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Aug - Sep 2010

Hello and welcome to the August -

September issue of FMCG News. I

have a brand new addition to tell

you about this month. Starting on

page 14 is our ‘Website Spotlight’

where we will look at the best

websites from the FMCG industry.

Running in every issue, it will include an image of

the home page, along with company contact details

and a concise description of the merits and

functions of each site. Also, our online version will

have live links directly to each website for you to

click on and browse. If you would like to put your

company’s website forward for inclusion please


Elsewhere in this issue, on page 22, Steve Win-


Editor: Keith Lucas


Graphic Designer: Kerri Cuthbert


Group Sales Manager:

Donna Jenkins

Advertising Sales: Vicky Ellis

Online Edition: Rebecca Hubbard


Accounts: Carole Todd

Reception: Joanne Cluer

Data controller: Carla Macdonald

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wood of Culina UK takes a look at the logistics

challenge. He looks at how with short lead times,

multi-temperature storage, the constant replenishment

of goods, high levels of traceability and

accuracy status and the growing need for customised

and shelf ready products, the sector

requires and expects significant logistics expertise

from its supply chain providers.

Taking on our ‘Last Word’ this month is Neil

Matthews, Checkpoint Systems’ Vice President

of Northern, Central and Eastern Europe. He discusses

that about how the retail environment

has become increasingly competitive over the

years. And as the UK’s recession finally comes to

an end, Neil says, it is more important than ever

before for manufacturers to ensure their profits


The news stories that caught our eye this month


The latest happenings from the FMCG industry


All-new solutions and products to hit the market


A look at the best websites from the FMCG sector

Cover Photo:

Unifine - Passion for Pastry

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are secure as they travel along the supply chain

to the point of sale.

As ever we are always interested in hearing

from you. Whether you have any ideas, comments

or want to contribute to FMCG News,

everything is welcome. In the next issue we will

be taking a closer look at Branding, Marketing &

Design and Ingredients, Refrigeration and Cooling.

If you would like to be involved please feel

free to get in touch.

We hope you enjoy the issue.

Keith Lucas,



By Steve Winwood of Culina UK


Who’s up to what and where






FMCG News 3

from the editor

News brief...





Following an extensive

judging process by industry

experts and chaired by Lord

Haskins, former government

adviser and CEO of Northern

Foods, the companies

shortlisted for the 2010

Awards are:

AF Blakemore and Son,

Alpro UK, ASDA Stores,

Bel UK, Bradgate Bakery,

Cadbury UK, Coca-Cola

Enterprises, Findus Group,

General Mills UK, Greggs,

Mars Chocolate UK, McCain

Foods, New Covent Garden

Market, Samworth Brothers,

The Authentic Food

Company, Typhoo Tea,

Unilever UK, United Biscuits

and Young’s Seafood.



The finding is as a result of

an inquiry into milk from a

cow produced from a cloned

parent. It identified that two

bulls born in the UK were

from embryos of a US cloned

cow. Both bulls were in fact

slaughtered but it did not

stop the meat from one

entering the food chain. Tim

Smith, FSA chief, claimed

that any suppliers would

require approval under

European law, yet he had

"no concerns" about the

safety of such milk or meat.

Of the two bulls, the first

was slaughtered in July

2009 and its meat entered

the food chain. There is

speculation that the animal

came from an Invernessbased

farm. On 27 July

2010, the second bull was

slaughtered, but its meat

was stopped from entering

the food chain. The FSA

have claimed that they have

not not been asked to

consider any cloned meat

cases for the EU. Mr Smith,

of the organisation, also said

that European authorities

are still deciding how to

regulate cloned food products.

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launches grocery store

Online retailer Amazon

has launched its own online

grocery offering in the UK

in an effort to take on other

services such as Tesco and


The grocery service, which is

currently in beta, will stock

over 20,000 grocery products

including leading brands as well

as offering international and

Drinkaware nominated

for two awards

Alcohol awareness charity

Drinkaware has been shortlisted

for two prestigious charity awards;

the Charity Times ‘Charity of the

Year’ Award and the Third Sector

Excellence Award for best

‘Communications Team’. The

Charity Times ‘Charity of the

Year’ nomination helps reinforce

specialist items. The store will sell

everyday items such as fruit,

vegetables and meat and poultry.

Amazon has said the beta will

allow them to test different

features while getting feedback

from customers.

Delivery options currently include

a Free Super Saver Delivery for 3-

5 day deliveries which may put

off some customers, but a £49

annual fee with Amazon Prime

Drinkaware as the UK’s most

recognisable alcohol awareness

charity and illustrates how well

consumers have accepted the

charity as the UK’s primary source

of alcohol information. The last

year has seen Drinkaware achieve

record breaking numbers of visitors

to their website, coupled by a

will allow members unlimited

free One-Day Delivery.

James Lesson, director of

grocery at said:

"’s aim is to be the

place where customers can find

and discover any product they

want to buy online, and with the

introduction of this new store

there are thousands of household,

niche, ethnic and international

grocery items, all available at the

month on month increase in the

number of media hits generated

by the organisation.

The nomination in the Third

Sector Excellence Awards for

‘Communications Team’

demonstrates Drinkaware’s

ability to provide consumers and

the media with facts about alcohol

and issues relating to alcohol

misuse, championing the UK’s

responsible drinking message

through its small team. Over

click of a button," said James

Leeson, director of grocery at

"With unlimited virtual shelf

space, customers can choose

from a wide variety of products,

all of which benefit from free

delivery. We will work tirelessly

to increase the selection

of grocery items available

to be delivered directly to

customers’ doors."

The online grocery market

is predicted to double over the

next four years. Retail specialist

IGD says the market will grow

from £3.7bn to £7.2bn in 2014.

the last year the core team has

increased Drinkaware’s media

coverage by 480% with media

hits from March 2009 to March

2010 in excess of 1,600.

Charity Times Award winners

will be announced at the awards

ceremony on 1st September

2010 at the Hilton Park Lane,

London. The Third Sector

Excellence Awards will be held

at the Lancaster London Hotel

on Thursday 23rd September.

Restaurants to celebrate

National Nut Day

Restaurants and cafés all over the UK are going nuts for

National Nut Day by placing at least one ‘nutty’ dish on

their menu on October 22 2010. Fairtrade nut company

Liberation Foods, which is organising the first National Nut

Day in the UK, is working with the support of the Sustainable

Restaurant Association to ensure as many establishments

as possible take part. Kate Gaskell, MD of Liberation says:

“Some people are unsure about the many ways they can

use nuts in their cooking and we hope they will be inspired

by seeing how restaurants do this. We also have recipes

from leading chefs and food writers and have top tips to

get people started.Allegra McEvedy, chef, food writer, cofounder

of the Leon chain of restaurants and co-presenter

of BBC 2's Economy Gastronomy has provided her top tip

for National Nut Day: “Nuts are full of good oils that over

time go off, so storing nuts in the fridge extends the shelf

life by months and months. The same goes for nut oils,"

she explains.

Sharp Interpack’s

apprenticeship scheme

packs a punch

As the government pledges 50,000 new apprenticeship

places, and figures reveal that one in six graduates regret

accumulating student debts, a Yate-based packaging

firm's established apprenticeship scheme is already benefiting

local youngsters. Sharp Interpack started the scheme after

identifying a shortage of good, young trainee engineers

available to them and it has also created welcome employment

and training opportunities for students in the area. Sharp

Interpack’s current crop of engineering apprentices, all

from the City of Bristol College includes 19 year-old Emma

Carter. Emma is one of only three girls on the 60-strong

student course. Emma, who is studying for an HNC in

electronics, became the company’s first engineering apprentice

three years ago. She is currently working on a key costcutting

exercise for the engineers. She says, “I’ve enjoyed

my time as an apprentice; I feel I’ve excelled at working

as part of a team and I would like to stay at Sharp

Interpack as an engineer once I’ve qualified”. For more

information visit

from the editor




Earlier this year the Food and Drink

Federation (FDF) was delighted to report that

for the fifth consecutive year, UK food and

drink exports had shown positive growth.

Working in the incredibly challenging

economic climate of the last 18 months or so,

this was a genuine ‘good news’ story and a

fantastic demonstration of the significant

contribution our industry makes to the wider

UK economy. Non-alcoholic drinks were the

best performing sector, growing 20.6% to

£318.6m, driven by strong sales in EU markets

such as Ireland, France, Spain and Germany.

Fish and seafood was up by 15% to £1160.4m,

including a 42.3% rise in exports of fresh

salmon, and other added value product areas

in strong growth included breakfast cereals

(up 17.2%), sauces and condiments (up 9.2%)

and sugar confectionery (up 10.9%). When

we contacted food producers across the UK to

get a better understanding of their export

activity, one thing became apparent – UK

producers are smart operators. They have

recognised the potential of export markets

and are incredibly energetic in identifying and

driving opportunities to succeed. We

contacted over 20 producers, from global

giants such as United Biscuits to smaller

companies such as Anglesey Sea Salt, and all

of them had a fascinating story to tell about

how they have sought out new markets and

either created new products for them, or

developed those markets’ awareness and

taste for traditional British favourites. For

example, Anglesey Sea Salt sell their artisan

product to US chocolate-maker Frans

Chocolates, who use it to make President

Obama’s favourite salted caramels. Dart Valley

Foods have created a market for traditional

English tea-time fare such as lemon curd in

Asia, Geeta’s Foods have capitalised on the

German and Swiss taste for Indian chutneys

and tea maker Typhoo who has tapped into

the expatriate market in countries such as

Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It’s no

secret that the UK food industry operates in a

highly competitive environment. But what

these companies and our exports report show

is that despite the challenges posed by the

recession both in the UK and abroad, there is

(if you’ll forgive the pun) a real appetite for

UK food abroad. Be it our record

development of new ‘healthier-for-you’

options that are low in saturated fat, salt and

sugar, or our rich cultural heritage of diverse

ethnic foods, we are world leaders when it

comes to innovation and building strong and

trusted brands with an international presence.

This strong performance is testimony to the

persistence and entrepreneurial spirit of

British manufacturers.

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industry news

The Whoopie

Cake has landed

It is very rare that a genuinely new concept

comes to the table. But that’s exactly what

happened when the boffins at Unifine Food

& Bake Ingredients came up with a British

version of the American Whoopie Cake.

Showed on the Unifine stand for the first

time at BIE, a genuine Whoopie comprises

two moist cakes sandwiched with a filling,

then decorated. (see picture). Whoopie pies

have been around in the US for several years

according to Unifine but it is only very

recently that they have been seen in Britain.

Unifine Whoopies are filled with delicious

flavoured mousse creams in eight varieties

and with scope for many more combinations.

The Whoopies are prepared using Unifine’s

Sumix Soft, water and oil blended on a slow

speed with a paddle for 2-3 minutes. Colour

can be added to the batter or alternatively,

mix Sumix Choco, water, oil and egg in the

same way but for 4-5 minutes. The mix is

then deposited onto silicone mats and baked

at 190°C for 8-10 minutes. They need to be

really cool before filling and decorating. Sumix

Soft and Sumix Choco are available from

your usual stockists and come in 15kg sacks.

For more information visit

Kliklok’s success

at total show

Kliklok’s participation in the

recent Total Processing &

Packaging Show at the NEC proved

to be a resounding success. The

company exhibited their bestselling

SFR end load cartoner, and

having already installed over 60 of

these machines throughout the world, it

was a popular attraction in Hall 5. Visitors from

several major European food producers arrived on

the Kliklok stand, to see for themselves the benefits of

UK First for Paper &

Corrugated Packaging


Smurfit Kappa UK, one of the UK’s leading

manufacturers of paper based packaging

Six is the Magic

Number for

Thermo King

Thermo King achieves a magic record breaking six

year win in a row in ‘The Best Brands of 2010’

reader’s poll in the trade magazines Lastauto Omnibus,

Fernfahrer and Trans Aktuell. After being awarded first

place in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, Germany’s

commercial vehicle professionals have once again

voted Thermo King top brand in the ‘Refrigeration

Units’ category. More than 7,500 readers took part in

this year’s readers’ poll organised by the three key trade

magazines. The poll is unique in the fact that unlike

many other European brand comparisons, it is not

conducted among a small group of trade professionals

or editors, but votes are from the industry end-users,

which underlines the value of this award. Thermo


Earlier this month the Zwick Roell Group launched

‘Zwick Roell TV’ on YouTube enabling viewers to

watch, in detail, all sorts of products and materials

being tested to destruction using advanced robotic

systems. We all get a delicious sense of satisfaction

seeing something being stretched to its limit, bent,

bashed, crushed and broken, but materials testing

also has a serious role in the development and

manufacture of high-quality, safe products. Already

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boasting more than 200 views, Zwick Roell’s new

YouTube channel is regularly updated with short,

informative videos, in both English and German.

The films demonstrate efficient and effective

application of automated materials testing for a

whole range of products across multiple industries.

All videos are freely available and anyone wishing

to subscribe can do so via a YouTube or Google

account at

the Kliklok SFR machine - short footprint, patented

rotary carton feeder, colour touch screen, easy size

change and robust stainless steel construction.

Kliklok received visitors from the UK, Turkey,

Russia, Germany, Australia, and the Middle

East, and were particularly pleased to catch

up with many of their existing customers.

The Total Show also served

as the perfect opportunity

for Kliklok to showcase their

machinery range to new, growing

companies looking to automate

production lines in the future.

For more information call 01275

836131 or visit

solutions is the first UK manufacturer to achieve Chain

of Custody (CoC) certification from the World's

leading Internationally recognised certification agencies,

for its entire UK corrugated and paper manufacturing

capacity. The successful two-year programme of

Chain of Custody certification is one of the first to

take an integrated – company wide – approach. The

programme encompasses Smurfit Kappa's UK major

operations which encompass two recycled paper mills,

15 corrugated facilities and paper mills, including

large integrated factories, sheet plants as well as

specialist plants for Sheetfeeding and paper printing.

This integrated approach to certification is highly

innovative and a first for the UK corrugated sector

enabling Smurfit Kappa to offer its customers fully

certified packaging solutions on over 95% of its products.

For more information visit

King has a nationwide sales and service network in

Germany, comprised of five authorised dealers and 71

authorised service centres.

For more information visit

Opening of

new Stölzle

Flaconnage factory

On Tuesday, 6th July, 2010, Stölzle Flaconnage

officially opened the multi-million pound

upgrade carried out on their Knottingley, West

Yorkshire factory. Some sixty clients and suppliers

from both the UK and abroad gathered at the reborn

factory site. After a buffet lunch, they were given

guided tours of the glass and the decoration centres.

Sixteen members of the Stölzle Brass Band came

over from Austria to play for the guests. In the evening

there was a Drinks Reception in the Tournament

Gallery of the Leeds Royal Armouries Museum,

and a demonstration of medieval weapons and

armour. Dinner was in the Museum’s War Gallery,

followed by a whisky tasting in the Wellington

Atlantic Zeiser to

present advanced

printing innovations

Atlantic Zeiser will showcase its integrated endto-end

DIGILINE Single Product solution

at FACHPACK in Nuremberg : 28-30 September

2010. Demonstrating versatile possibilities for high

resolution industrial digital printing of variable data

on absorbent and non-absorbent surfaces including

3D packaging, Atlantic Zeiser will present in Hall 9,

Stand 256. The company provides system solutions

for packaging, labelling, product, security and paper

printing with near to offset quality at high production

speeds. At the show, Atlantic Zeiser will also



POS Terminal


announced that it has had

major interest in its WILLPOS

B10 from two of the UK largest

convenience stores after

the launch event at Box

Technologies. TOSHIBA TEC recently


Flexible Conveyor

ASpiroflow flexible conveyor has been

installed at Jacob's Bakeries factory in

Aintree, Liverpool. The flexible conveyor is

used to feed bags of brown flour directly into

the mixer used to manufacture the base of

Jacob's famous Club biscuits, Gold biscuits and

some of the biscuits for its packs of Biscuits for

Suite. The upgrade, carried out in the teeth of the

recession, has introduced state-of-the-art decoration

machinery and increased the size of the decoration

facility by over 50%; installed a major investment

new furnace, and a brand new Customer Centre,

together with a mould design department.

For more information visit

demonstrate packaging-specific applications of the

integrated OMEGA printing module for different

sectors as well as multiple four-colour models of

the GAMMA printer on metal and plastics.

For more information visit

signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Box

Technologies, a leading technology and service

provider. Under the agreement, Box

Technologies will manage deployment of

the Toshiba WILLPOS B10 Point-of Sale

(POS) terminal in the UK, in addition to the

exclusive service and repair of the product.

Ideal for supermarkets, fashion outlets and

entertainment companies, specialty footwear

stores, pet stores, sports goods shops,

pharmacies, hair dressers as well as discount

and convenience stores, the WILLPOS B10

has an ultra-small footprint designed to be set

either in horizontal or vertical position.

For more information visit

Cheese. The new conveyor is 11m long, lifting

the flour up some five metres at an angle of

approximately 45°. It was linked to an existing

sack tip station with integral check sifter.

According to the Site Projects Manager, David

Rome, “The new Flexible Screw Conveyor ran

first time and has performed well ever since. In

fact, the ‘Spiroflow’ Bulk Bag Discharger has

been in operation for 14 years - trouble-free!”

For more information call 01200 422525

or visit

industry news

London fancy

box gains FSC and

PEFC certification

London Fancy Box, (LFB) of Dover, Kent,

has become the UK`s first rigid packaging

manufacturer to be awarded Forest Stewardship

Council (FSC) and PEFC, Programme for

the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

The company received this accolade in

July 2010, demonstrating its commitment

to the promotion of responsible management

of the world`s forests, for the benefit of

its customers and the environment. The

advantages of certification to London

Fancy Box (LFB) are substantial. The company

is demonstrating to its customers that it

buys its paper and board from sustainable

sources, i.e from sources which are well

managed, protected and certified. LFB is

playing its part within the “chain of custody”

process, meaning the company can show

where the materials have come from,

tracing them back to the forest, through

to delivery to the final customer.

For more information call 01304 209934

or visit

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industry news

And now for



different… a

cupcake in its

own chocolate cup

Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients has launched

a family of cupcakes at BIE which are sold in

their own chocolate cup. This new departure is

believed by Unifine to be the first of its kind

since the demise of the old-fashioned Kunzle

Cakes way back in the 1950s and 60s. The

Chocolate Cup Cupcake not only eliminates

the need for paper wraps but also delivers a

double shot of flavour. The secret of the new

concept is to first bake the sponge then place it

into Unifine's Sucrea Chocolate Ballerina Cups

once the sponge has cooled. All that is left is to

pipe a lavish swirl of flavoured cream over the

sponge and sprinkle with toppings to suit.

(See picture). 'We teamed Sucrea Sumix

Soft powdered Sponge Mix with Sucrea

compounds, flavours and fruit pieces to create

these moist and delicious cupcakes,' says the

company. 'The mixing process couldn't be

simpler. It takes just 2-3 minutes to mix with

a paddle on slow speed – and only 10 minutes

for the sponge to bake.'

For more information visit

Triquestra and


supply POS

Yeomans, the UK’s largest independent camping

and outdoor retailer, has worked with Triquestra

UK and TOSHIBA TEC to implement an updated

POS system in its 86 retail outlets which range from

high street stores to garden centre sites, outdoor shows

and large factory outlets. The company which was

established in 1904 was using an outdated, poor

Allied launch

Gicel Glass

Allied Glass has launched its exceptional new Gicel

Glass, a superior ‘ice clear’ premium flint glass. It

has been lovingly created by Allied’s technical and

production teams’ skilled craftsmen to achieve

perfection and produce an enchanting colour. The

manufacturer of Gicel Glass celebrates the culmination

of a £9m investment programme in Allied’s

Knottingley plant, which will be offering premium

flint bottles in volumes of between ten thousand and

twenty million. Allied is renowned within the packaging

industry for designing and producing innovative,

ground breaking and award winning glass containers.

In recent years, the company has had success in the

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Starpack

Awards, The International Spirit Challenge and UK

Packaging Awards.


Print & apply labelling is being adopted by one of the

UK's top toy retailers to automate identification of

incoming goods at its central automated warehouse

in Coventry, improving logistics by avoiding errors in

the previous desktop-printed hand-applied labelling

operation. Seventeen Logopak 515T print & apply

machines have been installed this autumn, one on

each of the goods-in legs of the warehouse, to label

every case received with unique information that

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includes its allocated location within the warehouse

and the manufacturer of the goods. Each leg handles

the contents of a complete vehicle at a time, labelling

up to ten different products in batches of 100 to

1000 cases. The labels are then scanned throughout

the warehouse handling system, allowing goods to be

directed automatically to the correct aisle, bay and

shelf. For more information call 01904 692333

or visit

performing POS system which was causing serious

business problems for Yeomans 400 staff. Yeomans

chose to work with Triquestra UK and TOSHIBA

TEC to implement their Infinity POS solution as the

replacement software using the ST- A10 POS and

TRST A10 printer from TOSHIBA. It was critical that

both teams from Triquestra and TOSHIBA achieved

a smooth installation without interruption to

the company’s management information. The

implementation of the system was extremely quick.

A working end-to-end test solution was created within

4 weeks which Yeomans reviewed and approved and

the complete solution was rolled out within 6 weeks.

For more information visit

For more information call 0113 245 1568

or visit

One source fits all

For many years, the whole area of packaging provision,

resource and supply didn’t even register on the radar

for most organizations when it came to identifying

ways to cut costs. In recent years, however, ‘minimum

stocking levels’ and ‘just in time’ deliveries have become

the key cost-saving catchphrases for modern industry.

And, as a result, procurement departments have begun

to get wise to the fact that a one-stop packaging

resource provider can deliver real dividends in terms

of significant efficiencies in cash flow, warehousing

requirement and stock flow with the result that the

quest to locate a suitable single source provider has

become one of the hottest topics of the day. As the

UK’s leading packaging resource solutions provider,

FDL Packaging Group of Haydock, Merseyside,

has unrivalled experience in single source packaging

supply, which means, of course, that the company is

well aware of all the cost advantages which the right

single source packaging solution can bring. And

FDL Packaging prides itself on its ability to understand,

and respond to the ebb and flow of its customers’

business. As FDL Packaging Marketing Director Dave

Scotting explains: “By their bulky nature, packaging

products such as drums, bottles and boxes can place

undue pressure on a company’s storage facilities and

can often require costly bespoke warehousing. At FDL

Packaging, however, by virtue of a profound

understanding of our customers’ needs, we can

establish stock control objectives, delivery schedules

and ordering systems whereby we can source and

supply the precise packaging requirement needed on

CRP Print & Packaging Attain

FSC and PEFC Accreditation

CRP Print & Packaging, one of Europe’s leading independent print and

packaging groups has been granted FSC and PEFC accreditation within

its Pre Print Business and is the first Pre Printing business in Europe to obtain

these market leading standards. Chris Shaw, Business Manager for CRP’s Pre

Print business, led the project on behalf of the company. Shaw comments

“We are at the forefront of change within the European Corrugated industry

and gaining forestry chain-of-custody certification FSC and PEFC for our Pre

Print business is the first step to securing accreditation for the CRP

group”. Eddie Fellows, Managing Director of CRP Print & Packaging

comments, “the knowledge gained during the securing of certification will be

used over the next 12 months to ensure we are able to offer all our

customers the security of the chain-of-custody accreditation across the CRP

group; in doing this we can do our part in helping brand owners work towards

achieving their environmental objectives”.

For more information call 01536 200 333

or visit

an ‘as required’ basis, making significant savings in

warehouse space as well as staffing levels, admin

time and overheads”.

For more information

call 01942 722299 or


industry news

JohnsonDiversey Puts

Trust In Rieke RS3 Dispenser

JohnsonDiversey UK has turned to Rieke Dispensing for the hygienic,

accurate and reliable dispensing of their Triple C system, a range of

hospital specific solutions under the company’s Soft Care brand. The Soft

Care Triple C system utilises four great formulations, combined with Rieke

dispensing solutions, to offer products designed to clean and care for skin,

and control the spread of infection. JohnsonDiversey required a robust

dispensing pump that could cope with regular usage while delivering a

consistent dose. Crucially, the pump needed to offer a non-metal contact

construction to avoid the risk of reaction with alcohol. Regular supplier

Rieke proposed the use of its RS3 pump, which is suitable for a variety of

different viscosities. It can be locked down when not in use to prevent

waste, and is also 100% shower proof.

For more information call 0116 233 1100 or email

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product innovations

1st Packaging


Constellation with

FreshCase pack

Winemaker Constellation Europe has tackled

the challenge of housing bulky bag-in-box

packs in the fridge with the launch of the

new FreshCase pack.The FreshCase holds

2.25l,the equivalent of three bottles of wine,

but only takes up the space used by one of

its glass counterparts.It weighs 70% less than

three of its glass counterparts and incorporates

a pull-down tap and handle that can be turned

into a stand for pouring.Hardy’s Nottage Hill

is the first wine to be packed in the FreshCase.

External component parts of FreshCase are

supplied by 1st Packaging in Leighton Buzzard

to Constellation Europe’s new manufacturing

and distribution site Constellation Park, based

in Avonmouth Bristol,where it is assembled.

Clive Hawkins Sales Director of 1st Packaging

said:” We could all see the potential that

FreshCase has in the market and want to

do all we can to help make this product a

major success.”

For more information call 01525 382580

or visit

Charpak: Innovative

Design with Technical


Charpak Ltd has launched an innovative new pack

for the rapidly growing ‘Food to Go’ sector.

Charpak, at the forefront of innovative design for

the premium sector has produced a new hinged lid

pack aimed at the indulgent snacking market. Justin

Kempson, Sales Director commented, There are two

sizes available, one for a premium Cupcake and the

second for high end Muffins. Visually stunning with

cakes inside, they enhance the product and will

increase the sale rate of this type of premium cake.

Produced in clear rPET (minimum 50% recycled

content) the pack is designed to both protect the

product and give excellent visibility. Labelling/

tamper evidence is by means of a C-label. They are

simple to close and offer an easy solution to having

Alfresco Gastro

2010 at Sharpak

The football world cup and the sizzling Summer

weather has fired the coals of barbecue

products. Sharp Interpack (Sharpak) has the largest

range of barbecue meat trays (over 30 different

styles and designs) anywhere in Europe and is busy

meeting the high demand. The comprehensive

range of Oval burger trays form the backbone of

the portfolio along with a mixture of cavity, shingle,

barbecue, sausage, ribs, chops, kebab and grill steak


FP International, a leading manufacturer of

sustainable packing solutions, now produces

the widest quilt-shaped air cushion film in the

industry following its development of unique and

innovative air transfer technology. PILLOW PAK

76cm wide film can produce air cushions to wrap

and protect products during transport and/or

warehousing. PILLOW PAK film has a ‘wave’like

seal made from individual bubbles, making it

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look like a quilt. Each bubble is connected to

the next. This clever air transfer design enables

air to move between the bubbles, thus providing

cushioning precisely where it is needed. With one

layer of film, a protective layer can be applied to

a wide range of different products including

displays, doors, panels and bottles.

For more information call 01280 703161

or visit

products available for impulse purchase. Charpak has

also produced Shelf Ready Packaging for both items.

For more information call 01480 434434

or visit

trays in the D13 range for adults and children alike

and the large D18 & 21multi cavity family packs.

There is also the smooth wall versions of D2, D13

and D45 and the poultry ‘S’ range with 8 cut sizes

and multiple depths. The trays are all stocked

through leading supermarkets and manufactured

in recycled APET (meat and burger trays) and

recycled PP (poultry trays). The products tick all the

boxes for environmental concern, product integrity

and pure design aesthetics.

For more information call 01278 435000

or visit

50 Dries with Award

Winning Vortex Hand

Dryer Costs a Penny

SA Vortex Ltd a national Green Specification

approved manufacturer and supplier of patent

protected, ultra energy efficient hand dryers has

now reduced the power consumption of its range.


Problem-solving Skills

C onvenience products and flexible package sizes are in demand more

than ever. This in turn results in reduced batch sizes. It is a key challenge

of today’s machine builders to design machines that combine flexible and

quick format changes with high cycle rates and low life cycle costs. Micromech

Systems and Parker has been supporting food processing equipment and

packaging machinery manufacturers for many years. Thanks to the drive

technology, mechanical and application specific know-how, together they

are the ideal partners to help you meet the mechatronic challenges posed

by your customers. They can help to reduce design time, improve your

time-to-market, help you make faster changeovers and increase output

and plant efficiency.

For more information call 01376 333333 or visit

The Vortex hand dryer is the greenest high speed

(sub 10s power dry) warm air dryer, operating at a

total power consumption of just 700W; under half

the power of nearest comparable competitor

model. With a 97% cost saving against paper towels,

Combine this with the lowest Total Cost of

Ownership of any high speed dryer on the market

and you have an unbeatable drying solution. Syed

Ahmed, CEO SAVortex “The total ethos of

the SAVortex hand dryer is

minimum energy use

without loss of

effectiveness. Our

hard work to

improve energy

efficiency and

produce the

greenest quietest

and fastest dryer is

paying dividends. We

are now the no1

preferred supplier for

Interserve Ltd, one of

the world's foremost

support services and

construction companies.”

So why is the Vortex Hand

Dryer so special?

It is unique patented

spinning air technology

breaks water on the surface

of hands more rapidly,

delivering low cost, fast,

quieter drying. This spinning

product innovations

technique creates a ‘curve’ of warm air, similar to

how an aeroplane wing curves up at its end in flight,

that naturally feels warmer due to the wrap-around

effect. In a high traffic washroom, SAVortex dryers

pay back instantly.

For more information call 0207 847 4091, email or visit

Chesapeake proves there’s

no barrier to innovation

Chesapeake is currently developing a number of speciality barrier coatings

that offer moisture vapour, flavour and grease proof properties. These

barrier coatings, which can be applied to a range of packaging formats, are

being developed by Chesapeake’s Research & Development team. They aim

to provide improved performance over existing solutions and more

environmentally considerate options. Improved grease barriers are being

demanded by food producers especially for dried pet-foods which often have

oil content in excess of 10%. Traditionally, a substantial layer of plastic has

been applied to cartonboard to facilitate its use in many barrier applications

but both brand owners and consumers are now seeking more

environmentally considerate solutions. Chesapeake is developing a technique

to apply a special grease-resistant coating to the reverse of a range of

cartonboard types. The technique allows the application of coatings that are

not typically applied at the board mill during production.

For more information visit

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product innovations


consumer range

brings benefits

large and small

FDL Packaging Limited has introduced a

new range to offer its customers maximum

choice and flexibility. Branded ‘The Consumer

Range’, the new offering caters largely to

the food and pharmaceuticals sectors but

also incorporates a more general PET

range. While the key departure for FDL,

which has built its reputation on the supply

of high capacity packaging needs, lies in

expanding its range by also now offering

its customers the convenience and flexibility

of smaller containers with a capacity of 5

litres or less. The new Consumer Range

offers an exhaustive range of solutions

for a whole host of packaging requirements.

Comments FDL Sales Director Dave Scotting:

“At FDL, we pride ourselves on listening

to our customers and the new Consumer

Range is very much a reflection of that.

Overwhelming demand for greater flexibility

has led to a range with the capacity to meet

our customers’ demands, large and small”.

For more information call 01942 722299

or visit

Atlantic Zeiser Group demonstrated its

DIGILINE portfolio of innovative modular endto-end

system solutions at FESPA. On display was

the DIGILINE Single Product 210 with a fullcolor

GAMMA 70P UV print module, as well as a

conveyer system featuring the OMEGA 70HD

print module, which is ideal for very short runs of

direct product printing. The company also showcased

an application for top-quality printing on plastic

Linpac and

Cuki Cofresco

unveil CukiLIN ®

Two leading packaging companies in different

fields have come together to create CukiLIN ® -

a complete aluminium tray and film lid solution ideal

for oven-ready meals. LINPAC Packaging, the leading

European multi-material packaging company, has

been working closely with aluminium tray specialists

Cuki Cofresco to create a combination that offers

excellent on-shelf presentation, extended shelf-life


all wrapped up

With its latest packaging innovation, the unique

Cryovac ® Oven Ease HC2440

ovenable bag, Sealed Air

brings multiple

benefits to

foodservice and

retail. Integrating

good barrier

properties and readyfor-the-oven


suitable for conventional or

microwave reheating, this high-

rulers at FESPA which took place 22-26 June.

“Atlantic Zeiser brought to FESPA an innovative

portfolio of solutions that are ideal for industrial

digital printing on labels, packages, booklet labels

and transactional documents, as well as direct

product printing for high-level and quality-oriented

applications,” said Ralf Hipp, Vice President of

Digital Systems. For more information call +49

(0)7465 291 136 or visit

and delivers optimal performance when running on

packaging lines. LINPAC’s high barrier films LINtop

PP HB and LINtop Alu HB have been specially

developed to be compatible with aluminium trays.

They offer a tight robust seal that means there is no

need for the product to also be packaged in a cardboard

sleeve, while both films have anti-fog properties to

improve visibility of the product on the shelf. The

CukiLIN ® partnership means that a constant level

of service and on-site technical support is available

throughout Europe, to ensure customer machinery

is running as efficiently as possible.

For more information call 01977 692111

or visit

abuse, multi-layer bag enables the cooked product to

retain its natural moisture and flavour. Additional

advantages for the consumer include reduced cooking

times, less risk of leakage, along with easy preparation

and packaging disposal. The assured maintenance

of consistent taste in marinated and spiced

products creates further appeal, as does

the accessibility to recipes otherwise

out of reach with the skill and time

resources available. The ovenable

bag is food law approved in Europe

for temperatures of 200°C for up

to two hours and temperatures of

190°C for four hours.

For more information visit


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More flexibility

for shrink films

Launched onto the market three years ago, shrink

films based on Styrolux ® HS 70 have now become

well-established in the European sleeve market.

Compared to conventional mixtures of SBC (styrene

butadiene block copolymer) and PS (polystyrene), this

material stands out for its very high final shrinkage of

more than 70 percent. BASF researchers have now

developed even further improved Styrolux grades with

an eye towards expanding the product line for this

application. They have done so in response to the

industry’s desire for stiffer films that allow even larger,

more complex objects to be shrink-labeled and the

thickness of the sleeve film to be further reduced. A

two-component concept that differs from Styrolux HS

70 is being implemented for the first time: with

Styrolux T (T = toughness) and Styrolux S (S =


products – just a

mouse click away

When does it make sense to use biodegradable

plastics? Packaging industry, consumers and

policy makers are more and more confronted with

this question during discussions about climate and

the environment. Up to now, anyone who wanted

to base a decision on a solid foundation had to turn

to extensive individual eco-efficiency analyses or other

life cycle assessments (LCA) that scrutinize the

consumption of resources during the manufacture,

use and disposal phases of a plastic product. A new

BASF online tool, the so-called Ecovio ® Eco-Efficiency

Compass (E³C), will make this decision much easier

in the future. The software compiles all of the relevant

data for the production and disposal of selected

products – the findings of many exhaustive Eco-

Efficiency Analyses – in a single user-friendly

Around the world –

safe and sound

Whenever goods are transported in large unit

loads – be it by sea, land or air – they are usually

consolidated on pallets for easier handling. As a rule,

products made of wood are used for this purpose. A

new generation of transport pallets made of plastic is

being launched onto the market by the Hirsch Group,

located in Glanegg, Austria. These pallets overcome

quite a few of the drawbacks of the conventional

models: among other things, they are easier to clean

and very sturdy, but first and foremost, they weigh

much less than EuroPallets made of wood. The highly

elastic BASF styrene butadiene copolymer Styroflex ®

2G66 is playing a crucial role in this innovation.

Engineers at Hirsch are using Styroflex 2G66 as a

toughness modifier for the HIPS film (HIPS: Highimpact

polystyrene) that protects the lightweight core

stiffness), this concept offers two new Styrolux grades

with which the desired property profile of the shrink

film can be set when the processor blends them, and

only once they are put together do they yield the film

material “Styrolux T/S”. The two-component concept

taps into new application possibilities for sleeves and

particularly for ROSO films.

interface. Various parameters that are crucial for the

ecological evaluation of a given product can be quickly

checked, revealing their impact on the product’s ecoefficiency

right away. The uncomplicated comparison

of the ecological footprint of various approaches

allows the user to quickly ascertain whether, in the

final analysis, a biodegradable plastic is actually

more environmentally friendly. For the time being

the E³C is still tailored for shopping bags and foam

trays; other product groups will be added soon.

of the new pallets against damage. Compared to

conventional wooden pallets, weighing 20 to 40

kilograms, or newer metal-reinforced polyethylene

pallets, the innovative products from the Hirsch Group

offer the advantage of a significantly lower weight: they

weigh 50 up to 75 percent less than wooden pallets or

solid plastic pallets.

A new milestone

in the history of

polymer foams

Polymer foams are a success story for

BASF. This story began in 1952 with the

invention of Styropor ® (EPS: expandable

polystyrene). Today, following the successful

development of the extruded polystyrene

rigid foam panels Styrodur ® (XPS), the

tough-elastic polyolefin range Neopolen ® ,

the melamine resin foam Basotect ® , and

the advanced version of EPS for thermal

insulation Neopor ® , BASF has a broad

portfolio and unique know-how when it

comes to particle and extrusion foams.

Continuous research and the launch of

new products on the market open up new

applications in a lot of industry sectors:

the automotive industry as well as aviation,

but also solar technology, construction and

of course the packaging industry. BASF

has now succeeded with another innovation:

E-por ® , a material which is based on a

new formulation and is manufactured in a

new production process. E-por is the first

tough-elastic, crack-resistant foam which

can be transported, stored, processed and

recycled like traditional Styropor. The

material is noted for very good fusion of

the surface, excellent resistance to solvents,

and an appealing look and feel. Because

of its high crack-resistance it is multishocksafe

and therefore well-suited to being used

as transport packaging for high-quality,

shock-sensitive electrical and electronic

(E/E) products, such as plasma televisions,

laptops, refrigerators or washing machines.



website spotlight

Website Spotlight








Paragon Print and Packaging

Group are the UK leaders in fresh

and chilled food packaging solutions.

Providing the retail supply

chain with Self adhesive Labels,

Linerless Labels, Flexible Films,

Sleeves and Cartons. We are specialists

in packaging launch

management. Our expertise in

managing artwork delivery combined

with our unrivalled print

capability delivers an industry

leading service proposition.

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A fresh look at the best websites from across the FMCG industry

Over 18 million households in the UK

have access to the internet and with the

number of new ‘surfers’ growing everyday

a website is one of the most cost effective

investments a company could ever make. Not only

can you use it to sell your products, you can get

instant feedback from customers and network with

clients and suppliers the world over.








The ease of navigation of the

Crown Conveyors website allows

you to find quickly what you are

looking for. There are downloadable

PDF’s for you to save,

examples of conveyors and

projects in three formats of

small, medium and large.

New to the website is our

case studies page, have a

peek in projects.

Wood Road


Bristol BS15 8NN

Tel: 0117 9671370

Fax: 0117 9353194

Enterprise Way


Spalding PE11 3YR

Tel: + 44 (0) 1775 71 22 33

Fax: +44 (0) 1775 76 04 44

TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE huge importance and benefits of a

well thought out and integrated website, we are now running

our ‘Website Spotlight’ every issue to highlight the best company

websites from the FMCG industry. It will include an image of

the home page, along with company contact details and a concise

description of the merits and functions of each site. This special feature

will run from the centre pages of the magazine and our online

version will have live links directly to each website for you to click on

and browse. If you would like to put your company’s website forward

for inclusion please contact Vicky on 01733 567356 or email ■



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M&H Plastics is one of the

premier suppliers of plastic

packaging specialising in highquality

bottles, jars, closures and

flexible tubes. Markets include

personal care, pharmaceutical,

healthcare, nutrition and household

products. Virtually everything

is conducted in-house, on site –

from concept design, through

toolmaking, production, artwork

and decoration.








The website follows SMI’s beginnings

in the early 80’s and takes

the viewer through its product

range and overseas activities.

There are references to Defence

sector applications including

Tempro’s thermal image proof

properties. Details of Tempro’s

other beneficial properties are

also outlined as is company ‘s willingness

to adapt existing products

to fulfill customer needs.


London Road


Suffolk NR34 8TS

Tel: +44 (0) 1502 715518

Fax: +44 (0) 1502 717115

Sutton Hall,

Sutton Maddock

Telford TF11 9NG

Tel: 01952 730 630

Fax: 01952 730 330








Peelable Adhesives & Glue Dots

can bond your products firmly

and temporarily to many different

surfaces, fast, with no mess

or setting time. These adhesives

are primarily used for attaching

CD's, samples, promotional items

to magazines, leaflets and packaging.

Peelable adhesives have

1000's of possible applications.

Glue Dots - the dot that does a lot!








Redpacks’ website provides full

details of flowrapping machines

by industry so it’s easy to see the

most suitable machine for your

products. All pages have contact

details so you don’t spend ages

trying to find them. There’s information

on service, spares,

rebuilds and used machines and

for difficult products tailor made

machines with automatic infeeds.








The new-look website for


Inspection has everything

you need to know about

checkweighing, metal detection

and x-ray inspection. Keep up-todate

with industry trends and

product developments with free

webinars and white papers.

Alternatively download product

information or request a visit from

our sales or service team.


Regent House

Regent Street

Oldham OL1 3TZ

Tel: 0161 622 4927

Fax: 0161 627 5072

Bunkell Road


NR13 6PU

Tel: 01603 722280

Fax: 01603 720906

64 Boston Road

Beaumont Leys

Leicester B79 7XB

Tel: 0116 235 7070

Fax: 0116 234 6719








Supreme Plastics, based in Whitby

North Yorkshire, is also the exclusive

UK supplier of Pronova-

Joker bag-filling equipment and

is recognised as a leading manufacturer

of quality bag products.

Supreme Plastics provides a

complete service of consultancy,

product development, manufacture,

technical expertise and

on-site engineering support.



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ABOUT US are pleased to

unveil their new, fully redesigned

website dedicated to Tecbond glue

sticks and glue guns. The website

now has even more user friendly

features and contains more information

on Tecbond hot melt adhesives,

glue guns, how hot melt adhesives

actually work and applications for

hot melt adhesives.With over 50

formulations to choose from, there is

almost certainly a Tecbond adhesive

solution for your application.

website spotlight

Stainsacre Lane


North Yorkshire YO22 4PT

Tel: 01947 601012

Fax: 01947 601027








A detailed overview of

Lotto Sport Italia starting from

company history and values to

all Lotto collections from

performance to leisure and

safety products inclusive of

testimonial profiles, news

& events, exhaustive technology

explanations and exciting videos

and images all at the click

of a button.

Regent House

Regent Street

Oldham OL1 3TZ

Tel: 0161 627 1001

Fax: 0161 627 5072

Lotto Sport Italia

Via Montebelluna, 5/7

31040 Trevignano (TV) - Italy

Tel: +39 0423 6181

Fax: +39 0423 618 800

FMCG News 15

website spotlight







ABOUT US showcases

innovative packaging styles for a

wide range of different FMCG

products from Food to Household

Products, combined with the latest

news in Packaging

Developments from around the

world. Whether you are

involved in NPD work or simply

looking for new ideas

is the place to start.







ABOUT US is one of the UK's

market leaders in supplying industrial

and commercial equipment.

Providing exclusive offers along

with a FREE next day delivery service.

And to top that off there is no

minimum order value. We’re committed

to providing our customers

with outstanding service. Don’t

Miss Out – order online today!

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Multivac House

Rivermead Drive

Swindon SN5 7UY

Tel: 01793 425800

Fax: 01793 616219








Multiprint Labels is a customer

led Company that provides innovative,

technical and commercial

solutions to our customers.

Based in Dublin, Ireland and

registered to BRC and ISO, we

have been supplying high quality

combination pressure sensitive

labels to the leading beverage

and personal care providers

throughout the UK and Europe.

Unit 2, Swords Business Park

Swords, Co. Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Tel: 0035 31-8138900

Fax: 0035 31-8138950

Otley Road


Shipley BD17 7LW

Tel: 0800 294 4440

Fax: 0800 294 4442








This site, recently renovated,

includes today the complete

offer of SIPA dedicated to packaging

and bottling of beverage,

food and personal care and

house keeping. The site explores

all SIPA capabilities starting from

bottle design and engineering to

the palletized product. A real

360° capability from PET pellet

to pallet.



● CUT &





James Townsend & Sons Ltd are a

wet glue label supplier and Print

Week’s Label Printer of the Year

2009. With over 140 years of printing

experience, we pride ourselves

on providing Quality & Service to

our Customers & continues to

pioneer new technologies to

the highest quality.








The 6 Design and Development

stages show how we can combine

our industry knowledge

with the latest Pro-E CAD/CAM

technology. We guarantee innovative,

modern, world-class

quality vacuum forming and

packaging solutions. Charpak's

"Total Service" approach offers

support from those early beginnings

and concepts right through

to future production runs.


Sipa S.p.A.,

via Caduti del Lavoro 3

31029 Vittorio Veneto, Italy

Tel: +39 043891511

Fax: +39 0438912273

Musgrave House

Western Way

Exeter EX1 2AB

Tel: 01392 849000

Fax: 01392 849005

30 St Peters Road


Cambridgeshire PE29 7DG

Tel: 01480 434434

Fax: 01480 434545








The Timber Packaging and Pallet

Confederation (TIMCON) website

is invaluable online resource

for manufacturers/suppliers and

users of wooden packaging and

pallets. The site offers access a

comprehensive range of essential

information, much of which is

downloadable, including results

from independent quarterly pricing

survey, the Pöyry Index.








National Flexible is the UK’s largest

distributor of polypropylene, laminates

and special films for use on

reel-fed automated packaging

machinery. Providing customers in

the food, confectionery, bakery,

snack, contract packing and pharmaceutical

industries with flexible

packaging. Operating from a purpose

built factory which is

compliant with the latest BRC and

ISO global standards for foodgrade

packaging materials.







ABOUT US presents added

value and cost effective solutions for

product packaging and visual communication

with self-adhesive

products. Original solutions for street

advertising, POS promotion, fleet

marking are proposed to marketeers.

Unique products for direct application

of graphics on difficult substrates such

as brickwork and cement, anti-graffiti

films and filmic constructions for shop

restyling and interior decoration are

proposed in the MACtac Gallery.


840 Melton Road


Leicester LE4 8BN

Tel: 0116 264 0579

Fax: 0116 264 0141

Battlefield View


Bradford BD11 2PT

Tel: 01274 685566

Fax: 01274 685878

Bd J-F Kennedy,

Zoning Industriel Zone B

B – 7060 – SOIGNIES


Tel: +32 ( 0 ) 67 346 211

Fax: +32 (0 ) 67 330 574





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An innovative insight into the

wide variety of contract packing

services that we offer including

sachets, pouches, cartons and tubs,

flow wrapping, block bottom bags

and many more. Outsourcing

areas of your production can offer

cost savings, improve efficiency

and presents the ideal opportunity

for promotions.








Dantex is the largest

photopolymer plate & water wash

processing specialist in Europe.

Our EskoArtwork partnership provides

the complete solution;

digital plates, processing systems,

Spark imaging technology plus

fully-integrated workflows: a

superb quality pre-press package -

cost effective processing, environmentally

friendly and fast -

ensuring repeatedly excellent

results from your plates.







website spotlight

Unit 1, Williamsport Way

Lion Barn Industrial Estate

Needham Market IP6 8RW

Tel: 01449 723330

Fax: 01449 723675

Danon House

5 Kings Road

Bradford BD2 1EY

Tel: 01274 777 777

Fax: 01274 777 755


Visit the world’s leading

supplier of industrial robots

web site, FANUC Robotics. See

details with downloads of our

latest products and services,

also Case Studies of recent

robot installations. The site is

available in multiple languages.

Seven Stars Industrial estate

Quinn Close


Coventry CV3 4LB

Tel: 02476 639669

Fax: 02476 304305

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website spotlight








A unique range of plastic

food packaging via a small

number of key BRC/IOP accredited

European suppliers. Exclusive

tamper evident ranges in round,

square, oval and rectangular

shapes. Light weight film seal

ranges in standard diameters

plus square. All available with

IML decoration for the best

appearance possible.

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The web sites features the comprehensive

BASF portfolio of all 600 raw

materials for packaging, grouped by

application type (labels, rigid and flexible

plastic packaging, paper and

cardboard, foams and colorants), and

according to identified trends for the

consumer packaging industry (visual

effects, tactile properties, biodegradability,

sustainability, content protection and

brand protection), as well as news about

BASF packaging related events and possibilities

to get in contact with experts.

Unit 4, Bank Farm Offices


Worcester WR6 5TA

Tel: 01886 832283

Fax: 01886 832850








With over 70 years of pack

securement experience, Gordian

Strapping offers an extensive

range of equipment and

materials that meet the needs

of businesses throughout the

UK across all industry sectors.

We also offer innovative system

solutions through a highly

experienced sales team

supported by a skilled nationwide

service team providing

local aftercare and support.

Gordian House


Hampshire RG21 6XX

Tel: 01256 394400

Fax: 01256 394429

EUM/MB, Europehouse

Benckiserplatz 1

D-67056 Ludwigshafen


Tel: +49-621-60-76586

Fax: +49-621-60-6676586








Eco-solutions needn’t always

involve something totally new,

but simply re-looking at what’s

already in our hands. Especially

if about to be disposed of. Thus

advocating thinking 'out of the

box' by thinking even more…

about the box itself. As it is now,

or could become. Hence & RE:tie.








Atlantic Zeiser’s website contains

all the information you will need

to find out about the latest

innovations and the evolvement

of industrial digital printing for

the packaging industry. If you are

searching for information on

inkjet technologies, complete

end-to-end system solutions or

various options for marking,

personalization, serialization,

customization or decoration –

click here!








Lock Inspection Systems website

is an online resource providing

comprehensive information

about its Met 30+ Universal

metal detection systems. In

addition there are articles and

features on a number of

important issues such as

manufacturing due diligence -

including traceability and

state of the art failsafe options

for product protection and

brand integrity.


Kyrle House Studios

Edde Cross St

Ross-on-Wye HR9 7BZ

Tel: 01989 762269

Bogenstrasse 6-8

78576 Emmingen


Tel: +49 / 7465 291-400

Fax: +49 / 7465 291-166

Lock House

Neville Street



Tel: 0161 624 0333








Gainsborough Engineering

Company produce a range of

Vertical Form Fill & Seal

machines based on a modular

concept in which the frame size

is determined by the bag size,

the optional components are

then selected by the user

enabling him to achieve maximum

flexibility in his choice of

machine requirements to match

his specific needs.








Our website is easy to navigate.

It has a comprehensive product

listing where you will easily find

what you are looking for. It is a

fresh looking site that is professional,

informative and offers a

fast quotation service. Anything

you may require is only a click or

two of your mouse away.








The Sartorius website is very

user friendly, it gives our customers

the ability to browse

through our full product range.

Our service offering includes

certification, repairs and hire. Our

“Contact Us” facility also has the

“Call Me Back” feature. Our

Downloads section offers

software and pdf files in

multiple languages.


Long Wood Road

Corringham Road Ind Est

Gainsborough DN21 1QU

Tel: 01427 617677

Fax: 01427 810443

Unit 22, Botany Business Park

Macclesfield Road

Whaley Bridge, High Peak

SK23 7DQ

Tel: 01663 736250

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Longmead Business Centre

Blenheim Road

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NewEdge is the innovation

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key opportunities first and then

the big ideas. A unique blend of

business strategists, trend analysts,

disruptive researchers and

award-winning designers, combine

to deliver winning futures

for many of the world’s largest

FMCG brands. Explore the site

to find out more.








Our NEW website has been

carefully constructed by Liquid

Branding in order to provide our

customers with easy access to our

machine images and technical

information. The addition of short

machine video has also been

invaluable in allowing potential

customers to see our machines

in operation.

website spotlight

18 Petersham Road


TW10 6UW

Tel: +44 20 8439 8400

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c/o 3 High Riley Cottage

Sandy Lane

Accrington BB5 2DH

Tel: 01254 239619

Fax: 01254 239619


Chronos BTH provides one-stop

shopping for all of its customers’

packaging and material handling

needs. Equipment is designed, manufactured

and integrated by our

own team,ensuring the best possible

communication between various

operating systems. Incorporating

Richard Simon Limited, Verville and

Premier Tech Systems for spares,

refurbishments, service, installation

and commissioning.

Chronos BTH Limited

Unit 1, Centurion Business Park

Blenheim Industrial Estate

Nottingham, NG6 8WN

Tel: 0115 9351351

Fax: 0115 9606941

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website spotlight








We tried to create a fresh,

colourful but above all easy to

use website that properly shows

the diversity of our product

range, and at the same time

demonstrating our emphasis on

quality and service. Our other

main aim was to highlight that

we are truly a global player.

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A rebranded NSD image is

complemented by a new website

with easy to find product

selections including our market

leading Digital print operation.

Among the varied print

solutions from NSD, Digital printing

continues to be high focus.

Case studies reflect wide

range of applications. UK Digital

Printing contact details available.

Tandem Industrial Estate


Huddersfield HD5 0BL

Tel: 01484 551569

Fax: 01484 543203








Size & volume reduction is a critical

function of virtually every recycling

operation. In fact, getting material

down to size in the most efficient,

safe, economical way possible can

often determine the degree of success

an operation enjoys. ISS supply

and install industrial shredding systems

for paper, tyres, plastics,

wood, electronics, pallets, cardboard

and metal as well as balers

and briquetting systems.

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Cirencester GL7 7BA

Tel: 01954 715354

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Tel: 0044 (0)131 654 2800

Fax: 0044 (0)131 663 6185








The Graphics division on tells you in a

straightforward manner everything

you want to know about

adding power to your labels using

rotary screen printing or digital

label printing. The website is very

customer focused offering bitesize

pieces of information and

inviting visitors to react. The other

2 pillars of the website show the

textile printing solutions and

metal precision capabilities.








John has developed food

products for major companies

worldwide for 50 years. He has a

new range to offer - long life at

ambient temp with the additional

plus of long life after opening

container. Process fully tested and

approved. He also has a new ice

cream maker. With 120 grams,

whipped once then frozen, making

one litre of ice cream.








Primera is a leading manufacturer

of full-colour label

printers making the production

of individual, gorgeous looking,

water-resistant product

labels easy. Whether you need

just a few at a time or volumes

of tens of thoussands, Primera

has the right system for each

application, including additional

accessories and different

label materials.

Raamstraat 1-3

5831 AT Boxmeer

The Netherlands

Tel: +31 485 599 555

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Delyn have produced a clean

and Fresh, simple to navigate

site with every tool, Bespoke &

standard, pictured for ease of

identification. Why not send us

an email with your interest and

we will be able to quote prices

and time lines by return. Call

Delyn for speed, quality and

flexibility in manufacture.






ABOUT US enables

fast navigation to straightforward and

well designed content. A description

of the core label products supplying

the food, beverage, cosmetics, household,

logistics and industrial sectors

Provides users with a clear overview of

the offer available from the UK’s

largest independent label manufacturer.

Simple enquiry, quotation and

sample pack request forms Allow

seamless customer service whilst existing

customers benefit from a

personalised and secure Extranet facility.

Delyn House,

2 Alder Avenue,

Duffryn Business Park,

Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed CF82 7T

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CFN Packaging is a Lincolnshirebased

family firm which

manufactures low-density polythene

products for the packaging

trade. The firm specialises in

robust and attractive carrier bags

and in polythene packaging for

food and retail. Its pioneering

new green additive Biothene ®

degrades harmlessly in 12 to 18

months and is proving to be a

very popular product.

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Heath Road


Lincolnshire PE25 3ST

Tel: 01754 897700

Fax: 01754 897715


At Goldcrest Labels we have created

our wed site to give you a

flavor of a dynamic, Customer

Focused Company, where every

member of the team are proud

of what we achieve for our

Customers. A simple click leads to

Products, News and Information

about Innovation, Customer

Care and Quality.

Telford Road



Tel: 01869 243 201

Fax: 01869 244 734

To acknowledge the huge importance and benefits of a well thought out and integrated

website, we are now running our ‘Website Spotlight’ every month to highlight the

best company websites from the construction industry. It will include an image of the

home page, along with company contactdetails and a concise description of the merits

and functions of each site. This special feature will run from the centre pages of the

magazine and our online version will have live links directly to

each website for you to click on and browse.


To put your company’s website

forward for inclusion please contact

VIcky Ellis on 01733 567356 or email

FMCG News 21

the logistics challenge

The Logistics Challenge

By Steve Winwood, Commercial Director, Culina UK Ltd

Steve Winwood is

Commercial Director at Culina

UK Ltd. For more information

call 01630 695 000 or visit

22 FMCG News

The food and drink sector is

continually keeping up with

an ever changing business and

consumer landscape, particularly

as the retailer and consumer

become ever more demanding

- expecting much more from

the manufacturers. Combined

with short lead times, multitemperature

storage, the

constant replenishment of

goods, high levels of traceability

and accuracy status and the

growing need for customised

and shelf ready products, the

sector requires and expects

significant logistics expertise

from its supply chain providers.

Today's economic environment

also brings additional

challenges. As we are now

operating in a value-driven economy

due to the current period of austerity,

all businesses have had to respond

in one way or another. In particular,

the highly competitive grocery sector

is now more than ever striving to

optimise cost efficiencies, with a

particular focus on the supply chain.

This requires logistics providers

to look at new approaches to

supply chain management in

order to survive.

As David Cameron makes

himself at home at Number 10,

policy makers are beavering away

on how to stabilise and bring the

economy to rights. A continued

increase in fuel prices and a probable

hike in VAT are just two other

ways that the sector and supply

chain providers could be affected.

Business leaders, including

Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Justin

King, have been quick to warn the

Government that a VAT rise will

hit the industry with dramatic effects.

Alongside these pressures is a

drive towards sustainable supply

chains as manufacturers and

retailers look to win market share

through demonstrating green

credentials to their customers.

Retailers are recognised as leading

the way on several sustainability

issues, such as reducing packaging

and communicating carbon

footprints to consumers. For

example, Marks and Spencer

launched ‘Plan A’ in January 2007,

setting out 100 commitments to

achieve in five years. Initiatives

such as these create opportunities

for logistics providers as procurement

and supply chain management are

becoming increasingly central to

achieving sustainability ambitions.

Rising to the Challenge

These challenges do offer valuable

opportunities for logistics providers

and, as a result, we are seeing an

increase in demand for shared

user operations. Manufacturers

and retailers are reducing or

getting rid of their own transport

fleets as they do not want to be

tied to the associated costs and

vehicle leases. Those who do not

run their own fleets are reviewing

their existing outsourced logistics

arrangements to ensure they are

maximising cost efficiencies and

getting a value for money service.

The rising demand for shared

user operations does not mean we

can rest on our laurels – far from

it. We are now operating in a

business world where maximising

value-for-money to create cost

efficiencies and heightened

competitiveness has become key.

Here at Culina, we have invested

time and money in several new

services that enhance our customer

proposition. We have embarked

on a joint venture with specialist

food contract packing company

IPS LLP to offer specialist contract

packing services at all of our ten

warehousing sites, removing the

need for goods to be transported

to and from another location for

packing. This service is helping

several of our customers make

their supply chains even more

cost efficient and sustainable.

We have also addressed one

of the inefficient geographical

logistics gaps – Ireland – by

creating a joint venture with the

SHS Group to provide food, drink

and grocery manufacturers in

Britain with a seamless supply

chain solution into, out of and

across the whole of Ireland. For

the first time, the operation provides

the sector with a cost efficient

supply chain infrastructure to fully

exploit the potential in Ireland.

Culina SHS will also provide a

highly efficient logistics operation

in the other direction for goods

leaving Ireland for the UK markets.

During the last two decades,

supply chain management

has become more and more

sophisticated, driven largely

by leading edge technology.

Online tracking is expected, and

customers are now looking at

additional ways in which IT can

help quicken the supply chain,

such as systems that can help

optimise transport routes and

maximise vehicle utilisation.

Despatching nine million cases

a week across ten distribution

centres with average stock

turnarounds of eight days for

chilled products and 20 days for

ambient, is no easy feat, and at

Culina we have invested in an

innovative IT infrastructure to

underpin such a demanding

operation. A bespoke warehouse

management system that ensures

automatic stock replenishment

and complete visibility of order

status throughout the entire

supply chain is just one example

of the highly sophisticated

technology we currently provide

our customers.

Responding to the sustainability

challenge is a tricky one for logistics

providers that rely on fleets of lorries

moving across the road networks.

However, there are ways of tackling

this. Investment in new technologies

and a strategic geographical network

of depots is paramount. Optimising

the logistics challenge

transport planning, sophisticated

reverse logistics operations and

improving backhaul opportunities

to ensure minimum food miles

travelled, are just some examples

of how providers can help customers

meet the sustainability challenge.

The Future

The current economic climate has

been testing for all business sectors,

the food and drink sector is no

exception. There is every indication

that the next 12 months will

continue to be challenging, which

means the logistics sector has to

respond by providing customers

with a highly efficient, sustainable

and cost effective supply chain

solution. ■

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contracts and projects

IPP Logipal lands

leading paint

brand Dulux

Akzonobel UK Decorative Coatings Business

Unit, manufacturers of Dulux, Cuprinol,

Hammerite and Polycell brands, has appointed

IPP Logipal to provide a pallet pooling

service for delivering its products to DIY

centres and retail outlets in the UK. With

several customers increasing quality control

checks on incoming pallets, AkzoNobel

appointed IPP Logipal to ensure Dulux

products were consistently distributed on

high-quality pallets across the UK. IPP

Logipal’s simple one-way nationwide operation

makes weekly deliveries to AkzoNobel’s

Slough Manufacturing Unit and a depot

in Stowmarket, Cambridgeshire. Over

150,000 pallets trips are made per annum

to major DIY retailers, such as B&Q and

Focus, as well as the leading supermarket

chain, Tesco. Once utilised, pallet collections

are arranged by IPP Logipal, with inspections

carried out matched to KPI (key performance

indicator) criteria, ensuring customers

receive consistently high-quality pallets.

For more information call 01676 524000

or visit

Law Print turn

up the heat with

Qbag acquisition

Law Print & Packaging Management Ltd, have

announced that they have now completed

the purchase of the Qbag business from FFP

Packaging Solutions Ltd. The acquisition included

the Qbag business, trademark, intellectual property,

pending patents, website and manufacturing

machinery. According to Tim Law, Managing

Director of Law Print & Packaging Ltd, the Qbag

manufacturing machinery will be re-sited to a new

production facility and the award winning Qbag will

be re-launched internationally within six months.

Qbag Ltd has been formed as a subsidiary of Law

Novostrat imports

its expertise into the

UK & Irish markets

This extraordinary table and stools arrangement

is made entirely from Novostrat Polyethylene

foam plank, the same plank as Novostrat provide to

the packaging industry, and each foam stool can

easily take the weight of a 20 stone man, so just

imagine how robust that will be in protecting any

delicate, high value, item when converted and used

as packaging material. Novostrat is one of, if not

the, largest privately owned provider of polyethylene

foams for packaging in Europe with massive

production facilities in both France and Poland.

Their new production facility in Limerick is geared

Redpack supply

two more HTS flow

wrapping machines

Redpack have won another major contract

for two of their HTS Top Seal flow

wrapping machines. The two HTS

machines, one left

hand and one right

hand will be supplied

with product

conveyering and will

be configured to wrap

Polyolefin shrink film. Part of the

supply includes an important new development; an


Marco have designed and commissioned an extensive

factory profitability system for medical nutrition

specialists Nutricia Liverpool at their stunning new

UK manufacturing facility. Nutricia Liverpool

specialises in Advanced Medical Nutrition and today,

as part of Danone’s Medical Division, its products

and services are available around the world through

Nutricia International. The Marco Trac-IT system,

which is a blend of bespoke software and hardware

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modules, plays a pivotal supervisory and process

management role throughout the manufacturing and

packaging processes within the new plant. Working in

conjunction with the Nutricia ERP system, Marco

Trac-It manages the execution of factory floor

processes including stock control, recipe control,

packaging and labelling of finished product.

For more information call 01342 870103

or visit

Print & Packaging Ltd to promote the Qbag

product internationally from a Stockport based HQ.

For more information 0161 440 7302

or visit

up to produce packaging foams, in both rigid/semirigid

plank and roll form, to the same standards

as they do in Europe, in terms of quality, relative

volume, and service support.

For more information call 0035 3 61-339287

or visit

integrated check weighing system that will take the

place of the flow wrapping machine product outfeed,

an arrangement that will greatly reduce the space

requirement of the flow wrapping lines. The Redpack

supply will include product conveyors from the

loading operators through the flow

wrapping machines and will also

convey the wrapped product to

Redpack supplied shrink wrapping

tunnels. Set onto the

wrapped product

conveyor will be a reject

station to remove out of

weight product from the line.

For more information

call 01603 722280

or visit

CNP ‘beefs up’

packaging with

National Flexible

CNP Professional, provider of sports nutritional

supplements for a hungry market, have teamed

with Yorkshire-based packaging experts National

Flexible for help with the specialist film needed

to manufacture their sachets of protein powders.

The application called for a ‘muscle-bound’ film

specification which would protect the highly

Edrington group

choose STO

Stölzle Flaconnage UK were

asked by the Edrington

Group to develop a new bottle

for limited release editions of

Highland Park, their awardwinning

single malt whisky.

The result is a bottle with a

timeless outline suggestive of

the ancient runic imagery that

are part of the culture of the

Orkney islands where Highland

Park has been distilled for

over two hundred years. The

bottle has been produced in

Chester Medical

Solutions investment

Steadily increasing demand for its services

has prompted leading pharmaceutical contract

packer Chester Medical Solutions to invest around

£500K in new printing facilities. To satisfy

unprecedented levels of business, the company’s

existing 20,000 sq ft printing operation at its factory

in Deeside, North Wales will be increased by a

sensitive powder from light and moisture, whilst

maintaining the lengthy shelf-life they needed.

The laminate film was printed using a state-ofthe

art high-speed flexographic printing press,

with National Flexible’s technical team being on

hand throughout the whole process to make sure

the film was exactly to specification - and CNP

are delighted with the results. The new sachets

are currently available on-line and from retail

stockists throughout the UK.

For more information call 01274 685566

or visit

black feeder colour to a high visual standard. As

a final touch, incorporated into it as part of the

production process is a solid metal badge depicting

the Highland Park imagery. Alongside

the bottle for these aged vintages, STO-

Flaconnage has also developed one

in the style of the late nineteenth

century to complement the Earl

Magnus Highland Park Limited

Edition. Traditional imagery was

again drawn upon. The bottle,

shaped with a proud shoulder

plinth, has been produced in a

special dark, feuille mort feeder

colour glass that features an

aged surface effect.

For more information


further 10,000 sq ft. The expansion programme

also involves the installation of new equipment

to maintain Chester Medical’s world-class production

standards. In addition to the extra space, the

investment will enable Chester Medical to obtain

PS9000 accreditation for pharmaceutical packing,

a globally-acclaimed standard published by the

Pharmaceutical Quality Group (PQG).

For more information call 01244 287884

or email

contracts and projects

New partners

in pastry

The Dutch pastry specialist Smilde Bakery

has appointed Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients

as their exclusive UK distributor of the Pruvé

brand of ambient pastry and finished bakery

products. The deal came into effect from

1st May 2010. The initiative brings together

two of the most prolific ranges of top

quality bakery and catering products -

Unifine's fonds, compounds, fruit

preparations and custards, sold under the

Fruibel and Sucrea brands, with Pruvé's

bases, tarts and tartlets, pastry cases and

Genoese lines. It is not only designed to

give the customer a greater choice of

products under one roof but also brings

greater flexibility when menu planning.

Technical support from Unifine that is

second to none is an added bonus. Smilde

Bakery, part of the Royal Smilde group, was

created from Pruvé, JantjedeGoede and

Délices du Palais and has a history going

back many years.

For more information call 01908 260610

or visit

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contracts and projects

Plant upgrade

preserves Denca’s


with Duerr’s

Automation and control systems specialists

Denca Controls Ltd of Widnes, Cheshire have

been commissioned by Duerr’s, one of the

market-leading producers of jams, marmalades

and honeys, to facilitate the upgrade of its

honey processing production line. In response

to increasing demand for its best-selling range

of honeys from health-conscious consumers

and the supermarkets that serve them, Duerr’s

needed to add a second melting chamber to

increase capacity at the plant. Denca’s brief

consisted of upgrading the existing system by

adding controls, modifying software, configuring

and integrating new hardware into the existing

Duerr’s process, installing all necessary cables

and putting the new system into service. Process

diagrams were drawn up and interpreted as a

control philosophy programme employing a

Siemens S7 300 PLC controller and a Siemens

MP 270 HMI screen and new components

built into the existing panels. Then, once the

system was up and running, a rigorous testing

procedure was implemented to ensure that the

new system would run as smoothly as the

honey itself.

For more information call 0151 257 9010

or visit

CRP Print &


Win European


CRP Print & Packaging one of

Europe’s leading independent

print and packaging groups has won

two European POPAI awards for the

second year running. Mike Devine,

Sales Manager of CRP’s Display

Unisto Manta

electronic seal

increases security

TJ Morris Ltd, trading as Home Bargains, has

equipped its transport fleet with Manta electronic

seals. Developed and supplied by Unisto, the world’s

leading supplier of reusable electronic security seals to

the transport industry, Manta provides a more effective

way of sealing the doors of each vehicle to eliminate

unauthorised access. The seals have been fitted to 120

vehicles and are enabling TJ Morris to improve the

levels of security associated with the distribution of

goods to over 200 stores across the UK whilst helping

optimise delivery performance. According to Alan

Beech, Transport Manager for TJ Morris: “We

selected the Manta electronic seal to replace the

It’s a dog’s life

for IPP Logipal

IPP Logipal has added fast growing Wagg Foods Ltd

to its diverse and expanding client portfolio. Based

near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, Wagg Foods is a family

owned company and is the UK’s largest independent

supplier of quality dry dog food. Looking at how it

could reduce transport miles across its supply chain

and overcome the effects of an unreliable pallet delivery

service into its site, which caused ongoing problems in

production areas, Wagg switched to IPP Logipal’s

dependable yet flexible one-way trip pallet solution.

IPP Logipal’s pallets, which are perfectly suited to

Wagg’s automated palletising processes, are used to

deliver a range of pet food products to customers

across the UK. The service also supports the company’s

commercial activities in Europe. Overall well in excess

of 100,000 pallets trips are made per annum.


Some market segments have been even more

dedicated to the conversion to flexography for

flexible packaging. They recognize that flexo has a

strong advantage in terms of cost, time to market

and flexibility for a printing quality which has been

improving during the last recent years. In 2010,

DuPont Packaging Graphics ran an updated

Life Cycle Assessment aimed to measure the

environmental benefits of using thermal technology

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during the flexographic plate-making process

compared to the traditional solvent process. The

updated results validated the findings of the original

study. For plate processing, digital thermal (with PET

developer material) has a 63% lower non-renewable

energy consumption and 52% lower greenhouse gas

emissions compared to digital solvent plate imaging

process for a 0.067 plate (1.70 mm thickness).

For more information visit

Business, was delighted to see two members of the

Display team, Louise Slevin and Emma Woodhall,

collecting awards on behalf of the company for

their Hardys and Walkers point-of-sale displays at the

European POPAI Awards announced in Paris on

24th June. “We are extremely proud of the achievements

of our Display Business for winning these awards

for the second year in a row. This really does reflect

the talent and energy of our structural design team,

always delivering innovative and bespoke display

solutions for many major brand owners.”

For more information

call 01536 200 333

or visit

mechanical system that was previously used after a

thorough review of all available solutions. It was clear

that the Unisto solution would provide us with higher

levels of security than could be achieved with

mechanical alternatives.”

For more information visit

For more information call 01676 524000

or visit

“Pie fillers” depositing

from Riggs Autopack

An excellent reputation for

supplying high quality depositors

to the food production industry,

has secured Riggs Autopack a

recent order from Pieminister,

one of the UK’s highly respected

manufacturers of award

winning pie's.

Pieminister was established in

2002, when Jon Simon and

Tristan Hogg teamed up to

start a pie business in their home city

of Bristol. From the company's

inception they set out to make high

quality pie's, and in June 2003 after

months of development work, the

first Pieminister pie was created.

Soon to follow was a small pie

shop, where Tristan baked and

cooked the pie's whilst Jon tended

the shop and wholesale business.

In 2004, not long after the launch

of the shop, Pieminister were invited

to be the only pie stall at London's

borough market, sitting alongside

some of the world's finest food

producers. This was to be the

company's big break.

Since then the business has

gone from strength to strength

and in 2008 they moved to larger

premises in Bristol to accommodate

the surge in demand. Now working

out of larger kitchens and employing

a team of full time chef's and bakers,

their pie's are now sold in the best

delis, food halls, farmers markets

and pubs throughout the UK. They

are also available in the Pieminister

cafe's in Bristol, London, Oxford

and Trentham, and nationwide

through Waitrose and Sainsbury's.

As manufacturing increased, the

company recognised that to keep

pace with demand, they had

to move away from manual filling

to a more automated form of

depositing their pie fillings. Their

pie's however only contain fresh,

free range, high quality natural

ingredients, therefore it was

imperative that any form of automatic

depositing to be introduced into

production, not only had to be

easily integrated into the existing

kitchen area but the depositing

itself had to be highly accurate,

damage free and provide superior

weight control.

Subsequently, it was vital that

when purchasing a volumetric

depositor, they chose an industry

respected supplier that could

provide a depositing machine to

meet all their stringent production


With almost 40 years experience,

Lancashire based Riggs Autopack

Ltd design, build and supply high

quality depositors and filling

machines for the food production

industry. Offering hygienic depositing

with outstanding accuracy and

weight control, damage free product

handling and with a build quality

second to none, Riggs Autopack's

depositors are ideal for dispensing

a vast range of food products

including delicate pie fillings.

During the first meetings at

Pieminister's kitchens, Riggs

Autopack were able to advise

on the appropriate machine to

enhance production. Following

successful machine trials held at

pieminister's Bristol premises, they

placed an order with Riggs for a

Model 1000 Option 2 semiautomatic


The low level Option 2 depositor

is supplied with a host of standard

features and provides many benefits

to food manufacturers of all types

and size. It's supplied with a 100 litre

interlock hopper and is fully mobile

with lockable castors. The machine

is hygienic and quick to clean,

simple to use and easy to maintain,

and provides highly accurate

depositing of many food products

including hot or cold pie fillings.

Due to the versatility of this

semi-automatic depositor, it can

also be operated either as a stand

contracts and projects

alone unit or as part of an automated

filling line. Pieminister originally

purchased the machine as a stand

alone unit but as they've got busier

it's now being used on an automated

filling line. It has been easily

integrated into the company's

production kitchens and is fulfilling

all manufacturing demands.

Pieminister's production manager

Mr Simon Drury is delighted with

the machine. He commented:

‘‘After extensive research of who

and what was available, it was

clear that Riggs Autopack offered

us a significant step forward. They

understand our industry very well

and obviously that helps. They

understood our needs and

production concerns and have

now provided us with an effective

and versatile machine solution.”

“The equipment is easy to use

with impressive change over times,

ideal for coping with our level of

production. The depositing accuracy

is excellent and we have been

thoroughly impressed with the

level of service received from their

staff. We wouldn't hesitate to

recommend them to others.”

For more information

call 01282 440040,


or visit

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Barcode technology

delivers proven traceability

RFID has been a hot topic for

some time, with considerable

rhetoric that has been designed

to talk up the technology and

its, as yet, largely unproven

benefits. What has not been

discussed, however, is the fact

that for many food and beverage

manufacturers and packaging

companies there is still a lot of

life left in the humble barcode

and that existing systems offer

a proven and cost effective,

although perhaps less sexy,

method of stock and product


In many cases, an RFID tag will

just be holding a simple tracking

or serial number to identify a

particular item, with no use being

made of the read-write capability

of the tag, making the amount of

data stored no different to that of

a ‘traditional’ 1D barcode.

On the other hand, 2D matrix

barcodes, such as PDF417, QR Code

and Datamatrix are able to hold

many hundreds of characters of

information. These conventional

barcodes have already proven

themselves capable of enabling

efficient stock management, while

a new generation of GS1 DataBar

codes are expanding the potential

of the system still further, offering

sophisticated traceability and product

specific labelling opportunities.

In particular, the GS1 DataBar

codes are set to become the industry

standard for labelling in the food

retail sector. These barcodes can

be printed on extremely small labels,

making them ideal for small or

irregularly shaped food items

and can support Global Trade

Identification Numbers (GTIN)

for variable data such as batch,

expiration date, serial number,

price, monetary value, size and

weight. This in itself significantly

reduces the potential for out

of date products reaching the

consumer, eliminating the risk of

the bad press and consumer

complaints that are so often

associated with such an incident.

It is also worth noting that care

is needed when scanning multiple

units using RFID technology. Non

line of sight scanning is one of the

great advantages of RFID in its

simplest form but there are still

many issues with low read rates,

depending on the products being

scanned. High water content or

areas of metal affect the read rates

dramatically so a check needs to be

put in place to ensure that all items

on a pallet of products are detected.

Perhaps as importantly, although

RFID can represent an important

step forward in technology, its

supposed benefits are currently

only available at a cost; for example,

the cost of RFID hardware is four

times that of comparable barcode

equipment, while the cost of

applying an RFID label is eight

times higher. In most cases, the

latest barcode technologies are

considerably quicker and simpler

to implement, using a wide range

of readily available hardware and

software. Furthermore, many

established suppliers have a long

track record of supporting equipment

and have the expertise to deliver

this at competitive prices.

For example, the latest generation

of simple to use and robust label

printers from leading manufacturers,

such as Citizen, offer a number

of benefits, including robust

constructions that offer long

dependable service lives, maximising

your return on investment.

Additionally, the versatility of these

new printers makes customisation

possible at a minimal cost. Just

as importantly, they are simple and

fast to use ensuring maximum

productivity in even the busiest

of commercial environments.

For instance, a vertically opening

design makes it easy to access the

inside of the printer for media and

ribbon loading, while keeping the

dimensions of the unit to an

absolute minimum. This innovative

design means that both media and

ribbons can be changed in seconds,

with virtually no risk of tangling or


Equally important, is the ability

of these printers to accommodate

different types and sizes of media

as the latest generation of barcodes

can be printed on extremely small

labels and on plastic substrates as

well as paper. While you may only

need to print standard sized labels

on paper at the moment, having

the capacity to print other kinds of

labels makes it simple to diversify

your operations at minimum cost

labels and labelling

Mark Beauchamp, European Marketing Manager for Citizen Systems Europe,

discusses the relative merits of the latest competing methods of product

tracking and traceability in the food sector.

at any point in the future. To increase

the efficiency of printing systems

still further, inline validation systems

are now available, which can check

and validate the labels as they are

produced, quickly alerting users to

any problems.

It’s hardly surprising that many

companies, while being attracted

to the idea of innovation and the

prospect of better stock control or

product traceability, have been slow

to change to RFID systems. Indeed,

recent surveys have shown that, for

example, only 17% of food

companies have started to

implement RFID strategies. With

barcode technology continuing to

offer considerable benefits to food

manufacturing, processing and

packaging companies across

the world, it appears that it will

remain the industry standard

for the foreseeable future. ■

FMCG News 29

labels and labelling

Inkjet Label Printing – the digital

solution for labels on demand

By Katrin Both, PR Manager

Primera Technology Europe.

Manufacturers of almost any

type of product often find

themselves in need of shortrun,

full-colour customized

product labels. The reasons

are many: for use on prototype

products, promotional

campaigns, and perhaps

most often, because the

manufacturer has many

different products that are all

produced in smaller quantities.

In all of these cases, the printed

quality and appearance of these

labels are extremely important.

Providing a professional appearance

on packages can easily make the

difference between a product

selling well or simply sitting on

the retail shelf.

Putting the most professional

colour labels possible on products

will set them apart from others.

This is especially important for

smaller manufacturers who can

actually increase their sales by

making their products stand out

through innovative packaging and

labelling. It also allows manufacturers

of all sizes to offer private label

Laser Marking

3-mil Codes on

3M Label Stock

3 M laser-markable labels are specifically designed

for laser ablation or kiss-cutting applications. These

two-layer labels, typically a 10-micron (0.0004”) thick

contrasting top layer bonded to a 50-micron (0.002”)

thick base layer, allow customers to laser mark very

high-resolution images as demonstrated by this

application. The customer requirement is to mark a

2D Data Matrix code containing 347 characters - in

a space no larger than 5.0 mm (0.197”) square! This

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goods in smaller quantities.

Even though many users of

inkjet colour label printers are

small to medium-sized companies,

larger brand-name manufacturers

also have the need to produce

short runs of labels. They use

them for market research, pilot

runs, prototypes, private label

goods and focus groups.

Marketing, advertising and

promotional companies can

produce labels for their collateral

materials that indicate special

offers, holiday greetings and

other sales-driven and/or

personalized messages.

The need for short- to mediumrun,

full-colour label printing is

abundant in organizations of all

types and sizes. While there are

several available options on the

market today, many are too

expensive or are designed for far

higher production than is needed

in many cases. Further, the print

quality of even high-volume, fullcolour

labels on flexo or digital

offset can be limited, thereby

limiting the sales potential of

the labelled products.

One technology stands out and

is clearly superior for producing

the highest-quality, lowest cost

means the final 2D code will contain a 64 x 64 array

of cells with each individual cell measuring 3-mils

(0.003” or 0.078 mm) in diameter. To create this very

small mark, the setup consisted of a Synrad 48-1 (10

watt) laser, an FH Flyer marking head (equipped with

an 80 mm lens), and a copy of Synrad’s WinMark Pro

laser marking software. Overall cycle time to create

each code was 22.2 seconds. Because the 3-mil cell size

is smaller than the focused spot size (0.005”), a tipwriting

effect can be seen due to the choice of Velocity,

Power, and Spot Mark Duration settings. As well as

helping to achieve the small cell size, these settings also

prevent the laser from drilling into the white base layer.

For more information call 01295 672500

or visit

Pallet labeller

for whisky can

provide traceability

output in short-runs: inkjet colour

label printing. Inkjet-based label

printers such as the LX-Series

Color Label Printers by Primera

ALogopak 920PF print & apply pallet labelling

machine has been chosen by a leading Scottish

distiller in the Edinburgh area for a new automatic

pallet labelling project, following a four month trial

that proved the reliability of the system. "Following

the decision to label pallets automatically the distillery

put two competitive labelling machines on extended

Technology, Inc. offer exactly that

and the possibility to produce fullcolour

labels whenever and in the

volume they are needed. ■

trial, one after the other," explains Logopak UK

general manager Wilson Clark. "The Logopak system

was the one that provided consistent dependability

over a three month period." Installed within a full

steel enclosure, the Logopak 920PF machine is

fitted with an integrated scanner to ensure bar code

legibility and incorporates the new Logopak

Synchro-LXS labelling data management software

that manages labelling data files downloaded from

the customers host computer WMS software.

For more information call 01904 692333

or visit

First launched in March 2009,

the CX1200e Digital Label Press

from Primera Technology has

quickly become a best seller,

with installations around the world

including the USA, Germany,

England, France, Belgium, Italy,

Australia, the Czech Republic and

Russia. This year the press is joined

by a versatile finishing system,

which means that customers are

able to source a complete digital

labels solution from Primera.

Engine power

The CX1200e offers a cost

effective and easy to set up and

use solution. It has recently been

developed to include even more

benefits and features. This has

included a new rewind/tensioning

system utilising IntelliTorque

technology. This allows the rewind

mechanism to automatically apply

the right amount of tension as the

printed roll increases in diameter.

It ensures perfect rewinds on

every roll when using approved

media and means that output is

delivered ready for finishing.

Another new feature is

RichBlack print optimisation, which

delivers deep, highly saturated

black printing on labels, producing

striking contrast with other colours.

The press boasts print resolutions

up to 2400 dpi.

The machine makes use of a

colour laser engine that can run at

up to five metres per minute and is

suitable for the production of just a

few labels up to tens of thousands.

The CX1200e is also versatile

in media handling, competently

managing a range of substrates

including matte, semi-gloss and

glossy laser plain papers, pressure

sensitive papers, white and clear

polyesters and PVC.

Included with the engine is

Primera’s PTPrint 8.0 RIP and

production management software.

PTPrint allows users to import label

designs, prepare them for printing,

and colour manage jobs (Pantone

approved colour is supported).

There are four high capacity

cartridges to supply toner (rated for

around 15,000 pages). These are

quickly and easily replaced – taking

only seconds to change.

They come with a clever

integrated memory chip that keeps

track of the amount of toner in the

cartridge and allows users to select

exactly the right cartridges for the

number of labels and the ink

coverage you need to print. This

means that ink won’t run out in the

middle of a job and savings can be

made as toner is utilised to the full.

Primera offers no-charge cartridge

recycling for the life of the press.

Finishing in style

To complete the digital label

solution, Primera is now offering a

new digital finishing system – ideal

for use with the CX1200e, but also

suitable for use with other narrow

web output engines.

The FX1200e Digital Finishing

System offers, in one single

process, the ability to laminate,

die cut, slit and rewind, as well

as the removal of the waste

matrix. Finishing speeds are rated

at up to 6.1 metres per minute.

One of the major benefits of this

finishing system is innovation in the

die-cutting process. Instead of hard

tooled or flexible steel dies, the

FX1200e uses digitally controlled

tungsten carbide steel knife blades.

This means that users never have to

buy a die or wait for it to be made

and delivered. Turnarounds will be

faster and there is a significant

saving in time and cost.

The system also makes use

of Primera’s patent-pending

QuadraCut technology. This uses

up to four knife blades at a time

across the web and

increases through

put dramatically

compared to

systems that use

only a single


The cutter

can be used to

create almost

any shape or


on a variety

of materials


matte and

labels and labelling

Spotlight on:

Primera’s technology for digital labels is being

expanded to offer both print and finishing options.

gloss paper, polyester, vinyl,

polypropylene, BOPP and many


With Primera’s digital printing and

finishing equipment, customers can

get a complete digital label printing

and finishing solution from a single

vendor at a breakthrough price of

less than € 50,000.

For more information contact;

Primera Europe GmbH

Firmensitz: Mainzer Str. 131,

65187 Wiesbaden

tel: 49 (0)611 92777-0

fax: +49 611 92777-50



FMCG News 31

labels and labelling

Northern Foods

Order Three IP65

in-line Labelling

systems from Atwell’s

Solway Foods” part of the Northern Foods

organisation one of the UK’s leading manufactures

of fresh salads and sandwich’s approached Atwell’s

with a requirement for two IP65 wash-down in-line

top & bottom labellers for their recent expansion at

their Manton Wood site. Atwell’s are pleased to continue

its long association with Northern Foods and following

the successful installation and delivery of the first

system “Solway Foods” ordered a third system which

was added to the order for the Manton Wood Site.

Atwell’s IP65 in-line systems are the next generation

of harsh environment automatic labellers offered

within the company’s ever expanding range of labelling

equipment. All Atwell systems are built without

compromise and offer some of the lowest capitol

equipment costs available in today’s price

competitive market, the IP65 systems incorporate

Denny Bros’ Open

Day 2010 plans to

boost the brand

Suffolk-based Denny Bros Group is staging its

next Open Day 2010 event on 15th September

with a view to securing the autumn date as an

annual sector event for those with an interest in

boosting brand visibility and sales with

contemporary packaging ideas covering food,

pharma, household, DIY and public sectors.

“Enhancing the Packaging Experience” will look

at the production and supply of all forms of niche

packaging including on-pack concepts such as the

multi-page Fix-a-Form. The event will cover the

creative strategies available that can help to

maximise sales; and the various printed labelling

technologies that can help to achieve long-term

brand loyalty. Keynote speakers including Andrew

Streeter of Pack-Track and Doug Johnston of

Packology who will

discuss how

companies are


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a number of key features including:-

• Specific IP65 design incorporating corrosion

and contamination proof materials for high

care environments.

• Full wash-down ability for high care environments.

• Quick release change parts, belts and electrical leads

• Full colour programmable touch screen control panel

• Reduced footprint, under 1.0 meters long

• High speed label heads capable of speeds

up to 50m/min

• Available in RH or LH versions

• Variable speed conveyor drive motors.

Each of the systems label heads were been fitted

with thermal transfer coder frames and all associated

cabling allowing for the easy integration of thermal

transfer over-printers for price & best before printing

directly on the label/s. Atwell’s offer a complete

“One Stop Shop” facility to all its customers including

the recently launched range of environmentally

friendly “Linerless” print & apply labelling systems,

in-line linerless labelling systems, bespoke & standard

labelling systems, label verification & line control

software, plus supplying all manner of desktop label

printers, whilst developing its label supply and

consumable business.

For more information call 01444 239970

or email

competitive advantage by addressing the green

packaging agenda; and how to get the best

packaging supply routes to market.

Denny Bros experts will

be on hand to

illustrate how

to implement


promotions onshelf,

how to

include vast

amounts of

technical and legal


within the product

offering, and how

to roll out all

important effective

CRM campaigns

featuring promotions

powered by unique

numbering and SMS links to websites.

Confident of the need for a conference that

focuses on branding, Denny Bros’ Sales &

Marketing Director Stephen Jarrold said: “The

event is focusing on brand embellishment at a time

when many brands are suffering from a loss of

consumer awareness. In these tough economic

conditions, consumers are almost totally pricedriven

which means brand managers have to work

extra hard to underline brand benefits. When

conditions improve, it is those with the strongest

brand qualities who will ultimately benefit.”

“On-pack info and promotions add much value

to brands – and this will result in a long term,

sustainable sales uplift.”

The conference and networking event will be

followed by a tour of the production facilities at the

company’s manufacturing headquarters that will

cover the complete booklet labelling process.

To book your place at this free event please email or call 01284 701381.

Companies looking

to reduce supply

chain carbon footprint

choose CHEP

CHEP, the global leader in pallet and container

pooling, is committed to doing business in an

environmentally sustainable way. This strategy has not

only lowered CHEP’s own carbon footprint but also

resulted in several contract wins from companies keen

to commit to similar policies. Intersnack, Europe’s

second largest supplier of snacks and nuts, has

appointed CHEP for a three-year period. Intersnack

has expanded rapidly in the UK and is well known for

its Penn State Pretzel, Pom-Bear snacks and Percy

Dalton brands. Through using CHEP’s Managed

Recovery service, the business can reduce total vehicle

Packaging that

doesn’t cost the earth

M&H Plastics recently announced the availability of a biodegradable product for

use in its blow moulded HDPE and PP bottles, Polyethylene tubes and PP moulded

caps. The product disintegrates in soil at a fraction of the normal plastic decomposition

rate providing positive environmental benefits where that product is unlikely to be

recycled. The first product to be launched by M&H using this product is a range

of Scalp Toners for Philip Kingsley who selected the 75ml and 250ml Tall Boston

Round bottles from M&H’s standard range of over 1,000 products. Philip Kingsley

has over 55 years of trichological experience and is recognised as the leading

authority in hair health. Biodegradable products are a new addition to the portfolio

of products M&H can offer to meet increased demand for sustainable products.

For more information call 01502 715518 or visit

recycling, energy and environment

movements and therefore the carbon footprint of its

operations. As part of the service, CHEP collects

used pallets in full truck loads and returns them

to Intersnack’s suppliers. Stephen Daly, Production

Control Manager at Intersnack, said: “Managed

Recovery enables us to operate more efficiently and

save money as well as helping us to reduce carbon

emissions.” In addition, two leading European bottling

firms – Danone Eaux France and Casbega – are

working with CHEP to both increase efficiencies and

reduce the carbon footprint associated with their

respective distribution networks. More than 1,650 truck

journeys will no longer be necessary – equivalent to a

saving of more than 1,000 tonnes of CO2 per year -

following CHEP’s transportation agreement with

Danone Eaux France. The world's second largest

producer of bottled water, Danone Eaux France uses

up to five trains a week to deliver its Evian and Volvic

products from plants in France to the Daventry rail

terminal in the UK. On the return journey the trains

will now be filled with some 460,000 CHEP empty

pallets annually which would previously have been

transported by truck. In Spain, Casbega, one of the

country’s largest Coca-Cola bottling companies and a

CHEP customer for a number of years, has a similar

focus on reducing its impact on the environment.

Casbega’s industrial and logistical director, José María

Sánchez, said: “We eliminate waste wherever possible

throughout the bottling process. In the specific area of

palletisation we minimise the amount of wood used

by using CHEP pallets which are continually being

recycled through the supply chain.”

For more information call 01932 833115

or visit

Coca Cola bottled by Casbega

on a CHEP display pallet.

A&R Carton FSC-Certifies

its production plant

A&R Carton is stepping up its efforts to reduce its environmental

footprint. Profitability is a prerequisite for sustainability and A&R Carton

sees a positive connection between sustainability and business development –

environmental stewardship is a key aspect of competition in the packaging

industry. A&R Carton has announced its third certification of all packaging

produced at its plant in Norrköping, Sweden by the Forest Stewardship

Council (FSC), an international standard which sets standards for responsible

forest management and traceability of the material produced. “Having already

our plants in Bremen and Sneek certified shows our continuous work to be a

sustainable and innovative partner” says Per Lundeen, CEO of A&R Carton

Group. A&R Cartons work with sustainability has been on the forefront since

the first CSR report was published in 2007. Environmental thinking has now

become a mind-set within the organization and is driven by our corporate

value, Sustainable business.

For more information visit

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the last word

The last


Neil Matthews is Vice

President of Northern,

Central and Eastern Europe,

Checkpoint Systems. For

more information

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Securing your profits By Neil Matthews

The retail environment has

become increasingly competitive

over the years. So as the UK’s

recession finally comes to an end,

it is more important than ever

before for manufacturers to

ensure their profits are secure

as they travel along the supply

chain to the point of sale.

This means that inventory

control needs to be more

efficient and measures need

to be in place to reduce the risk of

loss through internal or external

theft. The FMCG industry is at risk

all the way along the supply chain,

with desirable goods such as alcohol

and packaged foods needing to be

closely monitored as they journey

to the consumer, to reduce the

risk of loss, whether it be through

theft or merely an error along the

production line. And one of the

influential methods that is available

to manufacturers is source tagging.

Source tagging is the process of

applying a security label during the

manufacturing process, ensuring

that merchandise is protected

throughout the supply chain and

only deactivated at the point of sale.

The process not only solves the issue

of security for retailers, but it also

ensures it is implemented in a way

that it does not affect the packaging

of the product. Using paper-thin

labels, the security measures can be

integrated virtually anywhere onto a

product or within packaging, so as

to not detract from its image and to

ensure that all marketing messages

remain prominent. Traditionally

staff on the shop floor have been

responsible for applying security tags

to items, often with no regard for

where they are placed on the

packaging. If done wrongly, this can

cause serious legal issues for a

company as information such as

ingredient panels or age restrictions

can be obscured. Also, this age old

method takes up important staff

time, which could otherwise be

used more efficiently on selling more

goods, plus it delays the speed-to

market and most importantly can

damage the brand identity.

Numerous innovative technologies

have developed to add value to

source tagging, with radio

frequency identification (RFID) being

arguably the most influential. RFID

technology is the use of a tag that

can be applied or incorporated into

a product at the very initial point of

manufacture, for the purpose of

identification and tracking using

radio waves. Tags can be read from

several metres away and beyond the

line of sight of the scanner. Using

an integrated circuit for storing and

processing information combined

with an antenna which receives and

transmits a signal, the labels provide

a technologically advanced system

of tracking goods to maximise

the speed to shelf, allowing

manufacturers to maintain the

integrity of a product’s packaging

design. By integrating RFID

technology into the source tags,

products are not only protected

from theft, but it is also possible to

track the products throughout the

supply chain, providing visibility and

vital inventory information to

retailers and manufacturers. Also,

in a marketplace that competes so

fiercely on cost, consumer packaged

goods manufacturers and their

trading partners must streamline

distribution and optimise inventory

levels whilst reducing theft and out

of stock scenarios. It has become

essential to optimise the process

of inventory management with

innovations such as RFID labelling

to help manufacturers, distributors

and logistics providers comply

successfully with RFID mandates,

meet consumer expectations,

increase inventory visibility and

maximise their bottom line. In stores

around the world, source tagging

consistently reduces losses from

shoplifting and employee theft,

which is crucial in the busy FMCG

market. Statistics from the recent

Global Retail Theft Barometer prove

that speciality foods, cooked and

fresh meats, seafood and alcohol

are extremely vulnerable items, with

all of them featuring prominently

on the most stolen list. This is

a worrying trend in the UK, which

ranks the second worst in Western

Europe, and this only looks set

to continue as the climb out of

recession begins to stagnate.

Although spend on security and

loss prevention decreased this year,

research shows that source tagging

is the best solution on the market to

meet the needs of retailers, as well

as those of the brand owners. It

effectively protects profits and

the packaging image – after all,

if a product is not on the shelf its

not there to buy! By implementing

RFID into source tagging, retailers

can maximise the speed to shelf

and security of a product, whilst

maintaining the integrity of

its packaging and design. The

technology is fast becoming the

number one choice due to its

integrated benefits along the supply

chain and the in-store advantages

it delivers. ■

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