Salinas, California — To help move the produce industry away from plastic and increase recyclability, Markon Cooperative’s new cardboard, fully recyclable strawberry clamshell is now available to foodservice operators.
The innovative package, designed for its Markon First Crop (MFC) two-pound strawberries, is made with food grade adhesives and printed with vegetable-based inks. The clamshell is 100% recyclable within operators’ existing recycling options.
“Bringing to market a more sustainable packaging option for our members and foodservice operators is an important step in our commitment to make meaningful changes to reduce our environmental impact while still inspiring culinary innovation and creativity,” said Mark Shaw, Markon’s Vice President of Operations. “By converting the 4/2-pound MFC Strawberry clamshells from plastic to cardboard, nearly 30 tons of plastic will be saved annually from going into landfills.”
Markon partnered with California Giant Berry Farms to create the new cardboard clamshells. The foodservice-friendly, 4/2-pound pack size is being packed in California and available in limited supply exclusively to operators through Markon’s member companies.
“Markon continues to be at the forefront of delivering fresh ideas and culinary innovation, and this new sustainable packaging for foodservice produce is yet another example of how we are actively working to push the industry and our operators forward,” added Shaw.
Markon Cooperative, Inc. brings a fresh approach and thinking to all of its premium farm-to-table produce so foodservice operators can offer the freshest ideas to their consumers. Based in Salinas, California, Markon serves as the produce purchasing, logistics, information, and marketing partner for its five member distributors (Ben E. Keith Foods, Gordon Food Service, Gordon Food Service Canada, Nicholas & Company, and Shamrock Foods) and their North American foodservice customers. Learn more about Markon’s commitment to providing the highest-quality, safest, and freshest produce at Markon.com.