S & L Produce, Inc.

Lettuce

RETAIL

Offer a variety of lettuces for consumers. Leaf lettuce appeals to consumers interested in variety and color in salads. Most retailers offer a selection of lettuce types. When doing so, make sure all are clearly labeled, especially if grouped side by side.

Lettuce is available year-round in fairly consistent supplies.

Promotion

Lettuce can help promote other salad items because it rarely is served alone and is easy to prepare. Feature salad tie-in items such as tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, celery, and carrots or any combination thereof in ads with lettuce for a specific price. Offer salad recipes, dressings, and croutons as part of the lettuce display.

Promote lettuce leaves as deli sandwich toppers. Try a cross-merchandising promotion for bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches.

FOOD SERVICE

On a salad bar, vary the shape of the lettuce to add interest to the bar. Lettuce can be cut into chunks, rafts, wedges, and shreds.

Besides the obvious use in salads, shredded lettuce makes an attractive bed for Mexican and Oriental dishes.

To crisp lettuce before using, plunge heads in ice cold water for a few minutes.

HANDLING

- Ethylene sensitive (Do not store or transport ethylene-sensitive items with commodities that produce ethylene.)

- Highly sensitive to freezing injury. (Likely to suffer injury by one light freezing.)

Perforated plastic film wrapped around the heads can help maintain humidity levels.

Don't place lettuce cartons directly in front of the cooler's fans because that will result in rapid dehydration.

NUTRITION

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the following content descriptors for iceberg lettuce: fat-free, saturated fat-free, very low sodium, cholesterol-free, and low in calories. The following have been approved for leaf lettuce: fat-free, saturated fat-free, low in sodium, cholesterol-free, low in calories, high in vitamin A and a good source of folate (add 15 percent folate to label.)

Details

Temp

34-36°F

Humidity

90-100%

Mist

Lightly (Not wrapped product)

Shelf Life

14-21 days; 14 days fresh-cut

Nutrition

Serving Size:
1/6 medium head Iceburg (89g)

Calories

15

Total Fat

0g (%)

Saturated Fat

0g (%)

Cholesterol

0mg (%)

Sodium

10mg (0%)

Total Carbs

3g (1%)

Dietary Fiber

1g (4%)

Sugars

2g

Protein

1g (2%)

Vitamin A

4%

Vitamin C

6%

Calcium

2%

Iron

2%

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