Shrink and Stretch for Food Store International


Yorkshire Packaging Systems, the UK leaders in flexible wrapping solutions, are delighted to announce the installation of new shrink and stretch wrapping equipment at Food Store International Ltd, based in Sutton Coldfield. 

Food Store International are the go-to supplier of many grocery retailers, sourcing, fulfilling and delivering a wide array of food and non-food products and services to them competitively, efficiently and reliably. As a B2B supplier of ambient, frozen and perishable goods, Food Store International’s products are found in major supermarkets, high street stores, wholesalers and distributors both in the UK and overseas, including Costa Coffee, Hilton Hotels, Carrefour and IKEA. These partners benefit from the firm’s user-friendly ordering interface, consistent NPD, dedicated account managers and in-house services including the packaging and labelling of stock. 

Food store International contacted YPS in July with an aim to upgrade their existing wrapping equipment to increase capacity and speed. The semi-automatic inline sleeve sealer they owned was too slow to cope with the growing demand for their most popular products, including trayed cans of drinks. Following a site visit, YPS recommended an SVAL 60-35 fully automatic sleeve sealer, which achieves wrapping speeds of up to 15 packs per minute with the flexibility to wrap singles and multipacks. YPS also identified that a stretch wrapping machine would improve efficiency in Food Store International’s despatch department by automating the pallet wrapping process. The portable S6 robot wrapper from YPS was an ideal solution to tackle their entire product range, delivering self-propelled wrapping power for pallets of any size and shape, coupled with a compact footprint and an FDS mechanical brake suitable for pre-stretched film.  

The new shrink wrapping line was delivered only three days after an official order was placed and was installed by YPS’s specialist engineers the following day with comprehensive training delivered simultaneously. The pallet wrapping robot followed shortly later, in spite of expected long delays related to COVID. A two-visit service contract was included without charge to ensure ongoing preventative maintenance for both wrapping operations. Since the initial upgrade, Food Store International has also invested in a motorised infeed conveyor from YPS to further automate their shrink wrapping line and are seeing great returns on speed and efficiency targets.

Rob Elmer, Business Manager at Food Store International said “We approached several companies in our bid to improve our packaging and YPS impressed us from the outset. Their rep came on site to fully understand our product range, needs and warehouse layout before recommending a tailored solution. As a result, we’re now achieving much greater output of packaged goods for our network of retailers and customer satisfaction is at an all-time high.”

Larne Patrick, Wrapping Expert at Yorkshire Packaging Systems added “Food Store International supply some of the largest grocery retailers in the world, so it’s important that their in-house packaging facilities measure up. It was a pleasure to help them achieve their goals with our high-quality shrink and stretch wrapping systems.”

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