National Flexible was inundated at the Packaging Innovations show, as visitors were drawn to its new flow-wrap ‘Grab Bag.’ The pack, developed originally for high quality sandwiches, was in demand owing to the cost savings and premium presentation options it offers a range of food producers.
In a UK segment worth £3.5 billion per annum – equivalent to two billion sandwiches – the need for innovation to introduce industrial scale manufacturing processes to match that of demand was evident. The pack, formed using standard flow wrapping machinery with a few modifications, uses film on the reel and reduces the major cost expense of hand packing, whilst also improving manufacturing efficiencies by packing at an optimal speed of 30 packs per minute.
Having already won a 2014 Starpack Award for a kraft paper laminate with a registered window, National Flexible was able to tailor a similar structure to create the perfect Grab bag pack.
This laminate, which is currently available with a paper finish or alternative more cost effective paper-feel lacquer, needs no pre-creasing and the window aligns 100% every time. The reduced thickness film sits neatly on the shelf for superior pack presentation, and the combination of the laminate presentation on an automated machine is a breakthrough for sandwich packing and presentation.
Unveiling the pack on a commercial scale for the first time, interest in the first-to-market product was tangible with a number of food and non-food manufacturers alike showing an interest in a universally liked pack format.
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