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October 20 2014

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Presto Helps Jack Link’s® Beef Jerky Make Strides in Efficiency & Sustainability

Presto Helps Streamline Supply Chain with Fresh-Lock® Zipper Spool Recycle and Reuse Program, Continuous Consultation and Innovation

Appleton, WI; October 20, 2014 — To enhance supply chain efficiency and sustainability for Jack Link’s® Beef Jerky, Presto Products Company (www.fresh-lock.com) enrolled the company in Presto’s Fresh-Lock® Zipper Spool Recycle and Reuse program. Annually, Jack Link’s will support the reuse of 30,000 pounds of High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS), reducing the environmental impact of its supply chain. This initiative is just one of several measures in which Presto has assisted Jack Link’s in advancing packaging operations.

Presto offers its Fresh-Lock® Zipper Spool Recycle and Reuse program to help manufacturers enhance the sustainability of their supply chains. Since 2009, Presto has championed the reuse of 3,000,000 pounds of High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) across various product categories, diverting this material from landfills and reusing the spools in new shipments of Fresh-Lock® Zippers.

Jack Link’s participation in Presto’s Fresh-Lock® Zipper Spool Recycle and Reuse program – coupled with the company’s state-of-the-art central warehouse distribution program to streamline efficiency, fuel and energy usage across its supply chain – have helped the meat snack manufacturer achieve a zerolandfill plant in Alpena, South Dakota.

“This is part of an comprehensive sustainability program at Jack Link’s,” Thomas Myers, Director of Corporate Sustainability for Jack Link’s explains. “At Jack Link’s, we strive to be great stewards of our natural resources. Our policy is to incorporate sustainability throughout our business practices and procedures, with the ultimate goal of minimizing our environmental impact and strengthening the communities where we do business. Three key initiatives drive our current sustainability efforts: reducing energy consumption, reduction in overall waste and increasing our supply chain and packaging efficiency.”

Working hand-in-hand with Presto is part of the strategy. The relationship between the companies dates back nearly a decade, when Jack Link’s engaged Presto to help them recreate a discontinued material formulation from an earlier supplier. Since then, Presto has provided Jack Link’s with press-to-close (PTC) zippers for small, medium and large pouch formats used for all of its branded products as well as technical service and consultation to support the company’s deep commitment to green initiatives. Made from Presto’s proprietary soft-seal resin, the most recent PTC innovation rolled out by Jack Link’s since August 2014 features a blend of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE). This unique material provides a high-melt index, giving operators more time to ensure the zipper adheres properly to film pouches and reducing the number of imperfect pouches that come down the line. By minimizing the number of imperfect pouches, the solution helps to decrease costly product waste and increase the efficiency and quality output of the facility.

In addition to providing Jack Link’s with PTC closures that advance sustainability and efficiency, Presto also provides the company with technical service and support to speed delivery times, streamline processes and respond rapidly to urgent order requests, as well as proactive consultation for ‘big picture’ improvements to packaging operations.

“Closures represent a frequent point of interaction between the product and the consumer, so it is critical for brands to put their best foot forward here.” said Brad Hansen, President of Presto Specialty Group, Presto Products Company. “We love working with companies like Jack Link’s that share this belief and understand that the design, engineering, materials and natural resources that go into delivering a quality closure are all important factors that can impact their supply chains in a positive way and contribute to building brand loyalty.”

For more information about Presto Products Company or to schedule a meeting at PACK EXPO International 2014 (Booth #S-2837; Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago, IL), contact prestofreshlock@reynoldsbrands.com.

About Presto Products Company
Presto Products Company is a market-leading supplier of products ranging from private label food and disposer bags to packaging closures. Presto, a business of Reynolds Packaging Group, operates six manufacturing plants and supports customers in North America, Europe and Asia.

About JACK LINK’S BEEF JERKY – Feed Your Wild Side™
Headquartered in Minong, Wis., Jack Link’s is the leader in the meat snack category and fastest-growing meat snack manufacturer worldwide. The Jack Link’s brand represents a heritage of quality and consumer trust. Well known for its iconic Messin’ With Sasquatch™ advertising campaign, Jack Link’s offers more than 100 premium meat snack products at retail outlets in more than 40 countries. Check out JackLinks.com for more information on the brand.

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