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Clifford Produce receives awards for sustainable packaging and cucumbers at industry events

Ruthven, ON-based greenhouse grower Clifford Produce was the recipient of awards at two separate events, the 2011 PAC Leadership Awards Gala at the Toronto Congress Centre and the Coolest Cucumber competition at the Leamington Agricultural Fair in Leamington, ON.

On June 21, more than 400 leaders of industry gathered to celebrate excellence in packaging at the PAC Leadership Awards Gala. At the event, Clifford Produce was honored with the bronze award in the Branded Package Made in Canada category of the 2011 PAC Sustainable Packaging Competition for its biodegradable eco trays and accompanying recipe booklets. Clifford was the only produce company to win an award in the competition.

Last year, the company introduced the biodegradable trays covered with a breathable film in a move to embrace more environmentally and consumer-friendly packaging. The trays are imprinted with high-visibility graphics and feature quick-response codes that link to the company web site, facilitating consumer access to nutrition data and recipes from the convenience of their mobile phones.

Clifford was also recently awarded the People’s Choice Award for best cucumber in the Coolest Cucumber competition at the Leamington Agricultural Fair, which was held June 17-19. The competition was part of a fundraiser, organized by the non-profit group R.E.A.C.H., to raise money to benefit schools, wells and impoverished children in Uganda. The People’s Choice Award recipient is selected by fairgoers.