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Pure Fishing hooked on convenience, other benefits of new packaging

Fishing products marketer will debut Berkley product line this fall in blister packaging that is easier to open and that avoids the sharp edges of clamshells.

Opening traditional clamshell packages is frustrating for consumers in a number of product categories, including fishing equipment. Pure Fishing, a subsidiary of Jarden Corp., Columbia, SC, will take a leadership role in value-added packaging in the category by presenting 35 products in its Berkley Classic Tools line in new packs that will ease consumer hassle and also provide environmental benefits. The packaging will debut this fall.

Berkley products—fishing tackle, lures, rods, and reels—will be packaged in sustainable and secure Natralock® packaging from MWV.

“We’ll have enhanced visibility of the Berkley product with glare-free surfacing and improved graphics,” says David Lund, Pure Fishing vice president of marketing-The Americas. “Opening the new packaging requires no special tools, just a pair of scissors that leaves a smooth, safe edge. Gone are the hazards of the ragged edges and the frustrations from opening the clam packs.”

The Natralock package that Pure Fishing will be using for its Berkley line consists of paperboard that contains up to 30% recycled materials, and also a thermoform blister.

Pure Fishing expects the new packaging will reduce plastic usage by 67%, compared with traditional clamshell packs. In addition, the annual reduction in plastics bound for landfills is estimated at 77 tons, and the costs for shipping the Berkley brand products will be reduced because the weight of the plastic is 29% lighter than the previous packaging.

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