How Evergreen Packaging is operating under COVID-19

Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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Updating protocols in its facilities and getting product out for dairy and beverage suppliers, Evergreen Packaging, Memphis, shared with Store Brands how the company has been managing its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katie Simmons, marketing director, Evergreen Packaging, said the company falls under the “critical infrastructure industry” designation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it has implemented hygiene and sanitization protocols set forth by the CDC, the World Health Organization and other published data to keep facilities safe.

Evergreen Packaging’s top priority during the COVID-19 outbreak is the safety of our employees, customers and end-users of our products,” Simmons said. "As a food packaging supplier for customers who are meeting a critical need for consumers, we appreciate the trust they place in us and the gravity of our role in this important supply chain. We are committed to delivering reliably and communicating if there is an unavoidable disruption.”

Evergreen Packaging’s PlantCarton package is leveraged by store brand and branded dairy and juice companies. Per part of the standards in place at its facilities, the company is frequently sanitizing high-touch surfaces in its two paper and paperboard mills, six carton converting facilities, and the Evergreen Packaging Equipment manufacturing location. 

Additionally, only business-critical visitors are allowed to visit the production facilities or headquarters, with completion of a pre-screening COVID-19 questionnaire.

For appropriate employees, there is a work-from-home directive out at the company, and Business Continuity Plans are in place for its locations.

“Evergreen’s in-house product stewardship food safety scientists are monitoring the outbreak closely to help us identify and mitigate any risks and to help ensure product safety for our customers,” Simmons said. “Surveys of our materials suppliers indicate no significant delays or shortages of raw materials, and Evergreen sources its own paper and paperboard materials from its own mills in North America.”