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7 Ways Using Compostable Packaging Can Help You Grow Your Business

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Compostable packaging is one of the latest trends sweeping across the foodservice and grocery industries in the US. As a Brand Manager, Store Manager, Packaging Designer, or Production/Plant Manager, a couple of your primary goals are to provide a great product in safe and effective packaging, as well as your bottom line. In the past, managers had to choose sustainability or savings, but that is changing and costs are much closer now.

More importantly, packaging affects so many aspects of how customers feel about the food they’re getting and how they feel about your brand. If you’re still using packaging that isn’t biodegradable, here are seven reasons you should consider it.

People are worried about food packaging waste, and the majority of customers are willing to pay extra for sustainable products.

According to a 2018 Nielsen survey, 60% of North American consumers surveyed are concerned about food packaging waste, and 70% for Millenials and younger consumers. Another Nielsen survey in 2016 showed 66% of Millennials would prefer to pay more for sustainable products and goods than to pay less for something less sustainable.

It’s really not more expensive than plastic anymore.

There is a big misconception about “green” packaging.  Generally, the price is at parity or less if you’re comparing it to plastic.

Advancements have made sustainable packaging more versatile and convenient than older-style packaging.

Some packaging suppliers have products that can take heating as high as 425 F, making them great options for products that need reheating, microwaving and cooking at home.

They don’t contain carcinogens like BPAs, or allergens.

Customers are becoming more aware of the dangers of some of the toxic chemicals in plastics, and are requesting safer, allergen-free packaging. Aside from the fact that your customers will appreciate it, it will also reduce your risk of negative reviews when they had a reaction to the packaging. Customers having a reaction may not know it was the packaging and not something in the food!

Food containers with food on them aren’t recyclable, even if the container is.

Food containers with fats or oils on them are not recyclable even if the plastic itself is. Fats and oils contaminate the recycling process, so when they’re found it’s just thrown away by the recycling center, sometimes with other materials that would otherwise have been recyclable.

It’s a selling point you can use to stand out in a crowded market, and advertise in person and on social media.

Creating content for your website’s blog and social media accounts can be challenging. Announcing and discussing your new packaging and regular reminders about your decision to be green are great content options that basically write themselves. If you’re doing your own social media, it can save you a lot of time. If you’re paying someone to do it you’ll save money too.

It’s safe to assume sustainable products are going to become more and more popular, and some cities/states are already banning packaging that isn’t biodegradable.

Portland, Oregon just banned plastic straws in October of this year. Styrofoam will be banned in the state of Maryland on July 1st, 2020. Considering how many Americans prefer sustainable packaging and how that’s increased over time, it’s likely that trend will continue. As State and Local governments take moves to ban wasteful types of food packaging, it seems likely that you will have to make the switch at some point. Would you rather make that switch on your terms, or in a rush when you have no choice anymore?

Compostable packaging is the future of foodservice and grab-and-go food packaging. Americans are getting more and more concerned about reducing pollution, and they’re voting with their wallets. Making the change today gives you a chance to advertise your commitment to sustainability and get ahead of your competitors.

Give our team a call at (763) 746-3345 and tell us about your situation, we’d love to help you go green.

Team UltraGreen https://ultragreenpackaging.com/distributors/

Ultra Green Packaging Selected for the 2016 Best of Minneapolis Awards for Packaging Supply

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Ultra Green Packaging Receives 2016 Best of Minneapolis Award

Minneapolis Award Program Honors the Achievement

MINNEAPOLIS May 18, 2016 — Ultra Green Packaging has been selected for the 2016 Best of Minneapolis Award in the Packaging Supply category by the Minneapolis Award Program.

Each year, the Minneapolis Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Minneapolis area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Minneapolis Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Minneapolis Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Minneapolis Award Program

The Minneapolis Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Minneapolis area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Minneapolis Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Award Program

2016 BEST OF MINNEAPOLIS AWARDS – PACKAGING SUPPLY

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Minneapolis Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardconnections.org
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Ultra Green Packaging Receives 2015 Best of Minneapolis Award

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Ultra Green Packaging Receives 2015 Best of Minneapolis Award

Minneapolis Award Program Honors the Achievement
CrystalBluelogoMINNEAPOLIS July 2, 2015 — Ultra Green Packaging has been selected for the 2015 Best of Minneapolis Award in the Business Services category by the Minneapolis Award Program. Each year, the Minneapolis Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that  enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Minneapolis area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Minneapolis Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Minneapolis Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Minneapolis Award Program
The Minneapolis Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Minneapolis area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Minneapolis Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Award Program

CONTACT:
Minneapolis Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardcontact.org
URL: http://www.awardcontact.org

 

Fargo Forum: ‘Green’ company provides economic opportunities for ND farmers

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By: Tracy Frank, INFORUM

FARGO – Mack Traynor hopes agricultural byproducts, such as wheat straw, will someday be considered a cash crop. Traynor, who was born and raised in Fargo, is CEO of Ultra Green Packaging, a Plymouth, Minn.-based company that buys those byproducts from farmers and turns them into eco-friendly pizza boxes, take-out containers and other paper-like products.

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Visit from a North Dakota Senator

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On Friday, May 31st, we received a surprise visit at the Devils Lake facility from Senator Heidi Heitkamp, the North Dakota junior senator.  Senator Heitkamp is a big advocate for “green business”, especially one that can re-purpose an agriculture product like wheat straw and bring extra income to farmers.  Needless to say, she was impressed and specifically with the amount of jobs that will be created in the area.