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With an eye on sweet holiday citrus sales, Vero Beach, Fla.-based Seald Sweet International has received its first loads of Spanish Clementines in the United States. Seald Sweet, a co-packer for Indianapolis-based Imagination Farms, has been shipping Disney Garden branded citrus since May 2007, but this marks the company’s first shipments of Disney Garden Spanish Clementines from grower Jorge-Garcia Ballester.
Known for their easy-to-peel “zipper” skin and sweet taste, Clementines have continually grown in popularity over the past several years. According to USDA’s Economic Research Service, consumption of specialty citrus such as Clementines has climbed from 1.8 pounds per capita to 2.6 pounds per capita over the past 20 years.
Calling them the “perfect snack for kids,” Melinda Goodman, Imagination Farms’ marketing director, said Disney Garden Clementines’ “small size is a perfect portion and [they’re] easy to eat without a lot of mess or hassle. Creating positive eating experiences with kids sets the stage for increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy lifestyle, and Disney adds another layer of excitement for children who might not have tried Clementines before.”
Available in mesh-handled bags in a variety of weights from 2 to 4 pounds, Disney Garden Spanish Clementines will be available through February. In addition to Spanish Clementines, Seald Sweet packs domestic and imported citrus, including navels, grapefruit and minneolas, under the Disney Garden brand.
For more information, visit www.imagination-farms.com/.