Egg box solution delivers time and carbon savings

ANTALIS Packaging has revealed that its solution for the packing of individual eggs can dramatically reduce assembly time.

The business said online ordering of fresh ingredient meal kits has ‘soared’ over the past few years. One client was said to be dissatisfied with its existing packaging for individual hens’ eggs. Antalis explained the die-cut box took over 40 seconds to assemble and pack. With over 8,000 eggs per week sometimes being sent, it was both laborious and costly.

Antalis’ solution was a moulded, self-locking, pulp-based box that could be assembled and packed in under ten seconds. As well as time savings, the packaging – which was designed in Antalis’ Smart Packaging Centre and manufactured in collaboration with Ezee Group International – is said to use 20% less packaging material.

Because a pallet contains 25% more units than the original packaging, the company was also able to reduce the costs and carbon footprint associated with the transport of packaging materials.

The solution won the Silver Medal in the ‘Pack Design of The Year’ category at The Grocer New Product and Packaging Awards recently.

Stacey McDonald, Antalis Packaging account manager, said, “The packaging of individual eggs for safe transit must be one of the more challenging projects I have worked on, but the results we achieved for the client made all of the effort worthwhile. When we are working to identify or develop a new packaging solution, sustainability is always a key criteria for us at Antalis, and it is always pleasing, as in this instance, to work with a client who shares those goals.

“The chosen solution wasn’t the lowest in price, but it was by far the most sustainable and actually delivers the greatest savings overall.”