Clamshells still small but growing segment for Mexican grapes

04/12/2012 12:05:00 PM
Tom Burfield

“Many retailers tried it and tried it hard, but it’s not catching on,” he said.

Pandol estimated 9% of table grapes are packed in clamshells, but Los Angeles-based Stevco Inc. packs about 25% of its grapes in clamshells ranging from 2 to 5 pounds, said Jared Lane, vice president of marketing. The other 25% are packed in slider bags.

Volume of clamshells has increased steadily over the past few years, but not drastically, Lane said. Club stores account for most of the firm’s clamshell sales.

Retailers buy bags and a few clamshells from Delano-based Fruit Royale Inc., said Louie Galvan, managing partner.

Most retail customers want clamshells packed with bicolor or tricolor bunches, he said.

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