Packaging business updates - The Packer

Packaging business updates

07/19/2012 12:14:00 PM
Jim Offner

“Their real value comes at store level when somebody is folding down many of these each day,” Heptinstall said.

International Paper adds mini-former

Ease of use is the idea behind a new miniature former at Memphis, Tenn.-based International Paper, said Don Wallace, director of produce with the company.

The machine is part of IP’s Mechanical Packaging System, which includes machines that set up boxes and has technicians who offer customer support, Wallace said.

He said the machine’s smaller size lowers transportation costs and energy usage.

Monterey Mushrooms markets resealables

Watsonville, Calif.-based Monterey Mushrooms Inc. is building interest in resealable bags for its sliced mushrooms, vice president Joe Caldwell said.

“We’re continuing to respond to private label retailers and how do we deal with this new packaging aspect with their private label limitations,” he said.

Package Containers goes locally grown

Canby, Ore.-based Package Containers Inc. has developed a “Locally Grown” line of HomeToter bags, which are single-handle kraft bags with coordinating wire ties, said Robert Degnan, president and chief executive officer.

The bag line features a wrap-around, forest-green farm scene on natural kraft stock and has a matching imprinted handle and logo reinforcing the locally grown concept, the company said. The certified-compostable paper used in the bags meets standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Inks and glues are water-soluble.

The bag, which features the company’s Quad-Fold handle, is reusable, Degnan said. The bags are available in three sizes, holding 4-5, 5-8 and 8-10 pounds.

Rainier Fruit to change apple label design

Selah, Wash.-based Rainier Fruit Co., which recently changed the design on its organic blueberry clamshells, plans to do the same for apples during the upcoming Washington apple deal, said Suzanne Wolter, marketing director.

The changes will feature a more-noticeable “USDA Organic” label, Wolter said.

The company added a bright color, as well as a larger “organic” designation on the packages, she said.

The change for apples will begin with the start of the upcoming deal, in late August or early September, Wolter said.

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