Pork pie packaging puzzle solved by tool insert
By PRW Staff
Posted 6 July 2012
Faced with a production puzzle, pork pie producer Pork Farms worked with packaging specialists Faerch Plast to create new trays but using existing tooling.
The pie maker, which already uses a 12-compartment tray produced by Faerch Plast for its Christmas party range, required a six-compartment tray for its mini quiche selection.
Snap-off and oven-proof trays from Faerch Plast
Paul Leese, chief engineer from Pork Farms’ Palethorpes factory in Market Drayton, said a major consideration was the need for the new packaging to conform to the group’s existing carrier plates.
“Faerch Plast was able to create a design that allowed two trays to fit side by side in one carrier plate. They did this using an insert tool to one of their existing tools, which significantly reduced the cost of tooling for us,” he said.
The black 650micron CPET trays, which can be baked in the oven or microwave, contain three mini quiche Lorraines and three cheese and onion quiches, and have just been launched into two major UK supermarket chains and are also currently being considered for other leading supermarkets.
Pork Farms have also just started to use perforated APET trays manufactured by Faerch Plast for sausage rolls sold in Tesco supermarkets.
Once again using an insert to an existing tool to help keep costs down, Faerch Plast designed the tray to 54mm in depth to accommodate the sausage rolls, using extra thick APET sheets to obtain the depth and adding ribs to the design to give added strength to the pack.
The product is divided into four perforated compartments, allowing users to snap off one compartment and put the remaining products, still sealed, back into the fridge.
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