Pinnacle Foods Fort Madison Celebrates a Day Dedicated to Sustainability

Sustainability Team educates and engages employees with program designed to reduce, recycle and reuse, targeting zero waste

FORT MADISON, Iowa (April 25, 2013) – Pinnacle Foods’ Fort Madison, Iowa manufacturing facility celebrated their sustainability initiatives on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 with displays and presentations to educate and engage the plant’s employees on methods to reduce, recycle and reuse waste. The program showcased the role that each employee can play in sustainability, making a difference for the benefit of the business, as well as for our planet and future generations.  

“We’ve made a commitment to reduce our waste towards zero and it’s clear that our work is paying off,” said Bryan Langerud, Plant Manager at Pinnacle Foods’ Fort Madison facility. “Only by involving all of our employees in initiatives to recycle, reduce and reuse waste can we reach our goal.  We certainly appreciate all of the support our partners gave us in making our Sustainability Day a success. The exposure to the many ways that folks can make a difference in sustainability was extremely well received by our employees.”

Pinnacle Foods’ Fort Madison facility has reduced its use of energy through efficiency improvements in the facility’s lighting, steam and compressed air systems, among other technology upgrades. Since the energy efficiency initiative started, the plant has earned approximately $450,000 in rebates from Alliant Energy, in addition to reducing electricity costs by more than $1 million over the past five years.

Mirroring the success of the energy efficiency program, the Fort Madison plant is increasing its recycling and reuse of corrugated cardboard, plastic and solid waste. City Carton and Republic Services (Allied Waste), Pinnacle Foods’ sustainability partners, continue to assist the plant in their efforts to find new uses for spent corrugate and plastics.

“The best way to improve sustainability is, first, to find ways to decrease our usage, and then to follow up with a process to recycle or reuse waste, making a positive impact on our environment,” said Dick Beaird, Maintenance and Engineering Manager at Pinnacle’s Fort Madison plant. “Pinnacle’s efforts to find promising new uses for current waste by-products, as well as recycling paper, cardboard and plastic, also benefits the Great River Regional Waste System by reducing the amount of solids, papers, cardboards and plastics going to the local landfill.”

Pinnacle Foods’ Fort Madison Sustainability Team thanked and recognized their partners and event participants for presenting at the Sustainability Day event and for continuing to support Pinnacle’s sustainability initiatives:

  • Scott Amendt – GreenRU
  • Joe Skaff – City Carton
  • Nancy Snaadt – Alliant Energy
  • Tom Buckley – Lee County Conservation
  • Wade Hamm – Great River Regional Waste
  • Mark Starr – Republic Services (Allied Waste)
  • Alex Merk – Lee County Extension

Pinnacle Foods' Fort Madison Sustainability Team hosts day to educate and engage co-workers with company sustainability initiatives. In picture from left to right: Brad Wade, Brian Merschman, Cassie Folkerts, Steve Brumble, Nicole Gray, Roland Vorwaldt, Deb Hammer, John Ewers and Destry Robertson.  Not pictured are Dick Beaird, Scott Fehseke, Bryan Langerud, and Keith Menke.


About Pinnacle Foods

In more than 85% of American households, consumers reach for Pinnacle Foods brands. Pinnacle Foods is a Top 1000 Company ranked on Fortune Magazine's 2011 Top 1000 companies list. We are a leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products, which have been trusted household names for decades. Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, our business employs an average of 4,400 employees. We are a leader in the shelf stable and frozen foods segments and our brands hold the #1 or #2 market position in 10 of the 12 major categories in which they compete. Our Duncan Hines Grocery Division manages brands such as Duncan Hines® baking mixes and frostings, Vlasic® shelf-stable pickles, Mrs. Butterworth's® and Log Cabin® table syrups, Armour® canned meats, Brooks® and Nalley® chili and chili ingredients, Duncan Hines® Comstock® and Wilderness® pie and pastry fruit fillings and Open Pit® barbecue sauces. Our Birds Eye Frozen Division manages brands such as Birds Eye®, Birds Eye Steamfresh®, C&W®, McKenzie's®, and Freshlike® frozen vegetables, Birds Eye Voila!® complete bagged frozen meals, Van de Kamp's® and Mrs. Paul's® frozen prepared seafood, Hungry-Man® frozen dinners and entrées, Aunt Jemima® frozen breakfasts, Lender's® frozen and refrigerated bagels, and Celeste® frozen pizza. Our Specialty Foods Division manages Tim's Cascade Snacks®, Hawaiian® kettle style potato chips, Erin's® popcorn, Snyder of Berlin® and Husman's® snacks in addition to our food service and private label businesses. Further information is available at