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Most Americans are familiar with the annual tradition of the U.S. president’s pardoning of one lucky turkey, but few know about the packaged turkeys presented to the American chief executive every Thanksgiving. For the past 35 years, the Cryovac brand from Duncan, S.C.-based Sealed Air has been charged with protecting the whole turkeys the First Family receives annually.
The inventor and top supplier of the modern vacuum bag for fresh and frozen turkeys, Sealed Air’s Cryovac brand was chosen by the Washington, D.C.-based National Turkey Federation (NTF) in 1978 as the packaging for the presidential turkeys, an honor the brand has maintained ever since.
First introduced more than 50 years ago and now encountered in retail poultry cases nationwide, the Cryovac L-bag for turkeys is used for the presidential turkey because of the package’s ability to prevent freezer burn in frozen birds and enhance freshness in both fresh and frozen products. In addition to superior performance, the bags offer visual appeal, featuring themed printed designs incorporating the message “Happy Holidays, Mr. President.”
“The fact that our business continues to provide the packaging for turkeys presented to the president and his family on Thanksgiving is evidence of our commitment to developing and enhancing the most advanced food packaging technologies in the industry,” noted Don Smith, marketing director for poultry, Sealed Air’s Cryovac brand food packaging. “Whether the customer is the leader of the free world, or just another family sitting down to give thanks this holiday season, we know our package helps to deliver the freshest and tastiest Thanksgiving bird possible.”