Industry News | November 19, 2009

No Pumpkin Shortage for Truitt Bros.

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A lackluster pie pumpkin harvest for two years running has meant a short supply of pumpkin puree and pie filling for a few producers in some parts of the country, but not for Truitt Bros. Inc. The Pacific Northwest food processor created a new Food Alliance–certified supply chain for the central ingredient in the newest addition to its line of farm-to-table, shelf-stable items: Pumpkin Pie Mix. The pumpkin puree is seasoned with a combination of cane sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice for use in pumpkin pies, milkshakes, and smoothies.

The pumpkin mix begins with Oregon-grown pumpkins from this year’s harvest, sourced from the nearby Food Alliance–certified grower, Stahlbush Island Farms, located close to Truitt’s processing facility. The mix is packed in shelf-stable, easy-to-use, and store pouches, free of additives and preservatives.

Each 104-ounce pouch of Truitt’s Pumpkin Pie Mix is enough to make seven homemade pumpkin pies or as a ready-to-use ingredient for a harvest pumpkin soup, pumpkin pancakes, or a variety of baked goods, such as pumpkin biscuits, cornbread scones, and custards. The narrow profile of the pouch packaging offers efficient shelf-stable pantry storage.

Earlier this month, Truitt’s Special Products Division received Food Alliance certification for its manufacturing equipment and packaging facility, where it uses time-honored food science to create a variety of custom, shelf-stable products for foodservice and restaurant customers.

“Buying locally-grown produce protects the livelihoods of family farmers,” says Peter Truitt, president and co-founder of Truitt Bros. “Preserving products for year-round use through safe natural methods and no additives or preservatives means that the product remains true to its real flavor and texture. Being awarded the Food Alliance certification continues our focus on quality, innovation, and sustainability.”

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