Real-time traceability

Here at SGL our real-time traceability system tracks raw materials, work-in-progress and finished goods throughout the manufacturing/​packing/​despatch cycle.  Labour and workstation reporting provides key manufacturing information to minimise waste, reduce downtime and eliminate unnecessary overhead costs.

We can print directly on to packaging – including 'sell by' and 'use by' dates, batch/lot codes, etc.

We offer a complete audit trail for product recall, with barcode scanning on all inventory and locations for comprehensive real-time traceability.

Allergen management and clean-rooms

We offer many options to enable customers to operate in the growing 'free-from' market.  We handle products that contain allergens such as nuts, gluten and milk, and operate both allergen and non-allergen clean room facilities, with segregated storage areas.

One of our three purpose-built, air-conditioned clean rooms, where we provide nut-free, nut-trace and allergen managed packing services

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Environmental policy

At SGL we are continuously making improvements to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment and to prevent pollution.  We maintain our environmental performance by recycling as much waste product and packaging as possible in conjunction with our approved recycling partners.

Under our environmental policy we segregate and recycle everything we can - including all waste cardboard and plastic

Our secure, dedicated warehousing is integrated into our production facilities, enabling customers to reduce their transport carbon footprint for packaging materials and consumables.


HACCP and accreditations

We have a full hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) process control system that identifies where food safety hazards may occur in the food production process.  Stringent controls are in place to prevent such hazards from occurring.

We have stringent HACCP controls in place to avoid food safety hazards

Our industry certifications include: BRC V7 UKFC, Organic Farmers & Growers and Sedex.  We are also accredited by the major retail multiples – including Tesco, Asda, Co‑op, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.
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We work for large blue-chip customers, plus smaller FMCG companies... focusing on the packing and re-packing of dry food – including confectionery/chocolate, crisps, cereals, biscuits, nuts/seeds, snacks and other dry foodstuffs.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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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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