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Snyders-Lance, Inc. & Smithfield awarded Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing

OpX Leadership Network Honors CPGs who Improved Sustainability in Production Operations

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The OpX Leadership Network, convened by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is pleased to recognize the manufacturing plants honored during the third annual Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards. Snyders-Lance, Inc. and Smithfield Foods received first place honors at the awards presentation on April 5, during ProFood Tech in Chicago.

The peer-reviewed awards, presented by the OpX Leadership Network and ProFood World, recognize facilities for projects or programs that improve sustainability efforts in food, beverage or consumer product manufacturing operations, focusing on pollution prevention, compliance assurance and environmental protection.

The award-winning companies’ diverse projects and programs include:

Projects Category

• First Place: Snyder's-Lance, Inc. – Peeler Water Reclamation

• Second Place: Pepperidge Farm – Fuel Cell Power Generation

• Third Place: Keystone Foods, LLC – Solving First Week Mortality Increase After Going Antibiotic Free

Programs Category

• First Place: Smithfield Foods – Aluminum Chloride Reduction Plan

• Second Place: Smithfield Foods – Ham Formulation

• Third Place: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – CO2 Recovery

“We are proud to honor these companies and their dedication to environmental sustainability,” said Steve Schlegel, co-managing director, OpX Leadership Network. “It’s inspiring to see the quality of these innovations and we look forward to witnessing further improvements to sustainability in food, beverage and consumer products operations next year.”

The OpX Leadership Network was founded by PMMI in 2011 to bring consumer packaged goods companies and original equipment manufacturers together to identify and solve the industry’s common operational challenges.

Award winner case study videos and award submissions will be posted to the OpX Leadership Network website. To learn more about the OpX Leadership Network and future industry events, visit

About OpX

About OpX Leadership Network

The OpX Leadership Network is a dynamic community of manufacturing, engineering and operations professionals dedicated to operational excellence. Through open dialogue between CPG manufacturers and OEMs, the OpX Leadership Network provides an exceptional forum where the best minds come together to identify and solve common operational challenges, and apply best practices and innovative solutions to the real-world context of manufacturing. Learn more at

The OpX Leadership Network is convened by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents more than 800 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. It works to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through leading trade media, as well as the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows – PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara. Learn more at and and

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