ConAgra Foods first company in the world to use recycled PLA shrink film
OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 19, 2009--
ConAgra Foods announced today that it is the first company to utilize a
new shrink film that contains more than 50 percent post-industrial
recycled material, reducing landfill waste, greenhouse gases, and energy
consumption. The new technology is a recycled Polylactic Acid (PLA). The
new shrink film will be used for tamper evident seals on ConAgra Foods’
table spreads – Fleischmann’s®, Blue Bonnet® and
Parkay® - and for printed shrink labels for multi-packs of
the company’s Reddi-Wip® whipped topping and PAM®
The new material has several advantages over traditional shrink films:
It is manufactured using corn, a renewable resource. Traditional
shrink films are petroleum-based.
It contains more than 50 percent post-industrial recycled content,
meaning that more than half the material that would traditionally be
sent to landfills is now being diverted into a value-added end product.
It produces less greenhouse gases than traditional shrink films; this
means ConAgra Foods is reducing greenhouse gas production by
approximately 592,000 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents, the same
as taking about 48 cars off the road per year.
It requires less energy at ConAgra Foods’ manufacturing facilities,
reducing the temperature necessary to shrink the material by
approximately 20 percent.
It provides a higher-quality finished product due to an improved
“This conversion to a new shrink material is one of many steps ConAgra
Foods is taking in our continued commitment to innovation and
sustainable business,” said Gail Tavill, vice president of
Sustainability at ConAgra Foods. “We’re positively impacting the
environment, reducing waste and eliminating the need for more than
400,000 pounds of petroleum-based material by replacing it with a
material made from a renewable –resource—corn.”
The new technology was developed in partnership with Plastic Suppliers,
Bluepack, and NatureWorks LLC. The company’s conversion to the new
material will divert more than 350,000 pounds of non-renewable Polyvinyl
Chloride (PVC) and more than 50,000 pounds of Polyethylene Terephthalate
Glycol (PETG) from the company’s raw material stream annually.
ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America’s leading food
companies, with brands in 97 percent of America’s households. Consumers
find Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew
National, Hunt’s, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM, Peter
Pan, Reddi-wip and many ConAgra Foods brands in grocery,
convenience, mass merchandiser and club stores. ConAgra Foods also has a
strong business-to-business presence, supplying potato, other vegetable,
spice and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants,
foodservice operators and commercial customers. For more information,
please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.
Source: ConAgra Foods, Inc.