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Food Processing Awards - Packaging solutions

15 August 2013

To cast your vote for the Packaging Solutions category of the Food Processing Awards 2013 simply email your choice to chris.shaw@imlgroup.co.uk

Packaging solutions

1) Olympus Automation

For innovation in design disciplines applied to the packaging and/or the use of packaging to enhance a product, combining label and date verification with OEE, implemented at Adams Foods http://www.olympus-automation.co.uk/#!labeldate-verification/c27q

2) RPC Halstead
Product: Bart Spoonkler
Objective: To develop a new user-friendly cap that offered the easiest means of enabling consumers to dispense spices using the two most popular methods – sprinkling and spooning.
This closure was developed to take the convenience of dispensing spices to a new level. The closure can be opened either to reveal a collection of small holes for sprinkling, or a full opening wide enough to fit a teaspoon.

Because this solution provides the full face of the closure for sprinkling or spooning, there is no element of compromise and the consumer has a versatile and user-friendly format that suits all cooking techniques.
The closure is easy to open and close, shutting securely each time to protect the product. It ensures that the product can be dispensed easily from first use to last, meaning the entire contents are consumed and avoiding waste.

A particular challenge of the design is the opposing side hinges, which enable the closure to be opened in either spoon or sprinkle mode; special manufacturing equipment has been installed to achieve this. The black polypropylene features a gloss surface finish to maximise on-shelf appeal and reflect the quality image of the brand.

The concept of the closure was conceived by Bart and developed in association with design agency Honey. Consumer reaction to the closure has been very positive .Since the launch of the new packaging, the Bart brand saw value growth of +17.1% in the 12 weeks to 2nd Feb vs. the same 12 weeks last year and an improvement in units of +16.2%. 

3) Linkx Systems 
Random box sizer
Specifically designed for on-line shopping fulfilment, the Linkx Systems random box sizer is unique in working with any box size without adjustment, and accepting different sizes of box presented randomly, features that are covered by worldwide patents. Users don’t need to “rationalise’ packing operations – they can continue to use their usual boxes. The machine produces minimum-volume packaging, saving money as many courier services charge by volume. Minimum-volume packaging also has green benefits: more packages fit into vehicles, so fewer journeys are needed. Operating up to 15 cycles per minute, the Linkx machine greatly reduces labour costs compared with manual packing.

4) RPC Containers 
Product: Apollo
Pack Manufacturer: RPC Containers Corby
Objective: To develop a modern plastic alternative to the traditional tin can.
The 380ml Apollo container combines extended ambient shelf life with all the established lightweight, easy handling and safety benefits of plastics and also offers the convenience of re-closing.

The high barrier Apollo features a PP/EVOH/PP multilayer structure for the effective protection against oxygen ingress that ensures long shelf life. It is suitable for a variety of food processes including hot fill, retort and pasteurising. The container offers an attractive, fluted design in the same diameter as a can, with full sleeving and labelling options to create effecting branding and on-shelf appeal. It is also stackable to maximise shelf space.

The neck of the Apollo container is specifically designed for the Aptar Bap ® Trilogy ® closure, which ensures excellent pack integrity and product freshness. The foil seal features a plastic ring pull for easy opening and there is an over-cap for re-closing, which minimises food waste and, thanks to the integrated design, assists in making the pack stackable. A vented cap is also available to facilitate use in the microwave.
The lightweight pack is highly resistant to breakage and denting and avoids any sharp edges to provide maximum safety and convenience in the home.

5) PHS Teacrate
To take the heat out of capital expenditure, SMEs are being urged to reduce their logistics costs and improve their supply chain stability by using returnable transit packaging (RTP) as an alternative to single trip packaging, by RTP specialist PHS Teacrate. 

PHS Teacrate says its flexible RTP pool management service can save SMEs on transport costs, storage space and capital outlay during peak periods, such as Christmas, or a downturn when cash flow is tight. Hiring RTP gives smaller companies greater flexibility by optimising – or downsizing – their supplies at critical times. 
Reduced product damage, security and easier handling are proven advantages of re-usable plastic containers, not to mention the environmental benefits compared to one trip packaging. PHS Teacrate can also incorporate its renowned hygienic RTP washing service into the rental agreement.

Many SMEs are not cash rich and do not have a large fleet of vehicles, so the straightforward logistical solution provided by a guaranteed pool of ad-hoc RTP - courtesy of PHS Teacrate’s standard next day service delivered from a nationwide network of depots - can cut costs, reduce packaging waste and bring greater efficiency to the supply chain.


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