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Article by Nampak 24 July 2013

On the go with Nampak Cartons & Labels fast food cartons

With the increasing need for on-the-go meals the fast food industry is growing at a rapid pace.Nampak Cartons & Labels, as one of the largest suppliers of fast food packaging in South Africa, supplying brand leaders like Chicken Licken,KFC and McDonalds, as well as Bimbo’s, Chikka Chicken, Spar , King Pie, and Tong Lok, is there to support the fast food industry every step of the way.

Nampak Cartons & Labels has a dedicated team who focus on packaging solutions for fast food customers, such as chip scoops, clams, folding cartons, sleeves, tray liners and many more. Further choice is provided in printing and finishing, in areas of embossing/debossing, double coating, standard and UV varnishes, windowing, zip/opening and other features.

Innovation is the key to success and Nampak Cartons & Labels uses marketing, business intelligence resources and support from Nampak’s world-class research and development centre in Cape Town to develop new products. A state-of-the-art design and prepress department facilitates the process from concept to pre-production print proofs. The system is set-up in such a way that a customer can approve artwork in one location and have the plates digitally transmitted to another for manufacture. This also applies to data supplied globally for online design approval or certified proof generation. The generation of digital mock-ups and samples is equally efficient and seamless.

Nampak Cartons & Labels has lithographic facilities in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The plants have all the food safety and quality certifications one would expect from a market leader, namely American Institute of Bakers (AIB, [Status]) and ISO 9001: 2008, with the Johannesburg facility recently achieving FSSC 22000 & PAS 223. They also passed YUM’s vigorous STAR audit. The two manufacturing sites are both FSC certified.

Recycled and virgin boards are responsibly sourced from sustainable resources locally and globally. The boards, which are FDA-approved for direct contact with food, are readily available, including grease proof and oven-able. The company’s ability to leverage its collective buying power ensures competitive pricing and reliability of supply.

“The diversity of the fast food industry requires diversity of packaging,” says Rob Morris, Nampak Group Executive – Paper and Flexibles. “We manufacture packaging for nearly every type of fast food, from burgers and chicken meals, to noodles, salads and wraps. While the ability to design for on-the-go enjoyment is key, reliable supply chain performance, and packaging sustainability are equally important considerations in this market.”

As part of one of Africa’s largest packaging groups, Nampak Cartons & Labels has access to financial resources and extensive technical expertise such as designers, printers, researchers, scientists and technicians. It has a footprint that covers both South Africa and most of sub Saharan Africa, making it the perfect partner for fast food customers who are exploring growth opportunities at home and abroad.

Nampak Cartons & Labels also provides supply chain and demand planning support. This is done in close partnership with customers and their national distribution networks.

“Nampak Cartons & Labels has been manufacturing fast food packaging for many years in the South African market ” says Rob Morris. “In the intervening years, we’ve increased our capacity and lead the way in terms of our capability to develop award-winning innovations that build brands and sales. We’ve consistently demonstrated our willingness to invest in our customers, and regularly go the extra mile to deliver service excellence.”

Testimony to this is the recognition by KFC of Nampak Cartons & Labels as their 2012 packaging Supplier of the Year.
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