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Monday, January 23, 2012

Global Green Congratulates Allen Harim Foods & Interstate Container for Switching to Innovative Recyclable Packaging to Save Money & Reduce Co2 Emissions

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New Boxes, If Recycled, Will Divert Over 3,500 tons of Waste from Landfills; Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions for NYC Equivalent to Adding 100 Acres of Trees to Central Park

January 23, 2012 – New York City – Global Green USA and its Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) initiative congratulated Allen Harim Foods and Interstate Container today for their pioneering efforts to transform poultry packaging and set an example for all food packaging to be significantly more environmentally responsible. Interstate Container, a founding CoRR member, recently transitioned Allen Harim Foods’ non-recyclable coated corrugated packaging to FBA-certified recyclable coated boxes. If these boxes are recycled, the move will eliminate 11,000 tons of carbon emissions each year by preventing methane-generating paper fiber from entering the landfills, and bringing it back onto the market as valuable commodities.[1]

Allen Harim ships more than 530,000 boxes to New York City each year, many of which pass through the largest food distribution in the world at Hunt’s Point. If all of these coated boxes are recycled, the city will enjoy carbon reductions equivalent to adding 100 acres of trees to Central Park. [2] “This is exactly the kind of leadership we need to reduce New York’s waste stream and carbon footprint,” says Annie White, Director of Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery. Lily Kelly, who is spearheading Global Green's wholesale packaging program added, “Recycling, buying recyclable, and designing for recyclability show good corporate citizenship, and make business sense.”

Every year, 1.36 million tons of coated boxes are landfilled or burned, releasing 4.5 million tons of greenhouse gasses. [3] However, recyclable coatings are commercially available, and competitive with non-recyclable paraffin coatings in both strength and cost. Global Green and members of CoRR have been working since 2008 to help accelerate the development and deployment of recyclable packaging for protein and produce.

Interstate Container worked closely with Allen Harim to ensure that the packaging was robust and fully recyclable. “Interstate Container is proud to have helped Allen Harim make the transition to recyclable boxes possible for all their domestically distributed poultry,” says Jeff Cormier, National Sales Manager. “We operate in a highly competitive market, and providing recyclable packaging helps us stand out in the crowd by bringing additional value to our customers.”

Switching to recyclable boxes was part of a larger effort at Allen Harim to reduce costs. “We were looking for ways to save money, and we found that reducing our waste, including switching to recyclable boxes, was a very effective strategy,” says Tom Miller, Allen Harim’s Chief Operating Officer. The use of Interstate Container’s boxes has reduced both machine maintenance and waste hauling fees. “The box folding machine stays much cleaner, and gets jammed much less frequently,” says Roy Barger, Maintenance Manager with Allen Harim. “We also reduced our facility’s coated corrugated waste stream from 6 bales per day to less than one. And now that waste is recyclable.”

Global Green USA is the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Gorbachev, to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For nearly 20 years, Global Green USA has been a national leader in advocating for smart solutions to global warming including green building for affordable housing, schools, cities and communities that save money, improve health and create green jobs. Global Green’s Coalition for Resource Recovery was founded in 2008 as an industry working group dedicated to generating business value through transforming waste into assets.

For more information, please contact Lily Kelly, Program Associate, Coalition for Resource Recovery, at lkelly@globalgreen.org or 310-581-2700 x127. 

Interstate Container is a member of Interstate Resources, Inc.

[1]The Fibre Box Association estimates that 5% of OCC is wax coated. Greenhouse gas savings calculated using EPA’s WARM tool. Savings assumes 100% of the boxes and packaging generated are recycled. EPA WARM Tool and Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator were used to calculate potential greenhouse gas savings.
[2]Calculated using EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator
[3]Greenhouse gas savings calculated using EPA’s WARM tool. Savings assumes 100% of the boxes and packaging generated are recycled. EPA WARM Tool and Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator were used to calculate potential greenhouse gas savings.
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Friday, January 13, 2012

Photoblog: GREENCOAT® Wax-Replacement Packaging at SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference 2012

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Eco-friendly wax-alternative fresh produce packaging manufacturer exhibits at Southeast (SE) Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference 2012.

Interstate Container displayed compostable, FBA-certified 100% recyclable and repulpable GREENCOAT® wax-free boxes at Booth # 226 – 228 during SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference 2012. The annual conference took place from January 5 – 8, 2012 in Savannah, Georgia.

Booth visitors learned more about GREENCOAT® packaging solutions and met with Interstate Container Cambridge, MD and Columbia, SC representatives. Furthermore, the eco-friendly corrugated packaging manufacturer demonstrated the various uses of GREENCOAT® fresh produce packaging.

Jeff Cormier, Interstate Container National Sales & Marketing Manager, states,
“We are very excited to have exhibited GREENCOAT® at SE Regional Produce Show. The event reaches key large farms in Georgia and the Carolinas for which our new Columbia plant is perfectly positioned to service. Farm owners were surprised and impressed with what GREENCOAT® could do for them, with particular interest in peaches, cabbage, peppers, squash, and cucumbers.
With successful trials completed we are looking forward to converting farmers from wax-coated to GREENCOAT® boxes, giving them and their customers a more sustainable footprint without sacrificing quality, machine gluability, or profitability.”

SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference 2012 gathered thousands of fresh produce growers, packers, vendors and suppliers. The annual educational conference discussed how to improve crop production and grow business, food safety, marketing strategies, as well as production practices and increased yields.

GREENCOAT® Corrugated Boxes

Interstate Container Cambridge team developed GREENCOAT® packaging solution for transporting products that require durable moisture-resistant corrugated packaging. Mountaire Farms, Delaware-based poultry processing company, successfully trialed the environmentally friendly wax-free corrugated box that packs fresh produce, floral, poultry, meat, and seafood products.

Request more information about GREENCOAT® at: greencoat@interstatecontainer.com

Interstate Container Representatives (L-R):
Sabrina Bridges; Frank Bridges, Produce Segment Manager;
Elyse Cristos, Account Representative;
Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager;
and Bryan Bowen, MidSouth Packaging Account Manager

GREENCOAT Booth # 226 – 228

 Elyse Cristos & Frank Bridges

GREENCOAT® is manufactured by Interstate Container Cambridge in Cambridge, Maryland, and Interstate Container Columbia  in Columbia, South Carolina. 
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Interstate Container to Showcase GREENCOAT® Wax-Free Packaging at International Poultry Expo 2012

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GREENCOAT® wax-replacement corrugated boxes withstand shifts from cold-to-hot environmental conditions, exposure to moisture, rough handling, long storage and transportation.

Interstate Container plants in Cambridge, MD and Columbia, SC will display GREENCOAT®  wax-replacement boxes at Booth # 5069 in the world’s largest poultry and egg exhibition, International Poultry Expo 2012. The annual event will take place from January 24 – 26, 2012 at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Poultry processors and packers attending the International Poultry Expo 2012 can meet Interstate Container representatives. Booth visitors can also learn more about environmentally-friendly GREENCOAT® boxes used for the transport of fresh and frozen chicken and other poultry products.

Pete Bugas, Interstate Container Cambridge General Manager, and John Cristos, Interstate Container Columbia Site Manager, will be present at the event along with other Interstate Container representatives including:

Jeff Cormier
National Sales & Marketing Manager

Mark Buff
Business Development Manager

Scott Caldwell
New Business Development Manager

Anne Potterton
Sales Account Manager

Elyse Cristos
Account Representative

Pete Bugas, Interstate Container Cambridge General Manager, explains,

“Our innovative GREENCOAT® product line has revolutionized poultry packaging. Its strength properties in very wet conditions are what make it the one of the best wax replacement boxes in the industry. Each month over 3 million GREENCOAT® poultry packaging boxes are shipped throughout the United States to customers who can now recycle their package instead of throwing away the older style wax box. IPE 2012 is the ideal event to show the entire poultry industry that options and innovation is available to them.”

About GREENCOAT® Wax-Free Corrugated Boxes

GREENCOAT® boxes pack poultry, meat, seafood, floral and fresh fruit and vegetable produce, as well as all products that require durable moisture-resistant corrugated packaging. The compostable FBA-certified corrugated box is 100% recyclable and repulpable. GREENCOAT® boxes are easier to glue and provide the same strength as traditional waxed boxes.

Interstate Container plants account for 100% of the GREENCOAT® wax replacement boxes manufacturing process. The corrugated packaging manufacturers do not outsource to 3rd parties, which contributes to cost-effectiveness. Furthermore, by using GREENCOAT® boxes, landfill disposal fees are cut and customers benefit from disposal cost savings. Typical landfill costs (tipping fees & pull) range from $65-$125 / ton.

Jeff Cormier, Interstate Container National Sales & Marketing Manager, states,

“GREENCOAT® is an amazing product that surprises even its harshest critics. In 2011 Interstate Container conducted several large scale GREENCOAT® trials with a 100% success rate in poultry packaging, and now ship over 3 million boxes per month. GREENCOAT® wax-free boxes can get extremely wet and offer the same strength characteristics of the widely used curtain-coated boxes. 

This is important, as many poultry companies ship products across the entire United States. IPE 2012 provides us with a great opportunity to meet all of the key players in the poultry industry. We can show them that the wax-replacement box that they are looking for really does exist. We don’t believe that buyers will find better alternative to GREENCOAT®, environmentally, structurally, or financially.”

Interstate Container invested 5 years of R&D to develop GREENCOAT® boxes. The manufacturer worked together with leading poultry processor, Mountaire Farms, to successfully trial the sustainable wax-alternative packaging. Two of the largest poultry plants in the US have converted completely to GREENCOAT®. Interstate Container ships 3,200,000 GREENCOAT® wax alternative boxes/month.

About International Poultry Expo 2012

The 3-day expo is an annual event of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, world’s largest and most active poultry organization. International Poultry Expo 2012, the 64th edition of the event, will display supplies, equipment, technology, and services used in the production and processing of poultry and eggs and for those involved in feed manufacturing and breeding stock.

At the International Poultry Expo attendees and exhibitors coming from around the world represent all the segments in the industry, including feed milling, hatchery, live production, processing, further processing, marketing, and all support activities.

Request more information about GREENCOAT® at: greencoat@interstatecontainer.com  

GREENCOAT® is manufactured by Interstate Container Cambridge in Cambridge, Maryland, and Interstate Container Columbia in Columbia, South Carolina.



For More Information

Jeff Cormier
National Sales and Marketing Manager
Interstate Container

Tel: 410-221-1508
E-mail: Jeff.Cormier[at]InterstateContainer.com
Website: www.interstatecontainer.com
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