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Sun Sugar Farms News

SPC and CRESBI featured in Vegetable Growers News 

October 11, 2021

Vegetable Growers News is one of the more informative magazines I read concerning agriculture. Was thrilled to have both the Sustainable Produce Containers packaging and the CRESBI crate systems featured in their October issue: Small grower goes big in sustainable packaging effort 

Sun Sugar Farms products featured in Kentucky Living Magazine

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March 3, 2021

It's just a little half-page blurb in the actual magazine but the longer article on the website featured more info about the crates, the crops and the sustainable produce containers: Kentuckian Creates a Better Box to Replace Plastic Produce Containers

Sustainable Produce Containers finalist in Innovation Awards

December 12, 2020

We didn't win but we got a really cool trophy and a nice write-up in the Produce Business magazine! We were one of the 10 top-scoring entrants in the Annual Joe Nucci Award for Product Innovation: There's Treasure In Every Innovation

Kentucky gourmet mushroom grower uses Sustainable Produce Containers for produce packaging

Webinar presentation on sustainable packaging

October 20, 2020
In case you wanted to learn more about #sustainablepackaging, the Sustainable Produce Containers part of the presentation starts at 52:20 (there is a small audio drop on the plastic clamshell page but just read the text for the info): SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING WEBINAR


2 Quart Sustainable Produce Container popular with eco-minded mushroom growers

July 2,2020
Click here to learn more about how the gourmet mushroom market is responding to the Sustainable Produce Containers: PERISHABLE NEWS 

FOX19 interview about Super Bowl's requirement for recyclable packaging

Inventor of Sustainable Produce Container talks about the biodegradable packing being used at the Super Bowl Farmers MarketJanuary 30, 2020

Inventor Linda Fritz talked with Frank Marzullo about her new Sustainable Produce Containers were used by the Super Bowl Live Farmer's Market to meet requirements. All packaging had to be either recyclable or biodegradable and the Taste of Redland farm bought 9000 of her Half Pints to put their cherry tomatoes and strawberries in. 

WXIX FOX19:  Local Entrepreneur's Sustainable Produce Container Makes it to the Super Bowl


Tomato grower introduces new sustainable produce container

Inventor Linda Fritz wrote and illustrated book about sustainable gardening without chemicalsAugust 2019

The Sustainable Produce Container was featured in Perishable News online issue: TOMATO GROWER


Kentucky Farm Bureau purchases book on sustainable gardening

May 2019

The Kentucky Farm Bureau liked our new book "Garden Buddies" so much that they bought 750 of them to distribute to teachers that attend their "Agriculture in the Classroom" program. It's exciting to know that Kentucky kids will learn about beneficial creatures over more traditional chemical ways to handle pests.


Kentucky Department of Agriculture reports on organic alternative to clamshell packaging

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture newsletter just featured an article about Sun Sugar Farms' new Sustainable Produce Container! Hopefully, it sparks some interest in being more sustainable with other farmers and will help reduce the amount of packaging going to Kentucky landfills!
Read Newsletter article: A Better Box 


Farmer creates eco-friendly packaging 

August 16, 2018
Fresh Plaza reported in their German online magazine about the Sustainable Produce Containers:  LESEN


Local farmer designs system to replace plastic products 

August 14, 2018
Angela Ingram of Local 12  Cincinnati reported on the various products created by Linda Fritz to replace single-use plastic, including the CRESBI Crate Systems and the new Sustainable Produce Containers to replace plastic clamshells. 



Local farmer creates eco-friendly packaging for fruits and vegetables

August 13, 2018
Ann Thompson of 91.7 WVXU of Local 12  Cincinnati reported the new Sustainable Produce Containers to replace plastic clamshells.



AM Leonard/Gardener's Edge carries CRESBI Crates & Sustainable Produce Containers

August 1, 2018
Giant horticulture tool and supply company A.M. Leonard and their other company Gardeners' Edge is now offering orange and lime green CRESBI crate systems with dark green straps. Pick up some as a harvest crate for produce and check out all of their other great tools and supplies. They also offer our new Sustainable Produce Container so you can order everything at once! 

Wholesale eco friendly clamshell packaging

An Alternative to Plastic Produce Containers Emerges from Small Midwest Farm

July 26, 2018
Linda Fritz, a former automotive engineer, is an unlikely organic farmer as she claims she doesn’t like vegetables. After tasting edamame in a restaurant and then sun sugar cherry tomatoes, she decided to start growing them. From this sprouted Sun Sugar Farms, with a passion for sustainability guiding her business. Read the article: Organic Produce Network


John Cremeans at My Cool Inventions Academy with CRESBI Crate Systems

October 11, 2016
In the My Cool Inventions Academy at the Dream Big America Studios in St Petersberg FL we talk to Inventor Linda Fritz about her invention's premiere on HSN's American Dreams! In today's episode you'll find out what it's like to pitch your invention to 90-million people and the steps she took to make her dreams a reality!

Watch the show:


Shannon Fox hosts HSN morning show and loves to try out new products. 

HSN Studios, St Petersburg, FL

October 11, 2016

Watch video here: HSN TODAY (coming soon)


Adam Freeman hosts his own show on HSN and has a great time with Akos Jankura discovering new products.

HSN Studios, St Petersburg, FL;October 10, 2016




WXIX Fox19 morning show interview  

Cincinnati, OH, October 5, 2016 

Ok, so Frank Marzullo has got to be one of the smartest guys on TV, we talked for a mere 0.2 seconds before our on-air time and he understood immediately all the features and benefits that the CRESBI system offers shoppers. Thanks to the producers at WXIX for giving a hometown inventor a chance to practice for her national opportunity! 

Watch the segment here: FOX19 Once You Go Box You'll Never Go Bag


Cheryl A. Clarke

Williamsport, PA October 8, 2016 

It was a privilege to be interviewed by Cheryl Clarke of the Wiliamsport Sun Gazette. She did a terrific job gathering and making sure all the information was correct about the CRESBI systems and their history. 

Read the full article: Williamsport Sun Gazette



July 31, 2016
Special Olympics Area 9 wanted a unique product to sell as a fundraiser that everyone could use. They liked the CRESBI crate systems so much they ordered enough to get their own straps made. 

Local story: Go Green & Helping Others



By Anthony Wyatt

NKyTribune reporter,  July 25, 2016 

Anthony Wyatt goes in depth to discover more about entrepreneur and environmentalist Linda Fritz. From the care taken in growing the fresh edamame to how CRESBI Crates can save the world from plastic bags, Anthony shares the background and passion that was involved in getting to this point.

Read the story: NKY TRIBUNE



Terre Haute, IN, March 13, 2016 

Driving through Indiana from Chicago, Illinois to Terre Haute, Indiana was nothing less than sad. Plastic bags flew about like tumbleweeds and gathered in the fences along State Route 41 and 63. Farmers' fields looked like there was a leftover cotton harvest but the tuffs of white were bleached out plastic bags. And then the Indiana legislature passes a law banning plastic bag bans! So where is their better idea to reduce all this pollution? Read story here: Indiana Plastic Bag Bill


Linda Fritz giving $350 check to Julie Wilson


Sun Sugar Farms CRESBI Crate Fundraiser helps raise money for charity Grant County, KY December 18, 2015 & August 23, 2016

Sun Sugar Farms was blessed to be able to help in the fight against Alzheimer's and at the same time reduce plastic bag usage. Julie Wilson, Manager of Patient Support Services at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Grant County, introduced CRESBI crate systems to her co-workers as a fundraiser. She raised $350 for the Alzheimer's Association by selling CRESBIs in just a few weeks and again in the fall raised $525! Great job Julie and thanks to all of our new customers for your support! You're helping fund vital research against this disease and at the same time helping the environment! For more info about fundraising opportunities with CRESBI crate systems click here:  FUNDRAISER



Baesler's offers special pricing on CRESBI multi-systems
Terre Haute, Indiana November 7, 2015 

Just in time for America Recycles Day (November 15) Baesler's is promoting the sale of CRESBI multi-systems for customers to use in conjunction with Baesler's new hand-held scanners.  On November 7th from 10AM-3PM the CRESBI crew will be delivering Baesler's third order of 200 CRESBI crates and will demo the 3N1 Special, 4N1 Special and Cooler 5 Pack. These systems feature Baesler's Market straps and pricing of up to 20% below the regular pricing. Shoppers can open the crates in their carts, place their items in the crates barcodes up, place the crates on the conveyer at checkout and the Baesler associate can then use their handheld scanner to scan the items right in the crates. No waste with plastic bags and no wasted time at checkout.  Baesler's was featured on two news broadcasts




Linda Fritz invited to appear on popular Japanese TV Show as an International Inspector
Tokyo, Japan June 8, 2015 – watch the video here: World Gets a Surprise! International Inspectorates

At the end of May, the owner of Sun Sugar Farms, Linda Fritz, was invited to appear on a Japanese TV program that features an in-depth look at an occupation, showing how it is done in Japan and getting comments from the "International Inspector" comparing it to their country and expressing anything that impresses them. Even though Linda tried to explain that she is a small, practically organic edamame grower and that there were probably many larger U.S. edamame growers who would be a better choice, they persisted and the opportunity of an all-expenses paid trip to Japan with plenty of free time was too good to pass up! Just over a week later she was on a plane to Tokyo with a planned shoot in the Gifu Prefecture to visit the Japanese edamame farmer, the farmer's market where it was sold and the packing plant. Produced by the major network TV Asahi (20 million+ viewers) for the Saturday night prime time slot, the program aired in July and was the second highest segment watched so far this year. It was an amazing trip and a blessing to meet so many wonderful people.



Baesler's Market offers a new more environmentally-friendly way to shop by promoting CRESBI Crates.  

Terre Haute, IN, May 15, 2015 – read article and watch the video here: Baesler's Market WTHITV

Casey Baesler, Store Manager at Baesler's Market made the bold move to promote and sell CRESBI crates in their Terre Haute stores.  The response was overwhelming with over 160 Convenience CRESBI Crates sold during the 5 hour initial demo/delivery.  With their new handheld scanners coming soon, the checkout times may also improve as more shoppers put their items in barcodes up for the checkers to scan everything right in the crates.  Interested in learning more?  Here's a flier to consider all the possibilities:  GROCERY STORE BENEFITS