“It just displays so much better and it’s so much cleaner — it’s just a nicer bag,” Wikum said. “I don’t expect to pack any zip bags next year.”
Stockton has seen a similar response at retail.
“It’s become a high-demand item across the board in the table grape industry,” he said. “We’ve seen a significant increase over the last two years, and this year it’s a dominate factor in the marketplace.”
Nevertheless, Stockton described the pouches as a double-edged sword. Although they do display the grapes better, they also cost significantly more than the old slider bags.
Even if retailers request slider bags, Matoian said they want the newer, clear ones that lend themselves to colorful printing and better showcasing the fruit.
Depending on the style, some handleless slider bags also have pleats on the bottom, allowing for stand-up displays.