Mastronardi is moving away from single-use plastic packaging. Options include paper trays with plastic top-seal containers. ( Courtesy Mastronardi Produce )

Mastronardi Produce, Kingsville, Ontario, has joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

The greenhouse grower is the first produce company to join the group, which includes many retailers and packaging companies that supply the fresh produce industry.

“We recognize the importance of this issue, and as a leader in the category, we felt it was important to contribute to addressing this issue on a broad scale,” Paul Mastronardi, president and CEO of Mastronardi Produce, said in a news release. “By joining forces with coalition members and continuing to develop earth-friendly solutions, we hope to inspire change among our retailer partners, consumers, and even more broadly.”

The company is showcasing sustainable packaging at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s Convention & Tradeshow April 2-4 in Montreal.

“We recognize consumers are concerned about their impact on the planet,” said Nicole Balderas, vice president of marketing, said in the release. “We also know that this is a multi-faceted issue, so our goal is to provide a range of packaging solutions to empower consumers and retailers to address it.”

Balderas said the company is committed to offering alternatives to single-use plastic in the company’s products.

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