E-Newsletter - A Publication of Interstate Resources

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Recyclable Greencoat® Wax-Free Boxes: Gerber Poultry’s Choice for Eco-Friendly Packaging

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Gerber Poultry Inc., a family-owned producer and processor of all-natural and antibiotic-free chicken products, partners with Interstate Container to convert 100% of operations entirely to Greencoat® recyclable packaging.

After years of experimenting with corrugated manufacturers, Gerber Poultry Inc. found Interstate Container’s Greencoat® boxes to be the perfect solution for their needs. Greencoat® boxes offer a recyclable, eco-friendly packaging solution that matches the durability, water resistance, and cost of traditional wax boxes.

“Gerber has been committed for over 60 years to maintaining the basic simplicity of its local, Amish, family farm roots as much as possible,” said Glenn Mott, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Gerber Poultry. “For example, our feed has never included arsenic, and we do not use antibiotics or animal by-products as a cheap protein source – even though these are standard practices in our industry. Using non-recyclable, landfill-consuming wax boxes has been common practice too – but we knew it didn’t have to be.”

Gerber experimented with many different packaging firms, but “nothing ever came close to the overall function and utility of wax packaging – until Interstate Container came to our door with their Greencoat® box,” Mott explained.

With Interstate Container’s assistance, Gerber put Greencoat® to the test with a brief trial period, that included designing custom boxes, testing, shipping assessments, and evaluating end-user reviews. “We’re in the process of switching to Greencoat® for all of our bulk shipping needs, and to Interstate Container for all of our packaging needs. We will soon be a 100% recyclable, wax-free operation, said Glenn Mott.

The deep alignment of values and principles between Gerber Poultry and Interstate Container fueled the partnership, in addition to Greencoat® boxes eliminating wax disposal fees and offering a cost neutral packaging solution to traditional wax boxes.

Mott  explained: “Just like our branded Gerber’s Amish Farm Chicken®, they’ve carved a valuable niche for themselves with their Greencoat® boxes. Greencoat® supports Gerber Poultry’s business by delivering a simple box that works excellently, is technologically innovative, and also supports our local communities by eliminating unnecessary landfill waste.”

“Gerber Poultry, Inc. is proud to enter into this partnership with Interstate Container. Greencoat® is good for our business, and good for our environment,” Mott concluded.

About Gerber Poultry

Located in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country, Gerber Poultry, Inc. produces and processes a truly all natural, antibiotic free chicken. The chickens are raised on Amish family farms with a diet consisting of the highest quality vegetarian feed. Gerber's branded chicken products line, Gerber’s Amish Farm ChickenTM, has gained a fierce loyalty from customers and they express that loyalty nearly on a daily basis. Gerber’s fresh chicken products have developed a reputation for excellence in quality and service for customers in diverse markets. 

The poultry processor’s fresh, all natural, GMO-free chicken products include whole birds, cut-up parts and boneless skinless breasts and thighs. All are packaged in bulk or case ready trays for retail markets. Additional products include marinated and injected product lines of whole and cut-up parts for use in the foodservice industry. Gerber’s chicken products, “The First chicken That Tastes Like Chicken”®, are distributed in sixteen states.

About Interstate Container

Interstate Container, a division of Interstate Resources, produces award-winning sustainable corrugated packaging solutions for food processing industries; retail and shelf ready packaging; counter, pallet and POP displays; shipping and transport boxes, custom dunnage and packing materials; and corrugated boards and sheets. 

Plants are located in Lowell and Westminster, MA; North Brunswick, NJ; Reading, PA; Cambridge, MD; Asheville and Greensboro, NC; Columbia, SC; and Greeneville, TN.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

8 Reasons Why Greencoat® Boxes Meet Your Sustainable Packaging Needs

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Today environmental concerns drive demand, causing a ripple effect along the supply chain from consumers and retailers to manufacturers and suppliers. Producers want eco-friendly, strong, sturdy, and cost effective packaging solutions that demonstrate commitment to protecting the environment and meet customers’ high standards.

Here are eight good reasons to choose Greencoat® by Interstate Container to meet poultry and produce packaging needs:

1-   Benefits for the Environment
Every wax-coated box takes up to a hundred years to break down in a landfill. How many boxes do you load up and ship per week, month or year? FBA-certified Greencoat® significantly reduces environmental impact by providing compostable, 100% recyclable and repulpable wax-free packaging.

2-   Dedicated to Eco-Friendly Innovation
Interstate Container devoted five years of research and development to create, fine-tune, and successfully trial Greencoat® wax-free boxes. The corrugated packaging manufacturer launched two plants exclusively to manufacture this proprietary technology, one in Cambridge, MD, and the other in Columbia, SC. Interstate Container dedicates the necessary resources to provide customers with stronger, more sustainable boxes for the long term.

3-   Custom-Engineered Solutions
Most large box providers offer a fixed selection of box sizes, regardless of what products customers package or what challenges they face. Interstate Container assigns expert engineers to work with customers to develop “right size” customized packaging that builds strength while reducing costs.

4-   Pioneering, Award-Winning Process
Interstate Container received recognition for Greencoat® with the first-ever Pioneering Award by Global Green Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR), a Manhattan-based non-profit organization committed to addressing some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

In the same year, Interstate Container Cambridge also received the WMDT/Mountaire Farms Environmental Star of the Month Award for outstanding achievement in promoting environmentalism along the Delmarva Peninsula.

5-   Proven Quality & Performance
Interstate Container produces and ships over 4.5 million wax-free boxes from its Maryland and South Carolina facilities every month. Furthermore, their corrugated packaging manufacturing plants partner with some of the largest food manufacturers in the country, including Mountaire Farms, who ship approximately 800,000 Greencoat® boxes filled with poultry every week.

During the development of Greencoat® Mountaire Farm’s  boxes, Interstate Container worked Mountaire Farms to successfully trial the product. Today, Greencoat® boxes have reduced hundreds of thousands of tons of greenhouse gases for Mountaire Farms, in addition to lowering costs and streamlining their supply chain.

Larry Saywell, VP of Sales & Marketing, Mountaire Farms Poultry, states,

"We were producing about 30,000 tons of non-recyclable boxes per week on average, so when Interstate Container came to us with Greencoat, we were all over it. It’s just the right thing to do.”

With deployment on such a broad scale, customers can rest assured Greencoat® is field-tested.

6-   More Sustainable than Other Brands
Two custom-built, state-of-the-art Interstate Container production facilities coat paper in line with the rest of the process, saving time and energy. Competitors typically outsource paper coating to third parties, increasing expenses while making the product less sustainable due to the extra diesel fuel required to transport it.

7-   Simply Stronger than the Competition  
Greencoat® wax-free boxes are stronger than traditional wax-coated boxes – withstanding tremendous exposure to moisture, rough handling, and the ins and outs of cold-to-hot environmental conditions. The wax-free corrugated box offers a durable packaging solution with improved dry strength for long transportation and storage.

Greencoat® boxes are also easier to glue than traditional cascaded and curtain coated wax boxes without the carbon footprint.

Why not run side-by-side trials of Greencoat® with your current packaging to see for yourself?

8-   Delivering Satisfaction to Your Customers

Today, end users are increasingly demanding more sensible and sustainable packaging alternatives. They want to reduce their own carbon footprints and eliminate wax disposal costs, without compromising strength or water resistance.

Switching to Greencoat® will help customers satisfy growing demands, while making a positive contribution to the world. Furthermore, by using Greencoat® boxes, customers benefit from cost savings by cutting landfill disposal fees, typically ranging from $65-$125 / ton (tipping fees & pull).

To learn more about Greencoat® technology, arrange side-by-side packaging trials at your production facility, call Interstate Container today at 888.267.7722.

About Interstate Container

Interstate Container’s manufacturing plants in Columbia, SC and Cambridge, MD produce 100% of the innovative Greencoat® corrugated packaging in-house without sourcing from third parties. Interstate Container also produces corrugated retail ready packaging, point-of-purchase (POP) displays, protective packaging and industrial packaging in Lowell and Westminster, MA; Brunswick, NJ; and Reading, PA with sister companies in Asheboro and Greensboro, NC and Greeneville, TN.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Interstate Container’s Greencoat® Eco-Friendly, Wax-Free Boxes to be Featured at 2013 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference

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Fresh produce growers and packers will have the opportunity to see Greencoat® boxes in action from January 10-13, 2013. 

Interstate Container will exhibit at the 2013 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference to promote Greencoat® wax-free boxes for fresh fruit and vegetables at Booth # 228 – 230.  The conference and trade show, taking place at the International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, GA from January 10-13, 2013, will focus on fresh produce trends and crop production improvements.

Interstate Container’s corrugated boxes are used to pack such fresh fruit and vegetables as cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, peaches, peppers, squash, tomatoes, and yams, in addition to seedlings. Greencoat® boxes are FBA-certified, 100% recyclable and repulpable; they’re also easy to glue and provide the same strength as traditional waxed boxes. Large growers and packers are able to cut landfill disposal fees, ranging from $65 to $125 per ton.

About Interstate Container

Interstate Container’s manufacturing plants in Columbia, SC and Cambridge, MD produce 100% of the innovative Greencoat® corrugated packaging in-house without sourcing from third parties. Interstate Container also produces corrugated retail ready packaging, point-of-purchase (POP) displays, protective packaging and industrial packaging in Lowell and Westminster, MA; Brunswick, NJ; and Reading, PA with sister companies in Asheboro and Greensboro, NC and Greeneville, TN.

About SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference 2013

The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is one of the largest educational conferences and trade shows in the southeastern United States that brings together produce growers, vendors and suppliers.  The conference houses more than 200 exhibitors and offers a platform to address food safety, commodity sessions on production practices for increased yields, and marketing strategies.

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