Boxing Clever – GC In Packaging News

In the latest edition of Packaging News, Glossop Cartons’ Sales Director, Jacky Sidebottom-Every, was invited to discuss her thoughts on the carton sector, what trends have been prevalent throughout 2017 so far and how sustainability has come into the fore. Read Jacky’s Q&A below, and click here for the full article on Packaging News’ website.

  • How was business in 2016? How is business shaping up for the rest of 2017?

2016 was an incredibly eventful year for us following an acquisition in late 2015 which saw our company almost double in size overnight. We’d spent some time over the course of the year moving site, streamlining processes and upgrading machinery including a new press, so to say it was memorable is an understatement.

As a result of the entire team’s hard work and dedication over the last 12 months, we felt very positive going into 2017 and business has been strong. That said, we do appreciate that nothing is certain due to political and economic uncertainty, but where some sectors are not feeling confident others are still thriving.

  • What markets do you operate in? Are there any new ones you want to target?

Glossop Cartons services the frozen foods sector, personal health care, care accessories, homeware, confectionary, bakery, medical and pharmaceutical markets. We are one of a small number of UK carton manufacturers to achieve AA Grading status from the British Retail Consortium, and we are a certified supplier accredited by the Pharmaceutical Quality Group.

  • Have you made any major investments in the last 12 months?

We invested in a new press last Summer which we bought after attending Drupa. Alongside this, we also implemented a new MIS system too.

This year, we’ve just placed an order for two new gluing machines, one on the water due to be delivered this month and the next delivery to be installed at Christmas.

We’ve always believed that a progressive business cannot stand still and that’s very true of our carton business. Productivity and innovation is the key to going forward and with a robust business plan that thrives on investment, both in digital and in conventional machinery, we’re confident of the future.

  • Luxury and prestige packaging has continued to flourish. Are you gaining more business from this sector?

In our experience all sectors and now looking to improve the look, feel and general appearance of their packaging enhancing their brand and giving a more upmarket finish to their shelf appeal.

  • How much has the price of raw materials and the fluctuation in currencies affected business?

Raw material prices are escalating at an alarming rate, both solid board and corrugated materials are all announcing price rises on a regular basis. It is a blow, however we are working with our clients and our suppliers to negate the effects of these increases and minimise any associated pain.

  • What are your fears and hopes now that Brexit is a reality?

Of course there is a concern that trading with the UK market will lose its appeal, however we are experiencing that mills from all over the globe are supplying  very acceptable grades to the UK, from budget entry level chips and boxboard up to very white GC1 boards that are a pleasure to work with and give excellent results. The merchants are welcoming these new world boards and I don’t see a reason why they cannot become a part of the main material used in the UK.

  • Sustainability is a big issue in packaging. How powerful is cartons’ sustainable message?

I truly believe our sustainable message is nothing short of fantastic. The eco level of cardboard is second to none and the sector is working hard to market the recyclability and the eco friendly nature of cartons to the general public, who may occasionally get confused as to the life cycle of the carton board from virgin pulp to its ability to be recycled may times.

I feel we are seen as a green and a desirable method of packaging goods.

  • If I could change one thing about the industry it would be…

I did laugh at this – I genuinely think this industry is an amazing industry to work in and at present I can’t think of anything in particular I’d want to change!


Glossop Cartons retains AA BRC Grade

Glossop Cartons is delighted to announce that we have retained our AA Grade status from the British Retail Consortium.

The award, which we achieved initially in 2016, goes a long way to demonstrate to our customers that when they choose Glossop Cartons, they can be assured that we will deliver only the highest standards of product safety, hygiene, quality and waste management to the food and consumer sectors.

Celebrated as the global standard for packaging excellence, the BRC grading system is the first accreditation to be recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI) and provides a benchmark for the manufacture of all food packaging applications.

Vicky Every, Marketing & Commercial Manager at Glossop Cartons, says: “Here at Glossop Cartons we have always been proud of our commitment to quality and innovation, and we are thrilled to retain the AA Grade from the British Retail Consortium.

“Such a Grade is only awarded to a very small number of UK carton manufacturers, which is testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team and we’re sure our customers will be as delighted as we are to know that we’ve retained this prestigious award.”

For more information on the products and services Glossop Cartons can offer your business, head over to our products page or call our friendly team on 0161 480 3568.


Let Glossop Cartons take the hassle out of your vape packaging requirements

The vape packaging market is booming in the UK right now and brands are certainly keeping us busy with their requirements thanks to the experience, knowledge, flexibility and expertise that we have in this sector.

Although the overall look of the packaging is paramount, changing legislation is ensuring that brands and suppliers need to be scrupulous in ensuring that designs meet current legal requirements. Whilst we can’t cover your legal obligations, we can talk you through the minefield and offer our experience and professional guidance.

Glossop Cartons has vast experience in carton board vape packaging production and we’re set up to produce a number of carton variants in a single run for each vape flavour, using our combined litho and digital capabilities to offer cost and time reductions.

ENSURE YOUR VAPE PACKAGING BRAND MEETS CURRENT LEGISLATION

Under new legislation announced in May 2017, E-liquid packaging must be child-resistant, featuring tamper-proof packaging, similar to pharmaceutical packaging. As Glossop Cartons offers full industry-recognised compliance for pharmaceutical packaging, we can pass this reassurance onto our customers and help meet these important legal obligations.

APPEARANCE IS EVERYTHING

With a number of exciting finishing options available including metallic, varnishes, foil and embossing, we ensure each carton looks eye catching and gets the attention it deserves by guiding you through the best cost-effective options for your vape range, from plain and shaped cartons through to custom-made designed die and laser cutting with intricate, eye-catching designs.

Whatever your needs, Glossop Cartons can advise on the most workable solutions for your brand and deliver innovative packaging solutions that make your brand stand out from the crowd.

To find out more, please call us on 0161 480 3568 or email sales@glossopcartons.com


Introducing our new sales executive for the South of England

David Leadbeater has further boosted the Glossop Cartons sales team following the appointment of Steve Fassam last month.

With over 40 years’ packaging sales experience, David is a safe pair of hands and will be looking after our customers in the South of England.

With extensive experience in the carton board industry, gained from working with some of the industry’s leading packaging companies and major brands, David has considerable experience in working with solid and fluted carton board and litho laminated products.

Jacky Sidebottom-Every, sales director at Glossop Cartons, comments: “We’re delighted to welcome David to the team. He brings a wealth of industry experience to the role, working with a number of major brands and shares our passion for providing innovative packaging solutions and excellent customer service.”

If you’d like to make an appointment with David to discuss current or future requirements, please call us on 0161 480 3568 or email sales@glossopcartons.com

 


Glossop Cartons shortlisted for Stockport Business Award

We’re delighted to announce that Glossop Cartons has been shortlisted for The Innovation Award at the Stockport Business Awards 2017.

Celebrating business excellence in Stockport, the awards will showcase a range of successful businesses operating within this vibrant town.

The winners will be announced at the official ceremony on October 12th so watch this space and keep your fingers crossed for us!