Sonoco is to showcase its expanded packaging capabilities at the upcoming Produce Marketing Association (PMA 2017) Fresh Summit in New Orleans, US.

The consumer packaging company is expected to exhibit a broader portfolio of products, which has expanded with the recent acquisitions of Peninsula Packaging and Clear Lam.

Sonoco executive vice-president and chief operating officer Rob Tiede said: “The perimeter of the store continues to experience solid growth as consumers are drawn to more fresh and natural options, with produce being the significant driver.

“Packaging has a big role to play in portion control and maintaining freshness.”

“This growth is accelerating the need for brands to offer more convenient, on-the-go options that are easy to store, consume and dispose.

“Shoppers are also looking for ways to reduce food waste, so packaging has a big role to play in portion control and maintaining freshness.”

The expanded product line to feature at the exhibition will include flexible and rigid packaging products such as pouches, peel-reseal lidding, rigid plastic trays, tubs and hinged containers.

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Tiede added: “The addition of Peninsula and Clear Lam to the Sonoco family greatly expands what we can bring to produce brands.

“Our material science expertise and packaging variety, combined with our focus on innovation, goes a long way toward helping us develop new packaging options for our customers that address the demands of today’s busy, health-conscious consumers.”

Sonoco will also exhibit the new SmartSeal peel-and-reseal lidded packaging technology that is equipped with a patented precision-scored, easy-open and reclose feature, as well as provides tamper evidence.

When combined with thermoformed PET containers, the technology can store fresh produce and help to reduce food waste.