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Monday, January 28, 2013

Photoblog: Interstate Container Exhibits Greencoat® at SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference 2013

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com 

Interstate Container, eco-friendly corrugated packaging manufacturer, showcases Greencoat® 100% recyclable wax-free boxes for fresh produce packaging during 2013 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference at booth #228 – 230. The regional trade show took place on 10 – 13 January 2013 in Savannah, GA.


At the event, Interstate Container’s representatives met with global growers and packers of fresh produce; as well as promoted Greencoat® packaging solutions for transporting products that require durable moisture-resistant corrugated packaging.

Visit www.greencoat.net for more information about Greencoat®.

Greencoat® Booth #228 – 230

Interested booth visitors testing the strength of 
the life-size Greencoat® corrugated bridge

To the left: John Muller, Account Representative, 
discussing Greencoat® boxes with booth visitors


Elyse Cristos, Account Representative, 
with an SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference attendee

To the right: Frank Bridges, Produce Segment Manager,
chatting with suppliers


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


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Interstate Container Delivers Greencoat® Wax-Free Boxes: “Packaging with a Purpose”

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

With a 20% annual growth rate in sales, poultry processors are increasingly choosing Interstate Container as supplier of pioneering strong, sustainable packaging solutions.


In an industry where packaging must withstand cold-to-hot environmental conditions and exposure to moisture, poultry processors find difficulty requesting 100% recyclable packaging solutions as well.  With environmental consciousness at an all-time high, however, poultry processors need a proven, eco-friendly packaging solution to meet increasing customer demand and environmental regulations.  Since 2009, Interstate Container’s revolutionary Greencoat® packaging line meets poultry industry needs for strong yet sustainable packaging.

Greencoat® boxes match the strength of traditional corrugated wax boxes. Entirely wax-free and recyclable, Greencoat® boxes also eliminate waste disposal costs, decrease glue costs, and significantly reduce processors’ overall carbon footprint. With over 4 million Greencoat® boxes shipping every month and a 20% annual growth rate in sales, Interstate Container is poised to continue its leading role in producing cost-effective, sustainable packaging.


Interstate Container will be exhibiting at the International Production & Processing Expo 2013 from January 29-31 in Atlanta, GA – Booth #6565. 

Leveraging Global Resources & Experience to Serve the Poultry Industry 

With an expanded network of warehouses located in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Maryland, Interstate Container is well-positioned to serve poultry processors of all sizes around the country. The corrugated packaging manufacturer also operate several state-of-the-art, large-scale manufacturing facilities across the eastern half of United States. 

Interstate Container is backed by parent company, Interstate Resources – a recognized leader in both domestic and international markets in corrugated packaging, paper, and lumber industries. The group is a member of INDEVCO, a multinational family of companies located throughout the world.

The company spent five years of research and development, in partnership with one of U.S.’ largest poultry processors, Mountaire Farms, to develop and perfect its proprietary Greencoat® technology. Interstate Container combines global experience and commitment to the needs of customers (and the communities they serve) to effectively serve, as well as build trust in the packaging industry. 

Read about Greencoat® at IPPE 2013:  
Learn more about Greencoat®: 
8 Reasons Why Greencoat® Boxes Meet Your Sustainable Packaging Needs 

Take a look at a testimonial:
Recyclable Greencoat® Wax-Free Boxes: Gerber Poultry’s Choice for Eco-Friendly Packaging    

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




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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Global Green USA's Coalition for Resource Recovery Releases Video on Recyclable Box Testing

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com 

Global Green USA's Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) releases a new video highlighting the effects of waxed boxes on the environment and the urgency to shift to wax-free recyclable packaging to reduce carbon footprint. 


During the video, Jeff Cormier, Interstate Container Cambridge Sales and Marketing Manager and Global Green Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) Executive Committee member, discusses the various considerations that Interstate Container took into consideration when developing the eco-friendly Greencoat wax-free boxes.

He explains how it was crucial that Greencoat boxes are recyclable, repulpable, and compostable, while matching the strength and cost of traditional cascaded and curtain wax coated boxes.


Watch Global Green USA's CoRR Video


Sourced from: http://www.thecorr.org/BoxTestVideo_PressRelease_2013.pdf http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBoJJEjUSUQ&feature=player_detailpage
Contact: Lily Kelly lkelly@globalgreen.org 646-664-1602 x1   
GLOBAL GREEN USA'S COALITION FOR RESOURCE RECOVERY RELEASES VIDEO ON RECYCLABLE BOX TESTING
Pilots Conducted in California and New Jersey 

January 15, 2013 (Santa Monica, CA)—Global Green USA released a video today detailing the promising results of their 2012 pilots to test recyclable produce boxes that are designed to withstand wet cooling processes. 

For the pilots, Global Green USA teamed up with members of their Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) to test alternatives to paraffin-coated produce boxes, which cannot be recycled and are a contaminant within bales of uncoated cardboard. Boxes were tested with a variety of wet cooling processes in California and New Jersey and the results show that many box products with recyclable coatings are robust enough to withstand vacuum cooling, hydro-vac, and hydro-cooling processes. 

"The move to recyclable-coated boxes will divert waste from landfills and save money for the food service and retail industry," said Lily Kelly, interim Director of CoRR and coordinator of the pilots. "It is an exciting time." 

Greens, vegetables, seafood, and meats are often transported in paraffin-coated cardboard, generating 1.45 million tons of solid waste that must be sent to landfills or burned. If designed for recycling and recycled, retailers and restaurants could realize a net benefit of combined cost savings and revenue generation of $200 million nationwide. CoRR has worked since 2008 to accelerate the industry adoption of alternative recyclable-coated packaging and recycling it, which could reduce America's annual carbon emissions by 4.5 million mtCO2e—the equivalent of eliminating an entire coal-fired power plant with no loss of energy.1 

Food producers report finding recyclable boxes easier to use than paraffin-coated boxes, and have benefitted from being able to recycle them on the farm. “This is good news for farmers and our customers," said Vince Consalo of Consalo and Sons, a produce distributor in Vineland, NJ, who helped to test the recyclable boxes in September. “Recyclability is a big selling point." Other participants in the pilot program also expressed satisfaction with the results, including Lakeside Organic Gardens in Watsonville, California. 

The results are advantageous for grocers, who may soon be receiving more recyclable-coated boxes that they can bundle with their regular cardboard instead of paying to send them out with the trash. "Selling cardboard is a revenue stream for us and it helps contribute to our Zero Waste Goals of 2020," said Dom D'Agostino of Ahold International, which operates several grocery store chains, including Stop and Shop and Giant. "If we could recycle coated cardboard, it would significantly help us meet these goals." 

Global Green USA's pilot series is slated to continue in 2013. "As a third party, our job is to document these tests and spread the word about what is recyclable and what works,” said Kelly. "Our next steps are to document increasingly tough use of the boxes—wetter cooling and longer distance travelled. We’re confident that these boxes can handle it, and we’re excited to document next year's story in video as well." 

The video is on the Global Green USA YouTube Channel. 

About Global Green USA:

Global Green USA is a humanitarian environmental group dedicated to helping the places, the people, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities — such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey — who have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. Global Green USA is the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. Global Green USA's Coalition for Resource Recovery was founded in 2008 as an industry working group dedicated to generating business value through transforming waste into assets. www.globalgreen.org You may also be interested in: Seeing Progress: Recyclable Boxes on the Street  Grocers, Farmers, Box-Makers & Global Green USA Partner to Develop & Pilot Recyclable Produce Boxes 8 Reasons Why Greencoat® Boxes Meet Your Sustainable Packaging Needs Interstate Container Executives Talk about GREENCOAT® Wax-Free Corrugated Cartons
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1 The Fibre Box Association estimates that 5% of OCC is wax coated. EPA’s 2010 Solid Waste Facts and Figures, EPA WARM Tool and Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator were used to calculate potential greenhouse gas savings. Savings assumes 100% of the boxes and packaging generated is recycled. National restaurateur and grocers’ savings are based on a national average tipping fee of $44.09 based on the 2010 data in BioCycle’s State of Garbage report. A spot market price of $100/ton of OCC was assumed.
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Greencoat® Sustainable Boxes to Be Displayed at 2013 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

At 2013 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference, Interstate Container will showcase Greencoat® wax-free boxes for fresh produce industry, from 10-13 January 2013 at the International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, GA.

Interstate Container’s representatives will meet with large growers and packers of fresh fruit and vegetables from around the world to promote compostable FBA-certified Greencoat® boxes.


Why Choose Greencoat® as a Fresh Produce Packaging Solution?


Interstate Container invested five years of research and development to develop and trial Greencoat® sustainable boxes. The compostable FBA-certified corrugated boxes offer sustainable solutions for companies in need of strong and moisture-resistant corrugated packaging. 

Greencoat® boxes are being used up and down the east coast to protect and preserve fresh produce such as cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, peaches, peppers, squash, tomatoes, and yams, in addition to seedlings.  
Learn more about why to go from wax to Greencoat® wax-free boxes:

Contact Information


Jeff Cormier, National Sales and Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
903 Woods Rd 128 Crews Dr.
Cambridge, MD 21613 Columbia, SC 29210
888-267-7722
443-523-4925

Email: jeff.cormier@InterstateContainer.com
Web: www.greencoat.net
          www.interstatecontainer.com
Social Media: www.facebook.com/pages/GREENCOATboxes
                       www.twitter.com/GREENCOATboxes



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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Greencoat®: Pioneering Wax-Free, Water-Resistant Packaging at International Production & Processing Expo

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

Visit Interstate Container Booth # 6565 to view the innovative, sustainable Greencoat® wax-free poultry packaging solutions. 


Interstate Container’s eco-friendly Greencoat® boxes offer poultry processors and producers a proven and sustainable wax-free packaging solution. Interstate Container will exhibit Greencoat® boxes at the International Production & Processing Expo 2013 from January 29-31, 2013 in Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA. 

Interstate Container can meet attendees’ packaging needs nationwide by leveraging its large warehousing network in southern U.S.: Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Maryland. 

Interstate Container Participation in IPPE 2013 

This year’s IPPE attendees can meet Interstate Container representatives to discuss how Greencoat® is revolutionizing poultry packaging, as well as experience the strength and durability of the corrugated wax-free box first hand. Interested parties can also request side-by-side trials of Greencoat® boxes and their own current packaging. 

Interstate Container representatives available at Booth #6565 include: 

Pete Bugas
Interstate Container Cambridge General Manager

Jeff Cormier
Interstate Container National Sales Manager

Anne Potterton
Interstate Container Sales Account Manager

Elyse Cristos
Interstate Container Account Representative

Mark Buff
Interstate Container Account Representative

Scott Caldwell
Interstate Container Account Representative

John Muller
Interstate Container Account Representative

Learn more about Greencoat®:
8 Reasons Why Greencoat® Boxes Meet Your Sustainable Packaging Needs

Take a look at a testimonial:
Recyclable Greencoat® Wax-Free Boxes: Gerber Poultry’s Choice for Eco-Friendly Packaging

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


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