Recyclable Greencoat® Wax-Free Boxes: Gerber Poultry’s Choice for Eco-Friendly Packaging

Gerber Poultry Inc. partners with Interstate Container to convert 100% of operations to Greencoat® wax-free recyclable packaging.

Cambridge, MD, January 23, 2013 --( Gerber Poultry Inc., a family-owned producer and processor of all-natural and antibiotic-free chicken products, partners with Interstate Container to convert 100% of operations entirely to Greencoat® recyclable packaging.

After years of experimenting with corrugated manufacturers, Gerber Poultry Inc. found Interstate Container’s Greencoat® boxes to be the perfect solution for their needs. Greencoat® boxes offer a recyclable, eco-friendly packaging solution that matches the durability, water resistance, and cost of traditional wax boxes.

“Gerber has been committed for over 60 years to maintaining the basic simplicity of its local, Amish, family farm roots as much as possible,” said Glenn Mott, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Gerber Poultry. “For example, our feed has never included arsenic, and we do not use antibiotics or animal by-products as a cheap protein source – even though these are standard practices in our industry. Using non-recyclable, landfill-consuming wax boxes has been common practice too – but we knew it didn’t have to be.”

Gerber experimented with many different packaging firms, but “nothing ever came close to the overall function and utility of wax packaging – until Interstate Container came to our door with their Greencoat® box,” Mott explained.

With Interstate Container’s assistance, Gerber put Greencoat® to the test with a brief trial period, that included designing custom boxes, testing, shipping assessments, and evaluating end-user reviews. “We’re in the process of switching to Greencoat® for all of our bulk shipping needs, and to Interstate Container for all of our packaging needs. We will soon be a 100% recyclable, wax-free operation,” said Glenn Mott.

The deep alignment of values and principles between Gerber Poultry and Interstate Container fueled the partnership, in addition to Greencoat® boxes eliminating wax disposal fees and offering a cost neutral packaging solution to traditional wax boxes.

Mott explained: “Just like our branded Gerber’s Amish Farm Chicken®, they’ve carved a valuable niche for themselves with their Greencoat® boxes. Greencoat® supports Gerber Poultry’s business by delivering a simple box that works excellently, is technologically innovative, and also supports our local communities by eliminating unnecessary landfill waste.”

“Gerber Poultry, Inc. is proud to enter into this partnership with Interstate Container. Greencoat® is good for our business, and good for our environment,” Mott concluded.

About Gerber Poultry

Located in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country, Gerber Poultry, Inc. produces and processes a truly all natural, antibiotic free chicken. The chickens are raised on Amish family farms with a diet consisting of the highest quality vegetarian feed. Gerber's branded chicken products line, Gerber’s Amish Farm ChickenTM, has gained a fierce loyalty from customers and they express that loyalty nearly on a daily basis. Gerber’s fresh chicken products have developed a reputation for excellence in quality and service for customers in diverse markets.

The poultry processor’s fresh, all natural, GMO-free chicken products include whole birds, cut-up parts and boneless skinless breasts and thighs. All are packaged in bulk or case ready trays for retail markets. Additional products include marinated and injected product lines of whole and cut-up parts for use in the foodservice industry. Gerber’s chicken products, “The First chicken That Tastes Like Chicken”®, are distributed in sixteen states.

About Interstate Container

Interstate Container, a division of Interstate Resources, produces award-winning sustainable corrugated packaging solutions for food processing industries; retail and shelf ready packaging; counter, pallet and POP displays; shipping and transport boxes, custom dunnage and packing materials; and corrugated boards and sheets.

Plants are located in Lowell and Westminster, MA; North Brunswick, NJ; Reading, PA; Cambridge, MD; Asheville and Greensboro, NC; Columbia, SC; and Greeneville, TN.

Interstate Container is a member of Interstate Resources Inc., a member of INDEVCO Group.

Contact Information

Glenn Mott
Vice President & COO
Gerber Poultry, Inc.
PO Box 206
Kidron, OH 44636
Tel: 330-857-2731 x. 9335
Gacia Apikian
+961-9-209 000