A new tray pack line for Sweet-Pac brand corn on the cob will is designed to give consumers convenience while saving retailers labor costs and providing easy display options, according to officials at Scotlynn Investments.
Production started July 20 on the new line and will run year round at the company’s Vittoria, Ontario, facility, said Joe Didiano, director of produce sales and operations.
Didiano expects the line to pack 600,000 to 700,000 cases of corn trays this year. He said Scotlynn believes that volume will double in the second year of operation.
“We invested in a tray pack line due to significant customer demand in Canada,” Didiano said Aug. 1. “Retail chains are moving more toward value-added products for their customers and tray pack corn provides a quick and convenient pick-up-and-go pack for consumers.”
Consumers literally see another benefit with tray-packed corn because they can see the quality of the cobs and kernels without having to husk the corn, Didiano said. That translates into savings for retailers who don’t have clean-up costs.
The trays also save time for produce aisle employees when it comes to stacking displays.
Scotlynn launched the tray pack line with 12x5 count and 8x5 count packs. Soon the Vittoria, Ontario, company plans to offer 12x8 count club packs and 12x4 count packs for U.S. customers.
The company packs Sweet-Pac branded corn and has private label programs for retail customers. Scotlynn farms about 4,000 acres total in Florida and Georgia, with another 3,600 acres in Ontario, giving the company year-round availability.