Jim Offner

Jim Offner

Sirna & Sons Produce adds a 'pick-up' program

Sirna & Sons Produce has brought in Allie Sirna as the second member of the Sirna family’s fourth generation to join the company, said Tom Sirna, president.

COVID-19 closures take their toll on Ohio’s foodservice business

For Ohio produce suppliers and their foodservice clients, things were going — and growing — smoothly through the winter months.

Ohio suppliers ready for heavy retail sales this season

There may be a pandemic on, but produce growers and distributors in Ohio say they’re in robust health.

Potato growers ponder COVID-19 pandemic’s fallout

Northwest potato suppliers say they are eager to rev up a major sales engine in their industry — foodservice — as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic passes.

Washington and Oregon potato acreage down, but plenty expected

Potato production in the Northwest was strong in 2019, and the outlook for 2020 looks similar, said Chris Voigt, executive director of the Moses Lake-based Washington State Potato Commission. 

Flexibility moves to central role in packaging tech

Flexible equipment is an important component in a packaging industry that continues to work with new materials, pack styles and formats, marketers say.

Produce industry adapts, works toward reducing packaging materials

Using fewer materials in packaging for fresh produce costs less in dollars as well as environmental impact, marketers say.

Eco-friendly produce packaging, waste reduction are good business

Sustainability is more than a commitment; it’s a statement, marketers say. Companies are communicating with customers and consumers about sustainable/environmentally conscious practices, they note.

Marketers see uptick in online deliveries amid COVID-19 restrictions

Online grocery purchasing and delivery will continue to spread, long after the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has dissipated, and the packaging industry likely will grow with it, marketers say. 

Longer shelf life curbs needless waste, marketers say

While package makers focus on minimizing waste that ends up in landfills, they’re also mindful to minimize biodegradable waste by developing bags, clamshells and boxes that protect product shelf life, marketers say.