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Innovation is driving Pacific AgPak

Already a leading provider of plastic consumer packaging and accessories for shippers and grocery retail use, Watsonville, CA-based Pacific AgPak Inc. recently introduced some new packaging options to expand its offerings.

“We introduced our organic one-pound strawberry corrugated package, designed to give growers options to help differentiate their organic strawberries from the conventional package,” said David Baum, president of the company. “We also have two-pound, 8-down strawberry clamshells and the tooling is finished on our very sturdy smooth wall club store pack.”

Another new option is the Pacific AgPak’s full RPET blueberry clamshells, including an interlock stackable format for the 18-ounce blueberry clamshells. And the company has integrated both the four- and six-ounce blueberry clamshells to run on the same automated filling lines without having to make adjustments.

“Our innovations this year are constantly evolving, as we strive to keep costs down,” Baum said. “We are always exploring new research and development concepts to help cut down on freight costs.”

Behind the scenes, Pacific AgPak has made some new hires and promotions.

The newest hire, Brian Harris, is now sales manager for the team, coming over from Peninsula Packaging/Sonoco Packaging.

“His knowledge and experience in the packaging industry will help in discussing and explaining our newest packaging concepts,” Baum said. “He brings with him a bachelor’s of science from Cal Poly with a major in agribusiness and a Spanish language minor. His well-rounded work and college background are sure to add value and compliment Pacific AgPak’s sales team.”

Sara Gillogley was promoted to finance director/sales, with her expanding role reaching into the company’s international accounts into Canada and Mexico.

“Sara has grasped the knowledge of this business and has flourished,” Baum said. “We appreciate her eye on the ball and motivation to take it to the next level. She pays true attention to detail in all aspects of her position.”

Maria Anaya, who has been with Pacific AgPak for eight years, now has an expanded role, handling customer service as well as heading up sales in the Southwest.

“Her bilingual skills have enabled her to give second-to-none service and on-the-spot reaction time to the customers,” Baum said. “To say we are pleasantly surprised with Maria would be a huge understatement. We are very proud of her self-driven growth.”