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COVID-19 effect considered on sustainable packaging in PMA Town Hall

The COVID-19 crisis may have quieted the conversations on sustainable packaging, but the future of the sector is as strong as ever, according to panelists at a Produce Marketing Association’s Virtual Town Hall.

COVID-19 brings focus on benefits of packaging

The COVID-19 crisis has caused consumers to see plastic produce in a new way.

Naturipe Farms sustainable packaging goal removes tons of plastic

Naturipe Farms, Salinas, Calif., which has undertaken a commitment to sustainable packaging, plans to remove 48 metric tons of plastic from its packaging in 2020.

C&E Farms releases Shorely Fresh green bean packaging

C&E Farms, Cheriton, Va., has a new Shorely Fresh package for unsnipped green beans.

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.

Packaging sees brisk business in wake of pandemic

Many unanswered questions still hang over the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but the health crisis, which froze some food sales outlets and forced major alterations in others,  also changed consumer buying habits.