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DS Smith Unveils Drypack Solution in U.S. Market to Help Seafood Processing Processors Phase Out Plastic Containers

DS Smith is launching its DryPack seafood box in North America. A sustainable replacement for non-recyclable expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam boxes, DS Smith DryPack is a no-leak, 100% water-resistant, fully recyclable box that, when packed with ice, can keep fresh fish below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for over 40 hours in cold chain operations. DryPack is the only containerboard seafood box approved for air freight by the International Air Transport Association, giving seafood processors the ability to safely ship fresh fish for short and long distances.

The boxes ship flat to seafood processors - requiring 81% less space than foam plastic EPS boxes - and are easy and quick to assemble manually or with the use of automation equipment. DS Smith NAPP is now manufacturing DryPack boxes at its U.S. specialty packaging plants using its patented and proven Greencoat®? technology - a food-safe, moisture-resistant, recyclable coated box solution that has USDA, CFIA, FDA and FBA certifications.

In addition to seafood packaging, the technology is used in the fresh poultry and produce industries to replace non-recyclable, wax-coated boxes. Norwegian DS Smith customer Kvaroy Arctic - a family-owned salmon producer located on an island inside the Arctic Circle - depends on DryPack's recyclability and reliability as a water-resistant and versatile packaging solution. This patented, sustainable seafood box - a past design winner of the World Packaging Association's WorldStar Award - is making its North American debut at the Seafood Processing North America tradeshow in Boston, March 10-12, where DS Smith is exhibiting in booth #1671.

With DryPack, DS Smith is furthering its ambition to accelerate plastic replacement in the packaging space. Driven by its Now and Next sustainability strategy and working in partnership with customers, DS Smith has replaced 762 million problem plastics with fiber-based alternatives since 2020, and is on track to beat its goal of replacing 1 billion plastics by 2025. The company is committed to supporting a transition to the Circular Economy, eliminating waste and pollution, and keeping materials in use for longer.

DS Smith creates 100% recyclable or reusable packaging, helping customers design out hard to recycle plastics. DS Smith has also created more than 30,000 circular-ready projects through its Circular Design Metrics, a design analysis tool that helps customers drive sustainability performance.


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