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Positive Impact

During the past several years, packaging has played a growing role in produce category innovation. Packaging manufacturers are working to help with a variety of key issues facing the produce industry today—such as food safety, traceability, sustainability or convenience—and PMA’s annual Impact Award [3] was launched two years ago to honor those suppliers that lead the field with new innovations.

This year’s winners were:

• environment/sustainability: Earthbound Farm for Earthbound Farm Clamshell Packages: 5 oz., 11 oz., 1 lb., & 2 lb.

• food safety/traceability: Yottamark Inc. for MICROBAKER Traceable Labels

• functionality/technology: Clear Lam Packaging, Inc. & Taylor Farms, Inc. for Taylor Fresh Bag Plus

• marketing design: The Oppenheimer Group & ZESPRI for Kiwi Snack Pack

• marketing messaging/content: Stemilt Growers, Inc. for Fresh, Flavorful & Family-Farmed Cherry Display Bin

• supply chain efficiencies: IFCO Systems for Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs)