It’s time for entries to be sent in for the second annual PMA Impact Award presented for Excellence in Produce Packaging.
Since the Pundit was honored to be named to the panel of judges, we have a special interest in encouraging everyone to get their entries in on time.
With packaging at the crossroads of traceability, convenience, sustainability and marketing, the industry will not advance without more advanced packaging. In fact, we thought the subject so crucial that Pundit sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS, devoted more than a half dozen editorial pages to analyzing the award-winning entries last year.
The list of last year’s nominees is impressive and the winners had some exceptional things to show:
BEST IN FOOD SAFETY — Perfection Fresh, Sydney, Australia
BEST IN MARKETING — Monterey Mushrooms, Inc, Watsonville, California
BEST IN FUNCTIONALITY/TECHNOLOGY — Mann Packing Co., Inc. Salinas, California
BEST IN FUNCTIONALITY/TECHNOLOGY — Apio, Inc., Guadalupe, California
BEST IN MERCHANDISING/TRANSPORTATION — Stemilt Growers, Inc., Wenatchee, Washington
BEST IN SUSTAINABILITY — Earthcycle Packaging Ltd., and the Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver BC, Canada
Now this year the program is expanded:
Join us recognizing the bold thinkers and innovative designers who are setting new standards in produce and floral packaging!
In today’s intensely competitive produce and floral marketplace, innovative packaging is more critical than ever in attracting customer attention, driving sales and building long-term product demand.
That’s why PMA is looking for companies like yours that are breaking new ground in this vital area with a wealth of new concepts, exciting designs, and creative applications that will benefit our industry now and for years to come.
Recognizing the important role your colleagues play in our industry’s future, we encourage you to nominate a company for the PMA Impact Award: Excellence in Packaging. Now in its second year, this special recognition honors excellence in product packaging and recognizes outstanding achievements in six categories.
To nominate a company for the PMA Impact Award: Excellence in Packaging, please visit www.pma.com/packagingaward. Online nominations will be accepted through September 1. Winners in each category will be announced October 25, 2008, during the Breakfast General Session at PMA’s Fresh Summit International Convention & Exposition in Orlando, Florida. We look forward to receiving your nomination.
Ronald G. McCormick
The industry owes both Ron and Dan’l a great vote of thanks. An undertaking such as this doesn’t just happen, and making it such a success last year required both inspiration and hard work. To take it on again in year two is really above and beyond.
Being a winner is certainly great publicity. The announcement of the winners is made at a General Session during the PMA convention in Orlando, and there is a special display of the winners’ packaging at the expo hall. The media attention is likely to be substantial.
If you didn’t enter last year, this is your opportunity and, if you did, we hope you will try again.
You can enter on line right here.