ST. LOUIS – Volpi Foods is working to reduce packaging waste in its retail products by switching to paper-based packaging. The new packaging uses 70% less plastic than standard deli packages, while maintaining its existing shelf life. The new Volpi Eco-Pack is rolling out at retail locations around the country now, as well as online and through the Volpi Foods St. Louis store on The Hill.

“At Volpi Foods, we’re committed to providing high quality products for our consumers, and this starts at the source,” said Deanna Depke, marketing manager for Volpi Foods. “We’re dedicated to creating partnerships with the best local farmers who raise their hogs responsibly. This means no steroids, no gestation crates, fed a primarily vegetarian diet, and freedom to roam and socialize naturally. It only makes sense for our packaging to reflect the same dedication and care.”

The new Eco-Packs are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, which ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. The packages must be kept refrigerated for quality assurance and guaranteed shelf life.

“We know that 88% of consumers look for brands to help them be more environmentally friendly in their daily lives and found it imperative to do our part in cutting packaging waste,” Depke said. “We are proud to lead the industry to a more sustainable future.”

The new paper-based packaging will be introduced across all Volpi’s pre-sliced specialty meats, including Heritage Prosciutto, Traditional Prosciutto, Bresaola, Coppa, Capocolla, Sopressa, Mortadella, Italian Style Pancetta and Gourmet Pepperoni. In addition, the packaging will be used for pre-sliced salami (Genoa Salame, Chorizo Salame, Milano Salame and Romano Salame) and variety packs (Sandwich Trio: Genoa Salame, Mortadella and Coppa; Mild Trio: Coppa, Genoa Salame and Sorpressa; and Spicy Trio :Hot Coppa, Hot Sopressa and Peppered Salame).