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Article by Nampak 14 June 2013

Nampak Cartons & Labels supports the growing fast food industry

The fast food industry is growing and Nampak Cartons & Labels is there to support it every step of the way! The company is 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.

“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.”

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 and zip/opening features etc.

New products are developed through an innovations process that involves marketing, business intelligence resources and support from Nampak’s world-class research and development centre in Cape Town. 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.

In terms of manufacturing, Nampak Cartons & Labels has two lithographic facilities, providing a contingency for customers who don’t like to keep their eggs in one basket. The plants in Cape Town and Johannesburg 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.

All board is responsibly sourced from sustainable resources locally and globally. The two manufacturing sites are both FSC certified. Both recycled and virgin 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.

In addition to packaging, Nampak Cartons & Labels provides supply chain and demand planning support. This is done in close partnership with customers and their national distribution networks. Proven formulas underpin a history of success in this highly complex and specialist space.

Nampak Cartons & Labels is part of Africa’s largest packaging group. As a result, the company 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 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.”

The company was recognized as KFC’s Packaging Supplier of the Year in 2012.
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