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A New trEAT4u

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Our new snack line trEAT4u has officially launched and is ready for orders! This new line of healthy snacks was built around a 10 point nutritional criteria that meet the following health and nutrition needs:

  • 1oz serving
  • No artificial ingredients
  • Easy to read, short, ingredient list
  • Less than 200 calories
  • 10% or less of calories from saturated fat
  • Less than 20g sugar
  • Less than 200mg sodium
  • 0g cholesterol
  • 0g trans fat
  • Quality ingredients and great taste

Flavors in the line include:

Almonds

An all natural snack that’ll keep your heart happy and your energy up.

Fiber Crunch Delight

A delicious mix full of fiber benefits. This mix includes peanuts, raisins, pineapple, date pieces, almonds and walnuts.

Fruit Bowl

A sweet treat that’s full of your favorite dried fruit. This mix includes pineapple, papaya and cranberries.

Moonburst

An interesting mix of nuts and dried fruit with a sweet addition of chocolate. This mix includes peanuts, raisins, almonds and organic chocolate chips.

Perfectly Fit

A healthier and all natural snack that packs the power of Omega-3s and antioxidants. This mix includes cranberries, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cashews and blueberries.

Sunshine Blend

This mix is full of sunshine and brightness. It includes papaya, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and cashews.

Triple Treat

This one is a tripe treat of your favorite nuts. Simple and clean, this mix consists of pecans, walnuts and almonds.

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Customer Spotlight: MW Hunter Lowcountry Gourmet Baskets & Gifts

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CUSTOMER NAME:

Morgan Hunter, Marketing/Sales, MW Hunter Lowcountry Gourmet Baskets & Gifts

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS AND CUSTOMERS:

We’re a family owned and operated business located out of Charleston, SC. We specialize in giving everyone a taste of Charleston in our handmade baskets. Our customers range from all ages including men and women.

WHAT TROPICAL PRODUCTS DOES YOUR BUSINESS SELL?

Yogurt pretzels, white chocolate drizzled popcorn, chocolate covered cherries, peach slices, chocolate covered nuts, chocolate covered blueberries, and jelly beans. We do a lot of corporate gifts, and everyone especially loves the popcorn and yogurt pretzels from Tropical!

HOW DO YOU MERCHANDISE YOUR PRODUCTS FOR MAXIMUM SUCCESS? ANY TIPS & TRICKS?

We mainly promote all our products through Facebook and Instagram. With our business people love to see posts about prepared baskets or individual products.

PERSONAL FAVORITE TROPICAL PRODUCT?

The white chocolate drizzled popcorn

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Almond Growing Season

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The almond is the product of an almond tree and almost all of the world’s wholesale almonds come from California. Farmers grow almonds trees throughout the year and harvest them between the months of August to October. Dependent on water, it takes almost 1 gallon of water to produce each almond.

The best conditions for almond tree farming are climates conducive to a particular winter chilling, which limits almond tree farming to a few regions in the world. Outside of California, you’ll also find almond farmers in Spain, Italy, Australia, Greece, Morocco, Turkey, and Portugal.

As we are starting to see the first almond blooms of the season, let’s delve in deeper on the almond tree farming process.

From Bud to Bloom

From November to February, the buds of the almond tree need to go through the cold weather, but it’s a balance since they can be negatively impacted by a heavy frost. In late February and early March, the almond tree begins to produce blossoms that are ready for pollination.

Since there are different varietals, the time frame of when blooms occur can vary. Climate variation is considered one of the most critical phases in growing almond trees since it can profoundly impact the harvest size. Between late February and early March, almond tree buds burst into beautiful light pink and white blooms in preparation for pollination.

 

The Pollination Process

Once the almond tree has blossomed, the second phase is pollination. Many almond trees are not self-pollinating, so bees provide the missing piece of the puzzle. Populations of bees are brought to the orchard to carry pollen and initiate crop development.

 

The Maturing and Hull-Split of Almonds

From March to June the almond tree begins to transform the blossoms into an almond in their hull. Also at this time, green almonds are harvested for various culinary uses. By mid-to-late summer, almond hulls begin to split open exposing the almond shell and allowing it to dry. Shortly before harvest, the hulls open completely.

 

Almond Tree Harvesting and Processing

The harvest season for almond farmers is from August to October. The growers have mechanical tree shakers which allow the almonds to fall to the ground. For the next 8 – 10 days, the almonds continue to dry in their shell in the orchard and are then swept and picked up by machines.

The drying process of the almonds is critical for the most optimal harvest. At this point, the almonds are transported in their shells onto a roller where the shells, hulls and remaining debris are removed. Every part of the harvest from the almonds to shells to hulls are utilized. After sizing, almonds are kept in controlled storage conditions to maintain quality until they’re shipped to market through various packaging methods and sold as wholesale almonds.

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Best Selling Bar Snack Mixes

Interested in what snacks sell best at bars and breweries? Here’s our list of our best selling snack mixes. As expected, salty always pairs well with beer.

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Download PDF: Best Selling Bar Snacks

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Customer Spotlight: Highland Park High School

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CUSTOMER NAME:

Joan Bayes, Food Service Director, Highland Park High School PTA Food Service

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS AND CUSTOMERS:

We are a high school food service operated by the PTA and have been a Tropical customer for 16 years.  We have 16 to 20 different volunteer parents that serve the students and staff each day. We serve grades 9-12 with over 2200 students and 200 staff.

WHAT TROPICAL PRODUCTS DOES YOUR BUSINESS SELL?

We sell a variety of bulk snack mixes and candy, energy bars and snacks.

HOW DO YOU MERCHANDISE YOUR PRODUCTS FOR MAXIMUM SUCCESS? ANY TIPS & TRICKS?

Students love visiting the Blue Cart to snack with friends and have Barbara make suggestions. We have a separate bulk area next to the cart so students can easily choose some of their favorite snacks for an afternoon energy boost.

PERSONAL FAVORITE TROPICAL PRODUCT?

My personal favorite is anything dark chocolate. For the students, they always reach for the sour candy.

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