Robinson News:

Puzzling things happen at Robinson

Robinson Paperbox supply Wentworth PuzzlesRobinson Paperbox has recently won some significant new business with the one of the leading manufacturers of wooden jigsaws. The Wentworth Wooden Jigsaw Company has been producing exquisitely crafted wooden jigsaw puzzles since it was founded in 1994 by Kevin Wentworth Preston.

Using computer controlled lasers and state of the art technology, Wentworth has become known for it’s quality and design, and supplies in excess of 150,000 puzzles a year in over 35 countries around the world. The high quality wooden puzzles range from 30 to 1,500 pieces with an extensive selection suitable for beginners and experienced puzzlers.

Wentworth approached Robinson to look at ways to improve the quality of their current packaging. Robinson immediately made a quick design alteration to the die cut labels which made the box more aestically pleasing to the consumer.

Thomas Blaettler, Wentworth production manager commented “Things can prove to be difficult when you choose to change suppliers, Robinson have made this task so much easier with their quick turnaround times on design samples and colour matching proofs. The overall project management approach has worked extremely well for us and gives us confidence we have found the right supplier for our business”

Holdsworth Chocolates

Holdsworth ChocolatesHoldsworth Chocolates of Bakewell approached Robinson Paperbox over twelve months ago to look at the packaging for their handmade chocolates.

Robinson made an immediate impact in offering a substitute for their hero box which was retailed in Waitrose. Now with over 10 different boxes Robinson and Holdsworth are forging a long standing partnership.

The latest boxes added to the range are highly decorative, brass foiled boxes for John Lewis. These boxes have been well received by both Holdsworth and the retailer.

Genevieve Holdsworth, owner of Holdsworth Chocolates commented “Robinson has transformed our thinking of how to package exquisitely made chocolates, there is no doubt we have increased our costs on packaging but we have been able to make reductions in other areas like the packing and over labelling. We have grown to the point where we have recently moved to a purpose built unit in the Bakewell area where we aim to be one of the country’s leading chocolatiers”

Robinson Goes Potty for PET

Robinson Shot Glass in "bottle grade" PETRobinson is delighted to announce that we will be showcasing an exciting new development at the forthcoming Packing Innovations show – glass clear thin walled pots made from commodity “bottle grade” PET material.

Robinson has been working for some time with specialist tool making and material partners to perfect a process that is both cost-effective and repeatable.

For the first time PET pots are now an affordable alternative to the usual styrene versions, with the added benefits that they won’t shatter during filling or distribution, and they can be recycled with the widely collected PET beverage bottle waste stream.

Launching initially in a 70ml shot glass format this technology is particularly suited to the chilled dessert sector and we expect to introduce a variety of bespoke packs later this year.

Talking about the project Richard Goulding, Business Development Manager for Robinson Plastics said, “With this development, Robinson is set to establish itself as a leading player in the fresh filled food market and we are also working on a wide range of other food and non-food opportunities”

Robinson to exhibit at Packaging Innovations

At the NEC, Robinson will be showcasing their City Kitchen bowl, which was highly commended at the 2014 UK Packaging Awards, along with an array of bespoke packaging solutions from both the Plastic and Paperbox divisions.

The Packaging Innovations show takes place on 26th and 27th February 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham providing packaging professionals with an opportunity to meet the experts, listen to presentations on the hottest topics and to see inspirational new ideas.

Robinson will be delighted to welcome prospective customers at the show which offers the perfect platform to demonstrate our capabilities in a relaxed environment. We will show you how we can develop your needs from concept through to a product on the shelf.

Be our guest at the exhibition, to register for your complimentary invitation, simply click here.

UK Sales Team Boosted

Clare Leeland Business Development ManagerAs part of the company’s commitment to keep growing our UK Sales, Clare Leeland has been appointed as New Business Development Manager.

Clare has more than 6 years experience in injection moulding sales, and she has particular expertise in working with customers to bring bespoke packaging solutions to market.



Bring us some Figgy Pudding…

The verse from the well know Christmas carol echoes the festive spirit and whilst today’s Christmas pudding recipes may substitute figs for other vine fruits, the UK nation still want suppliers to “bring some out here”.

Matthew Walker has been best friends with Christmas since 1899 and is officially “The Worlds Oldest Christmas Pudding Maker”. The business was established by Matthew Walker himself, a farmer’s son in Derbyshire who started to make and sell his mother’s recipes of pudding and jams.

Matthew Walker’s  Heanor factory now produce 20 million Christmas Puddings per year which equates to more than two thirds of the Christmas puddings the nation buys each year.

When Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal dreamed up his Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding recipe for up-market supermarket chain Waitrose, it was Matthew Walker who produced the goods and Robinson who supplied the pudding basins. When they sold out in the shops, the puddings were reportedly changing hands for up to £200 apiece.

Robinson Plastic Packaging are the proud supplier of pudding basins to Matthew Walker and have developed many standard and bespoke designs in sizes ranging from 100g mini-pots to large family portion 3lb basins with further additions being developed today. Robinson quickly react to changes in the Christmas pudding market, for example when Matthew Walker’s required a solution for the catering sector a special 2 loaves pack was developed to enable maximum flexibility.

Is Christmas pudding traditional? Yes, but it is a constantly evolving feast.

Pots of Gold

Mistry & Co. opted for a metallic gold paste pot from Robinson for their recently launched “Little Dabbas” range of masala blends.

Little Dabbas (dabba means pot in Hindi) are tiny ”tins” of masala made from the freshest spices with no artificial ingredients, to help everyone create real Indian food at home.

With masala blends for meat, seafood, vegetarian and paneer dishes, Little Dabbas have been inspired by the Masala Dabba (spice tin) which is found at the heart of Indian homes around the globe. In their mission to educate the world about real Indian culture and cuisine Mistry & Co. sought an alternative to the traditional jar used to sell British Indian curry sauces.

Parisha Mistry Co-founder of Mistry & Co said “As a start up we did not have the funds to create new moulds – Robinson were very professional and helped us launch with off the shelf packaging for dabbas which were produced in gold so they would be in line with our brand image.”

Robinson’s paste pots are available as a standard in food grade clear plastic or attractive colours which can add spice to your range.

Highly Commended at UK Packaging Awards

Richard Goulding & David ShawRobinson Packaging Innovation was highly commended at the recent UK Packaging Awards held at the London Hilton, Park Lane on Wednesday 13th November. David Shaw (International Business Development Director) and Richard Goulding (Business Development Manager) represented Robinson Packaging Innovation at the glittering awards ceremony.

Commenting on the evening, David Shaw says “We were up against stiff competition in the Rigid Plastic Pack of the Year category and I am delighted that Robinson Packaging Innovation has been highly commended”.

The commendation was received for the City Kitchen Bowl, a microwaveable, user friendly container with laser etched branding which was specifically designed for the expanding lunchtime snacking sector. The innovative dish was created using the in-house design capabilities of Robinson Packaging Innovation.

Yorkshire Provender is Incredible!

Incredible! SauceThe highly respected soup brand Yorkshire Provender has chosen a 400ml square pot and lid from Robinson for the nationwide launch of their Incredible! Pasta Sauce range.

The versatile pots are moulded in clear PP material at the Kirkby site before being hot-filled and blast-chilled at the Yorkshire Provender site near Ripon, North Yorkshire.

The six varieties of Incredible! Pasta Sauce were originally launched through selected Budgens stores and extended to Nisa last month.

Commenting on the new pack Patrick Finigan, Production Manager at Yorkshire Provender said, “I have been very pleased both by Robinson’s proactive approach, and the performance of their pots”

Robinson Plastic Packaging shortlisted for the hotly-contested UK Packaging Awards

The contenders for the UK Packaging Awards 2013, the UK’s biggest awards programme for the packaging supply chain have been revealed.

Robinson Plastic Packaging has been shortlisted in the section Rigid Plastic Pack of the Year Award for our City Kitchen Bowl design.

The winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 13th November 2013.