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American Pet Nutrition Incorporates Eco-Friendly Packaging


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American Pet Nutrition (APN) has transitioned to environment-friendly packaging for its Supreme Source brand. The new packaging is already on retail shelves.

The move is through a recent partnership with Morris Packaging, a Bloomington, Ill.-based company that focuses on minimizing energy consumption and using recycled goods during its manufacturing process.

Specifically, Morris Packaging uses a variety of low-impact machines and processes, with none of its dryers or presses running off of natural gas. The Flextreme Dryer System uses compressed air which reduces the motor horsepower requirement, reducing energy consumptions by 33 percent, according to APN, which is based in Ogden, Utah. When not running, the dryer system remains in idle mode, which cuts the time it takes to reheat in half. 

In addition to the dryer, Morris Packaging uses PCMC Fusion Presses for its printing process. These presses have a quick stop feature which reduces raw material usage by a rate of about 77.8 percent, according to the company.

“Supreme Source is excited to partner with Morris Packaging in an effort to collectively reduce our energy and natural resource consumption,” said Matt Keller, Supreme Source brand manager. “This partnership not only improves the quality of our packaging but is a step toward ensuring the availability of natural resources for generations to come.”

Packaging is recyclable using Morris’ EcoQuest or Post-Consumer Resin (PCR) film. This means that consumers can recycle the packaging after the bag is empty. EcoQuest is store drop-off ready material, which is certified through a program called Trex, guaranteeing the packaging will be recycled into a new form, according to the company. 

“We are extremely proud of the fact that our PCR film contains a minimum of 30 percent recycled product, which will add up to approximately 8.5 million recycled water bottles in the coming year for Supreme Source alone,” said Joe Fiore, vice president, sales and marketing at Morris Packaging.

APN also chose to partner with Morris Packaging because of the speed in which projects can be completed. Morris Packaging has revolutionized the production of soft matte films, according to APN, with some of the shortest lead times in the industry. This eliminates long lead times and allows clients to make changes and go to market quicker.

Additionally, Morris Packaging has a proprietary sealant, which reduces dimpling and adds grease resistance. This material can seal at a 30 percent lower temperature, making it quicker and more energy efficient, APN further noted.

Morris Packaging is a certified recycler and reprocesses and reclaims ink. The ink is separated, cleaned and the solvent is removed. This leaves the pigment, which is a solid, reducing the hazardous waste by 70 percent, according to APN.

“Working with Morris helps reduce our environmental impact, but also speeds up the package printing process for APN,” Keller said. “The partnership has helped us reduce our lead time and ultimately create better quality packaging in a shorter amount of time.”

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