EMERALD IN THE NEWS

JUNE 2017

Employees suffer when ICE agents raid the workplace. So do their bosses.
Emerald Packaging is featured in CNN’s powerful three-part story on immigration issues in the workplace.

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FEBRUARY 2017

Emerald Packaging Completes Integration of its Facility Buildings, Centralizing Printing, Laminating & Converting
Emerald Packaging completes the expansion begun in 2015 by connecting its two facilities, which are located side-by-side.  The company built a bridge crossing a stretch of land once used as a rail spur it purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad.  The two-way bridge will allow seamless transport of material between the printing  and laminating facility on Western Avenue and the converting plant on Lewis Street.

FEBRUARY 2017

ePac, an Emerald Packaging joint venture, partners on the Tostitos Breathalyzer Bag
This first-of-its-kind bag features a built-in sensor that can detect traces of alcohol in a user’s breath.

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JANUARY 2017

Growth Continues with Capital Investments in Targeted Market Segments
The company purchases two new slitters for roll stock, a laser microperforation unit – its fourth – and a new eight color Windmoeller & Hoelsher printing press.  The investments total over $3.5 million.  “To keep our customers in product and increase capacity we need to constantly upgrade and add equipment” said chief executive officer Kevin Kelly.  “We particularly see a big spike in demand for laser perforated product to increase breathability of films.”      

OCTOBER 2016

Emerald Packaging Sets a New Standard for Multiple Facilities with an AIB Score of 995
Emerald Packaging receives a 955 score across its two manufacturing facilities from the American Institute of Baking.  This is the first year the company certified the building it bought two years ago which houses the converting department.  Significant investments were made to bring the building into compliance. 

FEBRUARY 2016

Emerald Packaging Wins the Advanced Manufacturing Award at the East Bay Innovation Awards
Out of hundreds of nominated companies, Emerald Packaging won the award for Advanced Manufacturing at the East Bay Innovation Awards on February 25th, 2016. Hosted by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA), a leading convener of cross sector leadership, the award ceremony recognized companies with the most outstanding achievements in innovation.

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NOVEMBER 2015

Three 2015 FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement Award Wins
Emerald Packaging wins three 2015 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards including a Gold Award in Printing and Shelf Impact for Dole Fruit & Veggie Blends, a Silver Award in Packaging Excellence for the Organic Girl Three Heart Romaine Stand Up Pouch, and a Silver Award in Sustainability for Potato Starch Based Film. 

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NOVEMBER 2015

COO Pallavi Joyappa Featured in Packaging World Magazine
Pallavi Joyappa, Emerald Packaging’s COO is featured in Packaging World’s cover story “Women in manufacturing: Ideas on how to close the gender gap”. 

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SEPTEMBER 2015

Emerald Packaging achieves Food Safety Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000)
Emerald Packaging has achieved certification by the rigorous Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a global, industry driven initiative dedicated to the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. Emerald Packaging has been certified under Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) which provides a three year certification with audits each year prior to recertification. CEO Kevin Kelly says “It took tremendous effort and commitment at every level of our organization to achieve the demanding FSSC 22000 certification. It demonstrates that we understand our company is part of the chain that delivers safe meals to families across the country, and the safety of packaging is as important as the ingredients themselves”.

MAY 2015

Emerald Packaging Partners with Hewlett-Packard on a Move into Digital Printing
Emerald Packaging as been selected as a beta site by Hewlett Packard for its new 30″ WS20000 digital printing press, the first of its kind able to print on traditional flexible packaging structures.

APRIL 2014

Highest American Institute of Baking Certification Rating for 4th Year in a Row
Emerald Packaging receives the highest American Institute of Baking (AIB) rating for 2014. Scores remain above 95.5% for 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 for this rigorous review of our facilities.

MARCH 2014

Emerald Packaging Names Pallavi Joyappa First COO in 50 Year History
Emerald Packaging chief executive Kevin Kelly says, “Ms. Joyappa brings a deep understanding of our markets and our company to her job. In addition to her day to day responsibilities she will spearhead the company’s current expansion into an additional 120,000-square-foot facility adjacent to our headquarters. It is testament to the trust she has earned within the Kelly Family, which owns the company, that she is the first COO in our 50 year history.”

NOVEMBER 2013

Emerald Packaging Marks 50 years in Business with the Largest Expansion to Date
$13 million expansion enables a move into pouch making and digital printing. 

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SEPTEMBER 2013

CEO Kevin Kelly wins 2013 Leo Shluker Award
Kevin Kelly carries on a family tradition and wins the Western Plastics Association’s highest honor, its 2013 Leo Shluker Award. 

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SEPTEMBER 2013

Emerald Packaging Pioneers “Field to Fork” Traceability
Emerald Packaging Partners with Domino to tell the Growers Express Unit Level Traceability Story.

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SEPTEMBER 2013

American Institute of Baking Certification
Emerald Packaging receives the highest American Institute of Baking (AIB) rating for the 3rd year in a row. Scores remain above 95.5% for 2013, 2012, and 2011 for this rigorous review of our facilities.

JUNE 2013

Emerald Employees complete FTA FIRST Certification Program
All Emerald Packaging press operators and supervisors have completed all three levels of the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) FIRST certification program. The FIRST program enables employees to advance their expertise, skills, and troubleshooting abilities in the flexographic printing arena. We are the first converting plant of our size to accomplish this program.

FEBRUARY 2013

2013 Silver FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement Award
Emerald Packaging wins a 2013 Silver Flexible Packaging Achievement Award in Technical Innovation for Bolthouse Farms “Shakedowns”.