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Better Earth Acquires Meristem Packaging’s Sustainable Packaging Division

By Savannah Seydel
Company News . Sustainability

Atlanta, Georgia: Better Earth has acquired Meristem Packaging’s Sustainable Packaging Division, effective September 1, 2022.   

Better Earth is an Atlanta-based Sustainable Packaging Solutions Provider on a mission to make sustainability accessible, starting with the South. The company has grown significantly over its 7-year history. Since its beginnings in Tucker, GA as American Fiber Packaging, Better Earth has become a global sustainable packaging provider for customers across North America, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean.  

And yet, Better Earth remains grounded in its Southern roots and mission, and the acquisition of fellow Atlanta-based packaging company Meristem’s Sustainable Packaging Division will accelerate Better Earth’s goals to grow the South’s green economy, catalyze a plastic-free future and build a regenerative workplace for its employees.  

Better Earth’s growth is matched by a global fervor for sustainable solutions to single-use plastic in the foodservice industry, which has been seen to contribute to plastic pollution, climate change and deleterious health impacts. According to a 2022 Ipsos Survey, over three-fourths of Americans agree that companies need to stop producing so much single-use plastic, and worldwide, three in four people surveyed globally want single-use plastics to be banned as soon as possible. 

“The acquisition of our strategic partner Meristem Packaging’s Sustainable Packaging Division expands Better Earth’s geography, product line, national accounts talent pool, and fulfillment capabilities to better service our growing domestic and international customer base,” says President and CEO of Better Earth, Joseph Bild. “All of this is grounded in advancing our mission to make sustainability accessible across the foodservice industry.”   

“Better Earth’s expertise and dedicated focus on sustainable packaging further delivers on Meristem’s promise to deliver value in packaging solutions to our customers,” says Chairman of Meristem Packaging Company, Louis Herrera.  “We look forward to working with the expanded Better Earth Team in helping our mutual clients achieve circularity in their sustainability efforts.” 

About Better Earth: Better Earth is a Sustainable Packaging Solutions Provider headquartered in Clarkston, Georgia. Better Earth provides quality packaging solutions and services to customers around the world that address our industry’s most pressing environmental concerns. But that’s only where their work begins. Through significant investments and deep partnerships, Better Earth helps strengthen the circular economy by leading sustainability initiatives across their value chain—from the farmers nurturing the fields where their raw materials grow, to the chefs cooking the food their packaging holds, back to the fields commercial composters serve.

About Meristem Packaging: Meristem Packaging Company, LLC is a certified minority-owned supplier of top-quality and innovative packaging solutions to the food and beverage and airline industries. Their vision is to be a leading packaging solutions provider utilizing a consultative approach focused on dynamic business partnerships, flexibility and exceptional customer service. 

Savannah Seydel

Savannah Seydel

Vice President of Sustainability and Impact

I am excited to spend my time thinking about how Better Earth can reduce our environmental impact and serve as a catalyst for change within our community and industry.


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