Wasteful or Convenient Packaging?

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An online outcry occurred when a consumer in Canada posted the above photo on Facebook page of the Canadian grocery Sobey’s. A friend of hers saw it at her local store and had sent her the picture.
Christine Kizik, a resident of Vancouver said she was “surprised and disappointed. Avocados have their own perfect, compostable, wrapping. Adding packaging to an avocado is strange to say the least,” she wrote. Her post was shared many times and attracted over 100 comments.

The Sobey’s store responded as follows: “Thanks for sharing this with us Christine. This product was developed for people who might be new to using avocados and for a little more convenience. It eliminates the guess work when it comes to ripeness and any challenges if you are not familiar with peeling and seeding a fresh avocado. The packaging is there to keep the fresh wholesome appearance and quality of the avocado without it browning prior to consumption.”

The store told The Toronto Star that the avocado pack was part of a pilot program in some Ontario stores.

This response was greeted with anger and derision in a spate of responding media posts.

What’s your opinion?


Read more in the original article from The Toronto Star here