The Packer's Editor Tom Karst collected these updates at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey, Calif. on July 27.
COOL PACK: Anthony Toohey, account manager for Cool Pak, Oxnard, Calif., and Leonardo Lira, director of product development, say the company is offering alternatives to plastic rigid packaging in response to strong demand for plastic alternatives. Toohey says the primary materials the company is looking at are wood chip fibers and bamboo for consumer pack applications with berries, cucumbers, potatoes, and other commodities.
Topseal clamshell containers have been an emerging trend, but Toohey says topseal closures will eventually be used with fiber containers. While the cost of fiber containers can be twice as expensive or more than rigid plastic containers, Toohey says increasing volume of compostable packaging will make it more price competitive with plastic.