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National packaging companies select Grapevine Communications for branding and retail packaging line development

By Canadian Packaging staff   

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Award-winning agency brings decades of packaging design expertise.

SARASOTA, Fla.—Grapevine Communications—the Sarasota, Florida area’s leading full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency—has been selected by two major packaging companies to provide branding and packaging design services.

The two companies—Sarasota-based Penta5 USA, LLC, a division of PPi Technologies Group; and Arborg, Manitoba-based Midlake Specialty Food Products—have enlisted Grapevine Communications.

“Our team has earned a reputation for creating attention-grabbing packaging designs that make products stand out on the shelves,” says Grapevine president Allison Imre Perkowski. “We look forward to bringing our expertise to highlight our new clients’ products and set them apart from the competition.”

Grapevine has created a niche in the manufacturing and packaging industries dating back to its original operations in Montreal, Que. from 1988 to 1998.

At that time, the firm served national and international companies such as Johnson & Johnson Canada, Wulftec stretchwrappers, IFCO reusable containers, Patrex palette, and Hoechst Pharmaceutical, and was the longstanding agency of record for Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) under the direction of founder Angela Massaro-Fain.

When Grapevine was re-established in the Sarasota area in 2002 by Massaro-Fain and husband/partner John Fain, the agency continued to draw manufacturing and packaging clients who recognized the firm’s range of capabilities and unparalleled creative work. These clients have included Quasar Pure Silk, Weighpack, Mad at Sad and its brand 221 BC Kombucha tea, and EverSafe, an all-natural mosquito control, among others.

Penta5 USA, LLC hired Grapevine to create branding and design packaging for its UltraSun Cream, a paraben-free, zinc oxide (non-nano), broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen with no chemical filters and enriched with avocado and hemp oils.

Midlake Specialty Food Products chose the agency to design packaging for its line of premier hemp seed food products, including powders, oils and Nutracis Hulled Hempseeds.

Grapevine was acquired in April 2017 by current president and owner Allison Imre Perkowski, with original founders Massaro-Fain and Fain remaining on staff indefinitely, serving as executive creative director and operations consultant, respectively.

Grapevine Communications provides full-service advertising, marketing and public relations services to clients nationwide. The firm is the most award-winning advertising agency in Sarasota, Florida and the surrounding areas, with recent accolades including: the 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014 Best Marketing/PR Agency by SRQ Magazine readers; the 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Award for “Nearly Big” Companies by the Tampa Bay Business Journal; the 2016 “Top 25 Public Relations Firms of Southwest Florida” by Tampa Bay Business Journal; the 2015 Greater Good Philanthropy Award – Small Business by Biz(941) Magazine; the 2014 Small Business of the Year by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce; and the 2010 Small Business of the Year by the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on Grapevine Communications, contact Shelby Isaacson via e-mail at, at 941-351-0024 or visit the website at

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