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Walmart presented Ready Pac Foods, Inc. with its Excellence in Sustainability award in honor of the California-based food producer’s progressive efforts to actively reduce its carbon footprint with sustainable initiatives throughout its business.
Chet Rutledge, director of private brand packaging at Walmart, honored Ready Pac during this year’s 8th Annual Walmart and Sam’s Club Sustainable Packaging Exposition held in Bentonville, Ark., on May 8, 2013.
The award recognized both Ready Pac and Clear Lam for packaging innovations developed for the Peel and Reseal Tray used for their mixed greens clamshell containers. Designed to keep lettuce fresh while using one-third less plastic, the trays are a consumer and environmentally friendly development which sets a new standard for salad packaging.
“The Peel-Reseal project is a great example of the collaborative work with Ready Pac and their packaging supplier, Clear Lam,” Rutledge said. “Not only does this packaging system use less material, it is more efficient throughout the supply chain. This is a project that I will use as a model for future projects.”