Packaging manufacturer NNZ Inc. plans to introduce a new portion-sized package at the Oct. 26-29 Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit 2012 expo in Anaheim, Calif.

NNZ introducing portion-sized packagingThe Lawrenceville, Ga.-based NNZ’s “Snack Fresh” packaging has been chosen as one of the finalists for PMA’s Impact Awards, according to a news release.

The Snack Fresh-branded packaging is marketed as a grab-and-go, graphic and environmentally friendly package to merchandise berries, grapes, grape tomatoes, baby carrots and baby sweet peppers, according to the release.

NNZ says the display-ready transport boxes occupies less space in the distribution channel, coolers and in the produce aisle compared to traditional clamshell packaging.

NNZ introducing portion-sized packaging“Because of the height to footprint ratio, combined with the stackable retail display-ready transport box, the Snack Fresh package offers a unique economy of scale allowing for significantly more units to be transported per pallet, thus lowering shipping costs,” NNZ officials said in the release.

“The extended shelf life also plays into a more efficient supply chain by allowing the product to go longer distances and allowing grower/packers to reach customers further away.”

NNZ is also marketing the packaging as consumer friendly particularly for children

Snack Fresh packaging developer Helmut Leili, founder of Cardinal Fresh Inc., Kingsville Ontario, wanted to build packaging that could increase consumption of small fresh fruits and vegetables that are normally sold in clamshells.

He also wanted such packaging to be made from recyclable materials, according to the release.