Food Sustainability Excellence On Display at PACK EXPO

This seems like a fairly important topic, and several food brands are being recognized for food sustainability Excellence. –By Brian Hurlburt, Founder and Host, Magnifying Excellence Podcast.

ProFood World offers info, news and trends in the industry and is set to honor Conagra Brands, Smithfield Foods, B&G Foods, Liffey Meats, and Graphic Packaging International for outstanding sustainability achievements at the PACK EXPO in Las Vegas Sept. 27-29, 2021.

“For the first time since the awards competition began seven years ago, we have created a new category to include and honor the essential partnerships between food and beverage processors and their suppliers,” says Joyce Fassl, editor in chief of ProFood World. “ProFood World will continue to retain the awards’ traditional Program and Project categories, while building awareness of the new Processor/Supplier Partnership Category.”

The peer-reviewed awards recognize facilities for projects or programs that improve sustainability efforts in food and beverage manufacturing operations, focusing on pollution prevention, compliance assurance, and environmental protection. Recipients are awarded for reduction in water and energy use, waste conservation, pollution prevention, and packaging reductions.

Past award winners include Pepperidge Farm, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Campbell Soup, McCormick, Hormel, Hiland Dairy, Land O’Lakes, and more.

The award-winning programs and projects were completed and operational between November 2019 and December 2020. They include the following:

Program Category

  1. B&G Foods, Cincinnati, Ohio: Water Reduction
  2. (Tie) Conagra Brands, Menomonie, Wisc.: Compressed Air, Steam, and Vacuum Leak Reduction Conagra Brands, Waterloo, Iowa: Zero Waste Recycling Efforts
  3. Conagra Brands, Fennville, Mich.: Cherry Fresh Pack Water Reduction

Project Category

  1. Smithfield Foods, Sioux City, Iowa: Cardboard Reduction
  2. (Tie) Smithfield Foods, Kinston, N.C.: Air Knife Energy Reduction Conagra Brands, Maple Grove, Minn.: Pacing Paper Waste
  3. Smithfield Foods, Kinston, N.C.: Packaging Reduction Project

Processor/Supplier Partnership Category

Liffey Meats, Ireland, and Graphic Packaging International, Atlanta, Ga.: PaperSeal Tray

To learn more about the Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards, visit

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