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What’s Up With Wawona, May 2023

Wawona Update

​​Wawona Frozen Foods is gearing up for a busy fruitful season! With the current peach crop production, Wawona is looking at a 2-week delay before our production facilities will run at full capacity! Wawona is anticipating our delicious first of the season peaches will show up for processing the 2nd week of June! 

 Earlier this month, Wawona Frozen Foods celebrated its 60th Anniversary with an Anniversary Gala! Reflecting on our past and celebrating our future, the Wawona team and the Smittcamp Family celebrated the business with family, friends, employees, customers, vendors, growers, and community supporters. It was a night to remember, and we are so thankful for all those who celebrated with us! Cheers to 60 years and here’s to 60 more!

Industry Trends 

The food industry is constantly evolving, and the trends of today are likely to be vastly different from those of tomorrow. In 2023, the food industry is looking to be far more ethical, sustainable, and health-conscious than ever before. 

As consumers become more conscious about health and wellness, they are increasingly looking for healthier options when it comes to their meals. Plant-based proteins, vegan alternatives, organic ingredients, and locally sourced produce have all grown in popularity over recent years as people look for ways to eat better without compromising on taste or quality. Additionally, opting for plant-based proteins instead of animal products helps reduce water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with meat production.

Convenience has also become a top priority for many diners who want ready-made meals that can be prepared quickly and easily at home. By planning meals in advance and using leftovers creatively, we can save money while also helping the planet at the same time.

With all these changes taking place in the food industry, it’s important to stay up-to-date with what’s happening so you can make informed decisions about your diet.

Frozen Fruit 101

Want to buy frozen fruit but don’t know enough about them? Here’s four facts about the benefits of using frozen fruit and IQF.  

  1. Convenience: Frozen foods are convenient as they can be stored in the freezer and used as needed, saving time and effort in food preparation. 
  2. Nutritional value: Frozen fruits and vegetables can be just as nutritious as fresh, as they are often frozen at the peak of ripeness and retain their nutritional value. 
  3.  Long shelf life: Frozen foods have a longer shelf life than fresh foods, making them a great option for those who want to stock up without worrying about spoilage. 
  4. IQF technology: IQF (Individual Quick Freezing) technology allows for the preservation of individual pieces of food, preventing them from sticking together and making it easier to portion out. 

To learn more about the benefits of frozen fruit and IQF, check out The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI).

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