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Conagra Brands, Smithfield Foods, and Bob’s Red Mill to Receive Sustainability Awards at PACK EXPO International

ProFood World Set to Honor Conagra Brands, Smithfield Foods, and Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods for Outstanding Sustainability Achievements.

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ProFood World, a publication of PMMI Media Group, a division of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is pleased to announce the winners of the eighth annual Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards.

The award-winning programs and projects were completed and operational between November 2020 and December 2021 and include the following:

Program Category

1st Conagra Brands, Oakdale, Calif. – Tomato & Jalapeño Waste Reduction

2nd Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods Milwaukie, Ore. – Wasted Food Rescue & Materials Management

3rd Conagra Brands, Troy, Ohio – MEGA Pizza Yield Improvement

Project Category

1st Conagra Brands, Irapuato, MX – Saving Water for the Future

2nd Smithfield Foods, Milan, Mo. – Reusable Combos

3rd Conagra Brands, Marshall, Mo. – Blast Cell Air Optimization 

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.

“Sustainability continues to be a major initiative for the food and beverage manufacturing industry,” states Joyce Fassl, senior executive editor of ProFood World. “Whether it is focused on packaging and waste reduction, or saving energy and water, the food and beverage industry is focused on net zero goals, renewable electricity, renewable packaging, reducing waste, conserving water, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and using regenerative agricultural practices.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 23 during PACK EXPO International, October 23-26, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Past award-winners include B&G Foods, Pepperidge Farm, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Campbell Soup, McCormick, Hormel, Hiland Dairy, Land O’Lakes, and more.

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

About ProFood World

ProFood World meets the expanding information needs of manufacturing, engineering, operation, and supply chain/logistics executives in the global food and beverage manufacturing. Industry’s most experienced journalists report on news, trends, products, and technologies in food safety, automation, processing, packaging, material handling, and sustainability via print publications,, and an array of digital products.

About PMMI Media Group

PMMI Media Group is a market-leading B2B media company that produces information for packaging, processing, and automation professionals, bringing together solution providers and end-users and facilitating connectivity throughout the supply chain. Its world-class media brands—Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Manufacturing and Packaging, OEM, ProFood World, and Mundo PMMI—are proven leaders in covering this diverse and dynamic marketplace, and its digital products incorporate leading-edge media technologies to deliver informed, actionable business intelligence to the industry.

PMMI Media Group is a division of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, a trade association representing more than 950 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. PMMI connects consumer goods companies with members’ manufacturing solutions through the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, PMMI Media Group, and a wide range of business resources.

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