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Volm answering sustainable packaging demand

Volm Cos. Inc. is enabling fresh produce growers and packers to meet retail demand for displaying products in sustainable packaging.

Marsha Verwiebe, director of marketing and communications for Volm, said a couple of new technologies are being used in trials, or are on their way to the marketplace. These sustainable packaging materials are derived from sugarcane and can be disposed by the consumer in recycle bins with recyclable plastics.

Currently in trials is a new sustainable mesh product created by JX Nippon ANCI Inc.

The product is CLAF-brand, with the trademark Bio Fabric, and is a USDA-certified bio-based product.

One product released early this spring and being tested now is the pillow pack, which looks like a mesh bag used with a label. One use for the pillow pack is to hold creamer potatoes. Verwiebe said that there are many uses being tested now, and more package styles to come thereafter.

Another sustainable packaging material product coming into the market from Volm is a post-consumer recycled film. “This is a sustainable solution to standard film and is uses no fossil fuels to produce resin,” said Verwiebe. “It’s the film used for labels on packaging.”

Verwiebe said Volm originally planned to exhibit at the United Fresh exhibition but will now be participating in the virtual United convention. Volm hopes that the Produce Marketing Association will be able to hold its Fresh Summit this October so the trade can actually touch and feel Volm’s new products.

Volm Companies, based in Antigo, WI, not only makes packaging and packing equipment to serve the fresh produce business, but produces mesh materials used for greenhouses, and elsewhere, as well as non-produce foods.

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