A panel of judges looked for produce and floral packaging demonstrating originality and aiming to connect with consumers, safeguarding product, sustaining the environment and improving supply chain efficiencies, according to a Produce Marketing Association news release.
The judges ranked entries in areas of marketing, food safety, supply chain efficiency, sustainability and consumer convenience.
Winning entries for 2013 are:
Clear Lam Packaging Inc. and Ready Pac Foods: Cooperation is the inspiration behind a peal and reseal tray for fresh mixed greens from Clear Lam Packaging Inc., Elk Grove village, Ill., and used by Ready Pac Foods, Irvindale, Calif. the trays use one-third less plastic than other containers, which makes it possible to stack an additional layer on pallets.
Freida’s: Brightly colored graphics stretch across the top and bottom of 1-pound bags for seedless and meyer lemons from Frieda’s Inc., Los Angeles. A large clear panel provides consumers a wide window to view the fruit and the flat bottoms keeps the bags upright for tidy retail displays. The bags also have handles and recipe suggestions.
Naturesweet: San Antonio-based Naturesweet Ltd. test-marketed Cherriots — pre-washed, ready-to-eat tomatoes — in a 5.25-ounce triple pack. Each container has nine to 12 tomatoes. The Cherriots in-store marketing displays will have the tagline “Tomatoes on-the-go.”
Sunkist Growers: A fresh look for the fresh lemon line from Sunkist Growers features consumer-friendly handle bags that give a clear view of the conventional, organic, meyer or seedless lemons inside. The bags are resealable and give retailers an eye-catching splash of color with bright graphics. With flat bottoms the new bags make retail display easier and restocking faster.
T. Marzetti Co.: The Columbus, Ohio-based T. Marzetti Co. has Marzetti Simply Dressed Pourables, salad dressings made with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and canola oil, which provides omega-3 fatty acids. The dressings don’t contain preservatives, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, added MSG, or artificial flavors, according to the company.