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Jenny Stornetta
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Apio, Inc. Announces Strategic Decision to Convert GreenLine® Brand to Eat Smart® Brand in Retail Stores

Eat Smart Online Consumer Marketing Program Repeats Sales Lift Performance of 21%

GUADALUPE, CA—February 25, 2016

Apio announced today, that effective in March, products sold in retail stores under the GreenLine® brand will begin to be converted to its #1 selling Eat Smart® brand and will become part of Eat Smart’s comprehensive line of fresh packaged vegetable products. This transition is expected to be completed by August, 2016. Apio will continue to use the GreenLine label for foodservice products where the brand is highly recognized and valued by foodservice operators.

Apio’s purchase of GreenLine in April 2012 has been a tremendous success for the company. The acquisition of the #1 selling line of fresh packaged beans has helped grow Apio’s share of the total value added vegetable category to 24% in North America and has cemented Apio’s standing as the #1 provider of branded, packaged vegetables. By fully integrating its Eat Smart and GreenLine operations, logistics and distribution systems, Apio currently has the capability of producing a variety of packaged vegetable products from each of its processing facilities in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“Our decision to convert our bean products to the Eat Smart brand in retail stores is being driven by both the favorable results from our online marketing and social networking programs and requests from our customers to deliver all our products under the Eat Smart brand,” said Anne Byerly, Apio’s VP of Innovation and Marketing. “We recently completed our second online consumer and social marketing program in the last 12 months which was focused on Eat Smart branded products. This geo-targeted program was conducted for a three month period in the Eastern United States and Canada and delivered a 21% sales lift in retail grocery, repeating the results that we experienced during the first program. In addition, major customers have requested that we merge the two product offerings under Eat Smart to deliver a more consistent on-shelf experience.”

“As consumers strive to eat healthier, we will continue to focus on innovating new Eat Smart products that are healthy, delicious and convenient.” said Byerly.

 

About Apio, Inc.

Apio, founded in 1979 in Guadalupe, CA and acquired by Landec Corporation in 1999, is the innovation leader in fresh-cut specialty packaged vegetables sold in North America.   For more information about Apio and our products, please visit EatSmart.net. For more information about our parent Landec please visit Landec’s website at Landec.com.