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McCormick & Company and Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients receive 1st place at Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

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General Big Heart Pet Brands Food Engineering’s Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo McCormick & Company Musco Family Olive Co. Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients OpX Leadership Network PMMI—The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies Smithfield Foods Snyder’s-Lance Sunny Delight Beverages Co.

OpX Leadership Network honors consumer packaged goods companies with improved performance in sustainability.

RESTON, VA—The OpX Leadership Network, convened by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has recognized the manufacturing plants honored during the second annual Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards.

McCormick & Company and Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients received first place honors at the awards presentation on April 13, 2016, during Food Engineering’s Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Fort Myers, Florida.

The peer-reviewed awards, presented by the OpX Leadership Network, recognize facilities for projects or programs that improve sustainability efforts in food, beverage or consumer product manufacturing operations, focusing on pollution prevention, compliance assurance and environmental protection.

The award winning companies’ diverse projects and programs include:


Projects Category

  • First Place: McCormick & Company – Net Zero Energy Use;
  • Second Place: Smithfield Foods – Water Reuse;
  • Third Place (tie): Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. – Wastewater Project, Clean Discharge;
  • Third Place (tie): Sunny Delight Beverages Co. – Power Quality and Conservation

Programs Category

  • First Place: Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients – Water Use Reduction in Tomato Processing;
  • Second Place: Musco Family Olive Co. – Ethical Sourcing of Products;
  • Third Place (tie): Big Heart Pet Brands – Community Engagement;
  • Third Place (tie): Sunny Delight Beverages Co. – Packaging Materials Reduction

“We were thrilled to honor these companies and their dedication to innovation, quality and environmental sustainability,” says OpX Leadership Network co-managing director Steve Schlegel. “Their pursuits of sustainable manufacturing goals are inspiring and we look forward to seeing further improvements to sustainability in food, beverage and consumer products operations next year.”

The OpX Leadership Network was founded by PMMI in 2011 to ensure consumer packaged goods companies and original equipment manufacturers are well-connected and well-prepared to solve common operational challenges, make smarter decisions and achieve operational excellence.

Award winner case study videos and award submissions will be posted to the OpX Leadership Network website. To learn more about the OpX Leadership Network and future industry events, visit

About OpX Leadership Network
The OpX Leadership Network is a dynamic community of manufacturing, engineering and operations professionals dedicated to operational excellence. Through open dialogue between CPG manufacturers and OEMs, the OpX Leadership Network provides an exceptional forum where the best minds come together to identify and solve common operational challenges, and apply best practices and innovative solutions to the real-world context of manufacturing. Learn more at

The OpX Leadership Network is convened by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, which represents the voice of more than 700 North American manufacturers of equipment, components and materials for processing and packaging. PMMI works to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of processing and packaging to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Pharma EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech, launching in April 2017. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in processing and packaging year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging and Packaging + Processing OEM. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members’ growth strategies, and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year.
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