A&A Organic Farms in Watsonville, CA will launch its second-generation compostable/recyclable packaging for cherry tomatoes at the OPS show on September 16, 2021 in Monterey, CA. The packaging is bilingual for sales in both the U.S. and Canada. These cherry tomatoes are available year-round.
This second-generation packaging is a new dry pint design featuring a closeable vented top. “It is basically just like a plastic clamshell,” said Andy Martin, A&A Organic Farms president. “We have a lot of retailers that do not want to carry the open pint container. So we worked on a design to allow the tomatoes to be visible and have a closed top to prevent spillage or the need for the customer to use a plastic bag to prevent the tomatoes from spilling out in the shopping cart. This is a win-win situation for us and the environment.”
A&A Organic Farms will launch its second-generation compostable/recyclable packaging for cherry tomatoes at the OPS show.
The new packaging has a unique UPC number for each variety: Rainbow Cherry, Red Cherry and Red Grape, which ensures the store gets the correct ring at the register. A&A Organic Farm’s Organic Red Grape, Red Cherry and Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes are grown in Baja California and in Central California. There are 12 dry pints per box and 144 boxes per pallet.
Since A&A Organic Farms began using the Ready Cycle packaging in 2018, its intention for this eco conscious container with food grade ink has been to trail blaze the reduction of plastic from the produce aisle. Current plastic reducing packaging used by A&A Organic Farms are the Ready Cycle containers for strawberry and cherry tomatoes, as well as the Pacon “reduced plastic” bags for its bag citrus programs of oranges, lemons and limes. These bags are made with 75 percent less plastic than traditional mesh bags and now have a recyclable header card.
Martin says A & A Organic Farms are in the works to introduce more sustainable packaging in the near future. “We have seen that the retailer willing to take on this packaging is rewarded by excellent customer support in their stores,” says Martin.
Since A & A Organic Farms introduced its Ready Cycle compostable branded packaging in May of 2018, it and its customers have diverted more than 21 tons of plastic containers from our landfills, rivers and oceans.
Samples of its new organic cherry tomato packaging will be on display at its booth, #427, and in the New Products Showcase at the OPS Summit in September and are currently available for purchase.