07.11.2012

SIG Combibloc doubles UK food business

SIG Combibloc has announced that it has doubled its ambient food business in the UK just one year after moving to new UK headquarters in County Durham The firm, which specialises in carton packaging and filling machines for beverages and food, did not disclose any figures in relation to its new results when asked by PN. However, in a statement it claimed that its UK team had grown its ambient food business by more than 100%, alongside its long-life juice business.

The bulk of SIG Combibloc‘s food business comes from private label ranges including Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s, with products ranging from chopped tomatoes and sauces to custard and beans and pulses. The firm said that many well known brands are also entering SIG Combibloc’s food arena, including a recent launch by iconic soup brand Campbell’s with a range of premium soups in carton packs from SIG Combibloc. Food manufacturers such as Kerry Foods and Premier Foods are taking advantage of SIG Combibloc’s filling technology which it said “offers the opportunity to fill viscous liquid food products at speeds and efficiency comparable to juice”.

‘Easy opening and pouring’
Malcolm Allum, managing director at SIG Combibloc, said: “We’ve worked closely with leading UK food manufacturers to demonstrate the existing and future opportunities our latest flexible food filling machines and carton packs offer. As well as the clear consumer benefits of our carton packs such as product quality and easy opening and pouring, retailers also benefit from the low weight, compact storage and reduced wastage.

“The opening of the new UK carton recycling mill in early 2013 will also increase local authority kerbside coverage and collection, which in turn will encourage more consumers to recycle carton packs in the UK.” Owen Gahan, site manager at Kerry Foods, added: “We’re committed to providing our customers and consumers with consistently high quality long-life food products, in easy to use packaging solutions. “The flexibility of SIG Combibloc’s filling technology and the high quality of the carton packs ensure that we are able to continue this focus and also commit to the environment with carton packs becoming much more widely recyclable.”


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