Sugar Land, TX – Accredo Packaging announces the introduction of its high-barrier packaging films, AccredoFlexTM, designed for gas-flushing and vacuum packaging applications to preserve “first day freshness” and protect product integrity.

While barrier films aren’t new to the packaging market, Accredo’s state-of-the-art production facility is designed to produce AccredoFlexTM in a more sustainable production process than conventional plants, without sacrificing performance, thus providing an enhanced value which differentiates their barrier film offerings from others on the market. Accordingly, Accredo’s ‘Sustainability Portfolio’ provides a fresh approach in the industry, effectively distinguishing Accredo from their competitors!

The building of the company’s LEED® Silver certified manufacturing facility was just the first step to delivering sustainable packaging solutions. Accredo utilizes 100% wind-generated electrical power, while focusing its operation on sustainability in manufacture practices, so as to embrace the company’s twin goals of lowering the environmental impact of flexible packaging and extruded film production, while producing competitively priced offerings.

“The technology we use supports efficient production while ensuring that we produce exceptional quality products,” states Chris Cometa, VP of Technology. He adds, “Our 9-layer VAREX® blown film lines from Windmoeller & Hoelscher represent the latest in advanced blown film technology, giving us the ability to tackle our customers diverse needs for moisture, oxygen and other barrier protection, which can lengthen product shelf life.”

AccredoFlexTM barrier films are particularly well suited for packaging Cheese; Meat and Sausage products; Processed Meats; Institutional Packaging for pre-made or cooked foods; and, Pumped Products such as sauces, condiments, marinades.

EPA Press Release

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented its 13th annual Green Power Leadership Awards to 21 Green Power Partners and three suppliers for their achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable electricity market. Close to one-third of America’s carbon pollution – a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change – comes from power plants. By using green power, communities, businesses and organizations can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support America’s growing renewable energy industry, improve public health, and help transition the United States to cleaner energy sources.

“Our 2013 Green Power Leadership Award winners are driving new renewable energy generation and providing clear examples of organizations thriving on innovation and sustainability,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “These winners are moving us closer to the vision President Obama outlined in his Climate Action Plan—cutting harmful pollution and promoting American leadership in renewable energy.”

EPA defines green power as electricity that is generated from renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas and low-impact hydroelectric sources and produces no fossil fuel-based carbon pollution. The winning organizations are recognized for dramatically increasing their green power purchases, installing large-scale solar panel arrays, and leading innovative renewable energy procurement efforts, among other actions.

The 2013 Green Power Leadership Award winners are listed below in the following categories:

  • Sustained Excellence in Green Power: Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, Calif.); Kohl’s Department Stores (Menomonee Falls, Wis.); Staples (Framingham, Mass.)
  • Green Power Partners of the Year: Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.); Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.); Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, Wash.); The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Green Power Communities of the Year: Cincinnati, Ohio; Mercer Island, Wash.
  • Green Power Purchasing: Accredo Packaging, Inc. (Sugar Land, Texas); Dell Inc. (Round Rock, Texas); Pearson (Upper Saddle River, N.J.); Powdr (Park City, Utah), The North Face (Alameda, Calif.); U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, D.C.); UW Credit Union (Madison, Wis.); Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • On-site Generation: Apple Inc. (Cupertino, Calif.); County of Santa Clara, Calif.; Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.); Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
  • Green Power Suppliers of the Year: 3Degrees (San Francisco, Calif.); Dominion Virginia Power (Richmond, Va.); Sterling Planet (Atlanta, Ga.)

The 21 award-winning partners were chosen for their exemplary use of green power from more than 1,500 partner organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state and federal governments, and colleges and universities. Utilities, renewable energy project developers, and other green power suppliers were eligible to apply for the Supplier of the Year Award, which recognizes leadership in voluntary renewable energy offerings.

EPA also announced the winners of the third annual Green Power Community Challenge, a national competition between communities to use renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the collective participation of local governments, businesses, and residents. Out of 48 competing communities, Washington, D.C., won the challenge for a third year in a row for using the most green power annually with more than one billion kilowatt-hours (kWh). Oak Park, Ill., also won the challenge for a second consecutive year for achieving the highest green power percentage of total electricity use at 92 percent.

EPA, through the Green Power Partnership, works with partner organizations to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Nearly two-thirds of partners use 100 percent green power. All together, the partners are voluntarily using more than 28 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to avoiding carbon pollution created by the electricity use of more than three million average American homes each year.

More on the Green Power Leadership Awards
More on the Green Power Community Challenge
More on the Green Power Partnership

EPA headquarters press release.

Cheese Market News

Accredo Packaging Inc., Sugarland, Texas, is one the companies that has taken steps to implement sustainable measures throughout the life cycle of its products. The producer of conventional, compostable and renewable sustainable flexible packaging says it has integrated sustainability measures throughout its manufacturing process that allows it to produce its AccredoFlex barrier films (which are suited for cheese applications) in a more sustainable process.

The benefits are twofold, since the packaging also tackles sustainability by eliminating food waste, the company says. “With improvements in packaging, there often are opportunities to provide ample product protection during shipping with down gauged material, reduce the amount of water and energy required to manufacture, ship and store products or remove secondary packaging,” says Chris Cometa, vice president of technology, Accredo. “The technology we use supports efficient production while ensuring that we produce exceptional quality products.”

Accredo utilizes 100 percent wind-generated electrical power and says its goals are to lower the environmental impact of flexible packaging and extruded fi lm production while producing competitively priced offerings.

W&H’s Conversions (a Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation Publication) Summer 2013, congratulates Accredo Packaging for receiving Best of Show Award (Mid Web category) presented at the recent FTA Awards Ceremony held in San Diego. The Award recognizes Excellence in Flexography.

This year marked the 54th anniversary of the awards, which continue to showcase the amazing development of flexo quality. It is the most competitive flexographic printing competition in the US. More than 517 entries were received. The jury, consisting of 35 judges and 11 committee members, undertook the complex task of evaluating each entry based on level of execution and degree of difficulty.

Packaging World

Georgia-Pacific’s Brawny paper towel film wrap is printed with stories of Wounded Warriors; QR code links to additional information.

Store shelves continue to carry multipacks of Georgia-Pacific’s Brawny brand of paper towels in a film overwrap that highlights the company’s Wounded Warrior Project campaign (WWP) that encourages consumers to make donations by visiting the WWP website.

Brawny 6-packAs was the case when GP initially began using packaging to benefit the WWP, package design was created by Bulletproof. The 1.5-mil low-density polyethylene film comes from Accredo Packaging. Flexo-printed in five colors, the pack highlights a specific Wounded Warrior’s story and includes a QR code that links to the Facebook page for more information.

The Brawny packaging highlights the WWP partnership and explains how consumers can get involved (by “Liking” the Facebook page, leaving a note of thanks on the Facebook page, or texting THANKS to the indicated number). The packaging also encourages consumers to make their own donations by visiting the WWP website.

Georgia-Pacific uses the packaging message as part of its efforts in partnering with WWP, helping to raise awareness and resources for the growing nonprofit organization that strives to help honor and empower our nation’s Wounded Warriors

This is the Brawny brand’s largest corporate social responsibility initiative to date and its most significant charitable contribution this year. Key campaign highlights include Brawny’s direct donation of $250,000. From now until December 31, 2013, Brawny will also donate $1 (up to $350,000) for every individual who shares a “Thank You” note on the Brawny Towels Facebook page

Special Brawny paper towel packaging highlighting Wounded Warrior stories that will be in participating retailers across the country. Packaging World first reported on the Brawny/WWP project last year.

EHS Direct (a FTA Publication)

EHS Direct (a FTA Publication) – At the recent Packaging Association (PAC) Leadership Awards Gala, FTA Member Accredo Packaging of Sugar Land, TX received the Silver Award in the Sustainable Packaging category. The company’s proprietary ink delivery system, exclusive use of expanded color gamut process printing, and state-of-the-art machinery enables it to produce flexible packaging in a more sustainable production process, even when manufactured to the same specifications as at conventional plants. Accredo reduced greenhouse gas emissions, along with reducing its waste and minimizing its carbon footprint. Congratulations!

On April 22nd, 2013, the Packaging Association of Canada’s Leadership Awards Gala held its biennial Gala Awards Ceremony and brought over 400 packaging professionals together to celebrate the winners of the PAC Leadership Awards. Accredo Packaging won Sustainable Packaging Silver Award, recognizing our sustainability in manufacture. The Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts pack was entered in the Branded Product category.

The recycled aluminum tree with the reclaimed wood base was custom designed and sustainably produced for the Sustainable Packaging Competition.

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Sign the “Wall of Thanks” page or “like” the Wounded Warriors page on www.brawnytowels.com and the makers of Brawny® paper towels will donate $1 to the Wounded Warriors Project™ (WWP). As of July 19, upwards of $281,000 was donated to “help us support our nation’s heroes and their families,” says the Web site.

Brawny 6-packBrawny packaging is also part of Georgia-Pacific’s effort to support these veterans and their families. As of July 9, the company began to sell limited edition packs of the paper towels to help support and raise awareness of the needs of injured service members.

Georgia-Pacific worked with Bulletproof (www.wearebulletproof.com) to create the packs. As well as an eye-catching design that manages to retain brand equities, the pack also features QR/text codes and Web/Facebook links that enable shoppers to give back to heroes and their families.

The project involved partnerships between multiple stakeholders and was centered around clearly communicating the various ways of supporting the cause. Bulletproof’s challenge was to produce a pack design that engaged and informed the consumer about WWP and promoted a call to action. The objective was to enable consumers to send messages of appreciation to service members or make donations to WWP.

Beside sharing a “Thank You” note or a “Like” on the Brawny Towels Facebook page, consumers can text THANKS to 272969 between June and December 2012. Donations raised will benefit a variety of WWP programs.

The 1.5-mil low-density polyethylene film is supplied by Accredo Packaging. Graphics are flexo-printed in five colors with a white backup. There are three different final design versions, each featuring a personal story and image of the Wounded Warrior. Special Brawny paper towel packaging highlighting Wounded Warrior stories that will be in participating retailers across the country.

“Bulletproof developed the idea of communicating the personal stories of Wounded Warriors on-pack, which was then extended across the campaign. This has become an important piece of our campaign, which highlights the issues and challenges faced by service members. We appreciate Bulletproof’s creativity and have received great feedback from customers and consumers alike,” says Lanier Thomas, director of marketing for Brawny at Georgia-Pacific.

“It was a privilege to help bring to life the partnership between Brawny and the Wounded Warrior Project on this special package design,” adds Catriona Crombie, Bulletproof’s group account director. “We are very happy with the final result, which is eye-catching, yet respectful to the cause. Beyond the packaging, Bulletproof has also participated in the development of wider communications of this important cause.” —Jim Butschli

Flexible Packaging

Nine-layer coextrusion enables for high-barrier performance to meet any need Accredo Packaging, located in Sugar Land, TX has placed a large order for flexographic printing and film extrusion equipment from Windmoeller & Hoelscher.

Commercialized in 2009, Accredo specializes in the manufacture of coextruded barrier films, towel & tissue overwrap film, shrink-bundling film, laminated, printed and unprinted roll stock, pouches and wicketed bags. “We’re expanding in all the segments we identified as our target markets and need to add significant capacity to keep up with growth,” states Rex Varn, executive vice president of Accredo.

Installation of a new Miraflex CM 10 press with a print width of 41” and speeds of up to 1,600 ft/min was recently completed and the press is now up and running. The company has just placed an order for a second Vistaflex CL 10, with a print width of 67” and speeds of up to 2,600 ft/min. W&H designed the Vistaflex to run at extremely high speeds while at the same time being easy to use. Four print jobs can be set up and stored while the press is running and changeovers are made automatically at the push of a button. The Sugar Land plant houses W&H 10 color Novoflex CL presses as well.

In addition, Accredo has also ordered two 5-layer Varex-blown film lines. Both lines are equipped with the high-output Opticool air ring and are scheduled for 2013 installation. Accredo currently runs film on Varex 3-layer and 9-layer lines for both barrier films and internal consumption.

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W&H VistaFlex CL and NovoFlex Presses

Accredo Packaging placed an order for a second VISTAFLEX CL 10 from Windmoeller & Hoelscher.

Accredo Packaging, located in Sugar Land, TX has placed a large order for flexographic printing and film extrusion equipment from Windmoeller & Hoelscher.

Commercialized in 2009, Accredo specializes in the manufacture of coextruded barrier films, towel & tissue overwrap film, shrink-bundling film, laminated, printed and unprinted roll stock, pouches and wicketed bags. “We’re expanding in all the segments we identified as our target markets and need to add significant capacity to keep up with growth,” states Rex Varn, executive vice president of Accredo.

Installation of a new MIRAFLEX CM 10 press with a print width of 41˝ and speeds of up to 1,650 ft/min was recently completed and the press is now up and running. The company has just placed an order for a second VISTAFLEX CL 10, with a print width of 67˝ and speeds of up to 2,600 ft/min with the fastest changeovers. W&H designed the VISTAFLEX to run at extremely high speeds while at the same time being very easy to use. Four complete print jobs can be set up and stored while the press is running and changeovers are made automatically at the push of a button. The Sugar Land plant houses W&H 10-color NOVOFLEX CL presses as well.

In addition, Accredo has also ordered two five-layer VAREX blown film lines. Both lines are equipped with the high-output OPTICOOL air ring and are scheduled for 2013 installation. Accredo currently runs film on VAREX three-layer and nine-layer lines for both barrier films and internal consumption.

About Accredo
Accredo is a registered member of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership and the Organic Trade Association, and is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise.

About Windmoeller & Hoelscher
Windmoeller & Hoelscher is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of flexographic and gravure printing presses, blown and cast film extrusion systems, multiwall equipment, plastic sack and bag making machines, as well as form-fill-seal machinery for the converting and packaging industry.