Plantain Crisps

“Move over potato chips! There's a new plant-based salty snack in our midst ...” That’s how Barnana, Santa Monica, Calif., introduced its new Organic Plantain Crisps.

"Plantains are an incredibly versatile fruit, used in countless ways globally," said Caue Suplicy, Barnana's founder. "Our new Organic Plantain Crisps are a savory, crispy, layered chip perfect for Americans who love potato chips but seek something new that's made from ingredients that are better for you and better for the planet. If you've ever tasted a tostón (also known as a patacón in Ecuador), a beloved and popular snack in Latin America, you'll be familiar with the unique taste experience in store from our new Crisps."

Barnana's Organic Plantain Crisps in both Sea Salt and Garlic flavors debuted on Banana Lovers' Day, August 27, on Amazon and and then rolling out retailers including Whole Foods in mid-September. Suggested retail price is $4.99 for a 4.0oz package.

Barnana's Organic Plantain Crisps Sea Salt flavor is made from organic green plantains, organic coconut oil and sea salt. The Garlic flavor has the same three ingredients plus organic garlic. Each variety contains 0g of sugar per serving and the crisps are gluten-free, grain-free and Paleo-friendly.


Summertime Snacking

Sun-Maid Fruity Raisin Snacks Flavors

Sun-Maid Growers of California, Fresno, Calif., expanded its Sour Raisin Snacks line with two new flavors: Tropical Punch and Peach.

"Our Fruity Raisin Snacks are simply real whole fruit that tastes like a candy, not a gummy fruity snack posing as real fruit,” said Chief Imagination Wrangler (President and CEO) Harry Overly. “By adding in these delicious new flavors, we're delighted to offer fans the choice between a sourer punch or sweeter fruity taste – just in time for summer."

Sun-Maid's Tropical Punch and Peach Fruity Raisin Snacks are available at Albertsons and Kroger for $3.29 or online via Amazon. For those that prefer a pucker of sour fruity taste, Sun-Maid offers four more sour flavors, including Strawberry, Watermelon, Mixed Berry and Blue Raspberry. The product is found nationwide in the dried fruit aisle or online via Amazon. All varieties feature Sun-Maid’s golden raisins.