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Meet our 2nd generation of sustainable packaging

A & A Organic Farms introducing the next generation of compostable/recyclable packaging in time for the OPS 2021 show in Monterey, CA.

A&A Organic Farms in Watsonville, CA will launch their second-generation compostable/recyclable packaging for Cherry Tomatoes at the OPS show on September 16, 2021, in Monterey, CA. The packaging is bi-lingual for sales in both the US and Canada. These cherry tomatoes are available on a year around basis.

This second-generation packaging is a new dry pint design that features a closable vented top. “It is basically just like a plastic clamshell”, said A&A Organic Farms President Andy Martin. “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. It’s a win-win situation for us and the environment”. 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, their intention for this eco conscious container with food grade ink has been to trailblaze the reduction of plastic from the produce aisle. Current plastic reducing packaging utilized by A&A Organic Farms are the Ready Cycle containers for Strawberry and Cherry Tomatoes, as well as the Pacon “reduced plastic” bags for their bag citrus programs of Oranges, Lemons & Limes. These bags are made with 75% less plastic than traditional mesh bags and now have a recyclable header card. Andy Martin shares that A & A Organic Farms are in the works to introduce more sustainable packaging in the near future. “We have seen time and time again that the retailer that is willing to take on this packaging is rewarded by excellent customer support in their stores.”

Since A & A Organic Farms introduced their Ready Cycle compostable branded packaging in May of 2018, they and their customers have diverted over 21 tons of plastic containers from our landfills, our rivers, and our oceans.

Samples of their new Organic Cherry Tomato packaging will be on display at their booth and in the New Products Showcase at the OPS Summit in September and are currently available for purchase.

A & A Organic Farms booth is #427 at the OPS Summit.

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