Green Bay, WI – The last several years have indeed been challenging in the retail and foodservice packaging markets. With overseas competition, the struggling economy, and rising material and fuel costs it has been difficult to continue providing quality product at reasonable prices. WCI has seen the departure of many paper bag manufacturers, the latest of which appears to be Red River Packaging of Winnipeg, Canada. Over the years, Red River Packaging provided many distributors with merchandise bags, SOS bags, and handled shoppers to the retail packaging and foodservice markets. 

“Red River Packaging was a good competitor and it’s an unfortunate situation for everyone involved,” says WCI President Rich Bierman. “We know it’s a competitive market out there and want distributors to know that they can count on WCI for quality product and competitive pricing for years to come. Our team is ready to help Red River’s customers make a seamless transition and to mitigate the effect on their end users.”

As a small-to-medium run paper bag manufacturer, WCI can help fill the void left by Red River’s unfortunate demise. WCI offers “one-stop-shopping”on merchandise bags, SOS (grocery, carryout and lunch) bags, and handled shopping bags with low minimums and many stock colors and sizes. 

“With many parallels between Red River Packaging’s product offering and ours, the transition couldn’t be easier. We provide a full line of in-stock and custom printed product available in one-case minimums, and remain committed to providing packaging solutions for the retail packaging and foodservice markets,” says Bierman. “Distributors can also take advantage of our free plate program on merchandise and SOS bags.”

For more information on WCI product or how to become a distributor, please visit or call the WCI sales staff at (920) 437-6400.