Shuman Farms packing organic onions in reduced-plastic bags

Shuman Farms packing organic onions in reduced-plastic bags

Shuman Farms, Reidsville, Ga., is revamping its organic onion packaging with a netted bag that uses less plastic.

The shipper of Vidalia and Peruvian sweet onions will use different netting and thinner films on the bags, reducing plastic by 38%, but still maintaining their structural integrity, according to a news release.

“The revamp of our organic packaging is just the beginning of an overall initiative to increase sustainability across all of our RealSweet brand products,” John Shuman, president Shuman Farms, said in the release. “Innovative marketing is a part of our core values, and we believe that innovation should lead to more sustainable offerings at retail following trends of consumer and retailer demand.”

The onion shipper plans to educate consumers on the push to reduce plastic use and address shoppers’ concerns about food waste in the U.S., according to the release. As with packaging for other RealSweet brand onions from Shuman Farms, the new packaging reduces shrink through good airflow around the onions.

The company has a partnership with Feeding America food banks.

The company plans to introduce the new organic onion packaging to the industry at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Innovation Organics & Foodservice Show, Sept. 12-14 in Nashville. Shuman Produce will be at booth No. 301.

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