EFFINGHAM, S.C.Nov. 2, 2017 -- Glory Farms premium vegetables "See-Thru" can, the most innovative packaging introduced into the canned food industry in nearly 200 years, was named the winner of the 2017 Gama Innovation Award for Packaging at a gala celebration in Manchester, England on October 25.  The Glory Farms package was chosen by an international panel of industry judges from eight packaging finalists from around the world, all consumer-packaged goods brands.  Glory Farms is a new brand of canned premium vegetables from McCall Farms, known for its tasty line of high quality, southern-style seasoned canned vegetables and fruits.

Glory Farms 'See-Thru' vegetable can wins 2017 Gama Innovation Award for Packaging at Gama awards ceremony in Manchester, England. Pictured left to right: Silvia Ruiz, Innovation Director, Gama; Pat Coyne, President, Coyne & Co Brand Innovation; Marion Swink, Co-Owner, McCall Farms; Annie Ham, Marketing Director, McCall Farms; Cesar Pereira, Founder & CEO, Gama; Mark Nelson, Program Director - TruVue, Sonoco Plastics

"It's such a thrill for our company to be recognized for our See-Thru can and win this prestigious Gama Innovation Award," said Marion Swink, Co-Owner of McCall Farms.  "When we started this project, we had two goals: to create a package that answered a consumer demand, and to do something truly unique for the canning industry who hasn't seen much innovation since the can was invented in the early 1800's.  I'm very proud of the tremendous efforts of everyone at McCall Farms and our terrific partner Sonoco Plastics who worked so well together to accomplish our goals."  Woody Swink, Co-President of McCall Farms added, "Today's consumer wants clean labeling and to feel good that they are buying quality products.  So, that's exactly what we're giving them with our Glory Farms See-Thru can, quality you can see."

New Glory Farms Premium Slow-Cooked Vegetables in a category first, 'See-Thru' can. Seven varieties.

The Gama Innovation Awards recognize outstanding innovation in the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) space, with finalists selected by Gama's global network of in-country researchers and analysts.  The Gama Awards Team wrote, "Clear cans give a new meaning to transparency in the preserved vegetable category. The Glory Farms 'clear can' technology could allow canned foods to compete on a more equal footing with non-preserved alternatives in perceptions of freshness, quality, nutritional benefits and flavour."

Glory Farms uses only premium vegetables that are slow-cooked at lower temperatures to lock-in their flavors and nutrients.  A new pop-top lid adds convenience for preparing delicious meals and side dishes.  The line is now available in over 1,000 grocery stores on the east coast. Varieties include: Garbanzo Beans, Pinto Beans, Green Lima Beans, Light Red Kidney Beans, Dark Red Kidney Beans, Great Northern Beans and Blackeye Peas.

About McCall Farms

McCall Farms is one of America's leading producers of farm-fresh canned vegetables and fruits. Established in 1838, McCall Farms employs over 1,000 people in its 900,000-square foot manufacturing facility and corporate offices in Effingham, SC.  The family-owned and operated company produces a wide variety of high-quality, Southern-style products under nationally distributed brands including Glory Foods®, Margaret Holmes®, Peanut Patch® and Bruce's Yams®. In September 2017, McCall Farms acquired the brands of Sager Creek Vegetable Company including Allens®, Veg-all®, Popeye®, Princella®, Freshlike® and Trappey's®. New Glory Farms was introduced in early 2017 and continues to expand distribution. For more information on Glory Farms, visit gloryfarms.com. For McCall Farms, visit mccallfarms.com

About Sonoco Plastics

The TruVue™ plastic can was developed by Sonoco Products.  Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $4.8 billion, the Company has 20,000 employees working in more than 300 operations in 33 countries, serving some of the world's best-known brands in some 85 nations. For more information on the Company, visit our website at www.sonoco.com.

About Gama

Gama is a global provider of business information and services specializing in innovation and international trade. Through their worldwide network of over 100 specialists in 46 countries, they offer high-quality news, research, analysis and partnering services, delivering compelling insights and supporting you to unlock new business opportunities. www.gamaconsumer.com