Monday, May 31, 2010

INDEVCO Group Co-Sponsors Beirut International Franchise Forum 2010

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The two-day forum, the first of its kind in Lebanon, explored challenges and trends in franchising.

Business people gathered to hear leading speakers and franchise owners at the Beirut International Franchise Forum & Exhibition 2010 (BIFEX). The event took place 27-28 May 2010 at the
Adnan Kassar Edifice for Arab Economy in Beirut.

According to Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper:

The Lebanese franchising industry, which is estimated at a value of $3.2 billion, leads the competition in the Middle East at a time the booming regional market, estimated at $30 billion in 2008, is drawing increasing international attention.

Experts agree the Middle East market is still in its infancy, but with a whopping growth rate of 25 percent, it offers promising opportunities which the Lebanese business community is impatient to tap.

Topics covered at the forum included:

  • Industry franchises in international markets

  • Franchise development

  • The franchise industry in the Middle East

  • Retail trade and franchising

  • Legal aspects of franchise businesses

  • Financing franchise activities

INDEVCO banners were displayed at the entrance to the forum and a Shouf 7alak bi Lebnan campaign promotional CD were distributed to the forum visitors. A Shouf 7alak bi Lebnan facial tissue box was also offered to guests at the gala dinner at Riviera Hotel in Beirut.

INDEVCO CEO, Neemat Frem, receives Lebanese Franchise Award (LFA)

BIFEX was organized by the Lebanese Franchise Association (LFA) and the General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries (GUCCIAAC).

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Recom Spearheads Post-Industrial PE Recycling in Jeddah

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Recom produces
PE recycled resins from plastic waste collected across Saudi Arabia for Middle Eastern and African plastics converters.

Recom, a division of Uniplast, collects more than 400 MT/month of non-biodegradable PE waste for regeneration into recycled pellets. This initiative was undertaken with the philosophy that economic sustainability is directly related to ecological sustainability.

Recom leverages on its place within Napco group of companies to secure waste from its sister company plastics converting facilities in Jeddah and Dammam. It also collects from sister company customers, as well as other Saudi manufacturers of food, soft drinks, mattresses and other goods.

Recycled Plastic Resins

Recom's recycled granules are available in white, black, grey and clear. The division's production capacity of 600 MT/month of moisture-free recycled LLDPE and LDPE serves different purposes and applications, including injection molding, pipe extrusion, and blown film and other applications for Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Plastics Recycling Process

Phase 1: Collection

Recom's waste collection team visits suppliers daily to pick up waste, based on a quarterly contract agreed upon between both parties. At Recom, waste passes over a weighing bridge to acquire the net weight of the load.

Phase 2: Segregation

The Recom warehouse keeper receives the collected waste and moves it to the plant baler section. Workers sort waste into different categories, such as clear, colored, heavy print, and solid (clog/lumps) waste, then bale and label it.

Plastic film is then shredded and solid waste crushed.

Phase 3: Cleaning & Processing

Recom's extruder is equipped with an inline washing and drying system that cleans dirt from the plastic film before the extrusion phase starts. After being washed, the plastic waste is re-processed into recycled PE granules of varying grades.

Resins are packed in PP woven bags, 800 kg/bag, and shipped to clients.

Other recycling efforts are underway in Saudi Arabia. In March, for example, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) announced a plan to build a pilot plastics recycling plant together with IBM. The plant will use recently discovered organic catalysts to break down PET.

An annual conference on recycling is also now an annual event:

Recycling & Waste Management Saudi Arabia 2010
The 3rd International Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition
4-7 October 2010
Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center

Recom and Uniplast are Napco companies and members of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging, a division of the multinational INDEVCO Group.

Interested parties can request quotes and samples of Recom recycled PE granules.

For More Information

Uniplast Ltd.

Industrial Area 4, Street #407, Jeddah
PO Box 32826, Jeddah 21438
Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966 -2-608-1118
Fax: +966-2-847-063

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Emile Boustany Named New Interstate Paper Industries General Manager

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As of 21 May 2010, Emile Boustany has been appointed as Interstate Paper Industries (IPI)General Manager. IPI manufactures virgin and recycled jumbo tissue rolls in Sadat City, Egypt, member of INDEVCO Paper Making division.

Emile has joined INDEVCO Group as Information and Technology IT Manager. In 1999, he became Unipak Quality Assurance and Customer Service Manager. In 2000, Emile became Unipak Nile Sales Manager and in 2005, he was appointed General Manager.

Emile has implemented systems and procedures in all functions he handled. He has repeatedly proven leadership and management skills, as well as ability to build effective organizations. Emile has helped develop Unipak Nile's local market and build customer satisfaction. He has also initiated and expanded the export business and developed a deep knowledge of the Egyptian business environment.

In addition, Emile has successfully led Unipak Nile to receive ISO 9001 and ISO 18001 and HACCP certifications.

Please join us in wishing Emile success in this challenging position.

Unipak in Halat, Lebanon and Unipak Nile in 6th of October City are members of INDEVCO Paper Containers, division of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Interstate Container Cambridge to Present at 2010 NRA Show

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Global Green's Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) members will speak at the 2010 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago.

Pete Bugas of Interstate Container Cambridge, will discuss how restaurateurs can save money and launch green operations immediately through innovative recycling programs. Bugas is National Account Manager for the corrugated plant's innovative GREENCOAT™ corrugated wax alternative boxes.
The coalition will present:

"Turning Spent Food Packaging into Gold: The Next Frontier in Recycling"

Monday, 24 May 2010
Room S403B
McCormick Place

Chicago, Illinois

ecyclable paper foodservice packaging.

In addition to Bugas, other coalition speakers include:

CoRR program discussion areas include recyclable wholesale transfer packaging and r
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Phoenix Energy To Present New Heating Technologies at Project Lebanon 2010

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Project Lebanon 2010 is the 15th international trade exhibition for construction technology, building materials and equipment for the Middle East.

Phoenix Energy of Safra, Lebanon will present 'Innovative Technologies in Solar & Biomass Heating' at the exhibition conference on 3 June at BIEL in Beirut, Lebanon.

Likewise, visitors can visit Phoenix Energy's booth, Stand #K43 in the Green Pavillon, throughout the duration of the exhibition, 1-4 June, at BIEL.

Phoenix Energy supplies renewable energy products, such as water solar heaters, wind turbines, biomass stoves for domestic and commercial use, and minced solid biofuels.

The company also provides turnkey commercial projects for power generation using renewable energy resources and assessment services.

Speakers in the 'Innovative Technologies in Solar & Biomass Heating' panel include:

Fadi El-Chiti, Phoenix Energy, Lebanon

Marco Gallo, D’Alessandro Termomeccanica, Italy

Arthur de Vries, Itho, The Netherlands

Solar Water Heaters

Biomass Boilers

Data Loggers

Interested parties can request info at or by calling +961-9-855 690.

Phoenix Energy is a sister company to Phoenix Machinery and a member of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

Contact Information

Phoenix Energy s.a.l.
Safra, Kesrwan
Lebanon P.O.Box 11 - 2354
Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-855 690 / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Fax: +961-9-855 696
Web Site:

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

OMRON Industrial Automation Laboratory To Launch at AUB

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American University of Beirut (AUB) Faculty of Engineering & Architecture launches the OMRON Industrial Automation Laboratory, the first of its kind in the Middle East.

The launching ceremony, organized under the patronage of Neemat Frem, President of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists and President & CEO of INDEVCO Group, will take place on 26 May 2010 at the AUB Bechtel Engineering Building at 5:30 p.m.

OMRON is a manufacturer of control equipment, factory automation systems, electronic components, automotive electronics, ticket vending machines and medical equipment. The manufacturer operates in 80 countries around the world, centering on Europe, North America, China and the Asia Pacific region.

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Multipak Completes HACCP Certification Re-Audit

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The re-audit confirms that the paper packaging produced by the Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based manufacturing plant is food-safe.

Multipak's Hazard Analysis and Critical Point (HACCP) certification is valid for three more years, says certifying body TUV NORD CERT GmbH, as per the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

The flexible packaging manufacturer successfully completed the HACCP certification re-audit on 16-17 May 2010. Multipak first achieved certification in June 2007.
The HACCP's management system requires suppliers, including packaging manufacturers, to analyze and control biological, chemical and physical hazards to ensure food products can be safely consumed.

Multipak produces ice cream packaging, paper bags, paper sheets, paper cups, and paper tubes. Established in 1997, Multipak supplies flexible paper packaging to ice cream producers, fast food franchises, retail, carpet and textile producers in the Arabian Gulf, Middle East and Africa.

Multipak is a Napco company and member of
INDEVCO Flexible Packaging, a division of the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

Contact Information

Mohamad Kolailat, Technial & Quality Assurance Manager
Multipak Ltd.
Industrial Area Phase #4, Street #405
Jeddah 21438, Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-2-608-0704
Fax: +966-2-608-1063
E-mail: mohamad.kolailat[at]

Web :
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Download Phoenix Machinery's May 2010 Newsletter

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Phoenixia Newsletter
May 2010 issue features articles about the latest technologies, product launches, services, events, and customer testimonials from Phoenix Machinery.

The machinery manufacturer located in Safra, Lebanon produces new equipment and performs control upgrades and refurbishing for hygiene, plastic, tissue and paper machinery, as well as high precision CNC parts.

This issue includes the following articles:

General Manager Perspective
Phoenix Energy: Plan It for Life

Hygiene Division
Phoenix Machinery Offers Air Flow Service

Automation & Drive Division
Customer Testimonials from National Beverage Company & Liban Cables

CNC Division
Phoenix Machinery Now Manufactures Hardened Parts

Phoenix Energy
Phoenix Energy Becomes Solior FL150 Exclusive MENA Agent
Special Offer on Solior FL150 Solar Water Heater


FIT Open House
Electricity Generation through Renewable Energies
Build It Green Lebanon Conference

For More Information

Phoenix Machinery sal

Safra, Lebanon
PO Box 11-2354
Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-855-690
Fax: +961-9-855-696
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North African Converters: A Target for Semi-Finished Films

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Saudi composite film manufacturer offers select semi-finished laminates to converters in Tunisia.

Napco Composite Packaging Technology Ltd. (COMPACT) is supplying coated aluminium films of various thicknesses to Tunisian packaging converters through its sales office, MASTERPAK North Africa Ltd.

(L-R): MASTERPAK North Africa: Karim Jaouada, Sales Manager
Ashraf Ncibi, Sales Representative for southern Tunisia
Zouhour Ncibi, Office Manager

MASTERPAK North Africa first entered the Tunisian market in December 2007 and began supplying COMPACT cheese wrap for the popular President cheese brand. Next came Tunisian confectionary manufacturer, Confiserie Triki-Le Moulin, to which COMPACT supplied chewing gum inner wrapper.

Today, MASTERPAK North Africa promotes the range of paper and plastic flexbile packaging products produced by Napco affiliates in Saudi Arabia.

For COMPACT, the sales office not only sells composite films to end manufacturers but also semi-finished laminates to converters:

ALU 9 / PE Laminate

PE laminate
End use: packaging for powder products, such as instant coffee powder & milk powder

ALU 20 / HSL
Hard tempered foil: PVC & PVDC coatings
End use: pharmaceutical industry for blister packaging

ALU 38 / HSL
Heat seal lacquer application with polystyrene / PVC & PP applications
End use: dairy industry for yogurt cups or industries using containers with die-cut peel lids or peelable lidding in reels

ALU 50 / PE
PE laminate
End use: Bottling & capping industries for die-cut peel lids or peelable lidding in reels

COMPACT is a Napco company and a member of INDEVCO Flexible Packaging, division of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

Contact Information

Karim Jaouada, Sales Manager
MASTERPAK North Africa Ltd.

41 Avenue Kheireddine Pacha
Residence les Jardins du Pacha
Escalier A, Etage E
1008 Tunis, Algerie

Tel: 00216-71905705 / 902855
Fax: 00216-71902248
E-mail: karim.jaouada[at]

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Community Turns Out for 2010 'Walk with Al Younbouh'

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Over 3000 people joined the annual 'Walk with Al Youbouh' to raise awareness for and support adults with mental disabilities in Lebanon.

INDEVCO Group members joined donors, schools, clubs, and members of the community for a 5-kilometer walk through the Old Souk of Jounieh, Lebanon on Sunday, 16 May.

Al Younbouh Rehabilitation Center is a non-residential center for adults with special needs in Haret Sakher, a suburb of Jounieh. Al Younbouh’s mission is to improve the quality of life of its members and to ensure their dignified integration into the community.

The center's
Women's Voluntary Committee organized the walk for the seventh consecutive year, again engaging Tony Baroud, a former member of the Lebanese national basketball team and now popular TV personality, as master of ceremonies.

Throughout the walk, the crowd stopped for a number of programmed events: a synchronized dance performed by Al Younbouh young adults at Jounieh municipality; songs by Lebanese singer, Joseph Attieh; and an olive tree planting in the Jounieh municipality garden next to trees from previous walks.

Tony Frem, Jounieh Municipality President (center left)
at the ribbon cutting to launch the walk

Intro to the dance by Al Younbouh members

Emcee Tony Baroud with Al Younbouh member, Mariana

Lebanese singer Joseph Attieh
as he performs at Walk with Al Younbouh

Maya Frem, Women's Voluntary Committee, and Nicole Naame, Al Younbouh Director
plant the traditional olive tree on the last stop of the walk

Nicole Naame, Director of Al Younbouh, thanked all supporters after the walk:
"The whole Al Younbouh family - students, staff, executive committee, volunteers, and the Women’s and Youth Voluntary Committees - thank everyone who helped make 'Walk with Al Younbouh 2010' such a wonderful success! We are grateful to all our sponsors, advertisers, donors, helpers and volunteers. Your support is hugely appreciated."

To explore volunteer or sponsorship opporunities with Al Younbouh, please visit

For More Information

Nicole Naame, Director
Al Younbouh Rehabilitation Center for People with Special Needs
Ghadir Main Road
PO Box 36
Jounieh, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-835 612
Fax: +961-9-835 067
E-mail: info[at]


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Friday, May 14, 2010

Interstate Paper Receives 2010 Energy Saver Award

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Interstate Paper accepted the Energy Saver Award during the third annual 2010 Save Energy Now Awards ceremony at the Energy Efficiency Global Forum on 10 May 2010 in Washington, D.C.

U.S-based kraft linerboard mill in Riceboro, Georgia, managed to save more than 75,000 million British thermal unit (Btu) of total energy savings. Award-winning companies were able to reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions and this demonstrates how energy efficiency can help strengthen the nation's energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality.

Gilbert Richa & Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency,
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy

In 2009, more than 500 plants applied and received energy assessments by a Department of Energy (DOE) expert or university-based Industrial Assessment Center. Ninety-five plants received the Energy Saver award.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized 151 U.S. manufacturers for pursuing energy-saving opportunities which has led to a total of more than $32 million in cost savings and 4 trillion British thermal unit (Btu) in total energy savings over the past year.

Contact Information

Inetrstate Paper LLC
2366 Interstate Road
Riceboro, Georgia 31323

Tel: +912-884-3371 or +800-359-0943
Fax: +912-884-3426


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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Unipak Nile to Participate in East African Exhibitions in June

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Unipak Nile, Egyptian corrugated packaging manufacturer, is preparing for plastics, printing and packaging expos in Kenya and Tanzania.

In reaching out to more East African manufacturers and businesses, Unipak Nile will display a range of corrugated wraps, agricultural trays and boxes, industrial packaging, and other containers at the exhibitions in June.

Unipak Nile, based in 6th of October City, Egypt, supplies corrugated packaging to
the agricultural, beverage, catering, dairy, hygiene disposables, industrial, petro/chemical, processed food, pharmaceutical, soap and detergent industries.

Plastics Printing & Packaging Expo Kenya - Stand #57
12-14 June 2010
Kenyatta International Conference Centre
Nairobi, Kenya

Plastics Printing & Packaging Expo Tanzania - Stand # E50
18-20 June 2010
Diamond Jubilee Hall Exhibition Centre
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Interested parties can request product quotes and samples, as well as download brochures, before the expos:

Fill online RFQs:
Call: +20-23-816-4041 / 2 Ext. 2400

Unipak Nile is a member of
INDEVCO Paper Containers, a division of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sales of Digital Flexo Printing Plates Increase 7% over Previous Record

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Repro Center's April 2010 sales blasted the division's previous sales record by 7%.

Repro Center, the in-house pre-press division of corrugated manufacturer, Unipak, sold over 6.1 million cm2 of digital flexo printing plates in April, a new record for the ISO 9001-2000 certified operation. Repro Center is located in Halat, Lebanon.

Elie Khattar, Repro Center Manager, explains,
"We have doubled our production capacity for digital flexo printing plates in the last two years and increased our sales by 30% to companies outside our group. We are currently selling clichés in the Middle East and South Africa.

April was a special month; we exceeded 6 million cm2 with the effort of Repro's existing team."

In 2008, Repro Center upgraded its equipment and software in order to produce improved digital flexographic printing plates (clichés), which converters use to produce high-quality, printed flexible and corrugated packaging.

Digital Printing Plate Size

  • 50 x 80 inches (127 x 203 cm)
  • Ability to service large printing machines that reach up to 200 cm of repeats with one plate


  • Imaging capacity up to 4.0 m2 / hour

Less Waste

  • No film used
  • Large raw material sheet size results in less trim waste

Established in 1994, Repro Center provides flexographic and lithographic pre-press services for flexible and corrugated packaging converters.

Services include electronic pre-press workflow, scanning and retouching, Dupont digital proofing, process analysis, customer press profiling, digital and conventional flexo plate making, and computer-aided plate mounting.

Contact Information

Ramez Harb, Sales Representative
Repro Center
Halat Industrial Complex
Halat, Lebanon, PO Box 11-6308
Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-477 114
+961-9-477 190
Fax: +961-9-477 130
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Easternpak Attends Fonterra's Official Acquisition Celebration

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Fonterra invites suppliers to the official celebration of its full acquisition of Saudi New Zealand Milk Products Co. Ltd, attended by New Zealand's Minister of Trade, Tim Groser, and local dignitaries.

Dammam-based corrugated packaging supplier, Easternpak, attended the Fonterra event on 26 April at the dairy plant facility in Second Industrial City in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Easternpak supplies Saudi New Zealand Milk Products with die-cut corrugated board, die-cut corrugated trays, layer pads and RSC boxes.

As of 30 March 2010, Saudi New Zealand Milk Products Co. Ltd. began operating as a subsidiary of Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd. The company packs New Zealand milk powder into sachets and processes and packs spreadable feta cheese in glass jars.

The Dammam plant has been called:

"The ace in Fonterra's sales strategy is its Dammam factory, close to the port of the same name and within a 650km radius of all its major customers...Geographical expansion is planned into North Africa (cheese and butter), Lebanon (milk powders) and Ukraine (butter), Tamer El Ashmawy says. [Fonterra Brands' general manager, developing markets ]. His team has an "extreme focus" on winning market position in the CIS, Egypt, East and West Africa, and Iran."

(L-R): Rabih Said, Sales Supervisor for Eastern Province
Mark Wilson, Fonterra Managing Director Asia/Africa, Middle East
oseph Seif, Sales Department / Export

Easternpak is a Napco company and a member of INDEVCO Paper Containers, a division of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East' .

Easternpak, which manufactures pre-print and post-print recyclable corrugated boxes, retail ready packaging and POP displays, is ISO-9001:2000, HACCP, GMP and BRC Global Standard certified for packaging.

For More Information

Easternpak Ltd.
2nd Industrial City, Street #135
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-3-812 13 41
Fax: +966-3-812 13 05

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Outside-the-Wax Box Thinking: 'White Meat Goes Green’ with Mountaire Farms’ New Packaging Initiative

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Interstate Container Cambridge highlighted in Meat & Poultry Magazine's April issue.
Source: Petrak, L. (April 2010). Meat & Poultry Magazine.

We’re all in this together. That’s a common refrain these days, particularly this time of year as Earth Day approaches and as the environmental movement gains traction. But besides sounding catchy, the phrase aptly describes the important differences even small changes among committed groups working in tandem can make to the well-being of the planet.

Take, for example, something as seemingly straightforward as the shipment of poultry products. A recent collaboration between packaging supplier Interstate Container Cambridge, poultry processor Mountaire Farms and non-profit organization Global Green USA centered on the conversion of traditional wax-coated boxes to recyclable boxes for wholesale transfer packaging.

That change, along with a shift in packaging methods from ice-packed boxes to modified atmosphere (MAP) packaging, has led to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gases – estimated at more than 100,000 tons – and, in the process, lower costs and greater efficiency for the processor and end-user.

This white-meat-goes-green initiative has been in the works for awhile.

“We committed to it about five years ago,” says Pete Bugas, National Poultry Manager for Arlington, Va.-based Interstate Container, noting that Interstate first discussed the concept of wax-alternative boxes in the early 2000s and tapped into the work of Global Green by 2005. “They provided the format of bringing in vendors and suppliers and pushed and prodded for the program to succeed,” he recalls.

Above all and no matter what, at the end of the day the box has to hold up.”

Mountaire Farms, a poultry processor in Millsboro, Del., joined the effort in its early phase, according to Larry Saywell, vice president of marketing. “Interstate is our corrugated supplier and brought the concept to us several years ago, so we’ve been going down that path together,” he says. At first blush, the concept was intriguing to Mountaire Farms because of its longtime focus on stewardship.“Ultimately, that’s what we do – we spend our time trying to take care of the land.”

After numerous discussions and exhaustive planning, Interstate Container Cambridge and Mountaire Farms began pioneering recyclable MAP about a year ago through the nation’s largest food distribution center, Hunt’s Point in the Bronx, N.Y. The pilot program, which ended in September, was part of Global Green’s effort to achieve 100-percent recyclable wholesale transfer packaging at that facility.

“We wanted to use New York City as a test for a recycling program with national potential focusing in the foodservice industry, ”explains Annie White, director of the Coalition for Resource Recovery for Global Green USA. She says Hunt’s Point is an ideal microcosm of what can be done in this segment of the food chain. “In New York, there are 200 tons of waste a day coming from a combination of retail and food service and 700 tons of that is paper.” The use of corrugated boxes was seen as a particular opportunity, she says.

Proving Ground

It was a good chance for Interstate container to test its recyclable boxes, according to Bugas. “Above all and no matter what, at the end of the day the box has to hold up. Plant conditions are extremely wet, the product is put in coolers and reefers and when it gets to New York, it sits on the dock in the middle of the summertime,” he points out.

For Mountaire Farms, the New York City distribution center was a major hub for its food service business and was deemed an ideal place and time to act on the company’s commitment to greener packaging. “New York is a tough market and there is a lot of trash that leaves Manhattan every day,” Saywell says.

The change at Hunt’s Point began on a pallet-by-pallet basis, Saywell says, but the trial swiftly gained speed based on its immediate success. After a month or so of test runs, the switch was made to entirely recyclable wax-alternative boxes from Interstate Container.

Beyond the tangible differences to the New York City market, the Hunt’s Point trial has had a more widespread effect. “Food from all over the world is shipped through Hunt’s Point. When we reach 100 percent there, it will show a step change, and that has been our interest,” White says.

According to White, such a step-change actually could be a giant leap: 1.5 million tons of non recyclable wax-coated corrugated boxes are discarded in the U.S. each year. Replacing those boxes with corrugated recyclable boxes would have the same effect as removing 1 million passenger vehicles from the road, she points out. And the advantage wouldn’t only be for the Earth. According to Global Green’s estimates, U.S. grocers and restaurateurs would save up to $63million annually in disposal fees.

Extending the Green Line

Last year’s trial at Hunt’s Point went so smoothly that Mountaire Farms decided to extend the conversion company-wide. In the months since the pilot program ended, Mountaire Farms has converted the boxes and packaging methods at its main facility in Lumber Bridge. N.C. – the nation’s largest poultry plant – and is currently working on a change over its other plants in Delaware, according to Saywell.

During that short time frame Saywell reports that pivotal reductions have been achieved all around. “As we went to a drier packed product, we were also able to reduce the size of our boxes and ultimately use less water. That was another key piece of the equation for us,” he observes.

Wax replacement boxes for packing poultry & white meat

While Mountaire Farms moves toward recyclable packaging and greener packaging methods, it has tried to extend the message about the benefits of sustainability through its own chain. “We developed a kind of recyclable logo to put on all of our corrugated to make the customer aware that they don’t have to segregate the product anymore. And the customers have said they enjoy the change because it helps them, as well,” Saywell says.

“I think that the time has come because when a company can do something green and it makes business sense –that’s when it is a pretty easy decision.”

At this point, with those throughout the food chain looking for ways to reduce costs, streamline distribution and pursue greener strategies, the decision to shift to recyclable wholesale MAP packaging may become a more popular one.

Saywell thinks it’s a proverbial no-brainer for all meat and poultry processors to jump on the recyclable box bandwagon. “Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do. It’s very hard to not do the right thing when you have the opportunity,” he notes.

White, meanwhile, says that beyond processors that sell to wholesale, the entire food chain can literally think outside the box when it comes to sustainable packaging materials and methods. “I think that the time has come because when a company can do something green and it makes business sense – that’s when it is a pretty easy decision,” she says. Right now, the timing is especially ripe for fresh food suppliers like meat and poultry processors and produce companies and for restaurateurs that are in the midst of a major green movement. Seizing the perfect-storm opportunity, Global Green made an earnest plea to the industry earlier this year, calling on food packagers to convert to this newly achievable green standard.

From a packaging supplier perspective, Bugas says the Hunt’s Point trial has already generated a buzz in other parts of the country. “I know Global Green has great interest in replicating this model in other metropolitan places,” he reports, citing urban areas like Chicago that currently use a lot of wax boxes in the wholesale distribution market. Interstate has received positive feedback as well and is fielding inquiries from other meat and poultry and fresh food companies.

Finally, Bugas notes that an all in-this-together philosophy has, in fact, emerged through this one type of packaging conversion: “This has made our own employees highly conscious of what we do with our waste, from how we discard our soda bottles to how we handle paper waste. It’s a neat trickle-down effect.”

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Easternpak Participates in YUM! International Supply Chain Management Conference

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Easternpak and other suppliers met with the YUM! team members at the 20 April event in Dubai.

Since 2006, when Easternpak completed YUM!'s STAR packaging supplier facility audit, the Dammam-based corrugated packaging manufacturer has been approved to supply the company's top restaurant brands -
KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's - with corrugated and fast food packaging in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan (MENAPAK).

The annual International Supply Chain Management Conference took place at the Media Rotana Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). YUM! officials facilitated discussions about long-term quality assurance planning and their Supplier Management Web.

Participants included packaging, poultry, bread, cheese, and condiment suppliers.

Easternpak was represented by Fouad Khalil, Easternpak General Manager; Robert Aziz, Business Development Manager; and Ganesh Shankar, Management Systems Specialist.

(L-R): Ganesh Shankar, Easternpak Management Systems Specialist
Maria Rivera, Assistant Quality Assurance Manager, YUM!
Fouad Khalil, Easternpak Deputy General Manager
Megan Scott, Senior Manager, YUM! R&D/KIT, Dallas
Robert Aziz, Easternpak Business Development Manager
Mary Townsend Smith, Director, YUM! Quality Assurance, Dallas

YUM! Brands, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the world's largest system restaurants company with over 37,000 restaurants in over 110 countries.

Easternpak is a Napco company, and a member of INDEVCO Paper Containers, a division of INDEVCO Group, the 'Local Multinational of the Middle East'.

Easternpak manufactures pre-print and post-print recyclable corrugated containers, retail ready packaging and POP displays in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The converter is OHSAS 18001, ISO-9001:2000, HACCP, GMP and BRC Global Standard certified for corrugated packaging.

For More Information

Easternpak Ltd.
2nd Industrial City, Street #135
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-3-812 13 41
Fax: +966-3-812 13 05
E-mail: info[at]
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