The corn fields of Iowa are renowned for their high yields and exceptional quality. The state leads the U.S. in corn production with more than 13 million acres harvested in 2013 according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (nass.usda.gov). To put that into perspective, that is an area greater than the entire country of Switzerland. Therefore, one would expect to see the latest tractors, combines and other farming equipment in order to efficiently farm on this scale. However, on the Decker Family farm in Rockwell City, Iowa you will also find the latest packaging equipment for its Farmers Best brand of premium white popcorn. In addition to the farm’s John Deere tractors, the Deckers have invested in a small-scale packaging line for their fast growing popcorn business. This has allowed Farmers Best to package its product where it is grown, on the family farm.
In this issue of Packaging Strategies, we take a look at the packaging robotics industry, learn about some of the latest products to be featured at PACK EXPO LV, sustainability innovation, and much more!