Leading Food Companies to Receive Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards at PACK EXPO Las Vegas


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 seventh annual Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards.

The award-winning programs and projects were completed and operational between November 2019 and December 2020 and include the following:

Program Category

  1. B&G Foods, Cincinnati, OH: Water Reduction
  2. (Tie) Conagra Brands, Menomonie, WI: Compressed Air, Steam, and Vacuum Leak Reduction
    Conagra Brands, Waterloo, IA: Zero Waste Recycling Efforts
  3. Conagra Brands, Fennville, MI: Cherry Fresh Pack Water Reduction

Project Category

  1. Smithfield Foods, Sioux City, IA: Cardboard Reduction
  2. (Tie) Smithfield Foods, Kinston, NC: Air Knife Energy Reduction
    Conagra Brands, Maple Grove, MN: Pacing Paper Waste
  3. Smithfield Foods, Kinston, NC: Packaging Reduction Project

Processor/Supplier Partnership Category

Liffey Meats, Ireland, and Graphic Packaging International: PaperSeal Tray 

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 receive awards for reductions in water and energy use, waste conservation, pollution prevention and packaging reductions. 

“For the first time since the awards competition began seven years ago, we have created a new category to include and honor the essential partnerships between food and beverage processors and their suppliers,” said Joyce Fassl, Editor in Chief of ProFood World. “ProFood World will continue to retain the awards’ traditional Program and Project categories, while building awareness of the new Processor/Supplier Partnership Category.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, Sept. 27, during PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Sept. 27-29, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Past award-winners include 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

Shana Marais
Senior Manager, PR