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South Texas packaging evolves

Packaging trends are keeping up with the times, not only for convenience to shoppers, but to regulate shelf space at retailers, and—better yet—with an eye toward environmental sensitivity.

Smaller one-pound bags or two- and four-pack clamshells are increasingly finding their way to supermarkets, as consumers are looking to buy appropriate portions and cut down on waste.

At Ruiz Sales, founder Richard Ruiz applauds the pre-cut packages of fresh fruit and vegetables, noting that consumer demand for these items continues to climb.

And Craig Fox, vice president of Fox Packaging, notes that his company is following up its popular combination bag with a “stand-up” pouch version.

“We’re focusing on the recyclability and reusability of our products,” Fox said. “We’re sensitive to issues of waste in the world, and single-use packaging is not the answer.”

This is an excerpt from the most recent Produce Blueprints quarterly journal. Click here to read the full version.