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Packaging trend: RPE showcases new compostable potato bag

Bancroft, Wis.-based RPE will soon roll out a new compostable bag for its potatoes, according to a report by Ashley Nickle for The Packer. Randy Shell, vice president of business and program development, said at the Southern Exposure event that the company has been testing for about eight months a compostable bag for its potatoes.

The bag will have mesh windows so the consumer still has visibility of the product, so that means the mesh also needs to be compostable, as does the string used to seal the bag. Also, the bag – and the mesh – has to be strong enough to handle potatoes tumbling into it in the automated packing process.

Shell said RPE has almost perfected the packaging and will be launching it shortly. The new bags will first be available for the company’s organic products. He expects that the packaging will have appeal beyond core organic consumers, saying that more and more people are concerned about plastics and things like that.

Source: The Packer. Read the full report here, and watch a video.
Photo: The Packer
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