Exotic on-trend varieties meet the growing demand for specialty
LOS ALAMITOS, CA (October 2016) – Winter is coming, and so are the specialty citrus varieties. Juice up sales by offering peak-season specialty citrus like organic finger limes and Tahitian pummelos to add variety to fall-winter produce displays and menus.
“This year is a good year for specialty citrus,” said Karen Caplan, president and CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce. “We have great supply of exciting varieties like deliciously sweet lemonade lemons and cocktail grapefruits, and top-sellers like kumquats and Meyer lemons.”
Specialty citrus is not only big with shoppers, but also prominent in foodservice. Lemon desserts and gourmet lemonades are popular menu items, according to the National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot in 2016” report. The ever-evolving mixology scene and rising tiki cocktail trend also demand colorful, flavorful citrus.
“Shoppers and diners want something outside of just typical fall-winter fruits of apples and ordinary oranges during the cold months. Specialty citrus fills that need,” said Caplan. “You can have a big, beautiful, fragrant display of winter citrus that draws in shoppers, and merchandise it along with juicing companions like ginger and turmeric, or even beer and wine pairing suggestions, for citrus-centric dishes.”
Retailers, wholesalers, and foodservice providers looking to juice up their sales should call a Frieda’s account manager and ask for the above varieties, as well as Buddha’s hand citrons, Ugli®/uniq fruits, calamondins, T’orange lemons, minneolas, centennial kumquats, limequats, mandarinquats, organic vaniglia oranges, and more.
About Frieda’s Inc.
Frieda’s Specialty Produce celebrates a 54-year legacy of inspiring new food experiences for friends, family, and food lovers everywhere. Credited with introducing more than 200 specialty fruits and vegetables to U.S. supermarkets, Frieda’s has helped launch unique items like kiwi fruits, Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes, habanero peppers, Sunchokes®, and organic finger limes. Founded in 1962 by produce industry icon Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan, subject of the 2015 documentary “Fear No Fruit,” the family company is now owned and operated by Frieda’s daughters, Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins, in Orange County, California. Find Frieda’s on Facebook, @FriedasProduce, and Friedas.com. Inspire. Taste. Love.