July 20, 2011
Fabri‐Kal Senior Materials and Development Engineer Dave McIntosh lead a dynamic interest session titled “Myth Busters: ‘Green’ Disposable Packaging” to help eliminate confusion surrounding “green” packaging. Kalamazoo, Mich. (July 20, 2011) – Last week, industry representatives gathered in Dallas, Texas, to attend the 53rd annual National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) Conference. The annual conference consisted of a product and services showcase and featured workshops and interest sessions lead by foodservice professionals and industry experts.
During the conference, Fabri‐Kal Senior Materials and Development Engineer Dave McIntosh lead a dynamic interest session titled “Myth Busters: ‘Green’ Disposable Packaging” to help eliminate confusion surrounding “green” packaging and encourage college and university food and beverage directors to make the best choices for their operation and exceed customer demands. McIntosh, who has an extensive packaging background, provided his expert perspective on raw material sourcing versus end of life disposal options and their relative carbon footprint impacts. McIntosh explained there are many factors associated with choosing the best packaging option. “Operations are faced with many factors when choosing the packaging that’s right for them and, in order to exceed customer demands, it’s imperative to understand the various aspects that should be considered,” McIntosh stated. “Life cycle assessments of packaging and end‐of‐life disposal options available to an operation should be evaluated. These factors need to be weighed agains functional requirements, image, customer preference, local and regional circumstances and politics. Every program will have to find the solution that meets their unique needs,” McIntosh explained. Additionally, McIntosh clarified several misconceptions that exist within the industry regarding disposable foodservice packaging.
Following McIntosh’s presentation, a question and answer panel discussion featured college and university participants including Michael Davy (University of Notre Dame), Nancy Levandowski (Iowa State University), Rick MacDonald (University of New Hampshire) and Dean Wright (Brigham Young University). The panel of experts expanded on topics such as how end‐of life disposal options have influenced their choice of foodservice packaging, economic factors and considerations that have influenced their programs, and efforts to educate and engage students in lessening the environmental impacts of their operations.
NACUFS attendees had the opportunity to visit Fabri‐Kal’s booth during the conference where the company featured Greenware® cold‐drink and portion cups, cup inserts for easy grab‐and‐go food combinations and Indulge™ dessert containers made with 20 percent post‐consumer recycled PET plastic bottles.Fabri‐Kal is committed to clearing up misconceptions and has implemented a “No Greenwashing Pledge” that vows to deliver facts regarding its disposable packaging solutions. Fabri‐Kal strives to correct misinformation that may be circulating in the industry about green packaging solutions. Fabri‐Kal offers foodservice packaging products including Greenware® cold‐drink cups, portion cups and specialty food and deli containers and is one of the largest converters of polylactic acid (PLA). In addition to providing technologically and environmentally advanced packaging solutions, Fabri‐Kal is committed to producing domestic goods. Fabri‐Kal’s Greenware® line of products are made in the USA from plant sources that are domestically‐grown and annually renewable as well as 100 percent compostable in actively managed municipal or industrial facilities, where available. McIntosh graduated from Northeastern University in Boston and University of New Hampshire and began his plastics career in 1974. Since the beginning of his career, McIntosh has been activelyinvolved with new material, product and process development in both resin manufacturing and converting. He was the overall project manager for the development and commercialization of Fabri‐Kal’s Greenware® cold‐drink cup line and continues to lead Fabri‐Kal’s efforts to expand the range ofbio‐based and sustainable materials and processes. About Fabri‐Kal Fabri‐Kal is a leading provider of plastic foodservice and custom thermoformed packaging solutions. As one of the largest thermoformers in North America, Fabri‐Kal has a customer base that includes thousands of foodservice operators and dozens of consumer product manufacturers. Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Mich., and in continuous operation since 1950, Fabri‐Kal employs more than 800 people in five manufacturing, printing and warehousing facilities throughout the United States. More information about Fabri‐Kal may be found at the company’s website, www.f-k.com.