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INDIANAPOLIS -- Just in time for the holiday season, Seald Sweet International in Vero Beach, FL, received its first loads of Spanish clementines in the United States.

Seald Sweet, a co-packer for Imagination Farms, has been shipping "Disney Garden" branded citrus since May 2007, but this marks its first shipments of Disney Garden Spanish clementines from grower Jorge-Garcia Ballester.

Known for their easy to peel "zipper" skin and sweet taste, clementines have continually grown in popularity over the past several years. According to USDA Economic Research Service statistics, consumption of specialty citrus like clementines has climbed to 2.6 pounds per capita from 1.8 pounds per capita over the past 20 years.

"Disney Garden clementines make a perfect snack for kids, Melinda Goodman, director of marketing for Imagination Farms, said in a Nov. 9 press release. Their small size is a perfect portion, and they are easy to eat without a lot of mess or hassle. Creating positive eating experiences with kids sets the stage for increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy lifestyle, and Disney adds another layer of excitement for children who might not have tried clementines before."

Disney Garden brand Spanish clementines will be available in mesh- handled bags in a variety of weights, from two to four pounds, and will be available through February. In addition to Spanish clementines, Seald Sweet packs domestic and imported citrus such as Navels, grapefruit and minneolas in the Disney Garden brand.