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Benson Triumphs with Delilicious Pack

In Packaging on November 15, 2014 at 9:05 am

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Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, is celebrating its win in the Best New Concept category of the 2014 UK Packaging Awards, as staged by Packaging News magazine.

The winner, Benson Delilicious Quesadilla, is a new Mexican-style stuffed tortilla wrap packaging and was exhibited at the recent Packaging Innovation show in London. It forms a part a highly innovative Food to Go range called Delilicious, developed by Benson Group.

The awards organisers commented: “Benson Group excelled in this category with the Delilicious Quesadilla. Its simple-yet-effective design – covered by community-registered design protection – stands securely on the shelf, but once purchased, opened and flattened out, serves as a functional plate from which to eat lunch. This takes it beyond the norm and helps to set it apart from regular wrap packaging. The reverse print aspect of the pack can be completed in one press pass with low-migration inks using Benson’s Verso production process.”

One of the awards judges commented: “Nice idea and a good solution for on-the-go eating – interesting presentation of product and plenty of canvas to tell the story.” A second added: “I love this concept. Gives a point of difference and additional functionality.”

Commenting on the win, Benson Group’s Helene Roberts said: “We’re overjoyed to have been awarded the prize by the judges of the UK Packaging Awards within the Best New Concept category, especially in amongst such tough competition. It is testament to the ongoing commitment of Benson Group’s Marketing and Design teams to develop packaging solutions that will meet the needs of consumers and satisfy future market trends.” The shortlist for the award included entries from Ardagh Group and Reckitt Benckiser.

The award illustrates the importance of providing design teams with the freedom to examine new concepts. “Both time and resources are needed within design departments in order to tap into the creative capabilities of the team,” added Helene Roberts.

Helene also highlighted the pride in the company for colleague Lauren Hutchinson, who was shortlisted in the Rising Star Award section.

About Benson Group

Benson Group, now part of Graphic Packaging International, is one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for the food retail industry for a wide range of UK & European customers. The business is expecting to achieve sales of in excess of £100 million in the coming year.

The company manufactures packaging product at three production sites covering in excess of 300,000 square feet. Food and beverage processors are the main customers for the three production sites, with UK headquarters and manufacturing at Bardon, Leicestershire, and further production facilities at two sites in the North East, at Gateshead and Newcastle. The group employs over 800 UK based employees. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the three sites totals in excess of £20 million including the purchase of an eight-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 B1-format perfecting press.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the group include Two Sisters Food Group, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the www.bensongroup.co.uk web site.

ENDS

 

Severn to Steer Proofing with StudioRIP Inkjet

In Pre-Press on November 15, 2014 at 9:01 am

Gloucester-based print and digital media house, Severn, has turned to Prepress UK in order to keep its Kodak Prinergy driven Epson large format printers producing ISO12647-2 certified proofs. The single StudioRIP Inkjet Edition software package is driving two Epson 7800 printers – and producing proofs at twice the speed of the original system.

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Some two years ago, Kodak, suppliers of hundreds-of-thousands of pounds worth of pre-press equipment to Severn, including its Prinergy workflow system, had advised the customer that it would no longer be supporting the Epson printer connection that it had originally provided. All continued well for a time, but when difficulties arose with the system, Production Manager Lyndon Murray (pictured above) had to act quickly.

“I had known Nic Chapman [Prepress UK Sales Director] for many years, and approached him to ask if he would be able to help us in our “hour of need”,” said Lyndon. “I was amazed at how quickly Prepress UK were able to come to the rescue. From my initial contact with Nic, we had the solution installed and working within four days.

“The StudioRIP Inkjet package not only solved our immediate problems, providing accurate, consistent colour proofs to ISO12647-2 standard, it actually speeded up the whole proofing process, with a 50% improvement in output speeds.”

Severn hit the headlines earlier this year when the environmentally friendly print business installed one of Komori’s first B2 format H-UV presses, providing fast and efficient UV drying.

Adding further thoughts on Prepress UK as a supplier, Lyndon Murray added: “The post installation support has also been extraordinary compared to some of the big suppliers. We had an issue with getting an InDesign file through the system. We called the Prepress UK support line: they linked directly into the system, tweaked the software set-up, and within 20 minutes we were running the file. That’s what I call support!”

Prepress UK’s Sales Director Nic Chapman, commenting on his company’s performance, added: “The big pre-press suppliers do sometimes have support issues with third party product that they have installed – maybe there is just not enough money in it for them to continue helping the customer with that equipment – but that’s where Prepress UK comes into its own. Our software engineers are more than happy to recommend a system that will suit the customers needs and solve their day-to-day problems. Often, like with Severn, our expertise can get a system performing even better than the original configuration.”

Andrew Aldridge, Technical Manager at Prepress UK, added: “Swift and effective support for pre-press products is as essential as a timely and efficient installation. If we can solve an issue by dialling into a system and tweaking the RIP settings then that is the obviously most beneficial solution for all concerned – for us, for the print business and, most importantly, for the printers customer – in terms of both cost and time.”

About Severn

Severn was established in 1977. The company has developed print related services to match exactly what its customers require and all are delivered using Severn’s environmental expertise. The business offers traditional printing, but with its latest investment, the Komori H-UV press, a fast drying, “better-for-the-environment” offset litho solution; personalised printing with the latest digital output; display printing for big impact poster sized work; design and artwork for print as well as on-line needs; mailing; as well as a full cross media solution bringing digital and on-line together.

The directors of Severn realised many years ago that printing is one of the few industries that has the potential to be truly sustainable in its purest form. The company has been working with its environmentally supportive customers to achieve this goal of providing a truly sustainable business. Severn was at the forefront of reducing IPA (industrial alcohol used by litho presses to break down water surface tension) to levels way below that used by many UK printers. Now it has eliminated the use of IPA entirely, and has become an alcohol free printer.

The firm attained the ISO 14001 accreditation and FSC certification in 2004, and last year it became one of nine printing companies in the UK to meet the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme’s environmental standards.

About Prepress UK

Prepress UK is an independent supplier of pre-press hardware and software. The company is able to provide significant experience and a professional and reliable approach to pre-press problems. With offices in Brighton and Cheltenham, the company provides specialised software solutions backed by an unparalleled personal service from initial enquiry through post sales support. If you have a pre-press problem, let Prepress UK solve it for you. Prepress UK supplies cost effective device independent prepress workflows; PDF and PostScript RIPs and RIP upgrades; CIP3 pre-press and press integration systems; technical support for existing systems; and colour management and ICC profile creation services.

See www.prepressuk.com for more details.

ENDS

Quality Food Awards 2014: Ready for the Winners!

In Packaging on November 12, 2014 at 10:34 am

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Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, are headline sponsors for the fourth year running as this year’s Quality Food Awards get set to make its 2014 appearance on November 13th at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Yes, the 13th might be bad luck to some, however all the entries have made their mark already by being shortlisted amongst the top few products for this year, in doing so they are already the cream of the crop!

The Quality Food Awards are the most prestigious awards for food and drink products that are on sale in UK grocery outlets. The awards are set apart from many by the impartiality and robustness of the judging process, which rightly sits at the heart of everything that the organisers do.

This year’s judging took place in August by a panel comprised of experts from several different disciplines, who took in to consideration everything from flavours, to ingredients, value for money to packaging design.

Benson Group are proud to be the packaging supplier to some of the shortlisted products, and has worked closely with Northumbrian Fine Foods (NFF) to supply a QFA / Benson Group / NFF branded giveaway biscuit pack for all those in attendance to enjoy (see above image). NFF are no strangers to success at the QFA’s and have kindly supplied the tasty treat within the pack that was announced as the winner of the Sweet Biscuit category at last year’s event.

Benson Group’s Nikki Clark and Helene Roberts were pleased to take part as judges this year. Commenting on the overall quality of the entries, Nikki Clark, Marketing Manager at Benson Group, said: “We were blown away once more by the superb product quality amongst the entries. It was a tough decision to select the shortlist of products. It is excellent to see the product innovations that are coming through and the sensational range of flavours and recipes being achieved.”

The full shortlist for this year’s awards can be found here.

About Benson Group

Benson Group, now part of Graphic Packaging International, is one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for the food retail industry for a wide range of UK & European customers. The business is expecting to achieve sales of in excess of £100 million in the coming year.

The company manufactures packaging product at three production sites covering in excess of 300,000 square feet. Food and beverage processors are the main customers for the three production sites, with UK headquarters and manufacturing at Bardon, Leicestershire, and further production facilities at two sites in the North East, at Gateshead and Newcastle. The group employs over 800 UK based employees. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the three sites totals in excess of £20 million including the purchase of an eight-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 B1-format perfecting press.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the group include Two Sisters Food Group, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the www.bensongroup.co.uk web site.

ENDS

 

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