“Today’s challenging times demand a reliable packaging supplier able to consistently deliver effective cost and merchandising solutions,” is how Quorn Country Foods Ltd sums up its partnership with Rigid Containers Ltd. This follows a move by the leading independent supplier of high quality bakery products to replace expensive, litho laminated retail ready packaging (RRP) with flexo-printed, dual-role corrugated fibreboard cases from Rigid, for ‘Quorndon’ cakes, muffins and flapjacks.
Charlotte Haggis, Managing Director, Quorn Country Foods, explains: “Moving to Rigid has generated a number of valuable operational and merchandising benefits. Rigid’s team is professional and highly motivated and always delivers on the brief – however tight the deadline – which is a refreshing change in a sector often prone to half-baked promises. By establishing a close partnership with Rigid, Quorn has been able to maintain its competitive edge, which has helped grow our UK and European retail customer sales”.
Charlotte adds: “In the past, we mistakenly believed litho-laminated RRP gave the best quality, but switching to Rigid’s four-colour, flexo-printed clay-coated boxes has produced high quality, cost-effective transit cases with tremendous visual impact at point-of-sale. Apart from offering a more economical and viable print process, Rigid is focused on providing a first-class supply chain management service. This has allowed us to reduce our case inventory levels significantly, with the company stocking bulk runs available for immediate call-off”.
Quorn Country Foods is a well established, family-owned business with annual group sales of £10 million. For the third year running, the company recently achieved higher certification levels for International Food Standards (IFS) accreditation. Quorn manufactures products under a number of popular brands, including Quorndon Cake Company, Muffin Company, Flapjack Company and Campbells and Highland Speciality Shortbreads. In addition, the company is fast building overseas sales of its ‘Tu Vita’ export branded oat bars and muffins – supplying major retailers in Italy, France, Scandinavia, Holland and Germany.
Rigid Containers currently operates two extensive manufacturing, warehouse and logistics facilities in the UK. Strategically located in Selby and Desborough, the two plants provide storage for some 30,000 pallets – ensuring its customers enjoy unrivalled ex-stock service levels.
The company is part of VPK Packaging – one of Europe’s fastest-growing independent manufacturers of recycled papers and corrugated cases. The Group also operates an expanding network of plants in Belgium, Holland, France, Poland and Romania.
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