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Major European supermarket transportation innovation


UK-based thermal insulation cover manufacturers Enviro-Pod have launched a unique internal roll cage lining which is currently being used to transport chilled goods throughout Spain for a major supermarket chain.

The new innovation is designed to fit within a roll-cage, allowing produce to be sealed at a chilled temperature for long periods, without the need for electricity or any other assistance. Having the material secured inside the cage gives it protection by reducing wear and tear and reducing the chance of produce becoming unsecured in transit.

Independent tests have proven that Chill Pod’s use of NASA’s Flectalon technology can result in a considerable reduction on fuel costs and the carbon footprint of transport companies and storage units, by maintaining temperature, without the need for an additional fuel source. By removing refrigeration from delivery vehicles, companies are also able to increase their distribution capacity, reducing the number of journeys required.

The unique insulating properties of the covers are constructed from a flat polymer sheet, coated with a thin layer of aluminium which combines conventional trapped air thermal insulation with multiple mirror finish surfaces to maintain the correct temperature of the product contained within. When tested against a competitor the unique Chill Pod design saw an increase of only 3.4 degrees over a 12 hour period, compared to 7 degrees by a leading competitor.

Chill Pod Director Valerie Bullard added “With transportation costs spiralling and legislation on corporate carbon reduction tightening, it is important that we look at innovative solutions. The flexibility and performance of the material means that the Chill Pod range of covers provides the solution the logistics industry has been waiting for. Independent tests prove that Chill Pod can lower costs and reduce the carbon footprint of any business using temperature controlled transport, at a time when an estimated 15% of energy usage in industrialised countries is devoted to refrigeration.”

Manufactured in the UK, Chill Pods can be tailor made to specific client specifications. Chill Pods are lightweight, hard wearing and water resistant and boast excellent impact and abrasion resilience.

For more information please call 01603 702374 or email info@enviro-pod.co.uk



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Love-15 - Exclusive Wimbledon Offer


To celebrate this year's Wimbledon, Fresh Pod are putting on a fantastic 'Love-15' offer, giving you 15% off all Fresh Pod consumer products, throughout the tournament - perfect for keeping your strawberries fresh, throughout the 2 weeks sporting entertainment.
 
To receive your discount, just quote "WIMBLEDON" when ordering either online or by calling 01603 702374.



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New adhesive spells end for cracking mattresses


Traditionally the adhesive technology used in the mattress manufacturing process has utilised an adhesive designed for use in packaging. Whilst it does the job, the traditional packaging adhesive lacks flexibility and can ultimately affect the standard of the finished product and in turn the quality of the night’s sleep offered.

Adhesive specialists KMS have developed and gained accreditation for a new generation of hot melt adhesive, specifically for mattress manufacturers.

The new hot melt Intact® H906 can be used in all types of existing hot melt system and has been specially developed for manufacturers who require a superior pocket sprung mattress assembly. The unique adhesive has exceptional bonding properties to non-woven materials, PU foam and textiles. It has the correct open and setting time for automatic pocket spring assembly machinery and melts easily in the glue tank.

In addition, unlike standard hot melts, Intact® H906 remains highly flexible which helps prevent the cracking noise and poor adhesion that is commonplace with inferior grades of hot melt glue, such as those designed for use in packaging that have been traditionally used in pocket sprung manufacture.

Intact ®H906 is already used by leading mattress manufacturers who have found that not only does it provide a stronger bond; it has also improved the sound of the mattress, eliminating the cracking noise associated with other hot melts. Intact ®H906 has passed the manufacturers tests when rolling the mattress for packing, with the adhesive bond remaining strong and flexible.
With manufacturers competing in a tough environment the use of superior materials in the production process can add a competitive advantage.  

Fred Dunn Business Development Manager at KMS Adhesives said “At KMS Adhesives, we only manufacture the best quality adhesives and using a packaging hot melt for the pocket sprung within mattresses was not consistent with our aim of providing the very highest quality. As such, we are proud to be launching Intact ®H906. We are so confident that this will revolutionise the way that we make mattresses in the UK, we are offering a free supervised trial. Intact ®H906 can be easily demonstrated on any production line without the need to change any equipment to ensure that production continues.”



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The Lively Crew offering free marketing workshop at the Royal Norfolk Show with the Federation of Small Businesses


We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Royal Norfolk Show, with our Director Valerie Bullard hosting a special marketing workshop on request of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Alongside discussing our role as a full-service marketing agency, covering Norwich, Norfolk and beyond, we will also be exhibiting the full Enviro-Pod sustainable product range, including our unique ethylene control technology, Fresh Pod.

Fresh Pod's method of ethylene control has been independently proven to be the most effective form of ethylene control available in the UK and is now being used by many national and international fresh produce distributors, to keep produce at it's best and limit wastage.

Alongside Fresh Pod we will also be exhibiting our unique Flectalon material which, originally developed by NASA, has been independently proven to significantly outperform other thermal and chilling products on the market. Our Flectalon range includes, chill bags, diving suits, blankets, animal jackets and even high-visibility workwear.

Taking place on June 27th and 28th, the Royal Norfolk Show will be an ideal opportunity for us to spread our message of saving money and reducing waste, for both businesses and households, looking to maximise their finances and become more sustainable in the coming months and years.

The Lively Crew will be exhibiting on stand 178, Avenue 6. If you would like to book a free marketing workshop with Valerie, please email info@thelivelycrew.co.uk or call 01603 702374 to book your space.

If you have any questions on marketing, Enviro-Pod, Flectalon or ethylene control, please come and ask a member of our friendly team who will be happy to help.



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Fresh Pod extends English Cabbage season by eight weeks


With the fruit, vegetable and flower industry’s focus on waste and ultimately reducing costs, Fresh Pod technology has been rigorously tested and proven to increase the storage time of English Savoy Cabbage for between 6-8 weeks without the need to introduce chemicals or expensive ozone producing systems.

Lankfer Ltd, based near Wisbech and a supplier of cabbages, cauliflowers and other fresh produce to wholesalers and the retail market, has installed a Fresh Pod EC3 filter machine within its cold store which has succeeded in reducing the presence of 99% of the ethylene, given off naturally by the cabbages and responsible for accelerating the ripening process. As well as extending the freshness of the produce by up to eight weeks, the Fresh Pod system also kills invisible airborne spores and moulds which are also major contributors to premature ripening and ultimately increased wastage.

The Fresh Pod system has extended the English produce season for Lankfer giving them the ability to extend their supplies of English grown produce into the retail market. Fresh Pod’s completely natural solution gives customers fresh local produce and reduces waste at source cutting Lankfers environmental impact – reducing imports and ultimately cutting costs.

Lee Parker, Commercial Director at Lankfer. “We have known for awhile that ethylene is a major contributor to the shortening of storage periods with our Savoy Cabbages. We have tried several methods to slow the process with little success to date. Fresh Pod technology has the credentials to sort the problem. We have tested it in one of our store rooms with superb results. We have been able to supply our customers with an English cabbage for an extended period of eight weeks, giving us more control over the supply chain, part of which is to be able to remove the need to rely on a foreign source. Our customer has a great sales message – UK grown, their customers like the localness and we benefit financially and environmentally. There is no doubt the technology works and we have great comfort in the fact it is natural, sensibly priced and as a bonus has a positive effect on our carbon footprint”

Valerie Bullard, Director, Fresh Pod “We have never doubted the technology and the positive effect Fresh Pod has on reducing waste and cutting costs. The fruit, vegetable and flower industry has many challenges in a tough economic environment coupled with the pressure to contribute to a greener planet. It gives us great pleasure when customers like Lee at Lankfer's is prepared to embrace our innovative technology and we can deliver behind it”.

Fresh Pod technology has been in use across the globe for many years. Developed in the San Joaquin Valley in California the technology has been a driving force behind protecting the local fresh produce industry from imported produce by extending storage periods and lessening the need to source fruit and vegetables outside of the country during the slow season.

Proven to outperform other systems available and with the accreditation of the OMRI, Fresh Pod is independently proven to reduce wastage and costs and to contribute positively to an organisations environmental impact.

Ethylene Control, power pellets were introduced into the UK several years ago by Fresh Pod as a consumer product selling thousands to householders who have extended the life of their fresh produce by up to four times.  With the UK commercial market having to work harder in tough economic conditions Fresh Pod is an environmentally friendly way of increasing shelf life naturally and is guaranteed to reduce waste and to significantly cut costs.



Published on 25-May-2012 12:00 with No comments  
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