Increasing wood pulp and paper costs have affected the price of corrugate boxes for secondary packaging, and in turn have positioned shrink bundling and shrink wrapping as a more cost-effective solution. At the same time, however, consumer food packaging trends and retailer packaging demands have manufacturers weighing the costs and benefits of their primary and secondary packaging.
Initially, labor and material costs associated with case packaging for low throughput quantities makes sense. However, as food manufacturers find their way from local farmers’ markets to grocery store shelves in response to consumer demand, leaders must decide whether or not to invest in additional capital equipment. The shift from manual to automated packaging can be worrisome for a growing start-up, although failure to make the change can cost even more in the long run.
This case study features a leading processor, marketer and distributor of rice and discusses how keeping their secondary packaging costs low enabled them to make a successful transition from a carton to a premium stand-up bag.
A Low-Cost, Tailored Solution for a Challenging Footprint
The following is a case study outlining EDL’s partnership with a major Canadian ice cream manufacturer – a customer EDL has worked with for more than 10 years.
Business people in discussions with vendors or partners sometimes use the phrase, “I can give you anything but time.” In our industry, we hear, “I can give you anything but space.” Two of the biggest challenges manufacturers face when it comes to packaging their products are their facility’s lack of available space and challenging footprints. This manufacturer was faced with both.