recycled PET bottles. Ice River Springs also
has an in-house plastics recycling facility
that takes in baled, post-consumer plastic
from municipality recycling centers, purifying and transforming the PET plastic into
brand new bottles.
“Our closed-loop recycling plant is the
major point of differentiation for the com-
pany,” says co-owner Sandy Gott. “It makes
us the only North American bottler capable
of producing 100 percent recycled content
bottles in a closed-loop system. We have
implemented processes to minimize our
carbon footprint: to avoid trips with empty
trucks, recycled materials are brought to the
recycling facility on the same trucks that
have just delivered shipments of water to
Since Ice River strives for zero plas-
tic going to landfills, it launched Ice River
Green bottled water. Gott stresses that the
company does not add coloring or dye to the
bottles to make them look environmental,
but rather they are green because they are
recycled from colored bottles.
JJ’s Bakery, a brand of JTM Foods, produces
a full line of fresh, 4-ounce pies and other
sweet treats at its 80,000-square-foot, nut-free, kosher parve facility in Erie, Pa.
The company recently added new platforms, which has helped move the pie category forward, including a full line of flavorful 2-ounce pies and a line of on-trend, 100
calorie 1-ounce Mini Pie Bites.
“What sets JJ’s Bakery apart from the
competition is dedication to innovation.
From the ‘Pie in a Box’ concept for increased
merchandising efficiency, eye-catching
graphics on packaging for increased visibility and shippers to conveniently carry a wide
variety of everyday flavors, their hand-held
snack pies help grow sales and add value to
customers,” says Chris Tirone, director of
JJ’s pies are made fresh daily with real fruit,
can be shipped frozen or fresh, and the com-
pany is dedicated to removing all artificial
flavors and colors from its pies in 2017.
Everyday flavors include: apple, cherry,
blackberry, peach, lemon, chocolate, banana
cream, strawberry cream and Boston cream.
For 2017, JJ’s Bakery is introducing eight
limited-edition flavors throughout the year
to drive interest to the pie category and keep
customers buying time and time again. The
flavors are driven by consumer want and
provide flavors the market does not have,
company officials say.
These flavors include: caramel frappe,
chocolate mocha, birthday cake, coconut
cream, blueberry, raspberry and caramel
Massimo Zanetti Beverage (MZB), with a
four-generation legacy of field-to-cup creation of some of the world’s finest coffees,
helps its retailers make the coffee aisle a destination experience for true coffee lovers.
Today’s consumers are consciously seeking out products made with sustainability
in mind, says Clay Dockery, vice president
of corporate brands, and Massimo is leading the industry with certified 100 percent
commercially compostable single-serve
“In order to drive and maintain loyalty,
retailers must offer what is trending and
meets consumer demand,” Dockery says.
“Massimo Zanetti Beverage allows retail-
ers to deliver today what will soon be the
MZB’s PURPOD100 is made from more
than 90 percent renewable resources,
including bioplastics and the coffee itself.
The ring of the pod is made partially from
coffee chaff—the skin of the coffee bean
that comes off during the roasting process.
The pods are certified by the Biodegradable
Products Institute (BPI) to completely break
down in commercial composting facilities,
returning valuable nutrients to the soil.
“PURPOD100 offers consumers the great
taste and convenience of store brand single-serve coffee—without worrying about the
environmental impact,” Dockery says. “We
partner with our customers to build comprehensive coffee portfolios that include
single-serve premium and soluble coffees,
in the packaging format their shoppers are
MASTERS GALLERY FOODS
Since its founding in 1974, Masters Gallery
Foods has grown to service many of the
nation’s grocery chains, wholesalers, restaurants, and distributors with a full line
of private brand cheese and cheese-related
Based in Plymouth, Wis., Masters Gallery
Foods promotes a culture that encourages sustainability, creativity and customer
“Our food safety, customer service and
product quality successes are the result of
the tremendous commitments and efforts
made by our team of associates,” says president and CEO, Jeff Gentine. “Our customers,
employees and culture are the cornerstone