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For more than 50 years, Gilroy, CA-based Christopher Ranch has been a leader in agricultural production, product innovation and earth-friendly environmental practices. In keeping with that proud tradition, Christopher Ranch has introduced its new "green" foodservice pack in three- and five- pound sizes.

"We've done our due diligence with materials research and product prototypes to ensure our new packaging satisfies our environmental priorities as well as satisfying the handling, storage and operations needs of our customers," Jeff Stokes, Christopher Ranch vice president of sales and leader of the packaging initiative, said in an April 20 press release.

To minimize the firm's carbon footprint, the new bag is manufactured to use 80 percent less material than the company's current foodservice container and presses flat for easy disposal. Therefore, the new bag will annually save more than 500,000 pounds of plastic, while eliminating more than 100,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions released during transportation.

Additionally, the reduced packaging conserves refrigerator space, and the enhanced design increases cooling efficiency. The resealable closure preserves product freshness, and the tear-off hood further protects the garlic strengthening food safety measures.

The "Christopher Ranch" logo guarantees that the prepped and peeled garlic is of premium quality and is sustainably grown, the release said.