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Summit, Ball announce bio-pot price drop


November 7, 2012
By Dave Harrison

Nov. 7, 2012, West Chicago — Making the decision to “go green” just got
easier! Summit Plastic and Ball Horticultural Company have reduced
prices for their pots made from renewable bio-materials.

Nov. 7, 2012, West Chicago — Making the decision to “go green” just got easier! Summit Plastic and Ball Horticultural Company have reduced prices for their pots made from renewable bio-materials.

The price reductions affect TerraShell® home compostable pots; select Rice Hull NetPots™; and trays made of plant-based materials (PLA).

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“Working as bio-packaging partners, Summit and Ball have been able to increase volume and improve production efficiencies to make these price reductions possible this season,” says Summit president Norm Belliveau.

TerraShell pot prices have been reduced by 20 per cent; four sizes of Rice Hull NetPots have been reduced by 10 per cent; and PLA trays are also 20 per cent lower than last year’s prices.

“The new price this season will offer many growers the opportunity to choose bio-packaging options, which they may have forgone in the past,” says Bill Doeckel, general manager of Ball Innovations.

“Growers already using bio-packaging will benefit from savings in a squeezed economy.”

TerraShell pots, in addition to being third-party certified home compostable, fit growers’ automated filling processes and can be custom printed.

“Growers can brand TerraShell in up to six-colour printing,” says Belliveau. “Besides the lower price, we’ve reduced the minimum print runs to 10,000 pots.”

Rice Hull NetPots can be planted by home gardeners, who report that NetPots eliminate transplant damage and ease their disposal, saving on planting and cleanup time.

The price reduction affects four popular sizes of the seven total sizes offered.

Growers who wish to offer their customers a comprehensive sustainable package can use PLA trays as an option. The trays are available in a variety of configurations to fit all the bio-pots offered by Summit and Ball. PLA is durable in production, and is industrial compostable.

For more information on bio-packaging solutions, and to download the current bio-packaging price list, visit www.ballhort.com/biopackaging.


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