Den Braven, a world-famous producer of sealants and glue and DS Smith Plastics co-designed one universal state-of-the-art briefcase to be used both for retail and E-commerce. DS Smith Plastics has the technique to produce packaging made from post-consumer plastic waste but Den Braven wanted to take this a step further and challenged the R&D department in Bilzen to produce the packaging of recycled empty tubes of seal and glue.
A push towards recyclable packaging turns into a quest for a product that can stand up to the weight and bulk of cabbage.
Northampton Growers is one of the most respected produce companies in the United States, packing quality produce for distribution to grocery retailers, wholesale and terminal markets. Founded in 1959 on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Northampton Growers now has offices in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. With a goal of providing high-quality produce in fresh condition to their customers, packaging that performs plays a key role in their success.
Finding the right packaging to ensure produce arrives undamaged while also being cost-friendly is challenging enough, but add in the desired factor of recyclability, and things can get really tough.
A few years ago, at a time when most produce was still being packed in non-recyclable packaging, retailers were beginning to ask if Northampton Growers could deliver their produce in a more sustainable option. The main product they were trying to convert to recyclable packaging was cabbage, which is a heavy item to pack and ship. They tested out multiple recyclable, non-wax packaging products but found that none performed as needed.
When DS Smith's Greencoat® was presented as an option, the Northampton Growers’ team was sceptical – nothing else had worked, so would this be any different? It was. Greencoat, the only coated recyclable box offered for farmers, performed. Now shipping more than 25 million boxes monthly, Greencoat is a proven sustainable solution.
The Greencoat team worked alongside Northampton and one of their customers to test that Greencoat would perform on the long journeys their produce often endured. They followed a shipment of cabbage from Georgia to Missouri and were thrilled to find their produce arrived in top condition.
Northampton Growers transitioned all of their cabbage shipments to Greencoat and can now see its potential for use with other produce such as peppers and squash.
From happy customers to cost savings, Northampton Growers has realized numerous benefits from their switch to Greencoat.
Of course, sustainability is one of Greencoat’s major benefits. With each truckload of 770 wax-corrugated boxes, over a ton of waste is sent to the landfill. Making the switch to Greencoat has eliminated this unnecessary waste and cost. Jeff Cormier, DS Smith Global Sales Manager, says, “When we entered the produce box industry years ago with Greencoat, we had the important goal of saving the farmer and the retailer money while preventing tons of wax boxes from hitting landfills.” Greencoat has done just that for Northampton Growers.
By delivering what their customers asked for when no one else was making the effort, Northampton has achieved exceptional customer satisfaction. The purchasing department is happy when the produce arrives in fresh condition, the sustainability group is thrilled to have recyclable packaging and the financial team loves that they can actually make money from recycling instead of landfilling their packaging.
Northampton Growers took action and made a hard push to bring recyclable boxes to an industry that was just beginning to think about it. They were proactive in taking the risk to test various products and find one that would perform. They saw that Greencoat was viable and worked on all fronts – getting the product there and providing the retailers with recyclable packaging.
UK catering company Posh Nosh chooses expanded Polypropylene boxes to transport food
DS Smith Plastics, Foam Products worked with Posh Nosh Catering to strengthen their professional delivery image by supplying durable catering boxes which complimented their brand. The EPP foam boxes were selected for their excellent insulation properties that would keep catered food fresh during hours of transportation and also at the event itself.
Tuoreboxi delivers sustainability, automation and better branding for Ab Chipsters Food Oy
Ab Chipsters Food Oy has a long history as a major player in Finnish fish processing. DS Smith's Tuoreboxi (Fresh Box) concept is a watertight, fibre-based, and recyclable packaging concept, which was successful in the New Wood 2017 competition in Finland, and a perfect fit for the Chipsters challenge replacing plastic-based solutions such as EPS boxes. The concept takes into account the whole packaging process, helps the company to achieve cost savings and improves environmental performance facilitating the company's everyday life.
Better Shelter is a social enterprise that develops and provides innovative housing solutions for the many people displaced by conflict and natural disasters. Through a groundbreaking collaboration with the UNHCR and the IKEA Foundation, Better Shelter started to develop ideas and designs for new shelter solutions.
With over 150 years of excellence Hardy Cognac has a history to celebrate and just the right product for celebration. But you cannot enjoy Cognac without just the right glass, so when Cognac Hardy approached DS Smith to create a unique packaging that included both a bottle and a glass we relished the opportunity.
At DS Smith we take pride in understanding the various sectors in which our customers operate. For example, the summer season is crucial for brewers, so in the spring our Danish sales team came up with an idea to help Royal Unibrew sell more beer at this key point in the year. Royal Unibrew loved the idea and the resulting displays drove sales in BILKA stores from mid-June.
Riese & Müller make exceptional e-bikes and need quality packaging to get their products safely and securely to market. Below is a condensed version of a recent article in VerpackungsRundschau about how DS Smith looked at their entire supply cycle to develop an entirely new packaging that’s better for protection, and better for customers.
- Jo Webb
- Brand Launch
- Created 05 Sep 2018
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