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Delicious Peach Parfaits!

National Dairy Month is coming up in June, so why not add a light and refreshing parfait to the menu with the help of Wawona’s Signature Sliced Peaches? See below for a delicious recipe to use in your operation!

16oz Oikos Greek Vanilla Yogurt
8oz Wawona Signature Peaches-Chopped
4 Tbs Nutella 
4 Tbs. Chopped Pecans or Substitute Granola
(Makes 4 parfaits)

In an 8oz clear glass layer 2oz of yogurt, 1 oz of peaches, repeat. Top with a Tbs. of Nutella and Garnish with 1 Tbs. of Pecans/Granola.

Wawona Frozen Foods has all of the frozen fruit solutions that your business needs. Contact us today!

Importance of Community at Wawona

Wawona Frozen Foods is committed to giving back to its local community. In fact, going above and beyond is part of the legacy of founder Earl Smittcamp and his wife, Muriel. They made numerous donations to the greater Fresno area, providing funding to many non-profits. For example, their $2 million donation helped to create the Smittcamp Family Honors Program at Fresno State in 1998, and funded the Smittcamp Alumni House.

Current CEO Bill Smittcamp has continued his parents’ tradition of giving back. He focuses much of his giving on Valley Children’s Healthcare, where he serves as chairman of the board of trustees. Bill also serves on the board of directors of Central Valley Community Bank and CSU Fresno Foundation.

We are so proud of the work that all of our family and employees have put into this community!

Trends Influencing Frozen Fruit Market

Frozen fruits can retain their quality over long storage periods. Freezing is a method of long-term preservation for fruits. The main advantage of preservation by freezing is the extended availability of frozen fruits during the off-season. Additionally, frozen fruits can be transported to remote markets that could not be accessed with fresh products.

Compared with ordinary fruit, frozen fruits retain the majority of their nutrients after the freezing process, although fruits may experience a loss of vitamin C. As the same time, fruits that we select to freeze here at Wawona are ripe and ready to eat, which are in the state of the highest nutritional value.

The increasing use of Frozen Fruit In Direct Consumption, Processing Consumption and other industries is driving the growth of the Frozen Fruit market across the globe. Expect to see a continued rise in frozen fruit popularity. Allow us at Wawona to assist you in your frozen fruit endeavors!

Get Creative with Wawona’s Custom Blends

Peaches remain one of the top fruits for adults and children alike. We’re proud to be one of the leading frozen fruit distributors in the country.

Do you need peaches for your peach cobbler or the ever popular smoothies? Read on to learn about our frozen fruit bulk offerings.

Peaches in Your Menu

Peaches are a staple food for some of the best dishes around. Try the following this year:

Related: Looking Ahead: The Future of Frozen Fruit

Our Custom Blends

Frozen peaches bulk options are one of our many specialties. We provide fresh, juicy frozen fruit year-round with box-to-box consistency. 

Stock up on frozen school food or summer staples with Wawona custom blends. Contact us today for our scheduling and availability. 

Looking Ahead: The Future of Frozen Fruit

Frozen fruits are enriched with vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, antioxidants, and other nutrients. They are used in various food cuisines for adding nutritional content and flavor. Owing to busy and hectic lifestyles, there is a noticeable increase in the consumption of these ready-to-eat food products and beverages since the past few years. Moreover, rising disposable income and improving economic conditions are encouraging consumers in developed and developing countries to spend on packaged food, including snacks and bakery products, which further propels the demand for frozen fruits.

The demand for frozen fruit is going to continue to increase for years to come. At Wawona Frozen Foods, we have an extensive product line of various types of frozen fruit, available for your operation’s convenience. From our Signature Sliced Peaches, to Fruit Cups, and a whole line of Organic products, we have something for every company.

Contact us today to get ahead of the future with our delicious frozen fruit!

Improve your Sustainability by Eating Fruit!

The globalization and mass distribution of fruit worldwide allows us to enjoy a large variety of produce at any time of the year. Eating more seasonal fruit has become an increasingly popular message to improve the sustainability of our diets.

Fruit is an important part of a healthy and sustainable diet. They provide essential vitaminsminerals and dietary fibre, and tend to have a lower environmental impact than animal-based foods.

The overall picture that emerges from research, is that the fruit and vegetables with the lowest GHG emissions are those that are grown outside during their natural season without much use of additional energy and consumed in the same country or region.

Wawona Frozen Foods picks their fruits at peak ripeness to ensure the highest amount of nutritional content. Make sure to choose Wawona for all of your frozen fruit solutions — we are the answer to high quality products and sustainability!

Burrata and Peaches — the Perfect Appetizer!

Burrata and Peaches are the perfect combination to ring in the warmer weather. Try this amazing recipe with Wawona’s Signature Sliced Peaches today!

Ingredients

Lemon-Thyme Oil (makes extra)

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Peel from 1 small lemon
  • 4 thyme sprigs

For the burrata platter

  • 4 heirloom tomatoes
  • sliced peaches
  • 1 (8-ounce) ball fresh burrata
  • ½ cup fresh basil and/or mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pistachios, chopped
  • Flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A few cherries or fresh currants, optional
  • Toasted bread, for serving

Instructions

  • Combine the oil, garlic, lemon peel, and thyme in a small saucepan over low heat. Gently warm the mixture, then turn off the heat. Let steep for 20 minutes, then strain.
  • Assemble the tomatoes, peach slices, and burrata on a platter. Sprinkle with salt, then drizzle with lemon-thyme oil. Top with the basil and mint and sprinkle with pistachios. Top with cherries and currants, if desired. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with toasted bread.

Make sure to utilize Wawona’s Signature Sliced Peaches today — these delights are perfect for any item on your menu! Contact us today.

Offer Pancetta-Wrapped Peaches!

Add something absolutely mouth-watering to your appetizer menu this Spring! These Pancetta-Wrapped Peaches are the perfect dish for anyone looking for the perfect mix of sweet and savory.

Ingredients

  • 16 thin slices of pancetta 
  • 2 medium freestone peaches—halved, pitted and cut into 8 wedges each 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper 
  • 16 basil leaves 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • Aged balsamic vinegar, for drizzling

Directions

  1. Lay the pancetta slices out on a work surface. Set a peach wedge at the edge of each slice, season with salt and pepper and top with a basil leaf. Roll up the pancetta to enclose the peaches.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil. Add half of the wrapped peaches and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until the pancetta is browned and crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a platter and repeat with the remaining peaches.
  3. Lightly drizzle the peaches with aged balsamic vinegar and serve.

Wawona’s Signature Sliced Peaches are ideal to use in not only this item but appetizers, entrees, and desserts! Contact us today to learn more!

Don’t Forget…March is National Frozen Foods Month!

March is National Frozen Food Month, which is a great reminder that frozen foods are a convenient and delicious way to eat within a family’s food budget, according to the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI). AFFI highlights the benefits of frozen food with its 2022 Frozen Advantage Toolkit.

The advantages include:

  • Frozen foods are nutritious: Fruits and vegetables are harvested and quickly flash-frozen within hours to lock in key nutrients, vitamins and minerals like Riboflavin, Vitamins C and E, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Iron, Fiber, Phenolics.
  • Frozen foods reduce consumer food waste: Frozen foods don’t spoil in the freezer so consumers can eat all that they buy; unused portions can be returned to the freezer to be used for another meal. This reduces food waste and saves families money.
  • The frozen food aisle is packed with affordable healthier choices: Grocery stores now stock a wide array of healthier frozen foods with fewer calories, less saturated fat, sugar and sodium, and more fiber and whole grains.
  • Frozen foods are easy to prepare: They help families save time cooking and cleaning in the kitchen so they can spend more time together at the table.

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has developed resources that are helpful in understanding the important role frozen food plays in a healthy eating pattern. For more information, check out the Frozen Advantage, a comprehensive resource guide along with their various toolkits. For more information and to view AFFI’s Frozen Food Month toolkit, click here.

Click here to read the original article on AFFI.com.

The Behavioral Science Of Increasing Fruit Consumption

One of the most common reasons many of the resolutions people made on January 1st will be abandoned is that people choose resolutions that are too difficult, and promise themselves changes that are too big because they want big results. Here are three, simple evidence-based ideas you can share with consumers to help them stick to their fruit resolutions:

Create a habit

If you can manage to create a habit, your desired behavior will become automatic – and so much easier to do. Habits aren’t easy to create, but there is a formula that works if you can put in the early effort to keep on track: pick a simple behavior, pick a time and place to do it, repeat the behavior at that time and place, and enjoy a little reward when you do it.

Make It Easy

Easy to see, grab, find, eat immediately, plan, keep around, buy, get in your mouth, get in your kids’ mouths, swallow, like, clean, pack, remember and habitualize.

Cultivate enjoyment

The evidence is strong: systematic exposure increases liking over time. It’s all about repeatedly trying to eat fruits and find new ways to incorporate them into your diet. Exposure works well with kids if you keep the experience positive by giving praise for trying and if you remain realistic: change won’t happen overnight, and the goal isn’t to create a connoisseur – just a kid who at least tolerates fruits.

You can read more about these and other evidence-based tips at fruitsandveggies.org.

This article was originally featured in the Have a Plant Ambassador Activation Kit, Winter 2022, and was written by Dr. Jason Riis, Chief Behavioral Scientist for the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH).

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