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Southern Specialties to feature meal-kit delivery services and new top-sealed trays for retail at Southern Exposure

As a loyal member and participant of the Southeast Produce Council from the year it was formed, and an exhibitor since its inaugural trade show, Southern Specialties looks forward to another event, the 2018 Southern Exposure, this year in Tampa, FL, on March 1-3.

Charlie Eagle, director of business development for the Pompano Beach-based company — a leading grower, importer and distributor of high-quality specialty produce — said the company would be at Booth No. 515 at the event.

P1050561Charlie Eagle“We will have reps from our foodservice and retail sales team, as well as our business development team,” said Eagle. “Jennifer Rigdon, business development manager for the Midwest, and Kristen Francisco, of our business development team, will also be at the show helping to greet and meet with existing and prospective customers.”

Southern Specialties took home the award for Best Overall Product Promo for its recipe-ready capabilities in packaging especially developed for meal-kit delivery services at last October’s PMA Fresh Summit, and Eagle said the company continues to supply a bulk program for home preparation meals.

“These custom packs of specialty items are ideal for home delivery recipe boxes,” explained Eagle.

“We continue to share our capabilities as a grower-processor to work with these companies to develop recipes and to advise them about availability and packaging options in ways they feel is best for their services.”

He added that the company will also feature its Southern Selects new line of top sealed trays for its retail line of specialty produce.

In addition, the company will feature its range of seasonally available, popular Southern Selects’ organic produce and specialty produce with top-seal trays at the expo.

Southern Specialties’ organic line features several items, including hand-selected and trimmed French beans.

“These are produced and packaged in one-pound bags,” said Eagle. “The item is seasonally available from Mexico in 11-pound bulk packs.”

The company’s organic line also includes asparagus. Its organic blueberries and blackberries are seasonally available in six-ounce packs.

Adding to the new excitement in the Southern Specialties’ lineup are its new, fresh, hand-shelled and hand-peeled fava beans.

“The typical process of getting fava beans ready to cook involves taking the beans out of the pod and removing two layers of skin to get to the edible beans,” explained Eagle.

“Until now, favas have been only seasonally available, and highly labor intensive for chefs. This is a truly ready-to-use product that enables foodservice operators to bring springtime flavor to their recipes year-round.”

The fava beans are packed in one-pound extended shelf life bags.

Southern Specialties’ relationships with its customers in the Southeast is strong and continues to grow. Eagle pointed out that the company has been fortunate to work with companies in the region that have developed into true partnerships.

“We will also demonstrate our specialty produce commodity grower/shipper capabilities that put Southern Specialties on the map over 27 years ago,” he noted.