The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN; announced that four additional companies in the packaging value chain have joined the organization as Voting Members: Bemis Company, Inc., an international supplier of flexible packaging and pressure-sensitive materials; DDL, a medical device product, packaging and materials testing services company; Earth911, host of the nation’s largest recycling directory, benefiting both consumers and companies; and H.J. Heinz Company, a global producer and marketer of food products. AMERIPEN's membership now numbers 29 companies. 

The organization has also announced that June 1 is now the deadline for new members to join and be able to participate in AMERIPEN's second Annual Meeting of Members. Companies interested in AMERIPEN's actions are urged to join soon so that they can participate in this event to influence the future of packaging and the environment. Members in good standing have opportunities to provide input prior to the meeting. 

 “I'd like to offer a sincere welcome to our four new members, and I hope they will be active contributors to our initiatives that are building a future where all production, distribution, and consumption are sustainable," says AMERIPEN Executive Director Joan Pierce. "I'd also like to urge all stakeholders in the packaging value chain to take advantage of our extended deadline, and become members now so that they can join this important work.”

The members meeting will take place June 26-27 at the Waterview Conference Center in Arlington, Virginia. The program will include a President's Report, updates on the substantive progress made on the group's initiatives, a review of progress in AMERIPEN collaborations with other groups, government affairs discussions, and the election of officers for the coming year. The output of this meeting will also set the agenda for AMERIPEN actions for the next year.

Membership materials are available on the AMERIPEN website. AMERIPEN welcomes companies that support the philosophy of a collaborative trade and industry organization, active and cooperative issue resolution, and material and packaging system neutrality. Voting Membership is open to all packaging value chain economic operators.