Eco-Friendly Product Development
Pacific Sands, which recently purchased Natural Choices Home Safe Products, says it has commenced sales in the private label and custom formulation marketplace. The company’s private label program provides retail buyers with the ability to add proven eco-friendly products to their current store brand line, without the expense of developing and manufacturing such products. Among the many available products are laundry detergents, chlorine-free bleaches, hard surface cleaners, dish detergents, kitchen and bathroom cleaners and more. Pacific Sands manages all aspects of product development, including custom formulation, label development and manufacture. - Pacific Sands Inc.; 1509 Rapids Dr., Racine, WI 53404; 262-619-3261; www.pacificsands.biz
Golden Gourmet Mushrooms offers “cultivated wild” mushrooms for retailers’ private label programs through a partnership with Japan’s Hokto Kinoko Corp. Recognized as “superfoods” that are rich in antioxidants, fresh cultivated wild mushrooms - including White and Brown Beech, King Trumpet and Maitake - add flavor and excitement to culinary dishes. Hokto’s state-of-the-art cultivation technologies allow indoor cultivation in a process untouched by human hands; the company currently is constructing a cultivation facility in San Diego that will be able to produce 6 million pounds of specialty mushrooms per year. - Golden Gourmet Mushrooms Inc.; 8265 Sunset Blvd., Suite 106, Los Angeles, CA 90046; 323-337-9042, www.goldengourmetmushrooms.com
Clement Pappas’ new private label premium tea program helps retailers capture their share of the thriving ready-to-drink iced tea market. Packaged in 16-oz. single-serve bottles made from 30 percent post-consumer recycled content, the organic green, red, white, oolong and black tea varieties are offered in a wide variety of unsweetened and sweetened formats with natural flavors. - Clement Pappas & Co. Inc.; 1 Collins Drive, Suite 200, Carneys Point, NJ 08069; 800-257-7019; www.clementpappas.com
New from Vitamer Labs are Psyllium Husk Veg Caps, dietary supplements offered in conjunction with the company’s top-selling Whole Psyllium Husk. Each vegetarian capsule contains 550 mg of non-irradiated IP non-GMO psyllium husk, offering both soluble and insoluble fiber to support digestive health. Vitamer Labs expert product development process results in private label “products with scientific backing combined with consumer recognition and demand,” helping its retailer partners achieve top-line growth. - Vitamer Labs; 46 Corporate Park, Irvine, CA 92606; 949-863-0340; www.vitamer.com
New disposable poly gloves from Clean Ones make a great addition to any glove set. Perfect for food-handling jobs, the comfortable, loose-fitting gloves cross-merchandise well with picnic supplies and more. Available for private label programs, the gloves are 100 percent latex-free and feature a wide-angled cuff that makes them easy to put on and take off.
- Clean Ones Corp.; 122 S.W. 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204; 800-FOR-GLVS; www.cleanones.com
Organic Beef Jerky
Mirab USA’s new organic beef jerky contains no MSG, trans fat, nitrites, preservatives or erythorbate. Available in a Soft & Tender format, the low-fat jerky comes in Original, Teriyaki and Peppered varieties - and is cherry- and apple wood-smoked. - Mirab USA; 21655 Trolley Industrial Dr., Taylor, MI 48180; 313-292-4100; www.mirabusa.com
The new EarthClear brand of earth-friendly packaging materials and designs supports Clear Lam Packaging’s new and advanced technologies to help businesses meet growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions. Encompassing four distinct initiatives - sustainables, recyclables, degradables and lightweighting - the line also features consumer-friendly packaging icons that illustrate the environmental benefits of each packaging type. - Clear Lam Packaging Inc.; 1950 Pratt Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; 847-439-8570; www.earthclearpkg.com
PET Bottles Look, Feel Like Glass
With its new Vertical Compensation Technology (VCT), Constar International is able to provide PET bottles and jars with the “look and premium feel” of glass, targeting glass-to-plastic and plastic-to-plastic conversions for hot-fill beverage and food products. The VCT technology employs distinctive geometry to address the natural stresses placed on PET bottles and jars during the hot-fill process, eliminating the need for vacuum panels by allowing the bottle or jar to flex vertically to compensate for the vacuum created in the hot-fill process. The smooth sidewalls and rigidity also facilitate the high-speed application of roll-fed labels. - Constar International Inc.; One Crown Way, Philadelphia, PA 19154; 215-552-3700, www.constar.net
Colorful Sleeve Label
Gilbreth Packaging developed a distinctive shrink label with colorful on-package graphics to communicate the excitement, flavor experience and convenience of new Sniffers Shake-Ins meal enhancer from Chomp Inc. of Weymouth, Mass. The all-natural EarthFirst PLA compostable film used reinforces the brand’s all-natural product image. (The product’s NutraFlapper closure is from Weatherchem Corp., while the 9-oz recyclable oval bottle is provided by Parker Plastics.) Gilbreth offers a broad range of shrink labels, full body sleeves, tamper-evident neck bands and specialty anti-counterfeit sleeve labels to meet a wide range of private label and national brand product needs.
- Gilbreth Packaging; 3001 State Rd., Croydon, PA 19021;