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In addition to its commitment to the research and development of new and innovative all-natural, low calorie sweeteners, Imperial Sugar Company (ISC) is also consistently searching for new ways to reduce its environmental impact. As part of these efforts, ISC recently partnered with Accredo Packaging, Inc, a company that produces conventional and compostable flexible packaging solutions, primarily targeting the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) segment.

Like ISC, Accredo is based in Sugar Land, Texas and is believed to be the first flexible packaging manufacturing facility in the U.S. granted LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED® promotes a whole building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:

  1. Sustainable site development
  2. Water savings
  3. Energy efficiency
  4. Material selection
  5. Indoor environmental quality

According to Rex Varn, executive vice president of Accredo Packaging, its state-of-the-art flexible packaging converting plant uses 100 percent wind-generated electrical power as well as processes designed to eliminate waste and minimize carbon emissions during the production process. Building materials were sourced locally, and recycled materials were used whenever possible. As a result, everything produced at the facility has a greatly reduced carbon footprint, even when manufactured to the same specifications as at conventional plants.

Furthermore, Varn points out that Accredo Packaging runs exclusively expanded color gamut process printing. The proprietary ink delivery system supplies ink directly to the ten-color, 2,000 feet-per-minute printing presses, which reduces ink consumption by up to 35 percent and ink waste by up to 95 percent. Similarly, solvent usage is also significantly reduced.

“We are excited that Imperial Sugar Company has partnered with us to further its goal of lowering the environmental impact of its packaging while producing competitively priced offerings,” said Varn. He added, “Our sustainability efforts feed directly into our customer’s Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.”

Accredo will produce packaging for any ISC product that requires a pouch or poly bag. This will include the new 2-pound pouch for Steviacane® that is set to launch later this year, which will provide consumers with more ease of use.

AIB Member 2011SUGAR LAND, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accredo Packaging, Inc., is pleased to announce that it has recently earned its certification for Food Safety with AIB International (the American Institute of Baking). During a daylong audit by an AIB representative, Accredo’s 200,000-square-foot facility and processes were examined and found to meet or exceed all AIB standards for food safety, including policies and operations, as well as the physical condition of grounds, buildings, production, and storage areas.

“The AIB and LEED certifications are independent assessments that support our continuing environmental stewardship efforts.”

While food handling does not take place at Accredo per se, the company manufactures flexible packaging for a variety of fresh and processed foods, and AIB Certification recognizes Accredo’s compliance regarding same. Last fall, Accredo earned its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and practices.

Accredo Packaging is an independent operating member of the API family of companies, celebrating a quarter century of excellence in the thermoplastics industry this year.

“The owners of API family of companies believed that a new flexible packaging division could be grown from the ground up embodying the principles of business, social, and environmental sustainability,” said Rex Varn, executive vice president. “The AIB and LEED certifications are independent assessments that support our continuing environmental stewardship efforts.”

Accredo Packaging produces conventional and compostable flexible packaging solutions, primarily targeting the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) segment, paper and tissue companies for bundling film applications, and purveyors of organic products. Products include coextruded, laminated, printed or unprinted barrier roll-stock, pouches, wicketed bags and bundling film, predominantly for the pre-packaged consumer product markets.

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

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Accredo Packaging, Inc., recently opened its new 200,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on Cardinal Meadows Drive in Sugar Land. The facility is an ecofriendly, green manufacturing plant that is the first of its kind in the state of Texas. The project was recently selected as a finalist for the Houston Business Journal’s 2010 Landmark Awards in the Industrial category.

The project broke ground on November 16, 2007 and was completed in June 2009. The impact of this project includes more than $60 million in new capital investment and 60 new jobs for Sugar Land.

Accredo Packaging, Inc., is on the forefront in the development of sustainable flexible packaging solutions. The new Sugar Land facility was designed for LEED Silver certification. This highly efficient production facility and the company’s expertise enables the company to convert traditional polymer resins to produce high-barrier packaging solutions (at reduced gauges), using fewer VOCs, less energy, less waste and less water. This equates to less packaging, reduced cost and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Accredo Packaging is committed to the use of renewable energy with 100 percent wind generated electrical power. The company also focuses on environmental and community-oriented initiatives and implementing recycling programs internally with customers.