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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Photoblog: Interstate Container Promotes Wax-Free Produce Boxes at PMA Fresh Summit 2015

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During PMA’s 2015 Fresh Summit, Interstate Container introduced Greencoat wax-free coated corrugated boxes to growers, packers and buyers of cabbage and other fresh produce at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from October 24-25. 
 
Interstate Container works Hand-In-Hand with growers and their customers - national supermarkets, foodservice distributors, quick service restaurants (QSR) and casual dining restaurant chains – to help transition to Greencoat ‘hybrid’ wax-free boxes, which offer key financial and environmental advantages over wax cascaded boxes and reusable plastic crates (RPCs).

















 

About Interstate Container


Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.

Contact Info


Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
128 Crews Drive
Columbia, SC 2921

Tel: 410-221-1508
Email: Jeff.Cormier@interstatecontainer.com
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Friday, October 9, 2015

Greencoat® Wax-Free Cabbage Boxes at PMA’s 2015 Fresh Summit: Proven Performance

Interstate Container will introduce Greencoat wax-free corrugated boxes to growers, packers and buyers of cabbage and other fresh produce at Booth #5252 during PMA’s 2015 Fresh Summit at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from October 24-25.

Columbia, South Carolina. October 8, 2015 – Interstate Container will unveil its latest Greencoat ‘hybrid’ wax-free coated cabbage box at PMA’s 2015 Fresh Summit in Atlanta. Greencoat boxes offer key financial and environmental advantages over packaging materials commonly used to pack fresh produce: wax cascaded boxes and reusable plastic crates (RPCs).

Interstate Container’s approach is to work Hand-In-Hand with growers and their customers, who are increasingly mandating a change to sustainable packaging: national supermarkets, foodservice distributors, quick service restaurants (QSR) and casual dining restaurant chains.  

Recently Interstate Container teamed up with national grocer Sav-A-Lot, with 1300 locations, major produce supplier Northhampton Growers, and Global Green. In this trial, Northampton Growers converted all its 50-pound cabbage boxes to Interstate Container’s Greencoat 100% recyclable boxes. More than 75,000 boxes of cabbage were shipped over 750 miles from Northampton Growers’ packing shed in Moultrie, GA to Sav-A-Lot’s distribution center and stores in St. Louis, MO. [1]

Greencoat Wax-Free Boxes vs. Cascaded Wax Boxes

For growers, Greencoat hybrid cabbage boxes are strong and less costly than wax cascaded boxes, offering needed performance and savings to both farmers and packers.

For retailers, foodservice, and restaurant chains, Greencoat not only eliminates the need to pay up to $70/ton to landfill wax boxes but also ensures a steady revenue stream of up to $80/ton from recycling Greencoat with Old Corrugated Containers (OCC).

“Every truckload of cabbage en route to a retailer contains one ton of wax boxes, around 770 boxes,” says Jeff Cormier, Interstate Container Sales Manager. “The retailer then has to pay to dispose of – landfill – these wax boxes, that can never be recycled and that never biodegrade.”

Greencoat Wax-Free Boxes vs. RPCs

For growers and packers, Greencoat eliminates RPC tracking, additional charges for RPC damage, and the risk of packing in unhygienic RPCs.  As researchers from the University of California Davis and the University of Guelph found, RPCs are often still contaminated when delivered to produce packers. [2, 3]

For retailers, Greencoat boxes can be knocked down, instead of stored and back-hauled, then recycled for revenue generation.

About Interstate Container

Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.

References:

Contact Info

Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
128 Crews Drive
Columbia, SC 2921

Tel: 410-221-1508


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Photoblog: Interstate Container Exhibits at Pack Expo 2015

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


Interstate Container exhibited its custom display solutions and high-graphic moisture-resistant packaging during PACK EXPO 2015, at the Las Vegas Convention Center from September 28-30.


During the annual processing and packaging event, Interstate Container met with visitors to discuss corrugated merchandising solutions and pre-printed wax-free sustainable packaging, as well as additional services including design and color management, warehousing and fulfillment, and key account management. An ice-sculpture display demonstrated Greencoat wax-free coated box strength live at Interstate Container booth.










 

About Interstate Container


Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.

Contact Info 

 
Pete Bugas, Global Director of Greencoat
Interstate Container
903 Woods Road
Cambridge, MD 21613

Tel: 410-221-1508

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Interstate Container at PMA Fresh Summit 2015: How to Transition to Wax-Free Produce Boxes

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

Interstate Container is emphasizing its Hand-in-Hand approach to removing wax boxes from the fresh produce supply chain at Booth #5252 during PMA Fresh Summit Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA on October 24-25.

Interstate Container, creator of Greencoat® coated wax-free fresh produce boxes, will meet with growers, packers and their customers at Booth #5252 during PMA Fresh Summit at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from October 23-25.

Working Hand-in-Hand for Sustainable Packaging


Interstate Container works Hand-in-Hand with growers, packers, and their customers - national supermarket chains, foodservice distributors, and restaurant chains - to transition to wax-free coated corrugated boxes in their supply chains. 

“Until now,” explains Jeff Cormier, Interstate Container Sales Manager, “fresh produce customers have had to pay to landfill wax boxes used to transport specific vegetables and fruit. Greencoat is ideally suited for growers and packers looking for a water-repellent box that holds up during shipment but is not as costly or non-recyclable as a wax-cascaded box.”

In May, Interstate Container teamed up with Global Green USA, national retailer Sav-A-Lot, and major cabbage supplier Northampton Growers. In this trial, Northampton Growers converted all of its 50 pound cabbage boxes to Interstate Container’s Greencoat recyclable boxes. More than 75,000 boxes of cabbage were shipped over 750 miles from Northampton Growers’ packing shed in Moultrie, GA to Sav-A-Lot’s distribution center and stores in St. Louis, MO [1].

Benefitting from Greencoat


Fresh produce customers have begun mandating the transition to wax-free packaging. The switch to no-wax boxes not only removes wax disposal fees of up to $70 per ton but also generates up to $80 per ton when recycled.  With retailers leading the way, corrugated boxes in the U.S. are the most recyclable packaging material, currently at a rate of 90% [2].

A proven replacement for wax boxes, Interstate Container produces and ships over 5 million Greencoat boxes every month from plants in Columbia, SC and Cambridge, MD.
Helping the Environment / Reducing Carbon Footprint

Fresh produce growers and packers, along with meat and seafood processors, generate 1.45 million tons of solid waste from paraffin-coated cardboard, according to Global Green USA Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) [3].

By transitioning to Greencoat, growers and packers get the strength and durability of wax boxes without the carbon footprint. Recycling 100 tons of Greencoat boxes saves 1,527 million BTUs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 312 tons of MTCO2E and 85 tons of MTCE.

About Interstate Container


Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.

References:

Contact Info


Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
128 Crews Drive
Columbia, SC 2921

Tel: 410-221-1508
Email: Jeff.Cormier@interstatecontainer.com
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