Novipax Processor Trays Designed to Meet the Rigorous Demands of Food Packaging

OAK BROOK, IL – August 4, 2016 – Novipax, a leading producer of absorbent pads and trays in the United States, is pleased to announce that its processor trays feature the strength to withstand the most rigorous, high-speed packaging demands in the industry today. An ideal solution for poultry processing applications, Novipax processor trays feature the durability and safety for protecting your product while providing increased consumer appeal.

Available pre-padded with Novipax absorbent pads – a key consideration for poultry processing applications – Novipax processor trays offer superior machinability to reduce downtime and improve efficiency. Novipax processor trays enable processed packaged food products to maintain visual, textural and nutritional appeal while also helping to extend the shelf life of food products without the need to add chemical preservatives and stabilizers. These processor trays are available in a variety of colors, sizes and absorbency ranges to meet any specific need, and are backed by the most experienced team of sales professionals and technical service representatives in the industry.

As the leading producer of absorbent pads and one of the top manufacturers of foam polystyrene trays, Novipax products enhance the aesthetic appeal of products and maximize shelf life, all while reducing costs by streamlining packaging and shipping. With end-to-end packaging and support services, Novipax serves more than 150 food processors, supermarkets and food-packaging distributors.

For more information on Novipax pads and trays, please visit novipax.com.

About Novipax:

Novipax is committed to enhancing product presentation and food safety. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Novipax is the leading producer of absorbent pads and one of the top manufacturers of expanded polystyrene foam trays in the United States. We operate five manufacturing facilities in Indiana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Mississippi and have more than 700 employees. Novipax serves processors, distributors and retailers. We provide premium and innovative food pads and trays, enhanced by a total commitment to customer support. We offer solutions that enhance, protect and promote our customers’ products. We are constantly striving to continually set the gold standard for food pads and trays.

Guest Column from Novipax CEO, Bob Larson, Featured in The National Provisioner Magazine

The May 2016 issue of The National Provisioner magazine included a Supplier’s Perspective column from Bob Larson, CEO of Novipax. The article focused on next-generation packaging technologies, such as CO2-Generating Pads and Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP), that can give processors and retailers peace of mind.

View the PDF version of the article.
You can also access the full May 2016 digital edition of The National Provisioner online.

Novipax Unveils Pad-Loc® Fresh CO2-Generating Absorbent Pad

OAK BROOK, IL – February 2, 2016 – Novipax, the leading producer of absorbent pads in the United States, is pleased to announce that it has advanced the company’s mission to enhance food presentation and safety by releasing the innovative, new Pad-Loc® Fresh.

Pad-Loc Fresh generates carbon dioxide (CO2) inside the package to help create an environment that is unfavorable for microbial growth on fresh and processed meats, poultry, seafood and other food products. Used as a tool in an effective modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) strategy, Pad-Loc Fresh enables fresh and minimally processed packaged food products to maintain visual, textural and nutritional appeal while also helping to extend the shelf life of fresh food products without the need to add chemical preservatives or stabilizers.

“We are extremely excited to be launching Pad-Loc Fresh,” said Novipax CEO Bob Larson. “Pad-Loc Fresh is not only the latest product innovation from Novipax, but it also promises to take food presentation and safety to a whole new level.”

Pad-Loc Fresh incorporates the same construction and features as the company’s flagship Pad-Loc® pad, but goes a step further by integrating a granular agent that releases CO2 when moisture is absorbed into the pad. This material also provides a much more consistent release of CO2 than powders used in other pads.

Pad-Loc Fresh is an FDA-approved product, which allows for sale of the product in both the USA and Canada.

For more information on Pad-Loc Fresh, and all other Novipax pads and trays, please visit novipax.com.

About Novipax:

Novipax is committed to enhancing product presentation and food safety. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Novipax is the leading producer of absorbent pads and one of the top manufacturers of expanded polystyrene foam trays in the United States. We operate five manufacturing facilities in Indiana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Mississippi and have more than 700 employees. Novipax serves processors, distributors and retailers. We provide premium and innovative food pads and trays, enhanced by a total commitment to customer support. We offer solutions that enhance, protect and promote our customers’ products. We are constantly striving to continually set the gold standard for food pads and trays.

Novipax Achieves Top Food Safety Certification and Ramps Up Production Capacity

Chicago, Ill. (July 22, 2015) — Novipax, the leading producer of absorbent pads and among the top manufacturers of polystyrene foam trays in the United States, has achieved two notable milestones within its first 90 days of operation as a stand-alone company. All five Novipax manufacturing facilities have received Level 2 recognition — one of the highest levels of certification — from the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Institute. The company also announced it is investing in a new production line at its Indianapolis plant.

Novipax was formed through a carve-out acquisition of the North American Foam Trays and Absorbent Pads (TAP) businesses of Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE). With over 700 associates, Novipax is led by industry veterans and operates five manufacturing facilities serving food processors, supermarkets, and food packaging distributors. Its facilities are located in Indianapolis, Indiana; Paxinos and Reading, Pennsylvania; Rockingham, North Carolina; and Grenada, Mississippi.

“We launched Novipax with a singular focus on the production of absorbent pads and expanded polystyrene trays in the United States,” said Bob Larson, Chief Executive Officer of Novipax. “And I’m pleased to say that we hit the ground running. Within the first 90 days of operations as a stand-alone company, we achieved SQF’s Level 2 recognition to ensure our products meet our customers’ most stringent food safety and quality standards. Our goal at Novipax is to become a best-in-class, one-stop provider for food processors and retailers. This certification and our newest capital investment of a state-of-the-art padding line in Indianapolis are the first steps toward meeting our goal.”

Known as the only food safety program recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI), the SQF program, administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), is designed to meet the diverse needs of all parties in the food industry, “from farm to fork.” It creates one standard for food producers, manufacturers, distributors, and brokers.

In addition to its SQF recognition, Novipax continues to make proactive capital investments in its operations. Most notably, the company is adding a new tray production line at its Indianapolis facility that provides processors with case-ready padded trays. This line will complement existing production lines and will be operational in early 2016. The new tray line pre-attaches absorbent pads onto trays for poultry and other processors, increasing their capacity, production efficiency, and decreasing packaging-to-store shelf cycle time.

“Our pads will absorb a lot with little material,” said Mike Vanatsky, Novipax’s Indianapolis Plant Manager. “They help control excess moisture, and the large, pre-padded trays will provide processors with the freshest, most appealing packaging on the market. This new production line will also help us serve them with greater consistency and reliability.”

About Novipax

Novipax is a leading producer of absorbent pads and one of the top manufacturers of expanded polystyrene foam trays in the United States. It has 700 employees and operates five manufacturing facilities in Indiana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Mississippi. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Novipax is an operating company of Greenwich, Connecticut-based Atlas Holdings. Atlas and its affiliates own 16 companies that employ nearly 15,000 associates and operate from more than 100 facilities across the globe. For more information, visit www.Novipax.com.

Media Contact:
Ken Stoltz, SMG, Inc., 208.388.0766, kens@stoltzgroup.com

Novipax Launches New Brand, Improved Website

OAK BROOK, IL – December 9, 2015 – The Novipax brand was established on April 1, 2015, when Sealed Air completed the sale of its North American tray and absorbent pads business to Atlas Holdings LLC.

“We are all excited to have completed the successful transition from Sealed Air’s Cryovac® brand to our new Novipax brand of trays and absorbent pads,” said Bob Larson, Chief Executive Officer of Novipax. “While the embossed name on the bottom of our trays has changed, we have retained the same commitment to quality and service Sealed Air provided over the years. We now have our own highly professional sales team in place whose sole focus is providing our customers with high-quality foam trays and absorbent pads.”

While its broad product line will remain intact, Novipax will shift even more of its focus to customer service and new product development. “We want to prove to the world that trays—and especially pads, are not just a commodity,” explained Larson. “Novipax will continue to lead the industry with unique offerings that utilize advanced pad and tray technologies. We have a number of new products in the pipeline that will enhance product presentation and promote food safety for our customers in the United States and around the world.”

As part of the transition, Novipax is launching a branding initiative and website to reflect the company’s new direction.

About Novipax:
Novipax is committed to enhancing product presentation and food safety. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Novipax is the leading producer of absorbent pads and one of the top manufacturers of expanded polystyrene foam trays in the United States. We operate five manufacturing facilities in Indiana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Mississippi and have more than 700 employees. Novipax serves processors, distributors and retailers. We provide premium and innovative food pads and trays, enhanced by a total commitment to customer support. We offer solutions that enhance, protect and promote our customers’ products. We are constantly striving to continually set the gold standard for food pads and trays.

Atlas Holdings Launches Novipax with Acquisition of Sealed Air’s Trays and Absorbent Pads Business

Chicago, Ill. (April 2, 2015) — Atlas Holdings LLC announced today the launch of Novipax, its newest operating company, with the acquisition of the North American Foam Trays and Absorbent Pads (TAP) businesses of Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE). As a result of the acquisition, Novipax is the leading producer of absorbent pads and among the top manufacturers of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam trays in the United States. With over 700 associates, Novipax operates five manufacturing facilities serving food processors, supermarkets, and food packaging distributors. Its facilities are located in Indianapolis, Indiana; Paxinos and Reading, Pennsylvania; Rockingham, North Carolina; and Grenada, Mississippi. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Novipax will be led by CEO Bob Larson, who most recently served as President of the North America Food and Consumer Packaging Division of Coveris, the sixth largest plastic packaging company in the world. Larson will work closely with Don Eldert, who joins the team as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Eldert was formerly the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at AGI-Shorewood Global, an Atlas business focused on specialty printing and packaging. Novipax will be supported by a Board of Directors led by Ron Leach, former CEO of Tegrant Corporation.

“I am thrilled to be part of Novipax and look forward to working with our dedicated team of associates as we continue to deliver best-in-class products and superior customer service that are the foundation of our business,” said Bob Larson, Chief Executive Officer of Novipax. “Novipax combines a new name and spirit with the same hard-working people and the backing and expertise of Atlas Holdings. I am confident that we’re well positioned to grow and create real long-term value in the months and years to come.”

“Novipax’s acquisition of Sealed Air’s North American TAP business immediately establishes it as an industry leader in the manufacture of EPS foam trays and absorbent pads used in the packaging of meat, poultry and seafood,” said Timothy Fazio, Managing Partner of Atlas Holdings. “We’re excited to welcome this new management team and group of employees into the Atlas family.”

About Novipax
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Novipax is the leading producer of absorbent pads and one of the top manufacturers of expanded polystyrene foam trays in the United States. It has 760 employees and operates five manufacturing facilities in Indiana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Mississippi. For more information, visit www.Novipax.com.

About Atlas Holdings
Founded in 2002, Atlas Holdings LLC is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. Atlas and its affiliates own 17 companies that employ more than 15,000 associates and operate from more than 110 facilities across the globe — generating more than $4.0 billion in revenue annually. Atlas Companies are engaged in a variety of industries including aluminum processing, automotive, building materials, capital equipment, construction, energy, industrial services, packaging, paper, power generation, steel, and supply chain management. For more information, visit www.atlasholdingsllc.com.

Media Contact:
Ken Stoltz, SMG, Inc., 208.388.0766, kens@stoltzgroup.com