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Apio Inc


4575 W. Main Street, Guadalupe, California 93434, U.S.A


Dr Shehbaz Singh (Principal Scientist)

Apio, Inc. was founded by five celery growers in the Santa Maria Valley, CA. The name “Apio” means “celery” in Spanish. By 1982 Apio built its own prototype broccoli-packing trailer, a revolutionary concept considering that all broccoli was field packed into bins. As a result, Apio grew to one of the largest broccoli shippers in the world., , 1990 – Apio received worldwide exposure when President George Bush banned broccoli from Air Force One. In response, Apio sent a truckload of broccoli to the White House and asked the President to reconsider his decision. The gift resulted in an avalanche of press coverage that came to be known as “broccoligate.”, , 1996 – Apio developed a full fresh-cut category including bagged vegetables and party trays processed at its Guadalupe, CA facility under the Eat Smart® brand., , 1999 – Apio was acquired by Landec Corporation (NASDAQ: LNDC) of Menlo Park, CA. The inventors of what would come to be known as BreatheWay technology – Landec and Apio were long-term partners in the pursuit of innovative packaging technologies for fresh products. Through this acquisition, Apio became part of a publicly traded company and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Landec., , 2002 – Apio introduced a revolutionary ‘flip-and-serve’ party tray offering superior merchandising efficiencies and consumer convenience., , 2011 – Apio and Landec invest in a 20% ownership of Windset Farms. A market and innovation leader in greenhouse agriculture, Windset owns facilities in Canada as well as Nevada and California., , 2012 – Apio acquires GreenLine Foods and broadens its product lines to include the GreenLine brand of green bean products. With this comes an increased ability to provide improved national distribution and improved regional presence for both brands., , Today – Apio is a major processor, shipper, distributor, and exporter of vegetables. With its Eat Smart and GreenLine products, Apio manufactures two of the leading vegetable brands sold within the United States. A wide variety of blends and package configurations can be found through our food service channel as well as retail grocery stores, club stores, and wholesale stores throughout the US, Mexico and Canada.,



World Conference on Packaging 2018

The 21st IAPRI World Conference on Packaging will take place between 19-22 June in Zhuhai, China. It is hosted by Jinan University and Hunan University of Technology. Delegates and presenters at IAPRI events are used to finding themselves in impressive settings, and the Zhuhai Conference promises to be no exception, both in terms of the event venue itself and the locations for the social program.

 Meanwhile, huge progress has been made by the International Scientific Committee in refining the final program. Zhi-Wei Wang is professor and assistant president at JNU as well as being Conference chair. He explains: “Of the 207 abstracts approved for the general stream, 122 are accepted as oral presentations and 85 as poster presentations. In the peer review stream, 22 full papers were accepted for review. According to Dave Shires of Packaging Technology and Science, the review process for the peer review stream will be completed by April.”

The seven keynote speakers kicking off proceedings will be just the first of many highpoints over the four days of the event. A floating Official Dinner on the Wednesday will see former IAPRI President Thomas Goedecke being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Presentations from contenders for IAPRI’s Student Exchange Scholarship (generously sponsored by PepsiCo) will be staged on the Thursday.

 Regarding social activities, Zhi-Wei Wang says: “We plan to host the Official Dinner as a banquet in a ship-like restaurant off the coast, with local artistic performances. The view there is very beautiful, both of the sea itself and the newly-built Zhuhai Opera House.” Former IAPRI president Thomas Goedecke, of BAM, Germany, will be present at the onboard banquet to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his huge contribution both professionally and within IAPRI over the years.

In contrast to the Official Dinner, the Social Dinner will take place on the outskirts of Zhuhai, in “a place with a strong flavor of the countryside,” says Zhi-Wei Wang.

Three Working Group (WG) meetings will take place on the afternoon of the final day, after the IAPRI General Meeting, starting with the Packaging and Consumers WG and then with the Distribution Packaging and Sustainable Packaging

For more information and to register for the conference please click here

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IAPRI PepsiCo Student Exchange Scholarship for Research

IAPRI is pleased to announce that PepsiCo is sponsoring the 2018-2019 IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship.

PepsiCo had stated this in support of the Scholarship: 'We believe this scholarship will provide a deserving student the critical skills and research experience in the field of packaging, needed for a successful career in a packaging or a consumer products company.'

The scholarship is $7,000 and 6 months with the objective of graduate students travel to a member organisation to undertake research that will enhance their work. The applications are in and video presentations will be made at the Confernce in China, then attending members will vote to select the scholarship winner.