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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Interstate Container at SERFVC 2016: The Top Three Things Growers & Packers Should Look for in a Sustainable Produce Box

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Interstate Container, creator of Greencoat® wax-free produce boxes, will share expertise and insights about sustainable packaging at Booth # 437 / 439 during the 2016 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference (SERFVC) at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia from January 7-10. 

Columbia, South Carolina. December 30, 2015 – Shipping over 5 million sustainable boxes every month, Interstate Container will help growers and packers understand the top three things to look for when selecting eco-friendly produce boxes during SERFVC 2016 at Booth #437 / 439.

1-    Fresh Produce Packaging that Saves Money

When looking for a sustainable packaging solution to replace current wax cascaded boxes, growers and packers must select cost-effective alternatives.

Greencoat wax-free corrugated boxes cost less than cascaded wax boxes and enable fresh produce customers to eliminate wax disposal fees of up to $70 per ton and instead receive up to $80 per ton of recycling revenue. 

2-    Wax-Free Boxes that Perform

A key requirement for produce boxes is strength and durability in order to effectively ship and protect fresh fruit and vegetables across long and humid transportation routes. Greencoat wax-free boxes offer growers and packers a stronger, eco-friendly alternative to traditional wax-coated boxes - withstanding immense exposure to moisture, rough handling, and cold-to-hot environmental conditions.

Interstate Container teams up with Global Green USA to conduct regular trials on Greencoat boxes each year. Trials continue to demonstrate that Greencoat wax-free boxes are an effective replacement for wax boxes in the fresh produce industry. Interstate Container currently ships over 5 million Greencoat boxes monthly from its facilities in Cambridge, MD and Columbia, SC.

3-    Sustainable Packaging that Meets Market Demands

Keeping up with customer demands and market trends is essential for growers and packers to grow and maintain business. Currently, there is a strong and growing demand from supermarket chains, foodservice distributors, and restaurant chains for growers and packers to eliminate wax boxes and switch to wax-free recyclable packaging.  Interstate Container works hand-in-hand with growers and packers to help transition them to wax-free coated corrugated boxes that are FBA-certified 100% recyclable and repulpable.

Unrecyclable solid waste generated from paraffin-coated cardboard is presently at a high of 1.45 million tons according to Global Green USA Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) [1]. By recycling 100 tons of Greencoat boxes, fresh produce customers can save 1,527 million BTUs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 312 tons of MTCO2E and 85 tons of MTCE.

Interested growers and packers can meet with Interstate Container representatives at Booth # 437 / 439 to learn more during the educational conference and trade show which will take place January 7 - 10 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia.

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

Website: www.interstatecontainer.comwww.greencoat.net


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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Interstate Container Exhibits Benefits of Sustainable Produce Boxes at SERFVC 2016

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

During 2016 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference (SERFVC), Interstate Container will meet with growers, packers and their customers and suppliers at Booth #437 / 439 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, GA on January 7-10, 2016.

Columbia, South Carolina. December 29, 2015 – Interstate Container, creator of Greencoat® wax-free produce boxes, will introduce how to transition – one phase at a time – away from wax boxes at Booth #437 / 439 during SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference 2016 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Georgia on January 7-10. Currently, Interstate Container produces and ships over 5 million sustainable boxes every month from plants in Columbia, SC and Cambridge, MD.        

The Sustainable Packaging Movement


With supermarket chains, foodservice distributors, and restaurant chains mandating the transition to wax-free packaging, Interstate Container works Hand-in-Hand with growers and packers to shift to wax-free coated corrugated boxes. Corrugated boxes in the U.S. are the most recyclable packaging material, currently at a rate of 90%, with retailers leading the way [1].

Greencoat Benefits Fresh Produce Industry


Greencoat offers growers and packers a water-repellent box that holds up during shipment and is more cost-efficient and recyclable than a wax-cascaded box. Undergoing continuous trials with Global Green USA, Greencoat is a proven replacement for wax boxes in the fresh produce industry.

Previously, fresh produce customers used to pay wax disposal fees of up to $70 per ton. With Greencoat, however, national supermarket chains and restaurant chains can eliminate this unnecessary cost, instead generating up to $80 per ton when recycled.  

Eco-Friendly Fresh Produce Supply Chain


By transitioning to Greencoat, fresh produce growers and packers can drastically reduce the current unrecyclable solid waste generated from paraffin-coated cardboard, which stands at a high of 1.45 million tons according to Global Green USA Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) [2].

Greencoat boxes are FBA-certified 100% recyclable and repulpable. 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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