Amcor has launched Eco-Tite® R in Europe, the first designed to be recycled, PVDC-free shrink bag for fresh and processed meat, poultry and some cheeses. Amcor Eco-Tite® R is designed to maximise shelf-life, maintain food safety, reduce food waste and can be recycled in existing polyethylene (PE) plastic recycling streams.* This means that more consumers will be able to recycle their meat, poultry and cheese packaging, while enjoying the benefits of longer lasting food. “Through our packaging expertise and commitment to sustainability, the team has overcome a challenge for the industry; developing a high performance shrink bag that’s PVDC-free and recyclable, while maintaining food safety. This is a great step-forward for consumers and an example of how the removal of problematic materials from packaging – something the industry is increasingly focussed on delivering – can provide us with safe, secure and recyclable packaging,” said Rosalia Rosalinova, Marketing Manager for Meat and Fresh Produce at Amcor. Amcor Eco-Tite® R is a multi-layer, mono-PE packaging which maintains a high barrier to oxygen and water vapour even when exposed to high-moisture environments, such as cooler cases and refrigerators.
Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP) announced they will begin construction of a new 600,000 square foot corrugator plant in Fort Worth, Texas. Construction on the site is set to begin in the first quarter of 2022 and startup operation is scheduled for the second quarter of 2023.
The new “super-plant” will be replacing GBP’s current 200,000 square foot corrugator plant in Fort Worth. GBP has operated a plant in Fort Worth for over 50 years. The new plant will be equipped with a new 110” Fosber corrugator and all new state-of-the-art high-speed flexo folder gluers and rotary die cutters.
“We are excited to continue to invest in our employees and customers of Ft. Worth.” Said Will Kress, President, and CEO of GBP. “The Fort Worth operation is an important part of GBP, and the leadership and employees of this division are second to none. We believe in investing in our people and our loyal customers, and we are looking forward to the next phase in Fort Worth.”
The Fort Worth announcement is another step in the continued growth and expansion of GBP. Over the last 12 months, GBP completed the startup and full production of the Green Bay Recycled Paper Mill, startup of a 550,000 square foot box plant in Tulsa, Ok.; is in the process of a 370,000 square foot expansion of its state of the art Folding Carton operation and is doubling the size of the newly acquired Third Dimension sheet plant, located in Geneva Ohio. This is coming off significant expansions of their Green Bay and Minneapolis box plants, and the building of a new sales, marketing and distribution center in Downers Grove, Illinois. They continue to install new high-speed converting and high-end graphic lines in multiple plants across the country.
“We are committed to this industry, our employees, and customers”, said Bryan Hollenbach, Executive Vice President of GBP. “We continue to invest at a high level and work hard to make GBP a great place to work and build a career. It is a fun time to be working for GBP.”
“We are fortunate to partner with customers that value the quality and service provided by our dedicated team in Fort Worth. This new operation will unite the most modern equipment with our extremely talented employees to deliver a wide range of capabilities with the highest level of quality and service to our customers”, added Rob Schroeder, VP/GM of GBP’s Fort Worth division.