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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 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)


David Orgel

David Orgel is executive director, content & user engagement, of Supermarket News (SN) and its website, Orgel delivers his opinions on industry trends through a bi-weekly...

Jon Springer

Jon Springer has been writing about food, food retailers and food retailing for more than 10 years, and is in his second tour of duty with Supermarket News. His prior experience includes covering the...
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