OGDEN, Utah — American Pet Nutrition teamed up with Morris Packaging, a Plymouth, Minnesota-based packaging company using sustainable practices, to launch eco-friendly packaging for its Supreme Source pet food brand. Morris’ packaging processes use minimal energy and recycled materials.

“We believe we are the only company in North America implementing this number of sustainable and environmentally conscious manufacturing processes,” said Joe Fiore, VP of sales and marketing at Morris Packaging. “We strive to make our world a ‘greener’ place, one step at a time.”

Morris Packaging utilizes post-consumer resin (PCR) film in its EcoQuest packaging, which can be recycled. Its PCR film includes 30% recycled product. The company estimates that 12 months of sales of Supreme Source alone will add up to the equivalent of 8.5 million recycled water bottles in the production of the packaging.

The packaging company also focuses its sustainability efforts toward its processes by running low-impact machines without the use of natural gasses. Morris’ Flextreme Dryer System uses compressed air, which reduces energy consumption by 33%. It also saves on startup because it is kept in idle when it’s not running, reducing waste in defects.

Additionally, Morris Packaging’s PCMC Fusion Presses include a quick stop feature to reduce raw material usage by 77.78%.

“Supreme Source is excited to partner with Morris Packaging in an effort to collectively reduce our energy and natural resource consumption,” said Matt Keller, Supreme Source brand manager. “This partnership not only improves the quality of our packaging but is a step towards ensuring the availability of natural resources for generations to come.”

Aside from improving sustainability of its products, Keller said American Pet Nutrition’s partnership with Morris Packaging has sped up the printing process, reducing the brand’s lead time and ultimately taking less time to develop quality packaging.

According to American Pet Nutrition, Morris Packaging has some of the shortest lead times for soft matte films in the industry, which can seal at 30% lower temperature and is therefore more efficient.

Supreme Source is one of American Pet Nutrition’s brands offering complete and balanced, grain-free dog and cat diets, as well as grain-free pet treats.

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