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AMERIPEN Welcomes New Members

Wednesday, April 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 5, 2018) – AMERIPEN, The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment, is pleased to welcome PepsiCo and Kellogg Company as new voting members, and A.J. Gruber of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) as a member of AMERIPEN’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG).

“Being internationally-recognized brands, both PepsiCo and Kellogg Company have a renowned voice in the packaging world,” said Lee Anderson, President of AMERIPEN. “To have these companies working with us on our mission to improve and promote smart packaging and waste reduction is an honor and we look forward to their input and knowledge as a true partner.”

PepsiCo and Kellogg Company are committed to building a more sustainable society. PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose sustainability vision aims to transform the way the company does business by delivering strong financial returns in a way that is responsive to the needs of the world. This includes a series of “Planet” goals to reduce PepsiCo’s environmental impact.

At Kellogg, they recognize that environmentally and socially responsible business practices serve as the foundation for ensuring a more sustainable food system for the future. Through their global signature cause platform, Breakfasts for Better Days™, Kellogg is working to embed these practices across its value chain as it grows, makes and packages its foods.  And, the company is holding itself accountable for continued progress. Through its Global Sustainability Commitments, the company is working towards energy use and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, water and waste reductions, and food loss and waste reductions on the farm and in its facilities. This includes continuing to ensure that 100 percent of all its timber-based packaging is either recycled or certified as sustainably sourced and continuing to add value to its foods and the planet via resource-efficient packaging.

ISTA is focused on leading the optimization of packaging for transit positively advancing both the environment and commerce.  It’s recognized as the leading industry developer of testing protocols and design standards that define how packages should perform in distribution. A.J. Gruber serves as the President of the association, managing the overall executive administration.

“Having ISTA’s transportation and packaging strength will expand AMERIPEN’s depth into e-commerce packaging policy issues,” said Anderson. “We are excited to have Gruber’s unique input on our Technical Advisory Group.”

About ISTA: International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) is an organization focused on the specific concerns of transport packaging. ISTA is the leading industry developer of testing protocols and design standards that define how packages should perform to ensure protection of their contents during the ever changing risks of the global distribution environment. As a nonprofit, member-driven association it sets the standards for optimizing the resources in packages that are designed to be survivable, sustainable and successful. Worldwide, ISTA is the most trusted, knowledgeable and respected authority in predictive package-performance testing helping its members develop more effective packaging.

ISTA’s mandate is to enhance the effectiveness of package design and testing. They accomplish this by developing and delivering protocols, tools and educational programs designed and compliant with ISTA performance and environmental values.

About Kellogg Company: At Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), they strive to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter. Their beloved brands include Pringles®, Cheez-It®, Keebler®, Special K®, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes®, Pop-Tarts®, Kellogg's Corn Flakes®, Rice Krispies®, Eggo®, Mini-Wheats®, Kashi®, RXBAR® and more. Net sales in 2017 were approximately $13 billion, comprised principally of snacks and convenience foods like cereal and frozen foods. Kellogg brands are beloved in markets around the world. They are also a company with Heart & Soul, committed to creating three billion Better Days by 2025 through their Breakfasts for Better Days global purpose platform. Visit or

About PepsiCo: PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2017, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay®, Gatorade®, Pepsi-Cola®, Quaker® and Tropicana®. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – a fundamental belief that the success of the company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around. They believe that continuously improving the products they sell, operating responsibly to protect the planet and empowering people around the world is what enables PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and their shareholders. For more information, visit

About AMERIPEN: AMERIPEN advocates for packaging policy advancement in North America and focuses on measures that are environmentally and economically sound, as well as socially responsible. The organization, with a science-based, material-neutral approach, encourages informed decision-making on packaging and the environment by policy-makers and thought leaders. AMERIPEN welcomes companies that support the philosophy of a collaborative trade and industry organization, active and cooperative issue resolution, and material and packaging system neutrality. More information is available at


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