Anaheim, California – Exhibiting at Natural Products Expo West, ProAmpac is demonstrating its recyclable flexible packaging portfolio and showcasing its new Signature Surfaces offerings- packaging films that provide consumers a distinctive tactile experience when they handle a product. ProAmpac is also showcasing the company’s short run production capability that can accelerate shifting from rigid to flexible packaging prototyping and design. ProAmpac is exhibiting at booth N-1817 March 6 through 8 at Natural Products Expo West in the Anaheim Convention Center. “Natural Products Expo West is a magnet for entrepreneurial producers of natural, organic and healthy products, many of them being small and growing firms. We invite these companies to explore the sustainability and convenience advantages of flexible packaging – even in small volume, short run production quantities,” said Adam Grose, chief commercial officer. “We have in-house design capability that helps customers develop distinctive flexible packaging formats. Combined with our short-run production capabilities and our suite of ProActive SustainabilityTM products, we can help the most ambitious and discerning firms with their packaging design innovation,” he said. ProAmpac is also showcasing 100 percent recyclable films with standard and high-barrier options.

These films are part of its ProActive Recyclable product group, which includes stand-up pouches; quad-seal pouches; rollstock for form/fill/seal applications; sandwich wrap, retail handled shopping bags, and more. “Recyclable packaging is one part of our ProActive Sustainability™ commitment,” said Grose. “This strategy means being a good neighbor and looking to the future. Using advanced technology, ProAmpac is developing and innovating sustainable flexible-packaging products. ProAmpac is a leading global flexible packaging company with a comprehensive product offering unparalleled in the industry. We provide creative packaging solutions, industry-leading customer service and award-winning innovation to a diverse global marketplace. We are guided in our work by four core values that are the basis for our success: Integrity, Intensity, Innovation, and Involvement. Cincinnati-based ProAmpac is owned by Pritzker Private Capital along with management and co-investors.? Pritzker Private Capital acquires and operates North America-based middle-market companies with leading positions in the manufactured products, services and healthcare sectors. Led by Tony Pritzker and the former investment and operating professionals of Pritzker Group Private Capital, the firm’s differentiated, long-duration capital base allows for efficient decision-making, broad flexibility with transaction structure and investment horizon, and alignment with all stakeholders. Pritzker Private Capital builds businesses for the long-term and is an ideal partner for entrepreneur- and family-owned companies.

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As much as possible, purchase foods produced without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or hormones. Not only will they protect your children’s health, but they are also usually a lot tastier! Add new foods to your diet in addition to the familiar staples. Don’t be put off if your children say they don’t like a particular food. Encourage them to taste it on at least 3 different occasions with different textures before concluding that they really don’t like it. “How can we make kids love healthy foods and ask for more? “How can we avoid the power struggles over what to eat when we’re already exhausted after a day of work? For my own parents, it was a mix of “eat your veggies or else…”, “finish your plate because kids are starving in Africa”, great cooking, and traditional European food cultures. You had to eat what was on your plate, but you were never forced to eat a food you really didn’t like. Discipline has a big role to play in your kitchen, too.

It’s important to set boundaries and to show that you, the parent, are the one who makes the food decisions. The rare occasions when I got side-tracked and asked my kids what they wanted for dinner, the answer was always pasta, sausage, ketchup, and cookies. Yet both love vegetables and healthy food. But they are still kids. Of course, allowing treats and “kids’ food” on a regular basis is part of the game. Research has shown that setting clear boundaries while scheduling exceptions will reinforce a child’s challenging behavior far less. Do not allow children to dictate the family meal plan, and set a clear rule: what’s on the table is what there is to eat for this meal; your home is not a restaurant. You may get a few episodes of rebellion, but trust me, it does work very well. Do not force kids to eat more than they want or to eat a food that they really don’t like. This may cause an unhealthy relationship with food that they will have a hard time getting rid of when they are adults.

An interesting Harvard study found that families who eat together are twice as likely to eat their five servings of fruits and vegetables a day as families who don’t eat together. It also showed that during family meals, children gain self-esteem, a strong feeling of belonging, as well as increased social skills. Moreover, a 2010 American study showed that pre-school children who eat dinner with their family at least 5 times a week have less risk to become obese later on. Sure, we are busy, but as these studies suggest, spending time together around the dinner (or breakfast) table is a good investment in the future of our children. In my home, we have 5 week-end meals together, and during the week, with lots of organization, we manage to eat breakfast together every day. Look at your family schedule and try to rearrange it so you can have at least one meal per day together.

Set table rules: no screens, no texting or other distractions during meal time. Encourage family conversations: this will make eating more mindful and thus help to keep portion sizes under control. If your kids are under 5 and eat slowly, do your best to sit with them and be patient. Yes, it is really about enjoying rather than just eating a nutritious breakfast. Children and adolescents won’t say “Breakfast is my favorite meal,” unless they really enjoy both the food and the moment. I remember being forced to gulp down a large plate of oatmeal made with raw milk and cheese every single morning, because “the doctor said children need calcium”. I then took my revenge and skipped breakfast during all my adolescent years! Traditional wisdom as well as studies show breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A study among preschool children found consistently eating breakfast contributes to a healthy body weight. But we need to make it fun.

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