01. Bespoke solutions

We provide a one-stop-shop for bespoke co-packing and co-manufacturing of dry food products, from concepts to delivery – perfect for seasonal merchandise, new product development and promotions.

02. High quality – low cost

By adopting a rigorous approach to standards and cost control, and having an extensive yet flexible set of available mechanical solutions, we square the circle of providing high quality services at very attractive prices.

03. Trust and reliability

Our goal is total reliability through the training and development of our people, and by continuously improving our production processes, systems and quality.  Our clients trust us to provide just-in-time packing solutions.

04. Flexibility

We are experts in both manual and mechanised packing, offering cost-effective solutions to every packing need – large or small.  We respond rapidly to changes in consumer demand and customer requirements.

05. Innovation

We are one of the most innovative independent contract packers/contract manufacturers in the United Kingdom.  We were the first in the country, for example, to offer automated clip-stripping services.

06. Investment

In recent years we have invested £millions in packing machinery and systems, and now boast some of the most sophisticated equipment on the market.  We also invest in real-time traceability and quality assurance systems.

07. Compliance

Operations are supported by relevant certifications – including BRC, Sedex and Organic Farmers & Growers.  We are also accredited by leading retailers Tesco, Asda, Co‑op, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.

08. New products and R&D

We specialise in innovative packaging research and development support for new products and promotions.  Our expertise covers the design and supply of primary and secondary packaging – from concepts to market.

09. Clean rooms

At our two factories in the north west of England we have three purpose-built, fully specified clean rooms. We provide nut-free and nut-trace packing, and we also operate an allergen management system.

10. Environmental support

We are continuously making improvements to reduce our impact on the environment and prevent pollution.  Under our environmental policy we segregate and recycle everything we can – including all waste cardboard and plastic.

11. Added value services

We print/apply labels, including ingredients lists and barcodes, and print dates and codes directly on to packaging.  Other services include product/packaging inspection and auditing, re-packing and product/packaging rework and repair.

12. Warehousing/​storage

Our dedicated, fully racked and air-conditioned warehouses are integrated into our production facilities.  They enable customers to bulk-buy their packaging materials and consumables – cutting both purchase and transport costs.

Performance and service in co-packing... bagging, flow-wrapping, cartoning, containers & tubs filling (multi-head weighing), hand-packing, prefill display and clip stripping, added-value & remedial work, warehousing and more...

See also 'About us', 'Quality assurance' and 'Downloads'.
Photo: Multi-head weighing system used in the automatic bagging and sealing of food products at SGL Co-packing

Photo: Multi-head weighing system used in the automatic bagging and sealing of food products at SGL Co-packing

Bagging

We undertake many types of bagging operation to meet customers' precise requirements. With different clean room environments at our disposal, we cater for everything from allergen-free to temperature and humidity sensitive products. Our specialised automated bagging equipment includes Sandiacre LT320 Twin, NOVUS 350 Vertical and Doy Zip 380 VFFS machines.

Bagging options include:

  • Pillow packs
  • Pouches
  • Doy bags
  • Quad bags
  • Block/flat bottom bags
  • Gusset bags
  • Zip closure packs

Our equipment includes a number of vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) machines, fed from either multiple bucket elevators or multi-head weighers. These create bags and tubes from heat-sealable films – with variable bag sizes.

If you don't see your particular requirement above or would like further information about our bagging services...

Photo: Workers inspecting confectionery after flow-wrapping at SGL Co-packing factory

Photo: Workers inspecting confectionery after flow-wrapping at SGL Co-packing factory

Flow-wrapping

Flow-wrapping – also known as horizontal form fill-and-seal wrapping – uses automatic machines to wrap product with film and seal it in one continuous operation.

We are experts in using both heat- and cold-seal films for packing food and other products.  We use food-grade polypropylene, with a crimp-seal top and bottom and a fin/lap-seal along the length of the back of the pack.  The entire range is covered – from single-unit packs to large multipacks.  Our solutions are offered with or without film registration, allowing for printed, clear or opaque films.

Lines can be free-filled or pre-filled to a prescribed orientation, and can incorporate packs with backing or insert cards/trays.  Our flow-wrapping machines are all equipped with date-coding systems for 'use by', 'best before', barcode, lot number and other individualised markings.

Would you like further information about our flow-wrapping services?

Photo: An automated cartoning machine filling boxes of chocolate truffles

Photo: An automated cartoning machine filling boxes of chocolate truffles

Cartoning

We operate both horizontal and vertical cartoning machines, including those with the capability of creating seasonal/Christmas selection boxes, biscuit boxes and tapered carton formats, among others.

Our automatic and semi-automatic cartoning machines offer high versatility and are capable of cartoning products of all shapes and sizes.  They are efficient and cost-effective methods of assembling, filling and gluing cartons.

Our experienced teams will ensure your products are handled securely and with great care.

Would you like further information about our cartoning services?

Photo: Manual inspection of containers/tubs after filling them using automated multi-head weighing systems at SGL Co-packing

Photo: Manual inspection of containers/tubs after filling them using automated multi-head weighing systems at SGL Co-packing

Containers & tubs filling (multi-head weighing)

In addition to our core bagging capabilities, we also fill pots, buckets, jars, tubs and other containers with product before sealing them.  This work can be undertaken as a clean room activity where naked or primary wrap products are packed to a required recipe – either as single or multiple components.

We operate both fully automatic and semi-automatic dry product fill lines, capable of producing pots filled with single variant or random multi-product mixes.

Through our skilled operational teams and state-of-the-art multi-head weighing systems, we provide reliable and value-for-money packing services.

Would you like further information about our container and tub filling/multi-head weighing services?

Photo: SGL Co-packing offers flexible and cost-effective hand/manual packing as part of a wide range of packing and support services

Photo: SGL Co-packing offers flexible and cost-effective hand/manual packing as part of a wide range of packing and support services

Hand-packing

As part of our wide range of packing solutions, we also offer the option of hand- or manual-packing.  This is a very flexible approach to product packing, and we pack a huge variety of seasonal and other merchandise this way.

We recommend hand-packing when either the packaging or the product configuration dictates, or when the product itself is not suited to mechanised fulfilment.  For example, for friable biscuits we would normally weigh and fill tubs by hand.

Hand-packing by line can also be a cost-effective solution for packing small batches, where the cost of setting up a machine line would be prohibitive.  It can also be a viable option for packing batches of product samples and new product ranges.

Would you like further information about our hand-packing services?

Photo: We pack directly into various counter display units and other point-of-sale systems, including clip strips

Photo: We pack directly into various counter display units and other point-of-sale systems, including clip strips

Prefill displays & clip stripping

The vital role packaging plays in capturing the attention of today's consumers means that its design must be eye-catching and innovative, as well as functional.  This has increased demands on co-packers/co-manufacturers to create production lines that can accommodate these designs.

Our bespoke solutions include packing directly into counter display units (CDUs) and other stand-alone store displays of various shapes and sizes.

Clip strips are hard or flexible plastic strips on to which product is hung in vertical stacks for retail display and consumer purchase – and they are used to merchandise a wide range of products.  They are an effective means of maximising impulse purchases without taking up valuable shelf space.

Would you like further information about our point of sale packing services?

Photo: Our skilled operatives provide a wide variety of added-value and remedial work services, including packaging reconfiguration

Photo: Our skilled operatives provide a wide variety of added-value and remedial work services, including packaging reconfiguration

Added-value & remedial work

We offer a wide variety of added-value and remedial work services, including:

  • Printing and applying labels – such as ingredients lists, barcodes, etc.
  • Printing directly on to packaging – including 'sell by' and 'use by' dates, batch/lot codes, etc.
  • Re-labelling – manual and automated
  • Product/packaging inspection and QC
  • Repair, rework and resorting product
  • Packaging reconfiguration/re-packing


Would you like further information about our added-value and remedial work services?

Photo: SGL's dedicated, fully racked and air-conditioned warehouses are integrated into our production facilities for lower costs

Warehousing

Our dedicated, fully racked and air-conditioned warehouses are integrated into our production facilities.

Generally operating on a pick, pack and despatch basis for quick turnaround, our warehousing enables clients to bulk-buy their packaging materials, supplies and consumables – reducing both purchase and transport costs.

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