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Benson Group & Butterkist Announce Winner

In Packaging on December 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm

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Packaging industry innovator Benson Group has announced the results of its latest Design Competition for students, which was staged in conjunction with the UK’s leading popcorn brand Butterkist. The winning design was submitted by Kyle Dawney, a Product Design Engineering student from Brunel University, who wins one week of work experience in the Benson Group Design Studio, a £250 cash prize, and a visit to Butterkist’s Pontefract head office, which will include a tour of the famous popcorn factory.

Highly commended awards were also presented to Laura Whiteread from Bishop Burton College, Beverley, and Alex Heatley from the University of South Wales, who both win a day with the design team at Benson Bardon.

Benson Group and Butterkist challenged ambitious packaging students with a brief to design a new, constructively striking sharing carton for the popcorn supplier’s microwave range. Students were required to create a new pack format to bring both excitement and intrigue to a family movie night in. The carton needed to increase shelf presence for the product and improve customer engagement, while still being instantly recognisable as part of the Butterkist family of products.

Judging of entries was conducted by Benson Group’s Nikki Clark; Helena Blincow, Brand Manager at Butterkist; and Dean Parkin, Packaging Development Team Leader at Butterkist.

Commenting on the results, Nikki Clark, Marketing Manager at Benson Group, said: “It was a great delight to see so many fresh and exciting ideas coming in. Deciding on a winner was a tough task, but all three judges just loved the way that Kyle had tackled the problem and had thought through various options before coming deciding on his final design.”

Speaking on behalf of Butterkist, Helena Blincow, said: “We were looking to today’s design students to bring something different to the world of popcorn. I am delighted to say that the entries gave us a lot to think about during the judging process.”

See more details on the winning designs by clicking here.

About Benson Group

Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging products for both the food retail and healthcare industries, for a wide range of UK and European customers.

The business manufactures packaging at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food product manufacturers are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves healthcare and consumer care markets. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs in excess of 900 personnel across all four production sites.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benkiser, Greencore and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and healthcare packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.

For further information about the Benson Group visit www.bensongroup.co.uk

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M Partners Wide Signs Agreement with Canon

In Wide Format on December 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm

M Partners, the Surrey-based business specialising in the distribution of product focused on the printing industry, has announced a second initiative for its stand-alone division concentrating on the growth market of wide format printers: M Partners Wide. This latest development sees the company sign a reseller agreement with Canon.

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Left to Right:
Murray Lock Joint Managing Director of M Partners Wide
Kevin Bigwood Canon Sales Development Executive, LFP Distribution and Reseller Channel, Wide Format Group
Gary Doman Head of Sales at M Partners Wide

Commenting on this latest development Murray Lock, Joint Managing Director of M Partners Wide, said: “Canon products offer us interesting opportunities with printers who are seeking an effective proofing solution. The wide format solutions from Canon are aimed squarely at this sector and have been developed with printers in mind. We believe that they offer the quality of print that is an essential ingredient to a printed proof.

“We are continually seeking quality, speed and innovation in the wide format product arena in order that we offer an ever growing customer base the right solution for their needs. By adding Canon products to our range we are extending the number of print-based companies that we can serve with the right product, and the strategic support that this partnership brings is invaluable to our credibility in the sector.”

Duncan Smith, Canon Channel Director, Wide Format Group, added: “Companies such as M Partners Wide illustrate perfectly the shape of resellers that this area of the market needs. The company bring significant print market knowledge to the table, with a range of contacts throughout the world of printing that are second-to-none. I am very excited about the potential of this relationship and look forward to working with the team at M Partners Wide.”

Head of Sales at M Partners Wide, Gary Doman, said: “This is a great set of wide format products with which to talk to print businesses about. The wide format machine is now seen as a “must have” in almost any busy print shop. As always, quality and speed are the key to convincing printers of the right product! There is no room for “good enough” output any more, and proofs are always wanted yesterday. Canon equipment delivers on both counts, taking it ahead of the competition in our opinion, and providing printers with kit that proofs as well as giving them with large format capability for other market sectors.”

The company is backing up its equipment focus with specialised servicing and a unique finance package. Keep in touch with developments at M Partners Wide by following the business on Twitter @MPartnersWide

About M Partners and M Partners Wide

The creation of the M Partners Wide division is the latest development from M Partners, as the company seeks to bring its unique distribution format to the wide format market. The company recently announced its distribution agreement with Korean manufacturer DGI.

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, and Steinemann laminating products. In 2011

M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.

The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.

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Children in Need: Benson Gateshead Totals £3,000

In Packaging on December 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

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Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton manufacturers, has announced details of a final total for this year’s Children In Need fundraising at its North East factories. The collection of activities staged at the packaging production company, which included themed Fancy Dress Friday’s, were originally focused on a £1,000 target. After a great start, this was swiftly revised to £1,500, but the team’s great efforts ended up raising the grand total of £3,000.

Commenting on the fundraising activity, Carol-Anne Lynch, who co-ordinated activities at Benson Gateshead, said: “A huge thank you to everybody who took part in the various events and, of course, to everybody that contributed. We wanted to do something for Children In Need that everybody could easily get involved in and at no great cost. I am amazed at how successful the fancy dress days were. We reached our initial £1,000 target the weekend before the BBC’s Children in Need night, and to finish up with £3,000 was just a fantastic effort!”

Other activities in the Benson Gateshead plan included two members of the management team who were willing to swap club colours on Children in Need day: Sunderland and Newcastle shirts being exchanged. An “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” banquet was also organised, with a menu of “not so pleasant” dishes arriving at the table of the management team.

About Benson Group

Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food retail and healthcare industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.

The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food and beverage processors are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves healthcare and consumer care markets. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs over 900 UK based employees across all four production sites.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benkiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and healthcare packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the web site.

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