Introducing Natrellis™
Sugarcane-based Packaging 

The Natrellis™ Brand, born from nature and inspired by the “trellis” architectural structure that weaves materials together, is a partnership of Sonoco Products Company and Tellus Products – combining decades of experience with packaging design, materials science and responsible sugarcane farming and milling practices.

Leveraging our US sugarcane farming, processing innovation and packaging performance expertise, we’ve created a complete line of cook-in packaging products for the frozen and freshly prepared meal markets. Natrellis is made from sugarcane, an annually renewable crop grown right here in the USA. After the sugarcane milling process is complete, we recycle the leftover sugarcane fiber and form a non-bleached, molded fiber, cook-in package that can withstand the rigors of cooking frozen and fresh meals.

The Natrellis™ packaging portfolio includes:

  • Bowls molded from 100% US sugarcane fiber, PFAS Free

  • Sonoco lidding, with options in rigid plastic and heat-sealed films

  • Commercial field service & development team to get your product on the shelf

 

Natrellis™ is one of the newest members of Sonoco’s EnviroSense™ family of sustainable packaging. The EnviroSense portfolio crosses a range of packaging materials, including cans made from 100-percent recycled paperboard, rigid plastic packaging containing post-consumer recycled content, mono-material flexible pouches that are recyclable, and innovative packaging made from agricultural fibers, such as the sugarcane by-product used in Natrellis. EnviroSense is more than just a packaging portfolio, it’s a way of thinking; a sensibility and a philosophy that guides our development of innovative, sustainable packaging.

From Our Roots to Your Table

While Natrellis™ is a new brand, the people behind it have deep roots.

Tellus upcycles leftover sugarcane fiber from the sugar milling process and converts it to packaging and foodservice products such as plates, bowls, and take-out containers. Tellus is jointly owned by Florida Crystals Corporation, Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida and American Sugar Refining, Inc., part of ASR Group. Our owners are made up of more than 45 mostly family farms, who have been proud to carefully cultivate sugarcane and vegetables in South Florida for generations. Our farmers not only produce the sugarcane fiber for our eco-conscious products but also the fresh, homegrown produce that fill our plates at your barbecue.

Sonoco is a 120-year old, family founded packaging pioneer, with humble beginnings established in the farm belt of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, in a small town called Hartsville, which we still called home. The first package Sonoco created was also an innovative, nature-based product; tubes and cones used in the textile industry made of paper. Founded by the Coker family, while now publicly traded, family members are still part of this homegrown company.

 

Our first manufacturing facility is located adjacent to the sugar mill in Belle Glade, Florida belonging to one of our parent owners. Our new office building is in the same area and is LEED-certified®, LEED Silver®. Tellus is a vertically integrated manufacturing facility. Tellus runs partially on renewable biomass power provided from the sugar mill and solar energy, making it an extremely efficient and environmentally sustainable manufacturing facility.

And while what we are producing is important, what we believe is central to who we are and why we are so passionate about this product. Our combined organizations owe our livelihood to nature, and we are committed to creating a more sustainable product and doing what we can to take care of our environment in the process. Trust, authenticity, earnestness and a focus on service are the cornerstones of our core values, and we make every attempt to bring those to the experience we create for our customers.

About Sonoco:

 

Founded in 1899, Sonoco (NYSE: SON) is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $5.4 billion, the Company has 23,000 employees working in approximately 300 operations in 36 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is committed to creating sustainable products, services and programs for our customers, employees and communities that support our corporate purpose of Better Packaging. Better Life. The Company ranked first in the Packaging sector on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 2020, as well as Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies. For more information, visit www.sonoco.com.

About Tellus:

 

We upcycle leftover sugarcane fiber from the sugar milling process and convert it to packaging and foodservice products such as plates, bowls, and take-out containers. Tellus is jointly owned by Florida Crystals Corporation, Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida and American Sugar Refining, Inc., part of ASR Group. Our owners are made up of more than 45 mostly family farms, who have been proud to carefully cultivate sugarcane and vegetables in South Florida for generations.  For more information, visit www.tellusproducts.com.

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Becky Skipper
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