CKF appoints Produce Packaging as UK distributor for EarthcycleTM -The Fruit Grower

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CKF'S EarthcycleTM brand of home-compostable and recyclable thermoformed moulded-fibre packaging is now widely available in the UK through Produce Packaging's nationwide distribution network.

Produce Packaging has announced that it has become as the exclusive distributor of EarthcycleTM packaging from CKF Inc. in England, Scotland and Wales. Produce Packaging has created a reputation for fast, efficient service, as well as market-leading intelligence on industry and retail trends. With key distribution points in Kent, Lincolnshire, Herefordshire and Angus, Produce Packaging offers next-day delivery with its own fleet of trucks. "What initially attracted us to Produce Packaging were referrals from fresh produce packers and growers when we asked for details of the best packaging specialists in the UK," says Brad Dennis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CKF. “We then quickly realised that Produce Packaging is a quality organisation with a wide distribution network and deep connections to the grower and retailer communities”, adds Dennis.

CKF‘s thermoformed moulded pulp line, EarthCycleTM, meets the growing consumer demand for less plastic - the packaging is certified home-compostable, is widely recyclable in the UK wastepaper stream and is plastic-free. Through extensive packing-line trials, it has been proven that the EarthcycleTM punnets match automation speeds of plastic punnets for de-nesting and offer a consistent and strong bond in top-seal systems. In shelf and transit trials, it has been shown that, packaged in EarthcycleTM, produce stays fresher for longer - 20% longer than when packed in plastic. Made from a blend of virgin and post-industrial recycled wood pulp, EarthcycleTM is made with either FSC-controlled or FSC-certified wood sourced from “low risk” areas of Canada and the USA. The transit time to Produce Packaging‘s Lincolnshire and Kent warehouses from the CKF plant is only 12 days.

"Produce Packaging is thrilled to be working with CKF and, more specifically, the EarthcycleTM range of packaging,” say Mark Tierney, Managing Director of Produce Packaging. “We see where the trend for reducing plastic in the packaging industry is going, and it is important for our company to be at the forefront of bringing innovation to our clients. We believe that the EarthcycleTM line is superior in its design, finish and quality, and so offers our clients the ability to easily incorporate the packaging into existing automatic denesting, top-seal and other packaging format lines."

CKF and Produce Packaging are dedicated to giving the UK consumer what they want - packaging that helps to reduce waste to landfill and the oceans.