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WHY CHOOSE WYEPAK

The contract packing and filling

company with a great success story

to tell

LOOKING FOR A CO-PACKER?

Then it’s time to talk to the experts

at Complete Co-Packing Services

Limited!

LEAN & GREEN

Made from rPET, Tri Star’s innovative

Tri-Pot can be recycled time and

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THIS ISSUE

4 INDUSTRY NEWS

All the essential info on the people

making the packaging business boom

8 PRODUCT NEWS

The lowdown on all the latest releases,

renovations, revisions and revolutions

10 CONTRACT PACKING

Evolve Co-Pack is revolutionising the

world of temporary labour. STEVE FRIXOU

explains how you can scrap the agencies

and still win

12 CONTRACT PACKING

Business Development Manager of

Pacepacker Services, PAUL WILKINSON,

comments on consumers, robots and the

current state of contract packing

15 TOILETRES, PERFUMERY &

COSMETICS

Reduce the risk of returns with packaging

designed to appeal and protect. HLP

Klearfold’s C. M. YEUNG shows how

16 CONFECTIONERY & SNACKS

SARAH KETCHIN, MD at Fortress

Technology, explores the varied

challenges of inspecting snack packaging

for contaminants and the options

available

18 CONFECTIONERY & SNACKS

The enhanced versatility of mix

weighing offers many opportunities for

manufacturers supplying the retail sector.

IAN ATKINSON of Ishida Europe explains

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20 CONFECTIONERY & SNACKS

STEVE MALLETT, Sales Director at

Curtis, talks to us about the service

they offer and one pistachio-based

case study in particular

22 METAL CONTAINERS

MD of Roberts Metal Packaging,

CHRIS SAUNDERS, shows why

metal and Roberts could be your

perfect packaging partners

24 CAPS & CLOSURES

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag’s KEVIN

HEAP brings us up to speed on how

product safety and security drive

cap innovation

25 CAPS & CLOSURES

VINCENT CLAUZEL, General

Manager at GCS France, talks about

the importance of convenience,

safety and integral tamper evidence

26 ENVIRONMENT MATTERS

KEVIN CURRAN, Managing Director

at Tri-Star Packaging introduces

the company’s innovative new, and

thoroughly green, Tri-Pot

28 MACHINERY NEWS

This issue’s round up of some of

the sharpest new tools of the

packaging trade

34 INDUSTRY INSIGHT: JIFFY

This issue we speak to FIONA

MACDOUGALL, Sales & Marketing

Director at Jiffy Packaging

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SUMMER OF UNCERTAINTY

I think it would be pretty fair to say that quite a bit has

happened since last issue. Possibly understatement, in fact.

For a start, when the last issue of Retail Packaging came

out we were fully paid up members of the EU, secure in

the knowledge that little would change within the single

market, giving us, at the very least, consistency to plan for

the future. We had assurance that the pound would remain

strong and certainly not do any of that plummeting malarkey other currencies

get involved in. Also we had a Prime Minister who may have been a duplicitous

reptilian dolt with a reported penchant for pigs, but he was our, elected

duplicitous reptilian dolt with a reported penchant for pigs – the keyword there

being ‘elected’. Today, of course, we’re in the maelstrom of Brexit freefall. As

Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy would say, that escalated quickly!

Obviously, the question now is: how will all this affect our industry? And,

the answer is, simply put, nobody really knows; but if you have any helpful

thoughts on the subject, I’m sure Mrs May will be very keen to hear them.

But, in cheerier news, one thing you can still rely on 100%, is Retail

Packaging. Okay, we might not have answers about things Brexity, but what I

can tell you is that we are definitely more about entering rather than leaving,

that the stalling of sterling will do nothing to change our cover price, and, as

far as I’m aware, I currently do not need to resign. Currently.

So, with excellent examples of packaging perfection covering Toiletries,

Perfumery & Cosmetics, Confectionery & Snacks, Metal Containers and Caps &

Closures, plus expert comment on Contract Packing and the latest product and

industry news and views, why not try and put all the painful politics out of your

mind for a little while and lose yourself amongst the pages of Retail Packaging?

Go on, if anything else happens while you’re in there, I’ll give you a nudge…

Stuart Pritchard

Editor stuart@retailpackagingmag.co.uk

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July/August 2016

WHY CHOOSE WYEPAK

The contract packing and fi ling

company with a great succes story

LOOKING FOR A CO-PACKER?

Then it’s time to talk to the experts

at Complete Co-Packing Services

LEAN & GREEN

Made from rPET, Tri Star’s innovative

Tri-Pot can be recycled time and

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RETAIL PACKAGING INDUSTRY NEWS

MORE AT MOSCA

Mosca Direct Limited has appointed a new Systems Engineer

to service its customers in Scotland. The arrival of Stuart

Alexander increases the number of UK-based engineers in

Mosca’s engineering service team to nine, in line with the

company’s continuing success and expansion.

The past two years have seen substantial growth

for Mosca, with a significant increase in the number of

machines sold to customers across Scotland. It was therefore

essential for the business to establish a Scotland-based

engineer to help it maintain its reputation for fast response

times and maintenance deadlines.

Ayrshire-based Stuart is qualified and experienced in

electrical maintenance, and also has considerable knowledge

of working with heavy automated machinery, acquired during

four years with Kardex Remstar Ltd, a German manufacturer

of automated storage machines.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge and the

opportunity to develop my skills at Mosca,” comments Stuart.

“It’s great for the company too: having an engineer

permanently based in Scotland means routine and emergency

call-outs can be responded to much faster, which is good

news for customers.”

E: info@moscadirect.com

http://en-uk.mosca.com

Industry News

All the essential info on the

people making the retail packaging business boom…

CLEANING UP

INCPEN – the Industry Council for

research on Packaging & the Environment

– is providing funding for a new

dedicated anti-littering website created

by environmental charity Hubbub.

The new site at http://neatstreets.co

features a variety of some of the best

case studies of anti-littering campaigns

from around the world. Organisations

are able to share and promote their own

projects by completing an online form.

“The ambition is to create a ‘Trip

Advisor’ type site where people will be

able to build on the learnings that we

have collated,” explains Hubbub founder

and CEO Trewin Restorick. “Hopefully it

will become a place where good ideas

can grow and be shared.”

“We are delighted to be supporting

this important initiative,” comments

INCPEN director Jane Bickerstaffe.

“Littering is a worldwide problem and

one of the best ways of dealing with it is

through creating greater awareness of

the issue and providing education and

advice on how to combat it.

“There are many different groups

and organisations involved in anti-littering

campaigns. We need to learn from each

other’s experiences and share our

findings in order to achieve the best

results, and this website offers the ideal

forum.”

The launch of the website follows

the success of Hubbub’s recent UK Neat

Streets project in London, which saw a

reduction in litter of 26% over a five

month period. Simple but effective

measures were used, for example making

bins more colourful and visible and a

‘voting butt bin’, which encouraged

people to vote with their cigarette butts

about topical sporting questions.

www.incpen.org

INVEST & EXPAND

Innovative packaging company SAICA Pack has launched its RENOVE plan, heralding significant investment

and upgrades across its European operations.

The plan will see the market-leading company invest €250 million in production machinery at 34

European locations, including Spain, France, Italy, UK, Ireland and Turkey. This will see a series of widespread

improvements, including delivery of machine upgrades; artificial vision quality controls, palletisation

improvements; an increase in automation; and the installation of new high-speed die cut machinery. It will

also deliver new graphic and digital printing capabilities.

As a result, SAICA Pack will be able to bring new, innovative products to market, with a focus on

increasing efficiency, outstanding quality and shorter lead times, as well as achieving high printing,

performance packaging.

The new tranche of investment follows SAICA’s successful implementation of a closed-loop system,

which enables the company to manufacture environmentally friendly papers and packaging using 100%

recycled materials.

www.saica.com

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SEAFOOD

SUCCESS

Young’s Seafood Limited, the

British producer and distributor

of frozen, fresh, and chilled

seafood, has named DS Smith

as its Supplier of the Year for

Packaging.

This prestigious award

recognises a supplier who has

played a significant role in

helping Young’s Seafood

Limited achieve its aims

throughout the year and

delivered a service beyond

expectations. The award

celebrates DS Smith’s

outstanding partnership

working on Young’s Seafood’s

new Virtual Integration strategy, an initiative where

Young’s is working with its suppliers to drive

sustainability improvements for mutual benefit.

Mike Alvis, Business Development Director of DS

Smith’s UK Packaging division, said: “We were

honoured to receive this award from Young’s

Seafood and feel very privileged to have been chosen

out of its wide range of packaging suppliers. Building

strong, working relationships with our customers

really helps us to understand a brand, its processes

NEW DIRECTOR AT DOMINO

Domino Printing Sciences has appointed Michael

Wöhrmann as the Director of Domino’s Laser

business, effective immediately.

Michael began his career within industrial

solutions having completed a Masters’ Degree in

Industrial Economics and Engineering in 1993. Over

the next 10-years, he gained an extensive

background in strategic deployment and general,

joining Wiedenbach, the industrial division of the

Domino Group in 2002 as Manager for Business

Administration. From 2004, he became the Finance

Manager for Wiedenbach and Domino Holding

Germany. Within this role he was responsible for all

financial matters and has more recently taken over

the responsibility for Operations at Wiedenbach. In

2012, he became Managing Director for

Wiedenbach and has been deeply involved in the

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“I am delighted to be taking on the new

challenges of this role in Domino’s global Laser

business,” says Michael.

and its market. Getting involved in Young’s Seafood

Limited’s innovative Virtual Integration strategy right

from the start provided us with the opportunity to

address all the touch points of the packaging supply

chain, meaning we can provide customers like

Young’s with very real and concrete results.”

The award was presented at the Young’s

Seafood Limited’s inaugural Supplier Conference,

where the company’s new Virtual Integration strategy

was launched.

www.dssmith.com

“As well as retaining my responsibilities across

Wiedenbach and Domino Holding Germany. I look

forward to implementing the Domino Strategies

across the divisions.”

www.domino-printing.com

INDUSTRY NEWS RETAIL PACKAGING

GET YOUR COAT

In a good show of strength, nearly 100 British

Coatings Federation (BCF) members from across

the paints, coatings, printing inks and

wallcoverings sectors responded to BCF’s major

biennial member survey this spring, and results

showed that overall member satisfaction has risen

from 88% to an impressive 90%.

The survey, of which CEOs or business heads,

or those involved in technical/regulatory affairs

made up over 50% of respondents, showed the

highest satisfaction levels were with technical and

regulatory advice, BCF staff service,

communication with members and responsiveness

to member needs. The top three valued services

remain the same as in 2014, which are lobbying,

communications to members and technical advice

and guidance.

Two key areas noted for improvement in

BCF’s 2014 survey were better lobbying, and

raising the profile of the industry. It was therefore

encouraging to see that both of these, along with

BCF’s website, were shown as having the highest

improvement over 2014.

While industry knowledge, leadership and

lobbying at both a national and European level

were all noted as particular strengths, the latter

was also shown to be an area that needs to be

developed further, especially with a better

influence in Europe.

Tom Bowtell, BCF’s CEO commented: “It is of

course fantastic to see an improved satisfaction

among BCF members. The information provided

in all areas of the survey are vital as we focus and

prioritise our efforts over the coming years, and it

is key that we continue to provide the best

regulatory advice, to increase membership, to

improve awareness of the BCF, and the

contribution that the coatings industry makes to

the UK economy, and to work even harder on

lobbying both in the UK and Europe. Brexit will

have a major impact on BCF’s work in the future,

and we are working proactively for the best

future business environment for our members.”

www.coatings.org.uk

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RETAIL PACKAGING PROFILES - NEWS

Linx employees get in the saddle for charity

A team of cyclists from coding and

marking specialist Linx Printing

Technologies has completed a

260-mile charity bike ride from the

company's St Ives headquarters all

the way to its office in Évry, France.

The group’s endeavours are on

course to raise £10,000 for East

Anglian Air Ambulance. The riders

set off from Linx at 9am on Friday

27th May, eventually arriving at Linx

Évry, on the outskirts of Paris, on the

following Monday afternoon. While some members are experienced cyclists, others had

bought their first bike specifically for the event. To mark this achievement, the company was

presented with a framed photo by the East Anglian Air Ambulance at a special Linx family fun

day held a few days later. The riders also received medals from Nigel Hood, Managing

Director of Linx..

Tel: 01480 302100 | www.linxglobal.com

IML-T technology

recognised

RPC Bebo Plastik’s pioneering in-mould label

thermoforming (IML-T) technology has been

recognised in the European Thermoforming

Parts Competition 2016. The company’s IML-

T tubs and lids took first prize in the category

‘Thin Gauge – Food Packaging Applications’.

Among the many benefits highlighted by the

judges were the wide label coverage that can

be achieved including the stacking rim of the

pack and the option of barrier protection

through the use of multilayer sheet, all of which can be delivered using existing tools.

IML-T applies pre-printed labels to a container during the thermoforming process, meaning

intricate, multi-coloured designs in up to eight colours can be incorporated to achieve a

better level of finish and greater coverage than with direct printing. IML-T for lids allows a

more precise label positioning than conventional off-mould labelling, and different lid weights

can be produced from the same tooling.

Tel: +49 (0) 4761 8600 | Email: info@rpc-beboplastik.de | www.rpc-beboplastik.de

Free ICE guide provides an insight into secondary

pack coding options

A second free downloadable

technology guide has been launched

by coding and marking specialists

Interactive Coding Equipment (ICE).

The new ICE Secondary Packaging

Coding Guide, available at

www.interactivecoding.co.uk/

packguide, provides production line

staff and engineers with an at-aglance

summary of the pros and

cons of the different equipment and

technologies available for all types of

outer case coding requirements. The guide enables users to quickly assess their options and

make an informed choice for the solution that best suits both their current and future needs.

A third guide in the series, focusing on the coding requirements of the pharmaceutical sector,

will be launched later this year.

Tel: 01159 640144 | Email: enquiries@uk.interactivecoding.com

RESCU Solutions raise a glass to YPS

Yorkshire Packaging Systems have provided an inline sleeve sealer and shrink tunnel into the

Scotland based factory of RESCU Solutions Ltd. RESCU Solutions (a Joint Venture partner of

XPO Logistics) formerly known as Norbert Dentressangle, are a contract packing specialist,

handling rework, warehousing and logistics for many blue chip companies, mainly in the

whisky industry. Their

packaging equipment

was old, unreliable and

slow and the increasing

lack of back up and

support was a major

concern for them. They

looked to YPS who

supplied their fully

automatic inline sleeve

sealer and shrink tunnel.

They have now been

able to increase

throughput as the film

feeds are fully powered

and the infeed and

outfeed belts are inverter

controlled meaning they

are variable speed and

can allow unstable

products to be wrapped

with ease. RESCU

Solutions now have a

streamlined, easier to

use and faster shrink

wrapping operation. The

included service contract

has provided immense

peace of mind in comparison to their previously unsupported machinery. Douglas Reid,

Director, RESCU Solutions, said “once again I would like to thank YPS for the fantastic service

you have provided to us during the supply and installation process of the shrink wrap

machine, and I would be delighted and have no hesitation in recommending YPS to any

interested customers.”

01924 441355 | www.yps.co.uk

PA help Arthur Mallon Foods increase

production speeds

Arthur Mallon Foods is one of the leading

Irish sausage producers, who have been

creating award winning sausages since

1942 from County Monaghan. The

company needed to upgrade their top seal

tray sealer and were looking for a machine

that would offer an increase in output in

line with their production target. Since the

introduction of a PA tray sealer, Mallon

Foods have been able to increase their

production speeds by approximately 40%. Apart from the increased production speeds, the

PA tray sealer is a user friendly machine with much quicker tool changeovers. Mallon Foods

purchased a fully electric eclipse SL4 tray sealer which has been designed to address the

environmental impact of packaging operations by reducing the user’s power consumption by

up to 90%. The in-line, fully electric SL4 is a small footprint machine capable of sealing 75

packs per minute.

Tel: 01565 755000 | Email: sales@pal.co.uk | www.pal.co.uk

Botanical beauty! Abhati Suisse chooses M&H for

new organic beauty range

Abhati Suisse is a beauty brand like no other. The Swiss brand, founded by Anju Rupal, fuses

ethicality, sustainability and traditional healing techniques to create a range of beauty

products that are both scientifically proven and grounded in spiritual healing and expertise.

Anju is one of a new wave of social entrepreneurs paving the way for sustainable and cruelty

free cosmetics, and she chose M&H to bring her vision to life with Abhati’s latest range.

Kanva, Yamuna, Mahakali and Periya might not be terms familiar to many, however these are

the names of products within Abhati’s new bottled range of nourishing shampoos,

strengthening conditioners and botanical body cleansers. We can’t forget their brand new,

entirely natural Mahanadi lip treatment either! All of these names are derived from Hindi,

reflecting how the new product range channels the beauty of India and Switzerland in ways

that are sure to nurture you both physically and spiritually. Making the intricate designs on

the packaging come alive was M&H Plastics, who aided Rupal and the Abhati design team,

Paperlux, throughout the process of launching their new range. “M&H really have helped us

make our vision for the new range a reality. They have been outstanding throughout the

entire process, transforming our concept into beautiful packaging that truly reflects Abhati’s

ethos and values. With their commitment to service, M&H have been flawless in providing us

with all the support we have needed, and more.” M&H Plastics is a member of the RPC

Group of companies.

Tel: 01502 715518

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PROFILES - NEWS RETAIL PACKAGING

Overwrap Films with a Difference

Innovia Films has been supplying Biaxially Oriented

Polypropylene (BOPP) films to the packaging industry

for over 45 years under our trademark, Propafilm.

We manufacture using a unique ‘bubble’ process,

producing films with balanced orientation,

outstanding mechanical, balanced shrink properties

and high stiffness. This means our BOPP films have

superior clarity and exceptional gloss, ideal qualities

for the perfume and cosmetic industries. Our

coating capabilities ensure that we offer a

comprehensive range of films, fit for any demanding

application. Acrylic coated BOPP films are

traditionally used for the overwrap of perfume and cosmetic boxes. They convey an image of

quality and ensure strong seals on the minimal sealing areas. PVdC coated films such as

Propafilm RXD are increasingly being adopted in this market. They are resistant to

whitening when in contact with alcohols. An important consideration for point of sale displays

where perfume may be sampled.

Tel: 016973 42281 | Email: filmsinfo@innoviafilms.com | www.innoviafilms.com

Benders working with

Connect Vending on

rebrand

Companies regularly re-brand themselves

as part of their natural process of evolution

and development, adapting to an everchanging

world, and Benders Paper Cups -

a leading UK manufacturer of paper cup

products - is able to help them extend that

branding and build customer awareness.

Take Connect Vending, for instance. At the

heart of their new business and brand values lies sustainable sourcing across the breadth of

its products range and best practice care of the environment. Having previously used plastic

cups, they switched exclusively to paper cups (manufactured by Benders Paper Cups) to

convey the caring and understanding they have for the environment. In the age of climate

change, air pollution and other man-made phenomenon’s, environmental sustainability is a

necessary part of any company’s brand today.

Tel: 01978 855661 | www.benders.co.uk

New pack for edible oil

RPC Promens Innocan has launched a

range of PET containers that are ideal for

the edible oil sector, offering a variety of

benefits for both manufacturers and

consumers. The excellent clarity of PET

and the wide labelling area of the pack

enable manufacturers to maximise brand

image and on-shelf appeal, while the

material's inherent barrier properties help

to deliver a long shelf life. For consumer

convenience, the lightweight, ergonomic

design ensures safe and easy handling,

and the overall strength of the container means no outer pack is required. The central neck

also allows easy pouring with no glugging. The lightweight, stackable containers deliver

excellent pallet utilisation (for example.45 x 20 litre containers per Europallet) to maximise

loads and minimise costs. In addition, the lower transport costs, which mean a lower carbon

footprint, and the fully-recyclable containers provide valuable sustainability benefits.

Tel: +32 (0) 3 685 2524 | www.rpc-promens.com

Trays provide convenience

solution for mussels

A range of microwavable mussel dishes from

one of Spain’s leading seafood producers is

being packed in plastic trays from RPC Bebo

Food Packaging. The new concept from Angulas

Aguinaga offers consumers the convenience of

fully prepared, cleaned and cooked mussels,

available in their own juices or a special tomato

sauce, which are ready to eat in a few minutes.

The carefully selected mussels from Galicia are

delivered and prepared by Angulas Aguinaga in

less than 24 hours to ensure their quality and

freshness. The thermoformed HDPE trays are

manufactured at RPC Bebo’s Kristiansand site in

400g and 1kg sizes. Their rounded design ensures that they are able to turn in the

microwave during heating, while handles at each end facilitate carrying and avoid the risk of

burnt fingers when the tray is removed from the microwave.

Tel: +47 38 14 4020 | Email e.eggerdink@rpc-bebo.com

New Belgian brewery chooses Beatson Clark bottle

A distinctive beer requires a distinctive bottle,

which is why a new farmhouse brewery in

Belgium has chosen one of Beatson Clark's

standard 330ml bottles to launch its new range.

The Humblet family began restoring

Bertinchamps farm in 2011 and launched the

first range of beers from their new brewery two

years later. Now they are launching a second

range of more unusual beers under the B+

brand, and they have chosen Beatson Clark’s

330ml beer bottle via Pont Europe, a leading

pan-European supplier of glass bottles and jars

and a sister company of Beatson Clark. The first

beer to be brewed in the B+ range was

Pamplemousse, or grapefruit, and this will be

followed by a white beer or wheat beer and

other styles later this year.

Tel: 01709 828141 |

www.beatsonclark.co.uk

M&H manufactures the new Quaffer

shot-tail glass for retail

Bridge Media packaging perfect for FaceGym, the

beauty brand of the moment

Creative print company Bridge Media Group

has produced the innovative high quality

packaging for an exciting new brand, with

its latest bespoke box and sleeve

combination for FaceGym, the company

which offers fast, effective, natural face-lift

solutions with instant results. The new

packaging which is being used for a new

range of products to be sold in high-end

retailers, complements FaceGym’s muscle

stimulation techniques which offer a

solution to a new generation wanting to age

gracefully without needles. Bridge Media Group has produced the ideal packaging to

stress FaceGym’s brand design and core values. It consists of a matt laminated and

Spot UV O’Sleeve with a browser panel, a rigid box with a foam inner fitment and a 24

page manual. The foam inner fitment had apertures to enhance the FaceGym Pro unit

and Gel, whilst the plug and USB cable were hidden within the foam.”

www.bridgemediagroup.com

As its name suggests, the new Quaffer has introduced a fun element to bars and clubs across

Europe. Developed from its original glass composition and manufactured in PET by M&H

Plastics, the Quaffer glass allows bars to mix various drinks in equal measure with one

floating on the top of the other, creating a novel drinking experience and allowing the drink to

mix as it is drunk. Sales of the Quaffer have been exceptional with bars reporting up to

600% increase in sales of drink that are suitable for the glass. The use of PET Polymer to

produce the Quaffer suits the market well as it provides both a safe and a glass-like quality.

Using PET also allows the customer to easily clean the glass and re-cycle when it has reached

the end of its usable life. The design of the new glass has also been developed to

accommodate a snap-on cap and separator plunger - enabling a filled retail product to be

marketed, whether alcohol based or for mixed liquid condiments. A range of enticing flavour

combinations have been created to attract a range of customers including a healthy herbal

energy drink.

Tel: +44 (0) 1502 715518 | www.mhplastics.com

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RETAIL PACKAGING PRODUCT NEWS

BEE-ING HELPFUL

Egg producer Chippindale Foods has launched new bee-themed shelf

packaging for its Yorkshire branded free range eggs, which are now fully

sourced from bee friendly farms in the region. The yellow and black striped

packaging has been designed to help raise awareness of the company’s

campaign to support the British bumblebee through the creation of pollen and

nectar rich habitats at new and existing egg production sites.

Chippindale launched its Bee Friendly Farm Scheme three years ago in

partnership with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. The growth of the project

has created more than 16-acres of bee habitat across nine bee friendly free

range poultry farms, which now produce enough eggs to supply the entire

Yorkshire egg brand.

Chippindale’s Yorkshire free range eggs are currently stocked regionally by

Morrisons and Co-operative. The company now plans to expand its Bee Friendly

Farm Scheme to supply more of its free range eggs nationally.

Managing director Nick Chippindale said the firm was on target to source

40% of its free range eggs across all its brands from bee friendly farms by the

end of 2017.

“Growth of the Bee Friendly Farm Scheme is an important part of our

sustainability plan and has the added benefit of offering consumers more choice

in store,” he explained. “The project takes the concept of the charity egg pack

and moves it up a level, creating sustainability in the supply chain, retaining

value in the market and giving conscientious consumers a product that is having

a direct and positive impact on the environment.”

www. chippindalefoods.co.uk

BIT OF A STRETCH

DUO PLAST, the stretch

film producer, has

succeeded in expanding

its innovation by

creating an eight-micron

stretch film, leading to

minimum film

consumption, available

now under the brand

name DUO XS.

“We have managed

to extrude an eightmicron

stretch film in

our plants for the first

time. Thereby we have

achieved a further

reduction in the

thickness of stretch film

besides our 10-micron

stretch film DUO X10,

which is already

available in the market,”

said Dr. Christian Rohm,

Managing Director of

DUO PLAST.

With the new stretch film innovation, DUO PLAST offers its customers

multiple advantages at once – the enormous reduction in thickness

guarantees a lower stretch film consumption and thereby lowest costs per

pallet. Also, despite the significantly reduced thickness, the stretch film has a

high-elasticity in processing. Because of this the new DUO XS is suitable for

the use in internal transportation and for protection against dust and

moisture. Plus, the thickness reduced stretch film can be applied to semiautomatic

wrapping machines with mechanical brake or as hand stretch film.

Furthermore, the ecological factor plays a large role when using the new

DUO XS. The minimum of foil usage preserves the environment sustainably

and reduces the waste disposal costs visibly. Also, the innovative film is made

from 100% polyethylene without addition of the chemical adhesive PIB and is

easily recyclable.

www.duoplast.ag/en

Product News

The lowdown on the latest releases, renovations, revisions and revolutions…

GO GREEN

Antalis Packaging has launched its Eco-Range of corrugated box

products, suitable for a range of secure packaging applications.

Enhanced with a heavy duty, single wall corrugate, the Eco-Range offers

the same level of protection as a standard double-walled alternative.

Offering 40% lighter materials than a double-wall equivalent, the

streamlined design allows for a 30% increase in the number of cartons

per pallet. Made from FSC certified board, the Eco-Range is made from

100% reclaimed materials and is in turn 100% recyclable.

The product range is available in six standard size configurations,

and has its green credentials printed onto the carton to assure customers

of its eco-qualities. With carbon neutrality, for every 1.5 tons of

materials sold, Antalis will plant four trees in a forest in Kettering,

Northamptonshire.

T: 0370 241 1466

www.antalispackagingsolutions.co.uk

www.antalispackaging.co.uk

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PRODUCT NEWS RETAIL PACKAGING

UP FOR THE CUP

A thermoformed twist cup with an

injection moulded screw lid, developed in

close co-operation between Orkla Foods

Norway, RPC Superfos and RPC Promens,

has been awarded a ScanStar 2016 in the

Nordic packaging competition.

The innovative pack solution is being

used for a new selection in Orkla’s Denja

range including shrimps, beans, chicken or

beetroot. Two different technologies and

two different resin materials (PET and PP)

have been brought into play to create the

convenient and lightweight pack. The

product is labelled with high gloss colour

labels on both pot and lid. The lid is

designed to accommodate the pot

standing on top which is both practical and allows for good facing on shelf. Importantly, end users benefit from a

new easy way to open and close the salad pack by simply twisting and turning the lid. This open and re-closure

mechanism is something special in the salad segment and serves as a distinguishing feature.

In their citation the ScanStar jury members commented: “The thermoformed packaging opens up for new

shapes and design advantages. The packaging is stackable and easily opened, and it will work well in the shop

shelves and in the customers’ homes. Good presentation and easy to open. Mechanically good.”

“We are pleased with the recognition that comes with the Nordic packaging prize,” comments Kjersti

Trömborg, Packaging Developer, Orkla Foods Norway. “RPC Superfos and RPC Promens have done a really good

job designing and developing the new pack in close cooperation with us and fully deserve the accolade.”

The ScanStar 2016 prize ceremony will take place 3rd November in Norway, as this year’s host of the Nordic

Packaging competition.

E: sales@promens.com

www.rpc-promens.com

GETTING SAUCY

A custom-designed squeezy PET bottle from RPC

Superfos is helping the UK’s No.1 Hot Pepper Sauce

brand achieve greater visibility on shelf.

The new bottle for the Encona ‘Taste Explorers’

range from Grace Foods UK is part of a refreshment

of the packaging to help the brand stay competitive.

Slightly taller and narrower than its predecessor, it

holds the same volume as before but is more visible

on shelf thanks to a greater label surface.

“Squeezy bottles are ideal if you look for a clean

way to dispense sauces,” comments Sam Bidgood,

brand manager at Grace Foods. “Plastic bottles are

easy to use so they are perfect for sauces that

consumers enjoy more frequently than others.”

Grace Foods sells its products in both glass and

plastic packaging. In fact, the success of the Encona

range began more than 40-years ago in a now iconic

square glass bottle with the Encona brand embossed

on the side. This particular brand asset is perfectly

reproduced on the squeezy bottle as well.

T: +44 (0)1254 682 298

E: blackburn@rpc-superfos.com

www.superfos.com

IN TO STELLA?

Stella Artois Cidre has unveiled

bold new packaging that

captures the superior quality of

their apple and fruit ciders in a

strikingly sophisticated visual.

The new look and feel

further reinforces Stella

Artois Cidre’s premium

positioning and is a clear

statement of the unique,

vibrant personality of the

brand.

The bold design will

be featured on all bottles

and cans in the Stella

Artois Cidre family: Stella

Artois Cidre Apple, Pear,

Peach, Raspberry and

Elderflower. All five

designs feature elegant

paint stroke detailing that

highlight the brand’s

hand-picked apple and

fruit flavours and passion

for quality ingredients.

Accompanying the launch of the new

packaging is a limited-edition on-pack

competition, running until 28 August 2016.

During the promotion period, consumers who

find one of the Stella Artois Cidre ‘lucky stars’

under the bottle cap will win one of three

Extraordinaire Adventures or one of 10,000

Stella Artois Cidre chalices.

This new campaign will be fully supported

with both TV and OOH advertisements, going live

on in July.

www.cidreadventures.com

SEEING RED

Brand enhancement specialist API has

underlined its on-trend credentials by

adding a new colour to its PG range of

pigment hot stamping foils. The

luxurious, deep red Amaranth shade

answers customer demand for eyecatching,

on-trend tops to go on wine

and spirit bottles, and is also relevant

across a range of other hot stamping

applications.

Luxury and premium goods

manufacturers are ensuring that their

packaging, by acting as a ‘second skin’,

effectively conveys both the product’s

qualities and their brand values. Deep,

luxurious colours that interact with the

latest print technologies and add a

highly tactile finish, such as the

Amaranth shade from API, are a big part

of how premium packaging solutions

are becoming truly relevant to their

brands.

The PG range is a premium grade

matt pigment hot stamping foil, and the

number one choice for general purpose

applications. It excels at both fine detail

and the kind of broad area coverage

required by the packaging sector, and is

especially relevant for the beauty,

cosmetics and drinks industries, among

other consumer product applications.

Hot stamping foils from API ensure

the best, most reflective finish of all

coating processes, and are also the most

versatile for use on different materials

and substrates. The heat and pressure

used to stamp the pigment foil

simultaneously flatten the contours of

the substrate, providing a smooth

surface printing area and allowing clean,

high quality text and graphics to be

achieved on uneven, rough and textured

surfaces.

www.apigroup.com

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RETAIL PACKAGING CONTRACT PACKING

theory of evolution

OWNER OF SUCCESSFUL CONTRACT PACKING COMPANY

EVOLVE CO-PACK, STEVE FRIXOU, IS REVOLUTIONISING THE

WORLD OF TEMPORARY LABOUR. HE EXPLAINS HOW YOU

CAN SCRAP THE AGENCIES AND STILL WIN…

Since the start of my career I’ve been involved with

Recruitment Agencies in one way or another – from

being a temporary member of staff in a warehouse,

to sitting on the other side of the desk and being the

recruiter. It was 20-years ago this year that I opened

up my own Agency and supplied labour into major

companies including Thorntons and UPS. In 2010,

following on from the last UK recession, an idea was

formed between the Operations Controller at

McVities and the Evolve Pack team. With the budget

for labour being tightly controlled, Agency Workers

Rights and National Minimum Wage crippling the

business, the pressure was on to find a solution to

reduce costs and mitigate risks.

VIVE LE REVOLUTION

McVities challenged our 12-year relationship with

them to develop into something more; an alternative

to the traditional agency model. Together we came

up with the answer: we should provide a Managed

Internal Packing Service (MIPS), have full

accountability for our staff and only charge per case

finished. After five-years of providing this service for

McVities (Pladis) at their Ashby-De-La-Zouch

warehouse, which has space for no fewer than

60,000 pallets, Evolve Pack are saving the group

seven figure sums on labour, transport and agency

fees. Based in the heart of the distribution centre,

Evolve Pack’s staff perform a variety of tasks; from

flow wrapping and cartoning biscuits and other

snacks, to assembling end-of-aisle displays for the

retailers. Evolve Pack are proud to be responsible for

packing some 18-million+ cases per year.

In 2012 we realised this was what we did best,

and stopped being a staffing agency to concentrate

on the successful MIPS operations where ‘you only

pay for what you get’.

FORMULA FOR SUCCESS

We had proved our method worked well with

McVities, but the real test was whether our service

would be suitable for other business. After three-years

of refining our new venture, Evolve were ready to

take on the next challenge and expand. This came in

the form of an ambient and chilled food logistic

specialist in Telford. This logistics and warehousing

business is responsible for large contracts with two

flourishing discount grocers. Offering affordable

products is the core of both companies, so overheads

needs to be as low as possible, and this includes

staffing costs. To help keep a sustainably low

workforce, these two retailers are growing kings of

the shelf-ready packaging, where the lid is removed

and customers pick the products directly from the

box. To make this work, the shelf-ready packaging

needs to hold different flavours of the products to

maximise shelf space and provide more variety for the

end customers.

Those of you who are in the manufacturing

industry will know that, unfortunately, it isn’t as easy

as making 10 meat pizzas and then 10 vegetarian in

order to fulfil this requirement. Each flavour is made

in the thousands before the production line is

changed to accommodate a new variety; and this is

where Evolve Pack offers a solution.

We have been able to supply our staff into this

warehouse, where we can take pallets of products,

break them down and pack them into multi-flavour

boxes. By running this operation in the existing

storage facility for the goods, our customers do not

have additional transport costs nor any delays in

delivery to store, and Evolve Pack do not incur

overheads, so it really is a win-win situation.

Based in the heart of the distribution centre, Evolve Pack’s staff

perform a variety of tasks

In addition to our two external sites, we also

have a large warehouse in Ashby-De-La-Zouch,

where we have the capabilities to cover a whole host

of different packaging requirements, from shrink

wrapping and multi-bagging, to manual rework and

gift set collation.

CARPE DIEM

While your business may be different to McVities and

our other clients, do you see Recruitment Agencies

as a necessary evil, with a lack of accountability

when things go wrong, when their staff work slowly

or there are major delays? Do you still have to pay an

hourly rate when sometimes you don’t receive the

service you expected? Does the prospect of the

National Living Wage increasing to £9+ by 2020

have negative effects on your business? If so,

perhaps a MIPS is the solution for your business too.

After all, isn’t it time you started thinking about

what your future looks like.

www.contractpacking.co.uk

Contact Evolve and

see what they can

do for you

The Ashby-De-La-Zouch warehouse has space for no fewer than 60,000 pallets

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Blisters Ltd can offer a

total packaging

service from concept

to delivery, or any

stage in between.

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Evolve Pack

Contract Packing Services

With over 20 years industry experience Evolve Pack offer

Contract Packing services supplied both in-house of

customer locations and externally at our dedicated

contract packing facilities.

• Manual Rework

• Cartoning

• Flow Wrapping

• Multi-Bagging

• Shrink Wrapping

• Order Pick & Pack

www.contractpacking.co.uk 0845 003 5375

enquiries@evolvepack.co.uk

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RETAIL PACKAGING CONTRACT PACKING

pack it in

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER OF PACEPACKER

SERVICES, PAUL WILKINSON, COMMENTS ON CONSUMERS,

ROBOTS AND THE STATE OF CONTRACT PACKING…

Pacepacker integrates food robots which can pick delicate foil

wrapped products

With increased handling capabilities,

flexibility and output, automation

can provide a solution for even the

shortest of contracts

Winning a large retail contract is a coup for any

contract packer. However, supermarket price wars

and changing food presentations to gain and

maintain the interest of consumers, means that

many manufacturers are being squeezed out of the

market.

Today, most contract packers understand the

efficiencies gained from automation. Even so, many

are still reluctant to invest in equipment for fear of

not being unable to recoup their costs if the

contract is terminated. Although the short-term

nature of retailer contracts is a contributing factor

to their reluctance to invest, other issues also come

into play, including lack of technical knowledge,

space constraints and the belief that systems are

inflexible.

ROBOTIC REVELATION

Switching from packing cakes to pork pies is simple

with half a dozen manual workers, but what if you

have invested in a robot to pack those cakes? The

belief that robots and automation won’t flex to

changing packing needs is a common misconception

shared by many customers. They need their systems

to not only boost efficiency but to be a tangible

asset, one that can be moved between lines to meet

changing demands and new contracts. We are all

too familiar about how fast trends change, especially

in the retail business. Yet, this shouldn’t deter

contract packers from exploring automation. Once

the payload, reach and speed capacity has been

determined it is relatively straightforward to

reprogramme a robot to perform another task.

Similarly, if products are a different size then some

changes may be required to the end of arm tooling

or even replaced, but by no means is the robot

redundant. Some robots can even be re-deployed

into a completely different role within the business,

for instance from pick and place to palletising. Also,

a robot is a tangible asset with a saleable value. So,

worst case scenario, the sale proceeds can be

reinvested into an alternative business project.

Likewise, space should not be an issue. There’s

a vast range of robotic devices in different sizes,

and the ability to customise Cartesian systems using

components and linear drives at specified lengths is

perfectly feasible. Whatever the manual operation

is, a robotic provider should be able to provide an

automated solution.

REMOTE CONTROL

Re-programming a robot may sound daunting to

many and put companies off investing. Any

reputable supplier will work closely with all project

stakeholders to ensure appropriate training and

ongoing support is provided. Remote assistance can

also be provided if required so that office based

engineers can take control of the HMi screens and

help operators through the required steps or

monitor what is happening through CCTV cameras.

For most, if not all customers, return on

investment (ROI) figures can be the deal-breaker.

When looking to achieve ROI inside a year,

manufacturers shouldn’t be swayed by price alone.

A well-engineered solution will provide low-cost of

ownership for many years at a fraction of the cost

of manual labour. Pacepacker recently developed a

new ROI calculator – a comparative tool – that

quickly measures the real value that a business can

realise when automating different aspects of a

production line. So, even with short UK retail

contracts, an appropriate automated solution can

be developed and accomplish the desired payback.

www.pacepacker-services.co.uk

Cheese packaging, picking and placing made easy

Far from a dog’s dinner – automation does the ruff work…

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PROFILES - CONTRACT PACKING RETAIL PACKAGING

Produced in Kent

teams up with Kent

packaging company

Actionpoint Packaging has teamed up

with Produced in Kent (PinK) as an

Associate Member. Actionpoint, which

is a family owned company in

Rainham, provides packaging

services and products for clients

throughout the UK. PinK members

will now benefit from this new relationship through superior packaging solutions and

Actionpoint’s unique offering of a free, thorough review of their packaging and processes by

an industry expert of over 30 years. His analysis focuses on everything including the source

of the packaging, its design, the production processes, courier & delivery options, brand

image, and damage solutions. Director Luke Pollard said: "We are extremely excited to join

Produced in Kent. This new relationship means we will be able to help PinK advise members

on the best packaging solutions.

www.actionpoint.co.uk | www.producedinkent.co.uk

Looking for a co-packer? Look no further …

Why choose Wyepak

Herefordshire based, Wyepak is the

contract packing and filling company

with a great success story to tell. Only

3 years in business, the company is

gaining an enviable reputation for

innovation, experience and results.

Originally a hand packing service,

Directors Mark and Jim have now

invested in liquid filling implementing a

Semi-automated plant which produces

in excess of 1,500 fills / hour. The site

offers 24,000 sqft manufacturing

facility & over 20,000 sqft available

storage space. Wyepak is compliant to

ISO & Retail standards including: QVC,

Tesco, Asda, JDW and employ a Zero

Landfill Policy.

Email: sales@wyepak.co.uk | www.wyepak.co.uk

With Soil Association and SALSA (Safe and Local Supply Approval) accreditation,

Complete Co-packing Services Limited is a leading contract pack partner of

organic and natural products. Based in South Wales, the company is a member of

the Organic Trade Board and British Contract Manufacturers and Packers

Association. They fill, pack, store and distribute food, drink and organic products

on behalf of many of Europe’s leading retail brands. With purpose built clean

rooms, facilities include; automated sealing, liquid filling, mixing and blending,

pasteurisation, pouch, bottle, jar and sachet filling of capsules, powders, granules

and liquids, testing of PH levels and solids, order pick, pack and dispatch and

pallet storage and distribution. Customer service is at the heart of the business;

that’s because the team work hard to build partnerships with suppliers and

customers to deliver a high-quality, innovative service. For a FREE, no obligation

contract pack quote please visit:

Tel: 01443 740786 | www.complete-copacking.co.uk

We make your Products

for you!

With production and storage areas of over 40000 ft2,

equipped with numerous Automated Sachet and Bottle

Filling equipment, PrimePac’s Flexibile and Professional

approach can assist you from start to finish in getting

your Products from ideas to finished goods.

Fast, Reliable and Cost Effective, PrimePac’s motto is

“If it's a Liquid, Powder or Gel and it goes in Bottle,

Sachet or Jar, we can do it”.

Using our bespoke Master Packaging Specification

system PrimePac can carry out Hand Assembly of gift

sets and kits whether it's simple packing or detailed and

complex assemblies.

Whether your project is large or small Contact us today to

see how the PrimePac Funnel Experience can support

your business.

Call us on 0333 003 2770

or email: sales@primepacsolutions.co.uk

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TOILETRIES, PERFUMERY & COSMETICS RETAIL PACKAGING

pet sounds

Make any product look

perfect with HLP’s help

GET SHARPER LOOKS AND REDUCE THE RISK OF RETURNS WITH

PACKAGING DESIGNED TO APPEAL TO THE EYE AND PROTECT THE

PRODUCT. C. M. YEUNG EXPLAINS HOW HLP KLEARFOLD CAN DELIVER

ALL YOU NEED…

With just four-years to go for HLP to celebrate

50-years of producing high-quality packaging, we are

proud of our state-of-the-art factory and of the

progress we have made in that time. In our constantly

evolving market it is now more important than ever

that we offer and provide what our customers want.

The forward-thinking companies of today realise

just how important the packaging is for brand image,

product protection and quality perception. Gone are

the days when packaging was left to the last minute

and product was just packaged in a cheap and lowspec

box almost as an afterthought. Our customers

today demand crisp, sharp packaging which we can

provide with our soft crease technology, some

customers want high-resolution printed graphics

which we can achieve with our 13 colour one pass

machinery. The fluorescent inks and foil blocking on

offer can provide a limitless spectrum of graphics.

“ We aim to provide high-quality

product innovation at competitive

prices, so why not call our UK team

today and see what we can offer? “

We are looking to add value to our offering by

engaging with our customers on a three tiered

approach: performance, cost-efficiency and

environmental impact. Sometimes, by looking at just

one area of concern, we address all three.

LOOKS & TALENT

For example, recently we were approached by a new

client who had been looking on our website and gave

us a brief to improve the aesthetics of their

packaging, as the product was loose in a cardboard

box with an insert window. They were having a high

level of returns from stores due to failing packaging.

Our team in the UK re-engineered the packaging into

a crisp clear box with a bubble insert moulded to fit

the product perfectly, we also produced some options

on the graphics. The client was delighted with the

results and promptly placed bulk orders. The material

used was made from 30% recycled PET and the client

was keen to inform the consumers by advertising that

on the packaging.

In just three months returns from stores due to

collapsing packaging was down by 50%. So,

although there was little difference in the packaging,

costs savings were achieved from fewer returns. We

await the impact on increased sales as a result of the

improved packaging.

CALL FOR CAD

We have a team based in the UK offering design

input and packaging re-engineering, producing CAD

samples, if required, within 48-hours. Production

samples are normally supplied within five to seven

days. We aim to provide high-quality product

innovation at competitive prices, so why not call our

UK team today and see what we can offer?

T: +44 (0)1684 273 905

E: sales@hlpklearfold.co.uk

www.hlpklearfold.co.uk

Get perfect design

every time

Practical for any purpose

Protect products and ensure sales

HLP offer a complete service, complete with samples, within 48-hours

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RETAIL PACKAGING CONFECTIONERY & SNACKS

snack secure

SARAH KETCHIN, MD AT FORTRESS TECHNOLOGY,

EXPLORES THE VARIED CHALLENGES OF INSPECTING SNACK

PACKAGING FOR CONTAMINANTS AND THE OPTIONS

AVAILABLE…

FM Software is backwards

compatible and known to improve

detection performance by 40%

Midnight cereal snacks, energy sports bars and

on-the-go breakfast replacements are shaping the

snacks market with UK consumption expected to reach

£3.8bn by 2016. Given this increasing demand for

healthy convenience, snacks producers are turning to

efficiency driven automation and utilising the latest

machinery to deliver consumer satisfaction and maintain

safe, high-quality snacks.

To maintain freshness, metalised polypropylene is

the snack industry’s standard for packaging. For many

manufacturers that deploy metal detectors, ferrous

in-foil detectors can be used. Settings can also be

adjusted, so foil laminated packaging is rarely an issue

for today’s advanced metal detectors. There’s also the

alternative of passing product through a metal detection

system before the packaging process commences.

Contrary to popular belief, metal detection remains

a modern day solution. As with any technology, metal

detection hardware and software are evolving all the

time and these developments keep pace with evolving

retailer requirements.

Typically, snack manufacturers will have more than

one metal detector between the beginning and end of

the production and packing process, corresponding to

identified Critical Control Points (CCPs). Many will install

a system as close as possible to the end of line after

primary packaging, typically bagging with snacks. If that

isn’t feasible, just before the bagging stage is also

effective. In these situations, loose product such as chips

or crisps can be channelled through a vertical ‘throat’

detector.

It’s also likely that manufacturers will want to check

incoming ingredients before they reach the processing

stage. This might be advisable for a number of reasons.

Firstly, snack producers will want to identify the source

of any metal contamination, which may, of course,

include raw materials. Secondly, the sensitivity achieved

at this stage may be higher than with finished or

packaged product. This may come down to the aperture

of the metal detector or the relative sensitivity obtained

with unprocessed and processed ingredients.

Corresponding to critical control points a

snacks manufacturer will have more than

one metal detector on a line

METAL HEAD

So why choose metal detection rather than x-ray?

The answer will depend on the application. X-ray

remains far more expensive, both in terms of capital

cost and running costs. Depending on the application

size and complexity, expect to pay in the region of

£35,000 to £40,000 to install x-ray, compared with

£4000 to £18,000 for metal detection.

Integrating a metal detector into a snack

processing or packing line is relatively straightforward.

Consideration needs to be given to ‘product effect’,

although with today’s technology this ‘phasing’ or

calibration is an automatic process.

In recent years, retailers have become more riskaverse

when it comes to food safety and quality,

increasingly imposing their own stringent protocols

and standards on suppliers. As well as ensuring that

the required form of inspection is in place, to the

Snacks are inspected at critical control points during the

production process

necessary specification, the retailer ‘safety net’ will

also often include assurances about regular system

checks to ensure that all QA systems – including

metal detection – are functioning correctly.

As one might expect, the sensitivity of metal

detector systems keeps improving, which enables

snack processors to detect ever-smaller metal

contaminants. Fortress Technology’s latest FM

software improves performance in some applications

by 40%. This is down to an algorithm that factors in

both time and amplitude with every detection signal.

Some retailers may pressurise suppliers to invest

in x-ray contaminant detection. Being able to

demonstrate the reliability and improved sensitivity of

metal detectors installed with FM software, for

example, may strengthen the case for snack

suppliers.

SAY HALO

Before selecting your inspection equipment, snack

manufacturers should carefully research potential

sources of contamination. Naturally, if your potential

contamination is all, or mostly, metal-based, it makes

sense to consider metal detection as a first option. If

the contaminate risks are wider ranging, or

predominantly non-metal by nature, it may be worth

examining the benefits of x-ray in more detail.

Ultimately, manufacturers worry when metal

contaminants are detected. Understandably they may

also worry when they are not. Improved automatic

testing tackles these concerns. For example, Fortress

Technology’s HALO system is an external test

designed to supplement, but not replace, manual

testing on throat, pipeline and gravity metal

detectors used for loose or free-falling snack

products such as crisps and nuts. HALO generates a

signal identical to that of particles of different sizes

and metals, so multiple test levels can be checked

easily. It is also a more objective and repeatable test

than manual or most other automatic alternatives.

When it comes to brand reputation, consumer

satisfaction is everything and contaminant detection

is critical for maintaining product trust. With the

future of snacks looking strong and more and more

healthier variations entering the market, now’s the

time to explore your inspection options and ensure

your quality product gets the shelf space it rightly

deserves.

www.fortresstechnology.co.uk

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RETAIL PACKAGING CONFECTIONERY & SNACKS

There are multihead weighers with up to

32 heads, capable of mixing up to eight

different products simultaneously

Each section of a weigher is

dedicated to a different product type

and set at different target weights

in the mix

THE ENHANCED VERSATILITY OF MIX WEIGHING OFFERS MANY

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MANUFACTURERS SUPPLYING THE RETAIL

SECTOR, EXPLAINS IAN ATKINSON OF ISHIDA EUROPE…

Convenience has become a dominating factor in many

areas of the retail food market, including

confectionery, and snacks but also increasingly in other

sectors. While for confectionery, at least, it is still

possible for consumers to ‘pick ’n’ mix’ themselves,

many today prefer to have products pre-mixed.

However, although they may not be choosing the

sweets themselves, they still want to make certain that

there are enough of their favourites in each pack!

For manufacturers, mixing throws up a number of

challenges. Products need to be mixed in the correct

ratios, to keep the customer satisfied, maintain brand

consistency and control the more expensive items in

the mix so that profits are not compromised. Legal

requirements mean that stated percentages in the mix

must be adhered to. All this has to be

achieved while maintaining highly

competitive speeds and efficiency

on the packing line.

The continuing development

and enhancements of multihead

weighing technology has made a

huge contribution to mixed

products. Today there are weighers

with 16, 18, 20, 24, 28, and even

32 heads, mixing up to eight

different products simultaneously

for discharge into the same pack. Machines can even

be linked together to handle a virtually limitless

number of mixed products within one line.

MIXED IDEAS

There are numerous benefits of the mixed weighing

approach. One machine can effectively do the work

of two or more, saving on operator and maintenance

costs as well as significantly reducing space

requirements in the factory. Each section of the

weigher is dedicated to a different product type and

these can be set precisely at different target weights,

ensuring that the right mix of items is consistently

included in each pack and that the more expensive

items in particular – for example higher value cashew

nuts in a fruit and nut mix – are tightly

controlled.

The multihead mixed weighing

approach typically offers increases in

speed, accuracy and efficiency

compared to pre-mixing. Keeping

products separate until they are

packed can also help to minimise

damage compared to more

mechanical pre-mixing processes.

Mixed weighing technology also

continues to evolve, and the faster

processing technology and very precise product

transfer now available mean new levels of competitive

advantage can be achieved.

While products can be weighed and discharged

simultaneously, an alternative technique called

consecutive topping allows the proportion of the

cheaper ingredients in the total weight to be varied,

to both improve accuracy and save money.

Consecutive topping works by making the target

weight for each product take account of the actual

weight of the previous component in the mix instantly

and without delay. This compensation approach

greatly helps improve overall accuracy by preventing

allowable errors from adding together.

Some customers also require guaranteed low

piece counts in mixes down to single pieces. For this,

precise designs and software are available to feed very

controlled piece counts and, if necessary, reject over

weights mid-cycle to ensure that exceptional accuracy

and efficiency is maintained at the machine outlet.

High head machines can be configured to feed

multiple lines. And as well as its ability to handle

different mixes, the same weigher can be configured

to handle a single product for discharge

simultaneously in up to eight different packs –

delivering extremely fast speeds of up to 440 packs

every minute. It is also possible to combine smaller

mixes and discharge these into multiple outlets.

WEIGH IT UP

When choosing a mix or multiple outlet weighing

solution, there are a number of factors to consider.

Clearly accuracy and efficiency are essential but these

need to be taken into account alongside the required

speed of the line. It is very important that sufficient

weigh heads are allowed per item in the mix to ensure

a stable combination can be achieved for weigh

calculations each time. At the same time, the overall

speed of the weigher will be dependent on the

section using the fewest number of heads, so the

more heads available (combined with enhanced

weighing technology), the faster the potential speed.

Of course, the nature of the product needs to be

carefully considered. This will influence the angles,

shapes and materials used in contact parts design,

which will be critical to ensure effective product

transfer through the weigher. Similarly, a compatible

interface with the bagmaker or distribution system is

necessary to ensure that fast and efficient throughput

is maintained. Size of the hoppers will also be

dependent on the pieces’ size, bulk density and target

weight of products being handled.

It is worth therefore taking the time to assess

your requirements in detail – including both current

needs and potential future requirements – and then

discussing these with your professional multihead

weigher supplier to ensure that you have a solution

that delivers the right mix of product and profit.

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RETAIL PACKAGING CONFECTIONERY & SNACKS

going nuts

STEVE MALLETT, SALES DIRECTOR AT CURTIS, TALKS TO US

ABOUT THE SERVICE THEY OFFER AND ONE PISTACHIO-BASED

CASE STUDY IN PARTICULAR…

Curtis’ reputation in the cosmetic skincare and toiletry

market has grown immensely, and being known for

‘Doing the difficult’ and nurturing smaller brands has

proved to be a success over the last 10-years. Taking

that skill-set and applying it to other market sectors

has become a winning formula.

At Packaging Innovations last year, Curtis met the

founder of Pistachio Provenance and our relationship

with the company has steadily grown. Jane, the

Founder of Pistachio Provenance, has made a

successful business by creating a company based on

ethical sourcing direct from the farm. Being

passionate about pistachios, Jane was looking for a

packaging company who would be able to design

and create a carton which reflected and represented

the artisan and quality of the product inside. Being

British and environmentally responsible and quality

driven, it was obvious Curtis Packaging was the

perfect choice.

A PERFECT MATCH

Both parties agreed that the match box idea was

a definite way forward, but we had a dilemma!

What do you do with the pistachio shells?

Together we came up with a sliding

divider. The divider moves

up and down the box to

accommodate which side

has more, the pistachios

or the increasing number

of shells.

Keeping in line with

the practice of the

pistachio farmers have,

the match box carton

was made from

sustainable materials

Pistachio Provence go nuts for Curtis…

printed with vegetable based inks and sealed with

a water-based coating. It was then embossed to

give a premium, natural feel.

Curtis work with many start-up companies

and appreciate just how difficult it is when deciding

on the perfect package for your product. For a

small company starting out and choosing

packaging for their product can be a mind-blowing

task. This was an obstacle Pistachio Provenance had

to overcome. Thankfully last year we created a tool

called Finishing Touches… The 2015 Collection.

It enables companies to assess and evaluate which

finish would be beneficial to the packaging and

the company. Jane at Pistachio Provenance was

delighted with this tool, it explained the pros and

cons of different finishes regarding cost,

environmental impact, transit, wow-factor to

name a few made the process a whole lot easier.

Both Curtis Packaging and Pistachio

Provenance are very proud of the finished product

and have just had it shortlisted in the Luxury

Packaging Awards this year.

ABOUT CURTIS

Founded in 1938 and now with the third

generation on-board, we’re big enough to cope

and small enough to care. We’re a family

business – not a faceless business – combining

traditional values with state of the art technology.

Pioneers in sustainable packaging, we’re

passionate, understanding that sometimes there

has to be compromise. The journey to

environmental excellence is made of small steps.

Steps that can save on cost. Steps that can

combine conventional methods with the latest

sustainable materials and technology.

Our team of packaging experts bring

creative, sophisticated luxury adding real value to

your brand. And with total project management,

we’re with you every step of the way. From initial

creative ideas through to final production and

delivery – we produce it all on-site at our London

premises. So we’re accessible, whenever you

need us.

If you are interested in receiving the Finishes

Touches Collection or would like to talk to us

about any other project, you can visit our

website, click on Steve Mallett and email him a

request.

www.curtispackaging.co.uk

The Finishing Touches Collection

in all its glory

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Number 13 Lucky For Some

Caroline Clay is celebrating 13 years as QA Manager at National Flexible and when the BRC

Auditor came calling to inspect the business in February this year, as always Caroline had

good cause for celebration as the company was one of the first in the flexible business to be

given the new coveted AA rating.

This is hardly surprising as Caroline has an A rating for 9 consecutive years, meeting 100%

the hygiene and quality standards of both the BRC and ISO requirements. For anyone who

understands the depth and complexities of both of these standards they will appreciate a total

of 9 years with 100% compliance with no non conformities is a truly remarkable achievement.

In addition to these successes during her 13 years with the business Caroline has had

independent inspections / visits from hundreds of companies within both the food and

pharmaceutical industries. These have included all the major supermarkets and as well as

many blue chip brand owners. None of these independent inspections has ever found a major

non conformity and on every occasion inspected the company has met all the different Quality

and Hygiene standards required to supply these companies.

As Caroline says “Every year the standards required in both Quality, Hygiene as well as ethical

compliance are increased. But it is a challenge which I and the QA team at National Flexible

really enjoy.”

Tel: 01274 685566 | www.nationalflexible.co.uk

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RETAIL PACKAGING METAL CONTAINERS

Softline aluminium jars from Roberts,

available in 10ml to 75ml sizes

metal detecting

As the caps state:

metal is a green

friend for life

MD OF ROBERTS METAL PACKAGING, CHRIS SAUNDERS,

EXPLAINS WHY METAL AND ROBERTS COULD BE YOUR

PERFECT PACKAGING PARTNERS…

A proud heritage, but with a modern, innovative

outlook, London-based Roberts Metal Packaging

certainly does not dwell in the past as it edges

towards its 130th birthday next year. Roberts prides

itself as the European leader in the design and

manufacture of niche metal packaging, supplying

toiletries, hair-care, cosmetics, food and household

goods markets across the world.

Operating from its modern BRC-certified purposebuilt

factory premises, significant investment in

automation has been a top priority in recent years

resulting in a low-cost high-quality product range.

State-of-the-art high-speed press-lines have been

skilfully dovetailed into a multi-batch manufacturing

environment resulting in a unique production

capability.

METAL HEADS

So why metal? Aluminium and tinplate packaging

offer unique benefits; both metals look and feel

superb, with a radiant sheen and smooth finish that

will add a touch of class to any product. When it

comes to branding, both metals offer high degrees of

versatility. Aluminium is tactile, highly formable and

does not rust, so is ideal for toiletries, hair-care and

similar uses, whilst tinplate is stronger and more

functional for food, household and industrial uses.

Both can be lacquered, colour-coated, embossed or

de-bossed, and have outstanding decorative potential

through litho-printing.

On the eco-side, aluminium and tinplate are

permanently available resources, they do not deplete

over any timescale, they never lose their molecular

properties and therefore can be recycled and re-used

indefinitely. In fact, they are the perfect materials for

packaging in a circular economy. Metal scrap is not

waste it is a resource – please tell your customers!

Your next metal packaging project can be simple

or complex, can be low-budget or of added value.

Whatever your needs, our friendly team are happy to

help develop the perfect solution to make your pack

look fantastic.

ABOUT ROBERTS

Skill, experience and understanding are three qualities

that have made Roberts the award-winning metal

packaging provider we are today.

Originally known as The Roberts Capsule Stopper

Company Limited, and founded in 1887, after gaining

a strong reputation as cork traders, Roberts then

expanded into the manufacture of cork stoppers,

before adding pressed metal decorative tops to their

service offering. As the popularity of cork waned and

gave way to pre-threaded metal caps in aluminium

and tinplate, Roberts was ideally positioned to

become market-leaders, and swiftly became the first

choice for manufacturers throughout the UK.

To this day, Roberts remains Europe’s premier

manufacturer of pre-threaded metal caps and

aluminium and tinplate jars and containers. Our clients

range from global cosmetics, healthcare and food

companies through to independent manufacturers of

home and leisure products.

Every one of our clients benefits from our

outstanding service and capability, as we offer:

n A bespoke design service, ensuring we provide

the best solution every time.

n A helpful and friendly team to provide technical

and commercial support.

n A 30,000 square foot manufacturing facility in

South-East London, utilising some of the very

latest automated machinery and control systems.

n The ability to process and supply both large or

small orders.

n A network of sales partners across Europe and

the U.S.

TALK TO US

We’ve been perfecting the art of containment in

London for some time, so if you have a project that

needs the premier experts in the field, why not give us

a call? Or, if you need some sunshine, why not come

to the French Riviera this September and visit us at

Luxepack Monaco.

T: +44 (0)20 8320 9500

E: salesteam@roberts-metpack.co.uk

www.roberts-metpack.co.uk

Roberts caps can be fully

customised too

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Contact

us for a

copy of our

NEW

Brochure

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RETAIL PACKAGING CAPS & CLOSURES

bringing closure

The design of toothpaste packaging has

significantly changed, becoming more

functional to maintain product freshness

PACKAGING ACCOUNT MANAGER AT SUMITOMO (SHI)

DEMAG, KEVIN HEAP, BRINGS US UP TO SPEED ON HOW

PRODUCT SAFETY AND SECURITY DRIVE CAP INNOVATION…

Innovations, like the self-mixing dispensing

cap, will propel future growth in the

global caps and closures market

Bottled water caps are produced in their millions at

cycle times of between two to three seconds

The global plastic caps and closures market continues

to report strong growth, especially in the FMCG

arena. Beverage caps remains the most dominant

market, accounting for approximately 60% of all

units, while the toiletries and cosmetic sector and

homecare markets remain the largest user of polymer

caps and closures.

Throughout the last few decades, bottled water

has shaped the beverage closure market using

mainstream plastic screw caps. However, there is a

definite trend emerging towards more sophisticated

tamper evident closures. In the pharmaceutical sector,

this trend is mirrored with child-resistant and seniorfriendly

dispensing closures, with a greater emphasis

on product security.

Caps and closures is a market driven by costs,

which filters down the supply chain. For injection

moulders, this means deriving more value, with a

focus on lean manufacturing and optimising

production processes. When manufacturing caps and

closures by the millions, it makes economic sense to

build a complete moulding system that anticipates

future applications, rather than trying to adapt

existing equipment.

In recent years, cycle times have got shorter,

performance has increased, and higher cavity numbers

are demanded which in turn requires larger clamp

tonnage. At Sumitomo (SHI) Demag we are seeing

greater demand for caps and closure applications with

cycle times of between two to three seconds.

CAP CREATIVITY

The correlation between modern lifestyles and the

functionality of caps and closures cannot be

underplayed. In fact, closures are what connect

consumers to a brand or product. It’s what people

interact most closely with.

With lightweight closures now the industry

norm, new technologies that improve cap

performance, functionality and shelf impact is where

the market is moving with companies enhancing

market penetration by creating novelty solutions.

One example is the self-mixing dispensing cap

developed and patented by Hong Kong-based Incap

Ltd last year. Storing and dispensing dry and liquid

ingredients into a PET bottle containing still or

carbonated water, the cap features a locked,

unlocked and activated thread, which when twisted

releases the additive and triggers the mixing process.

The concept was thoroughly tested on one of our

all-electric IntElect injection moulding machines.

Premium beverage and spirit caps featuring nonrefillable

valves and tamper evidence rings, child

resistant closures for household cleaning products,

and toiletry dispensing mechanisms, are just some

other innovations reaching the market.

Toothpaste packaging and oral hygiene is a

sector that has undergone significant design change

in the last decade. Joining the mainstay toothpaste

tube with tiny cap are hinged flip top and snap shut

closures, upright dispensers, pump action tubes and

squeezy bottles. Again, the driver here is giving

consumers more functional packaging and caps that

maintain product freshness.

THE CHAIN

The challenge for manufacturers of caps and closures

is they are balancing a wide range of variables,

including cost and functional requirements, plus

responding to demographic and lifestyle changes

and environmental impact. From a cost and

sustainability perspective, shaving off two-grams in

polymer weight per cap can save mass

manufacturers thousands of tonnes in raw material a

year. However, producing thinner wall sections

requires higher pressures and speeds, faster cooling

times, and modifications to part-ejection and gating

arrangements. All of which must be factored into the

mould, machinery, and part design.

Polypropylene continues to be the leading caps

and closure resin but there are expectations that the

material may be replaced with HDPE which has

economic and sustainability advantages. The use of

bioplastics is also poised to play a greater role going

forward.

Increased world population and the spread of

rising living standards in emerging economies, is

resulting in higher demand for bottled drinks and

smaller packaging sizes as well as more sophisticated

dispensing systems. Meanwhile, brand owners are

using enhanced cap technologies and graphics to

reinforce brand identify and differentiate themselves

in the global market. All these factors will continue to

be important stimuli for growth, presenting injection

moulders operating in the caps and closures sector

with the chance to penetrate new markets.

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CAPS & CLOSURES RETAIL PACKAGING

caps peaked

VINCENT CLAUZEL, GENERAL MANAGER AT GCS FRANCE,

TALKS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CONVENIENCE, SAFETY

AND INTEGRAL TAMPER EVIDENCE WHEN IT COMES TO CAPS…

GCS’s screw-on 1881 Secure Pull sports cap – ideal for those that drink and run

Closure has a crucial function: to protect the content

and maintain product integrity and allow safe

distribution. However, long gone are the days when all

beverage bottles and containers were fitted with

simple screw caps. Plastic closures are now integral

part of the purchase and user experience. Today

plastic caps and closures must meet the growing

demand for more convenience, controlled dispensing

and eco-friendly packaging.

Nowadays, lifestyle changes are a major

consideration that put packaging companies under

pressure to connect with modern consumers and to

adapt to their evolving behaviour patterns and

expectations. GCS designs closures so that consumers

of all ages find them easy to hold, open, use and

reseal, even when using one hand. One of our many

innovations is a patented snap-back hinge lid that

opens to 180° for easier drinking and locks into place

to avoid hitting the face.

To respond to consumers’ needs, GCS has

developed a wide range of sports caps, with or

without valve, for mineral water, sport drinks or juices.

For consumers who eat and drink ‘on the go’, we’ve

“ Nowadays, lifestyle changes

are a major consideration that

put packaging companies

under pressure to connect

with modern consumers “

developed sports caps that incorporate a silicone

valve to provide a straight directional stream, a clean

product cut-off and the best product flow control.

The integrated best-in-class silicone valve enhances

the consumer experience. The bottle can be safely

tipped upside down without risk of spills or leaks,

making it ideal for the playground, at work or on

the move.

FLIP YOUR LID

Tamper evidence and anti-counterfeit features are

key requirements for leading FMCG players and

closures must enable consumers to visibly and easily

assess that the product has not been altered since it

left the manufacturer. GCS’ high-tech tri-colour fliptop

sports closure with a translucent polypropylene

body incorporates a unique patented tamper-evident

band, which remains within the closure after opening.

When the flip-top is pushed open for the first time

the band’s bridges break automatically, the lower

section then drops to the base of the spout and is

retained there as permanent evidence of opening. The

translucent material for the closure body and flip-top

allows a clear view of the colour-contrasted tamperevident

band. Highly visible due to the colour

differentiation and non-detachable, the integrated

tamper evident band is completely inaccessible and

therefore inviolable, even with an external tool.

A significant benefit of this tamper evident design

is that no separate strip of plastic is thrown away. It is

also a truly sustainable and child-friendly closure.

FOR THE KIDS

Brands obviously want to use packaging that will keep

children safe. Hence, good design and high-quality

construction of the closure are an absolute necessity.

Tiny closures and closures with small, removable parts

can be swallowed or lodge in the windpipe, ears or

nostrils. Furthermore, a high-quality closure will not

break easily or leave jagged edges. GCS sports

closures are designed to pass choking prevention

safety tests in accordance with BSDA and EN 71-1

standards. Closures for children are approved by

Intertek, which works with the world’s leading brands

to improve the safety of their products.

GCS’ best in class push-pull closures have been

specifically designed to keep children safe and protect

the product integrity with its internal top cap

retention and innovative dust cover design.

ABOUT GCS

The most interesting and challenging part of the

beverage business is design, obviously combined with

high technical performances. GCS has a long history

in the Beverage market and offers a wide range of

custom and ‘off-the-shelf’ screw closures as well as

flip-top and push-pull sports closures. GCS sports

closures are available in a wide variety of modern

designs and attractive colours (including translucent).

Our growing range meets the needs of FMCG

companies looking for solutions that are in line with

brand identity and maintain or even enhance the

aesthetic on shelf appeal of their products.

Since March 2016, GCS has been a member of

RPC Group. With a consolidated revenue of €610

million in 2015 and approximately 3500 employees,

Global Closure Systems is one of the world’s largest

providers of closure solutions for the FMCG market.

Thanks to its 21 production sites strategically located

in 13 countries all around the world, GCS

manufactures close to 40 billion plastic and metal

closures per annum.

GCS offers over 2000 designs of standard and

custom closures and dispensing systems for the global

beverage, food, health care, household and industry,

personal care, and wine and spirits markets.

www.gcs.com

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RETAIL PACKAGING ENVIRONMENT MATTERS

Full of beans:

educate all to

recycle coffee cups

The most versatile multi-drink

tray available: the PortaTray

take control

KEVIN CURRAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT TRI-STAR

PACKAGING INTRODUCES THE COMPANY’S INNOVATIVE

NEW, AND THOROUGHLY GREEN, TRI-POT…

The recent media attention surrounding the

recyclability of paper coffee cups has re-focused

industry attention on the sustainability of packaging.

Retailers, from coffee shops to supermarkets, may

publicise that their products are sold in containers that

may be recycled or composted, but unless the product

is disposed of through the correct channels for that

material type, the statement is meaningless because it

will end up in the general waste system destined for

landfill.

The problem for retailers is that they have no

control over the way in which the consumer disposes

of their product once they have left the premises.

Coffee is drunk on-the-go, salads and sandwiches are

eaten at the desk or in the park, deli items are taken

home. If there is a conveniently-located, well-labelled

collection bin, the items may be correctly disposed of

for recycling (and there’s more likelihood of this for

items that are taken home), but otherwise, chances

are the packaging will end up in the closest bin.

PET PROJECT

For retailers and the packaging industry the problem is

a lack of legislation, or even government guidance.

There are so many different materials in use –

paperboard, PET, PVC, PLA, rPET to name just a few –

and the recycling procedure for each is different, then

you’ve got compostable products made from corn

starch, for instance, that are different again.

Manufacturers have invested in their production

facilities according to the material they choose to

work with and for retailers the sustainability of

specified packaging and the material used is often a

long way down the procurement checklist. Every

retailer, and every manufacturer, has their own agenda

and trying to pull these together into one consistent

initiative that everyone signs up to is the challenge the

industry faces.

As a distributor, as well as being a leading

innovator, Tri-Star moves boxes. We will supply the

customer with whatever product they choose and our

range includes all materials and some really innovative

products, like the hugely successful Tri-Pot, which is

made from rPET, so it contains recycled PET and it can

be recycled time and time again. I would like my

customers to choose the most environmentallyfriendly

packaging items available, but the reality is

that when the packaging buyer is faced with having

to reduce costs, the likelihood is that any move

towards greener packaging will be derailed before

it’s even reached the starting line.

Retailers can help to drive the sustainability

agenda for packaging. Coffee shop chains will

generally use the same type of cup for their

takeaway hot drinks; paperboard with a PE lining.

The leading chains could help to solve the problems

of collecting material by joining forces to fund the

manufacture and siting of collection bins,

strategically on our high streets or wherever there is

a cluster of outlets. The bins could be branded with

logos so the consumer knows which cups to put in

them and the local authority could have a section on

the waste collection vehicle for these cups. This sort

of initiative could also be given a positive marketing

spin for the chains involved.

WORK TOGETHER

Solving the problem of collecting the material is one

thing, but does it then make environmental or

financial sense for it to be transported hundreds of

miles for recycling? At the moment in the UK we

have only two recycling plants for paper cups, both

based in the north of England, although

the biggest consumer market for

takeaway cups is in London.

We need regionally-located

recycling facilities.

The

innovative

Tri-Pot

Family

Tri-Star’s Oval Eco Street Bowl

In the wider context of all food and drink

packaging, the consumer understandably finds it

difficult to identify different packaging materials, but

the industry could help with this by standardising on

the material used for different product ranges, for

instance, salad pots. Then the retailer could play their

part with the final link in the chain – consumer

education – and this needs to target our children as

well, because it isn’t an overnight process. Young

people are really switched onto recycling and if we

embark on a rolling education process now, in

10-years’ time when they are adults they will

understand the difference in materials and the

correct channels for disposal for recycling or

composting.

SUS IT OUT

But to do this, the retailers need to put sustainability

higher up the agenda when making their packaging

procurement decisions. The focus needs to be on the

material being used rather than on the cost.

We need recycling to be more affordable and I

believe sponsored by the government, or funded by

a tax, for instance, on the paper cup, which would

be passed down the line to the consumer with

minimum effect on the cost. No-one is going to

complain about that – or even notice it. But someone

needs to take control. The government needs to take

control; to help the country to meet its

recycling targets and at the same

time create employment and

reduce waste in the system.

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RETAIL PACKAGING MACHINERY NEWS

DECENT PROPOSAL

A note in a ‘Suggestion Box’ has led to the installation of an Audion Elektro EL-MATIC

EM 24H automatic L-Sealer + TE-MATIC TM 18 shrink tunnel at Pensord Press in

Blackwood, Gwent.

Says operations director Karl Gater: “One of our bindery assistants noted that our

existing shrink wrapper was too slow and urgently needed replacing, so we took the

comments on board, attended a couple of trade shows, decided on what machine

best suited our needs, and following a good demo at Friedheim, placed the order.

“Two ladies currently operate the Audion and it is so simple to use that they did

not need any training. Even I can run it! The quality of the shrink wrapping is

excellent, and in terms of production throughput, since the Audion has been installed

it has cut down on wrapping times by more than 50%! I therefore think that you can

safely say that we have made a very good investment in choosing the Audion as our

shrink wrapping solution!”

For further details of the complete range of Audion Elektro shrink wrapping

equipment, plus other cost-effective finishing solutions for conventional and digital

print, bindery, packaging and converting applications, contact Friedheim International.

T: 01442 206 100

E: info@friedheim.co.uk

www.friedheimpackaging.co.uk

SINGLE LIFE

E-commerce is a growing market sector, and Beck Packautomaten has

introduced a standalone packaging machine that has been designed to deliver

real added value to the user, as well as providing the perfect entry level solution

for those wishing to enter the market.

Designated the Serienpacker SXJ svs, the new machine is particularly suited

to packaging single products, especially when utilising shipping bags in the

German Maxibrief size (length = 350 mm, width = 250 mm, height = 50 mm).

All kinds of different articles can be automatically wrapped into the adequately

sized shipping bag. An integrated camera scans the articles and the incorporated

labelling system attaches the corresponding label to the bag.

According to Beck, this new automated approach means that the placing of

products by hand into pre-made bags or packaging them into costly cardboard

boxes can now become a thing of the past, resulting in greater efficiency and

production possibilities, as well as reduced costs.

For further details of the Serienpacker SXJ svs packaging machine, as well as

the rest of Beck Packautomaten’s range of film, shrink, sleeve and form shoulder

wrapping machines contact Friedheim International on the details below.

T: 01442 206 100

E: info@friedheim.co.uk

www.friedheimpackaging.co.uk

Machinery News

Some of the sharpest new tools

of the packaging trade…

TAKING THE BISCUIT

180 Degrees is a rapidly growing Auckland company producing a range of baked biscuits,

snacks and crackers. With export markets really taking off, 180 Degrees have begun a major

investment programme to expand production capacity and improve the efficiency of their plant.

Quality is the big driver behind 180 Degrees investment programme, so it was a priority for

company director Nigel Cranston to make sure 180 Degrees had the best available metal

detection technology in place. After looking at all the options 180 Degrees selected a

Sesotec Varicon+ metal detector supplied by Reynolds Group, featuring a C-SCAN

multi-frequency detector tunnel. The Varicon+ metal detection system detects all

metal contaminants (ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel) – even when enclosed

in the product. This provided the best possible level of detection for all metal

types across the full range

of products, and

extremely easy set-up

and operation.

Nigel noted: “We

have worked with

Reynolds Group for our

coding requirements for

many years, and

knowing that our new

quality control systems

are supported by such a

great partner is

reassuring.”

www.sesotec.com

STRAP IN

The efficiency and reliability of Mosca strapping technology has been

further endorsed by leading manufacturer, Cullen Packaging, with the

purchase of another Mosca machine for its state-of-the-art plant in

Glasgow.

The company, a leading supplier of a large range of recycled paper

products for the NHS and leading supermarket chains, has installed an

MCB-2 in-line squarer-bundler. The MCB-2 has been specifically

developed for corrugated board applications and features an integrated

squaring system that allows users to align stacks before strapping them.

Strapping occurs in the direction of bundle travel, typically in-line with

flutes, and the squaring system provides control of all sides to deliver

perfectly squared, uniform bundles. The machine’s fully automatic

in-line strapping ensures fast set-up and job changes, delivering

extremely high process reliability at up to 27 inline bundles per minute.

For Cullen, the automatic operation of the MCB-2 is a particular

advantage for this new line, as the company’s Production Manager,

Chris Adam, explains: “Mosca machines are very good – reliable,

efficient and easy to operate, all essential criteria to ensure we can

continue to deliver the high standards for which we are renowned.”

T: 0115 989 0209

E: info@moscadirect.com

http://en-uk.mosca.com

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Flexible Heated Hoses Ltd

Unit 1, 79-81 Cheapside

Digbeth, Birmingham, B12 0QH

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 121 753 0077

Fax: +44 121 753 0044

SUPPLIERS OF • HOTMELT HOSES • HEATED JACKETS • TEMPERATURE CONTROLLERS

www.flexibleheatedhoses.com

email: sales@flexibleheatedhoses.com

Wherever you need to maintain the viscosity of thick setting fluids, stable temperatures

or frost protection, Flexible Heated Hoses have the answer. We stock a complete range

of products to suit a wide variety of commercial and industrial requirements:

HEATED HOSES

A wide range of bespoke

heated hoses anufactured

and installed for

applications that transfer

heated fluids such as

bitumen, wax, hot melt

adhesives etc.

CONTROL PANELS

We can supply a range of

temperature controllers

and construct bespoke

control panels to suit your

environmental needs.

DRUM HEATERS

We can supply drum

heaters in a range of

designs from simple belt

heaters to heated cases.

HEATED MATS

Our heated mats are ideal

for relatively flat irregular

shape surfaces for example

machine hoppers.

HEATED JACKETS

Made to measure heated

jackets ideal for complex

shapes that require

heating such as process

equipment.

SURFACE HEATING/

TRACE HEATING

We are able to design and

install surface heating

systems constructed with

the highest quality trace

heating elements.

FLANGE HEATERS

To ensure process

pipework maintains a

stable temperature. Our

flange heating

compensated for heat loss

around flanges.


RETAIL PACKAGING CLASSIFIED

ADHESIVES

BOXES & CARTONS

CAPPING & FILLING

BAGS

Dale Products

(Plastics) Ltd

Barnsley Road,

Platts Common,

Barnsley S74 0QW

Tel: 01226 742511

Fax: 01226 350496

Manufacturer of all types of

polythene bags printed or plain

inc. shaped bags, block bottom bags,

drawstring.

BOTTLES

AW Gregory & Co Ltd

Plastic Bottles and Containers

UK manufacturer of:

Semi-automatic & automatic

inline filling machines.

Inline automatic capping

machines.

Rotary filling & capping

machines.

Tube filling & closing

machines.

Service, refurbishment &

ancillary equipment.

T: +44 (0) 1597 824918

F: +44 (0) 1597 822553

E: colin@sp-filling.co.uk

www.sp-filling.co.uk

CONTRACT PACKING

BLISTER PACKS

To request our latest brochure call

Tel: 01732 462656

Fax: 01732 742602

Technical Treatments Ltd

Est. 1946

Manufacturers of Blow Moulded

Bottles.

Large range of both narrow

and wide mouth bottles and

containers. ISO Approved

Station Works, Rye Lane,

Dunton Green, Sevenoaks,

Kent TN14 5HD

Tel: 01732 462656 Fax: 01732 742602

www.technical-treatments.co.uk

BOXES & CARTONS

COSMETIC & TOILETRY

PACKAGING

WWW.VACFORMS.CO.UK

Hollowrap Coreless

Stretch Film

Why buy film on cores, only to throw

them away?

Hollowrap film saves you time, effort

and money

• An eco-alternative that

out-performs current

stretch film products

Tel. +44 (0) 116 2760206

sales@hollowrap.com

Fax. +44 (0) 116 2742995

www.hollowrap.com

EDGE PROTECTION

FILMS

We have over 700 sizes of cartons and

boxes in stock:

• Single, double and triple wall cartons

• White boxes • Long boxes

• Telescopic boxes • Removal boxes

• Loading cases and containers

• Export boxes

We have over 3,500 packaging products in stock

available for delivery to you next day.

To get your FREE COPY of the Rajapack catalogue

call or go online:

Tel: 0800 542 44 28

www.rajapack.co.uk

e-mail: sales@rajapack.co.uk

T 01204 675150

F 01204 657151

E corenso.uk@corenso.com

W www.corenso.com

A Hercules Business Park, Bolton, Lancs BL6 4BR

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CLASSIFIED RETAIL PACKAGING

FOAM PACKAGING HEATED HOSES LABELLING

Flexible Heated Hoses can offer the design,

manufacture supply and installation (if required)

of the following products:


Heated Hoses


Hydraulic Hoses & Fittings


Trace Heating Cables


Heated Panels


Insulated Heating Jackets


Combined Heating/Cooling Jackets


Cartridge Heaters


Band Heaters Nordson hoses


Radiant Hoses are now available


Drum Heating Systems


Specialist Temperature Controllers


Bespoke Control Panels


Temperature Sensors & Controllers


Surface & Air Sensing Thermostats

Flexible Heated Hoses Ltd

Tel: 0121 250 2525 Fax: 0121 250 2526

sales@flexibleheatedhoses.com

www.flexibleheatedhoses.com

LABELLING

LIMITED

PACKAGING MACHINERY

LABELLING

Tel: +44 (0)333 1234 188

GIFT PACKAGING

High quality

specialist

sachet

manufacturers

We can pack:

• Powders • Liquids • Granules • Creams

• Plain or Printed finishes • Up to nine process

colours • Large and small volume orders

01772 723100

www.thesachetcompany.co.uk

To advertise in the

TRADE

REGISTER

Tel: 01206 506254

PACKAGING ORIGINATION

The Art of Presentation

We are London’s premier packaging

mock-up company and we specialise

in producing high quality all in house

mock-ups that are second to none

EMBOSSING

UV SCREEN

SHRINK SLEEVING

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

PRINT CONSULTING

CUTTING AND CREASING

FOIL BLOCKING

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SPRAYING

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ROLT STREET LONDON se8 5jb

tel: 0208 691 4567

e-mail: info@artofpresentation.co.uk

Innovative & Luxurious Decorative

Packaging Concepts

• Boxes & Bags • Ribbons & Bows

• Cords & Tassels • Elastics & Stretch loops

• Assemblies & Package decorations

Let Stribbons Design & Create A Unique

Solution For Your Packaging Needs!

www.stribbons.com

Tel: 01933 675012

Email: geoff@stribbons.com

FOR ADVERTISING BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES

Please telephone:

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Email:

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CLASSIFIED RETAIL PACKAGING

SHREDDERS

SHRINK WRAPPING

THERMOFORMING

TUBES & AEROSOLS

Specialists in Primary Packaging

Tubes (ALU, PE, CO-EX, LAM),

Alu Aerosols, Aerosol Caps,

Luxury Jars, Bottles, Tottles, Roll-ons,

Sticks (Deo, Lips, Balms), Pumps,

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+ 44 (0)7984 648 230

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WRAPPING

The UK’s No1 designer &

manufacturer of bespoke

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• Rpet from a min. 50% PCW

• Folding cartons, sleeves & collars

Full range of manual,

semi and fully

automatic machines

complimented with

a wide range of

materials

• Welded lids & bases

• Pick & Place windows & cylinders

• Litho, Screen Print & Foil blocking

• Rapid Design & Sample service

• BRC Food Certificated site in Coventry

Tel: 02476 581197

Fax: 02476 581215

Email: info@staegerclear.co.uk

Web: www.staegerclear.co.uk

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CAPS & CLOSURES | METAL CONTAINERS | CONTRACT PACKING | COSMETICS

July/August 2016

WHY CHOOSE WYEPAK

The contract packing and filling

company with a great success story

to tell

LOOKING FOR A CO-PACKER?

Then it’s time to talk to the experts

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT

JIFFY PACKAGING

THIS ISSUE WE SPEAK TO FIONA

MACDOUGALL, SALES & MARKETING

DIRECTOR AT JIFFY PACKAGING…

Everyone knows the Jiffy name and brand, but they’re probably not so

aware the huge portfolio of products available, can you tell us more?

Ask anyone and they will recognise the Jiffy brand, whether or not they are

‘into packaging’.

Jiffy started in 1964 with the iconic Jiffy Padded Bag, then we introduced

lighter weight versions of this mailer in the form of MailMiser®, AirKraft®, and

more recently the innovative Superlite® foam lined mailer.

In 1979, we were the first in the UK to launch polyethylene sheet foam for

packing, wrapping and interleaving. We also extrude a wide variety of bubble film,

and add value to bubble and foam by adding substrates such as film, paper and

metalised films and aluminium.

We offer packaging material to the produce industry in the form of cut sheets

for punnets and packing bananas, and we export paper pads to pack soft fruit to

avoid bruising in transport.

Recently, we added foam profiles to the range for edge protection and

corner protection which filled a gap in the portfolio.

Another specialism is the manufacture of technical foams

for the convertor who will then cut and shape into units for

packing delicate instrumentation, computers, medical

equipment and engineering products.

So what are the key markets for Jiffy?

And where do you enjoy

the most success?

Our products pack everything from false teeth

to three piece suites, ceramics to mother

boards, and lipsticks to alloy wheels!

Aside from the traditional applications, and

the growth area of mail order and distribution, we

also supply heavily into the DIY and construction

market. Foam, whether plain, or laminated to film to

act as a damp proof membrane, is widely used under

laminate flooring boards, and we also supply thicker

foams in the application of concrete curing, or thermal

applications such as loft insulation.

In this business, innovation is key.

So how does Jiffy stay ahead of

the curve?

We have fantastic relationships with

our distribution partners who know

we are on-hand to give advice on new

applications and suited products. We

stay ahead by listening, and

understanding the needs of our

customers

Investment is also key and in 2014

we were acquired by Airpack. Within a

year we saw a multi-million-pound

investment in the form of a new PE

foam extruder.

So, we listen, are backed by the latest technology and have the know-how

to convert ideas to reality – it really does keep us ahead of the curve!

Obviously, these days, being green is all important.

How does the company fair in the eco-stakes?

We are mindful of the impact of our manufacturing processes and in 2013

achieved certification for ISO14001 Environmental Management. We are

committed to controlling our environmental impact, ensuring we are compliant

with all legislation and we work hard to continually improve our processes and

procedures.

Environmental concerns are as important for our customers, so minimising

waste, improving yield per pallet, gaining efficiencies and offering ways to reduce

packaging are always considered when introducing new products. Take our Earth

Aware® concept. This sees us packing mailers without the need for a corrugated

box. We simply belly band a bundle of mailers, stack on a layer on a pallet, and

we can achieve up to 200% more on a pallet.

What new products can we expect to see this year?

Extra wide sheet foam (2.5-metes wide) for applications

where size is key; such as packing garage doors, filing

cabinets and glazing panels. Insulation products to

ship chilled food stuffs is a growth area

for us. Our in-house lamination and conversion

facilities mean that if you want a metalised bubble

pouch to keep a side of salmon chilled, we can help.

And, we are adding to the existing range of profiles.

We have further investment planned for 2016

into 2017 which is still under wraps for now, so watch

this space!

Finally, after 52-years of success,

ºwhat’s next for Jiffy?

Continual investment, the protection of this iconic and

loved Jiffy brand in the market place, more innovation and

new products – it will continue be a busy period for

everyone at Jiffy Packaging!

www.jiffy.co.uk

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FEATURING: Luxury & Gift Packaging, Glass Containers,

Designing For Sales Success, Packaging Machinery,

Environment Matters and Packaging Innovations Preview!

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Publisher: Tony Phelps

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