Cost effective tooling from Faerch Plast puts pie in the sky for pork farms

New packaging design conforms to existing production line.

When Pork Farms, a leading producer of pork pies and other savoury snacks, needed a new CPET tray that would fit in with its existing production line, the company consulted specialist manufacturer of quality plastic packaging for the food industry, Faerch Plast Ltd. They were rewarded with brand new packaging at a cost-effective price due to the use by Faerch Plast of existing tooling.

Pork Farms, 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.

Paul Leese, Chief Engineer from Pork Farms’ Palethorpes factory in Market Drayton, comments:  “A major consideration was the need for the new packaging to conform to our 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.”

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. They are also currently being considered for other leading supermarkets.

Pork Farms, which claims that its pork pies are the best selling brand in the UK, have also just started to use perforated APET trays manufactured by Faerch Plast for sausage rolls sold by Tesco supermarkets.

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.

Divided into four perforated compartments, the product is ideal for packed lunches, allowing users to snap off one compartment and put the remaining products, still sealed, back into the fridge.

Pork Farms’ site in Shaftesbury is also using similar Faerch Plast packaging for Mini Eggs and Southern Fried Chicken Straws sold at Tesco stores. Since it was established in 1989, Faerch Plast has built an unrivalled reputation for high quality plastics packaging products, supplying major blue chip customers in the ready meal, fresh meat, cold foods and snacks, and ambient food sectors with a wide range of containers and trays produced from PS, CPET, APET, PP, PLA, MAPET® and AMPET®.

Danish parent company Færch Plast A/S has opened a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the North East of England. A large part of its production for the UK market will be moved to the new Durham-based plant as part of an on-going strategy to secure costs, improve efficiencies and minimise its environmental impact.

This key move will help improve operating efficiencies, shorten lead times and further strengthen the overall service provided to its rapidly expanding UK customer base.

Faerch Plast Ltd

Joe Iannidinardo

Tel: 020 8254 2300

Email: uk@faerchplast.co.uk

www.faerchplast.co.uk