October 5, 2015

Mann to showcase innovation, super foods at PMA

Mann Packing will feature innovative cuts and super food blends at PMA Fresh Summit this year.

Mann’s Culinary Cuts are a new line of fresh cut vegetables cut into distinctive shapes including Sweet Potato RIBBONS and Butternut Squash ZIG ZAGS. The vegetables are washed and ready to cook and versatile enough for multiple uses such as side dishes, stir-frys, soups and casseroles, according to the company.

Each package contains four to five, 1-cup servings and can be prepared in four minutes or less in the microwave, sautéed, steamed or on the stovetop. Detailed cooking instructions are included in each package as well as three recipes and usage ideas.

“I’m a mom and I know it can be a battle to get kids to eat their vegetables,” said company CEO Lorri Koster. “We made Culinary Cuts for parents who want to make healthy eating fun, but also for the everyday home cook who’s looking for some creativity to spark tonight’s dinner.”

Mann’s Culinary Cuts are finalists for the 2015 PMA Impact Award: Excellence in Packaging. The company’s launch of the product line in St. Louis earlier this year won a Marketing Excellence Award from Produce Business magazine.

Mann created a micro-site, CulinaryCutsClub.com, to provide a community for sharing recipes, serving ideas and notifications about where to find the items on sale. The product line was two years in development involving extensive consumer research, test markets, professional recipe development and online research.

A Certified Women’s Business Enterprise since 2012, Mann will feature the distinctive Women Owned Business logo on select packages of its products this fall; the first of these packages will be available for customer preview at PMA.

For more information, visit Mann Packing’s website.