ProAmpac Buys UP Paper; Unveils Fiber Based Sandwich Wedge

CINCINNATI––ProAmpac, FTA printer member and global leader in flexible packaging and material science, has acquired UP Paper, Manistique, MI, a leading producer of recycled kraft paper. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The UP Paper team has done an incredible job developing and creating this great business. We look forward to building on existing relationships and production expertise to serve our customer base with a broader suite of sustainable packaging products,” said Greg Tucker, founder, vice chairman and CEO, ProAmpac.

“ProAmpac has an exceptional platform from which we can continue to grow our business,” explained Lars Dannberg, president and CEO, UP Paper. “Together, we will have a strong portfolio of paper products and a shared commitment to excellence in customer service. I am confident our current and future customers will benefit from this partnership.”

UP Paper, established in 2016, is a leading North American producer of 100 percent unbleached recycled kraft paper for packaging applications. UP Paper and ProAmpac, together will leverage combined fiber and film based materials science expertise to create environmentally friendly flexible packaging products.

Days later, ProAmpac disseminated word of a groundbreaking collaboration with Sammi, to launch a fiber based modified atmosphere sandwich pack (MAP). This partnership marks a significant step toward enhancing sustainability in the food-to-go market.

Sammi’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in its selection of innovative packaging solutions, prioritizing sustainable impact and extended shelf life, thus significantly minimizing packaging and food waste. Using fiber based packaging from well managed forests, Sammi is a pioneer in grab-and-go sandwiches by replacing rigid plastic clam shells, thereby reducing its packaging footprint.

ProAmpac is introducing its fiber based MAP RAP Sandwich Wedge to the North American market in a joint effort to innovate the food–to–go packaging landscape. Designed for sandwiches and wraps, this patented technology combines the benefits of modified atmosphere packaging with mainly fiber materials.

“Sustainability lies at the heart of ProAmpac’s business strategy,” says Chad Murdock, president of ProAmpac’s fiber business. “Our collaboration with Sammi underscores ProAmpac’s commitment to helping customers meet their sustainability objectives with high-performance packaging.”

The ProAmpac RAP Sandwich Wedge incorporates a carton board structure with a thin transparent film liner to optimize product preservation and visibility. Engineered for hermeticity, this innovative solution utilizes high-barrier technology to improve freshness, extend product shelf-life, and minimize food spoilage costs.