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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Interstate Container to Exhibit Innovative Poultry Packaging at International Production & Processing Expo 2014

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Interstate Container, manufacturer of pioneering Greencoat® wax-free boxes, will exhibit at International Production & Processing Expo 2014 from January 28-30, 2014 at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

Interstate Container
will showcase a wide range of poultry packaging including its pioneering Greencoat® wax-free corrugated boxes at Booth # 6365 B Hall during International Production & Processing Expo 2014 (IPPE). With over 15 years of experience serving leading US poultry processors, Interstate Container is a full-service supplier able to meet all poultry packaging needs from traditional wax boxes to wax-free recyclable boxes.

With a focus on customer service, Interstate Container offers customized designs that help customers leverage smart cost-saving strategies. The full-service corrugated packaging supplier strategically places warehouses across the country to ensure that customer poultry packaging is ready when needed and delivered on-time.

In order to meet the demand for sustainable packaging, Interstate Container developed wax-free, 100% recyclable corrugated boxes that effectively transport and protect poultry products in harsh environmental conditions. Greencoat® wax-free boxes offer significant savings, strength and durability, as well as a reduced carbon footprint and the elimination of expensive wax disposal costs. Poultry processors and decision makers at IPPE 2014 can meet with Interstate Container representatives at booth # 6365 to experience Greencoat® boxes, as well as other packaging options firsthand.

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 9, 2014

Interstate Container Showcases Sustainable Greencoat® Boxes at the Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference 2014

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Read Interstate Container's press release about exhibiting at Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference (SERFVC) 2014...

9 January 2014 - At SERFVC, Interstate Container will introduce Greencoat® wax-free boxes to farmers and packers at Booth # 429 – 431 from January 10 – 12, 2014 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, GA. Greencoat® boxes offer growers and packers the necessary strength and durability to ensure protection and safe delivery of fragile fruits and vegetables during shipment without increasing customer costs.

Interstate Container booth visitors can meet with representatives to learn about how Greencoat® corrugated boxes offer:

  • Significant savings by ending costly wax cascaded carton disposal fees
  • Stronger and safer packaging made for field and shed packing
  • Reduced carbon footprint
At the booth visitors will also experience Greencoat® performance first-hand and can schedule side-by-side trials with their current packaging. 

Greencoat® Box Strength & Durability

Interstate Container invested five years of focused R&D and on-going customer trials to develop the FBA-certified Greencoat® wax-free boxes which are 10% stronger than traditional wax coated boxes and offer suppliers a customized packaging solution.

With tested performance, water-resistant Greencoat® boxes offer a durable packaging solution for long transportation and storage which can withstand exposure to moisture, shifts in temperature, and rough handling. Greencoat® boxes pack fresh produce, such as cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, peaches, peppers, squash, tomatoes, and yams, in addition to seedlings.

Greencoat® Box Cost Efficiency

Greencoat® boxes are easier and less costly to glue than traditional cascaded and curtain coated wax boxes. The wax-free recyclable box cuts landfill disposal fees, basically ranging from $65-$125 / ton (tipping fees & pull).

In order to develop customized packaging, Interstate Container appoints experienced produce packaging experts to work with customers to build strength and decrease costs by reducing unnecessary material use and waste.

Get to know why…8 Reasons Why Greencoat® Boxes Meet Your Sustainable Packaging Needs

About SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference 2014

The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference covers specialty crop agriculture, housing over 200 exhibitors. The conference addresses food safety, specific commodity sessions on production practices and increased yields, and marketing strategies, as well as provides a forum for interaction between key suppliers and growers.

About Interstate Container

Interstate Container’s manufacturing plants in Columbia, SC and Cambridge, MD produce 100% of the pioneering Greencoat® corrugated packaging in-house without sourcing from third parties. FBA-certified Greencoat® wax-free corrugated boxes are 100% recyclable, repulpable, and compostable. Interstate Container’s sustainable packaging solution can withstand shifts from hot to cold, and offers the same strength as wax curtain coated cartons without the carbon footprint. Greencoat® boxes can pack fresh produce, poultry, meat, seafood, stone and other fresh and frozen products that require durable water-resistant packaging.

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.

Interstate Container is a member of Interstate Resources Inc., a member of INDEVCO Group.
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Global Green USA Lauds Mountaire Farms & Interstate Container for Reducing CO2 Emissions

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Global Green USA recognizes Mountaire Farms and Interstate Container for transitioning to recyclable corrugated boxes and reducing CO2 emissions by 150,000 metric tons annually over the past 4 years.

In 2010, Mountaire Farms, a poultry processor in Millsboro, Delmarva, collaborated with Interstate Container to transition 100%, 500 million square feet, of its waxed boxes to Greencoat® wax-free boxes. Since then, the poultry processor has annually contributed to carbon savings 150,000 metric tons of CO2. 

Read the full article from Global Green USA... 

4 Years Later: Recyclable Boxes Still Saving Money & Reducing Emissions

Sourced from: http://globalgreen.org/blogs/global/?p=7344 
Contact: Lily Kelly

In 2010, Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) worked to pilot and document the use of recyclable corrugated boxes made by CoRR member Interstate Container and used by Mountaire Farms, a poultry producer that operates the largest poultry processing facility in North America. The process led to the conversion of the facility to 100% recyclable corrugated packaging in 2010, which helped inspire others to follow suit in subsequent years. Since 2010, Mountaire Farms has also converted their other two processing facilities over to recyclable corrugated containers.

Fast forward to 2013 – the Corrugated Packaging Association released a study showing that there has been a 600% increase in the annual use of recyclable coated shipping packaging for poultry, produce, seafood, and other applications. Global Green USA took a look at how much of this change is due to the collaboration between Mountaire Farms and Interstate Container.

We caught up with Larry Saywell, VP of Marketing at Mountaire Farms, who helped orchestrate the company’s switch to recyclable packaging that features the water-resistant, recycling-compatible natural coating called Greencoat® that replaced petroleum-based wax. “There have been nothing but benefits associated with this change. We have been able to down-size the size of the shipping containers and improve our shipping payloads, all while reducing our energy and water usage in the plants,” Saywell explained. “And the improved packaging is now allowing our domestic and international customers to reduce their costs and carbon pollution by recycling these boxes, rather than absorbing the additional expense of sending them to the landfills.”

Pete Bugas, General Manager at Interstate Container, converted their annual usage of 35 million recyclable boxes to square feet to compare the numbers to the analysis by the Corrugated Packaging Association. “Mountaire uses about 500 million square feet of recyclable corrugated board every year – all of which used to be wax-coated and unrecyclable,” he said. “Switching that 500 million square feet to recyclable coated packaging for Mountaire alone accounts for a full 8.3% of the increase that the Corrugated Packaging Association documented.”

Global Green USA then converted these numbers to carbon savings, and found that if all 500 million square feet of Mountaire Farms’ boxes are recycled with regular corrugated cardboard, emissions are reduced by approximately 150,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year. Overall, since 2010, that means Mountaire Farms has singlehandedly created an environmental benefit equivalent to planting 15 million trees.

We hope this amazing achievement will inspire other food producers and distributors to likewise switch to 100% recyclable packaging for shipping meats and produce to grocery stores and restaurants. As proven by Mountaire Farms and Interstate Container, this switch makes sense for business – and for the environment.

Learn more about Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) here.

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