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Milne Launches Two New Product Lines

Milne Fruit Products has expanded our product line again. We’ve just launched a new line of frozen berry products, including IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) and more. Our new MicroDried™ product line continues to grow with a wide range of applications surpassing traditional dried products. We hope you will drop by the Milne booth at the Natural Products show in Anaheim, CA to meet our team and check out these new offerings, alongside our traditional juice and concentrated products.

Frozen Berry Products Now Being Offered

Milne Fruit Products is pleased to announce an expansion of our product offerings, as we have become the new, exclusive distributor of Wyckoff Farms’ frozen berry products.

“Our customers can now source IQF, straight pack and non-pasteurized sieved and seedless products through their Milne broker or sales representative,” said Michael Sorenson, General Manager. “We are also utilizing Milne’s global sales network to expand the market for these products produced by our parent company.”

Vertically integrated from field to final product, the frozen berry product line includes black raspberries, red raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, and is produced with the high quality standards customers have come to expect from Milne and Wyckoff Farms.

Please contact Shannon Elkins, Director of Sales and Marketing (509.786.2611 or selkins@milnefruit.com), for more information and to place your order.

MicroDried™ All Natural, All Fruit

Milne has begun full-scale production and shipments of our new MicroDried™ line of 100% all-natural fruit products. Initial offerings include blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.

“These large, plump dried fruit pieces are rich with the real color, flavor, fragrance and taste of natural fruit,” said Jack Schroeder, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “It’s a truly revolutionary product line that surpasses traditional dried products in nutritional content, as well as eye and mouth appeal.”

MicroDried fruit is available in several moisture ranges from crunchy to chewy, offering a wide scope of applications from hot and cold cereals to baked goods, trail mixes, granola bars, baking mixes and more. The line is expected to springboard new product opportunities that simply were not possible before.

Most MicroDried products are vertically integrated with fruit grown by Wyckoff Farms and produced under the high quality assurance standards that are hallmarks of both Milne and Wyckoff Farms. For more information, product procurement or to make arrangements for a plant visit, please contact Jack Schroeder, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at 509-786-2611, x1220, or by email at jschroeder@milnefruit.com.

Steve Nugent Joins the Milne Team

Milne Fruit Products is pleased to announce the addition of Steve Nugent to our Sales Team as the Director of Export Sales.

“Steve brings with him a strong background in the fruit industry and is well known to many of our customers,” said Jack Schroeder, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are delighted to have him on board.”

Steve is charged with expanding our market for the new frozen berry line, as well as developing new export markets for Milne’s juice and puree products and MicroDried lines. If you are interested in new opportunities for frozen berries, MicroDried fruit or export markets, contact Steve directly at 509.786.2611, x 1228, by cell phone at 509.781.4434 or by email at snugent@milnefruit.com.

Congratulations to Shannon Elkins

Please join us in congratulating Shannon Elkins, formerly our National Sales manager, who has recently been promoted to the position of Director of Sales & Marketing. Shannon will oversee sales of the juice and puree product lines for North America, as well as the continued re-branding and marketing efforts. You may reach Shannon directly at 509.786.2611, x 1264, by cell phone at 509.832.1600 or by email at selkins@milnefruit.com.

See What's Cooking at the R&D Plant

A number of construction projects are now underway at Milne’s new Research and Development (R&D) pilot plant. Equipment is currently being installed which will allow the plant to produce small batches of conventional products such as the concentrates, purees and extracts processed in the main facility. The plant is currently producing MicroDried products on a smaller scale such as those processed at Milne’s Nampa, ID plant.

“This facility is a cost-effective, efficient way to evaluate different types of fruits and develop new products,” said Eric Johnson, R&D Process Development Manager. “The pilot plant also allows us to produce samples and customize products tailored to our customers’ needs.”

If you would like to tour the new pilot plant or discuss product development, please contact Shannon Elkins, Director of Sales and Marketing, at 509.786.2611 or selkins@milnefruit.com

 

Fruit Focus: Plums

Plum trees were first brought to California from Asia in the 1870s, and have since become an American favorite ingredient in products ranging from sauces to trail mixes.

The appeal of this naturally sweet fruit is no small wonder. At about 70 calories per serving (two medium plums), plums are fat free, sodium free, cholesterol free and are a good source of vitamin C.  They have a wide variety of applications, including:

  • Fruit smoothies
  • Pastry fillings
  • Salad toppings & trail mixes
  • Sauces & drizzles
  • Yogurts & ice creams
  • Chutneys, jams & relishes

Plums can deliver color, flavor and nutrition to your next new product offering. For procurement information, contact Shannon Elkins, Director of Sales and Marketing, at selkins@milnefruit.com or 509.786.2611.

Source: Fruits and Veggies More Matters®

Employee Spotlight February 2012

Todd Piper, Workplace Safety AssistantTodd Piper, Workplace Safety Assistant
Please join us in welcoming Todd Piper, workplace safety assistant, to the Milne team. Todd is a former US Army flight engineer instructor. He served two tours in Iraq and was also stationed during his 13-year military career in Germany, Kosovo, Colombia and Honduras. Originally from California, Todd lives in Prosser and has two children, ages 16 and 9. When he’s not on the job ensuring that Milne employees have a safe and incident-free workplace, Todd is an avid motorcycle rider and enjoys target shooting. His workstation is located in the main office area. Please stop by and say hello!

 

Sally Orth RetiresSally Orth Retires
We also wish happy trails to Sally Orth, who retired from the lab after more than 14 years with the company. With three grandchildren and expecting three more this summer, Sally will now be spending more time being Grandma!  She is pictured here at her retirement party with Director of Quality Assurance, Ed Thomas.

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