Dole GO Berries! Receives Best New Packaging Award

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Dole GO Berries! Receives Best New Packaging Award

Dole GO Berries! Receives Best New Packaging Award

Recently it was announced that Dole GO Berries!, berries packaged in snack-size containers with three packs per package for convenience on-the-go, were awarded Best New Packaging at United Fresh 2017 as part of the Produce Innovation Awards. The ventilated plastic packaging used for the berries make them easy to rinse and snap open anywhere, and are manufactured of 70% recycled PET by Sonoco.

According to Sonoco Director of Marketing, Pete Gioldasis, almost 50% of consumers enjoy a snack three or more times each day. Gioldasis said, considering people are busy and on-the-go, their packaging solutions (including composite cans, pouches, and single-serve plastic tubs) make it easy for consumers to enjoy foods that are fresh, healthy and convenient, while protecting the foods.

Available in strawberry and blueberry, the Dole GO Berries! are easy to eat anywhere by simply snapping off one of the snack packs, rinsing in the container and eating. Dole's Senior VP of Innovation, Barbara Dan, said the berries are a fresh, fun, healthy, and unique alternative to energy and snack bars.

The United Fresh Conference was held in Chicago on June 14th and 15th where Dole GO Berries! was among 46 United Fresh Produce Association Innovation Award finalists. Winners in five categories were determined by conference attendees' votes.

Produce Innovation Awards categories included Best New Food Safety Solution, Best New Fruit Product, Best New Packaging, Best New Packing/Processing Equipment, and Best New Vegetable Product. Other finalists in the Best New Packaging category with Dole included Wish Farms' Take Two!, Del Fresco Produce's Mini Mixers Gourmet Snacking Tomatoes, and Apio Inc.'s Eat Smart Salad Shake Ups, among others.

Congratulations to Dole Food Co. and Sonoco for this innovative achievement!

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