S & L Produce, Inc.

Corn

RETAIL

For large bulk displays, set up trays on ice or ice down several deli tubs, then fill with corn. Recent trends indicate that tray packs are being used even during the peak season. Offering bulk and package product is a good standard since it appeases consumers who don't want to take time to pick their own corn along with those who do.

To discourage consumers from stripping back husks, keep a few peeled back with kernels visible. Some consumers also perceive partially husked corn to be fresher. Partially husked corn has the top third of the husk removed.

Offering yellow, white, and bicolor corn gives consumers a selection.

Keep ears cold at all times and properly ventilated. In addition to being kept cool, humidity must also be maintained. Adequate air circulation also is necessary. Take care in setting up displays or stacking to avoid overheating and improper cooling.

Placement

Tray packs can be displayed with bulk corn or in a convenience-oriented section or microwave products area for quick pick-up.

Promotion

Promote connivence through the microwave message. An ear of corn can be microwaved in two minutes. Some prepackaged corn includes skewers and provides preparation information. Signs above completely husked, tray packed corn can provide preparation tips and microwave instructions.

Trim ears and overwrap them in trays to create a ready-to-microwave product.

FOOD SERVICE

Corn-on-the-cob is always popular with diners. Kernels may be scraped from the cob and used scalloped, in succotash, custards, or puddings, in fritters, soufflés, stuffed peppers, or made into soups an chowders. Immature kernels go well in mixed pickles.

HANDLING

- Odor sensitive. Do not store or transport with commodities that produce odors, such as green onions.

Sugar content decreases rapidly even at room temperature.

Dried-out husks may signal poor quality, except in super sweet varieties. Peeling off dried husks on super-sweets will reveal healthy corn.

NUTRITION

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the following content descriptors for corn: low fat, saturated fat-free, very low sodium, cholesterol free, and a good source of vitamin C.

Details

Temp

34-38°F

Humidity

85-90%

Mist

Yes

Shelf Life

4-6 days; super sweet varieties up to 10 days

Nutrition

Serving Size:
1 medium ear of corn (90g)

Calories

80

Total Fat

1g (2%)

Saturated Fat

0g (%)

Cholesterol

0mg (%)

Sodium

0mg (%)

Total Carbs

18g (6%)

Dietary Fiber

3g (12%)

Sugars

5g

Protein

3g (6%)

Vitamin A

2%

Vitamin C

10%

Calcium

0%

Iron

2%

For reference only.
Percent values based on
2,000-calorie diet.