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FlexPost® Makes The Inc. 5000 Midwest 2021 List

Inc. magazine recently announced that FlexPost Inc. is included on its 2021 Inc. 5000 Regionals: Midwest list. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the Midwest economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent small businesses. The Inc. 5000 Midwest ranking and profile…
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Tech Crunch: Mercato raises $26M Series A to Help Smaller Grocers Compete Online

The pandemic upended the way people shop for their everyday needs, including groceries. Online grocery sales in the U.S. are expected to reach 21.5% of the total grocery sales by 2025, after leaping from 3.4% pre-pandemic to 10.2% as of 2020. One business riding this wave is Mercato, an online grocery platform that helps smaller grocers and specialty…
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Grocery Dive: Wright’s Market plans e-commerce initiative to fight food insecurity

Wright’s Market in Opelika, Alabama, plans to couple in-person support with online grocery shopping to fight food insecurity and boost e-commerce sales. The independent grocer has teamed up with nearby Auburn University on an initiative they plan to launch later this year that will have students from the university help food-insecure seniors and parents with…
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Packaging Leader Obtains SCS Global Certification for 75% Recycled Content

As a sustainable packaging leader, Placon has been using post-consumer recycled PET in their PET packaging for more than thirty (30) years. To ensure sustainable packaging quality and transparency, Placon was recently certified by SCS Global Services for their RPET-F75 PET material, Fresh n’ Clear® Bowls & Trays, GoCubes®, CrystalSeal® reFresh® product lines as recycled content certified. Each…
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Placon: World’s First #1 Resin Code Recyclable PET Barrier Material

Placon continues to be a leader in sustainable, thermoform packaging innovation with their new patent pending recyclable oxygen barrier material called OxyStar™. When creating our custom food packaging, our number one challenge is figuring out how to help the food last longer. Direct oxygen contact with perishable foods has been a problem for food manufacturers…
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Shelby Report: Independents Nationwide Eye Another Strong Year In 2021

by Mary Margaret Stewart, staff writer Phil Blackburn owns four IGA grocery stores in eastern Washington, two of which are general market and the others Hispanic-oriented. In 2021, he expects another good year for independent grocers. “We’re still holding with a lot larger basket size, so that shows us that people are going into smaller stores…
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