12 Sep 2018

Did you know? we were the first UK company to offer digital flexible pouches commercially?

Did you know that CS Labels through our brand were the 1st company in the UK to commercially produce digital flexible pouches? this blog on the CS Labels website explains the uses of digital flexible pouches and the exponential rise of this useful packaging. It also provides three advantages of pouches over other methods of packaging.

We have also just been nominated for an award for our work with Hot Tub Nights – a new brand that really wanted to showcase the benefits of digital and capitalise on the excellent flexibility that digital print brings.  Read the case study on why Hot Tub Nights chose the power of digital print for their digital flexible pouches.

Digital flexible pouches

Hot Tub Nights have produced a pouch that has been nominated for an award.

For more information on how you could produce an award winning product, just get in touch by phone, email or contacting us via the website.

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26 Mar 2018

Nutree Life Make Digital Pouches and Continuous Film the ‘Natural’ Packaging Route

The healthy, delicious & 100% all-natural plant-based vegan protein nutrition manufacturer explain why digital is best.

NutreeLife launched their range of plant-based sports nutrition products recently and are set to take the market by storm.

Their production pedigree and brand history is second to none and the current family based team are using their 40+ years of combined experience to bring the best products to market in the natural protein space. The global protein market is growing rapidly and is expected to reach USD 21.5 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 6.3% according to a report by Grand View Research.

Alongside their high-quality products comes high quality packaging and the company have been working with digital pioneers CS Labels, whom Manufacturing Director Patrick Mroczak met through his work with well-known brand ‘myprotein’.

Andrew Mansfield, CS Labels Technical Sales Director said: “The team at NutreeLife are forward thinking. Patrick is an early day production guru and a genuine client example of a pioneer in digital print. He isn’t afraid to try new ideas and techniques – which ultimately have added to the financial success of the products he has worked on. “

NutreeLife make their products in a dedicated production facility and have made significant investment into leading edge equipment. They decided to package their products in digital doyen stand up pouches for their protein snacks and protein powders in addition to continuous film for form fill sealing of their protein bars. They chose this style of packaging as it is lightweight, food safe, and would show off the design and brand to its full potential.

The company was able to launch several lines at once within budget due to the benefits that digital printing can offer. Minimum orders are small and similar product lines can be printed in the same run without the need for origination and printing plates.

“As a new company it was important for us to find a packaging supplier who was flexible enough to provide small print runs across a range of products, allowing us to scale quickly and cost-effectively” – Patrick Mroczak – Director

Order quantities for each flavour and type vary by market demand, and the business only order what they need. The lead times are extremely favourable in comparison to conventional printing and this was a game-changer for the business. Customer safety is a priority and CS Labels products offer no migration, ensuring the packaging materials don’t migrate into the bars, powders and cubes.

Aesthetically from a marketing point of view, they also wanted their packaging to offer a good structured form with bright colours that are pleasing to the eye and packaging that has a nice tangible feel.

“We’ve been so pleased with the ease of working with CS Labels. They’ve taken the design concept and produced retail-ready packaging that looks amazing!” – Jade Hodgkinson – Marketing Director.  

Patrick Mroczak said: “It was an easy decision choosing the digital packaging route with the help of CS Labels.  We wanted packaging that fit with our ethics; high quality, safe and also to look the part; a clean product with clean packaging. I’m pleased to say that CS Labels have delivered on all levels.”

Digital Pouches Flapjack

He continued: “I’m reaching out to companies who have preconceptions about digital print and ink migration, whether it’s labels or flexible packaging. If your supplier is well versed in digital print and BRC accredited, you can be sure you have a successful partnership that will serve your market well, and products that you can launch to market in record time.”

“For example, our latest product vegan burger mix, took less than 4 weeks from design concept to a printed, retail-ready product.”

burger mix pouches

You can shop for NutreeLife’s protein nutrition products via their website or Amazon.

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13 Feb 2018

Flexible Packaging Seminar 28th Feb 2018 – The Real Journey

Flexible packaging seminar – digital explained….

CS Labels and our brand CS Flexible Pouches are exhibiting at Packaging Innovations at the NEC in Birmingham on  28th Feb & 1st March.

CS Labels will be delivering a digital flexible packaging seminar and this includes information on continuous film for form fill applications.

Our seminar can be found on the ‘Innovations Stage’ on Wednesday February 28th at 13.30 – 14.00.

Get your free tickets here.

It’s called ‘The Real Journey into Digital Flexible Packaging seminar’, and is being presented by CS Labels Technical Sales Director, Andrew Mansfield, and our customer Patrick Mroczak from vegan sports snacks and protein powder company Nutreelife. CS Flexible pouches supply Nutreelife with stand-up pouches and continuous film.

The seminar will cover all aspects including a case study:

Two years ago CS Labels were challenged by snack giant Graze to produce a flexible pouch to meet their needs for a project that utilised multiple SKUs; a couple of years on and the results have been ground-breaking. CS have won several awards for their work and are growing rapidly as companies increasingly choose digital print over traditional methods for their flexible packaging.

Nutreelife are a start-up company launching a new brand of protein snacks, and their founders have over forty years’ experience in world-class food manufacturing. Patrick has worked with Vimto, Kelloggs, GSK, Tesco and Arla Foods. The due will talk you through the flexible digital packaging process and outline the genuine benefits (and pitfalls) of it. Learn the truth from the world’s first true commercial producer of digital flexible pouches, and hear a fascinating client case study and success story.

CS Labels are exhibiting on stand K28, you can collect flexible packaging samples and chat to us about digital print.

The show is open Wednesday, 28 Feb, 10am – 5pm and Thursday, 1 Mar, 10am – 4pm.

Get your free tickets here.

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23 Jan 2017

Stand-Up Pouches – see them at the Label & Print Show 2017

Stand-up pouches are on show again this year at the Label and PrintExhibtion, a part of the EasyFairs show taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 1-2 March 2017. We’re on Stand G15, and you can click on the ticket link here to register for FREE!

We will have some samples of the various pouches and sachet that we can produce so you can see for yourself.   which

Our pouches are available in various materials and finishes, such as Double or tri laminate PET/PE films in metallic, clear, white and kraft paper constructions.  We use standard materials and high barrier for the more critical products. Our pouches are lightweight, use environmentally friendly inks, they have an easy close and open mechanism, and offer easy transportation and storage.

We can also manufacture them food safe to BRC (British Retail Consortium) standards in our specially designed clean room.

Size wise we offer stand up pouches from 80 to 300mm wide by 245mm high less the gusset, and also offer sachets at the most common size 80 x 60mm to 3 side seal for larger single use. Closing mechanisms are can be zip seal for multiple opening and closing or just a heat seal for one off use.

Why CS for your stand-up pouches?

At CS we’re much more than a printer selling a physical pouch or sachet. We want our customer to make the most of the benefits that digital can bring – flexibility, special effects, personalisation, versioning, variable data capabilities, and of course proven sound advice.

So don’t forget to get your ticket and come and talk to us and pick up a sample on G15!  Or if you can’t make the show this time call 01902 365840 or contact us about your stand-up pouches requirements.

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20 Feb 2016

Stand-Up Pouches – Look out for our dazzling unique samples at Packaging Innovations

Stand-up pouches are set to make a splash at this year’s Packaging Innovations exhibition taking place this week at the NEC in Birmingham (tickets here).

We have produced a top of the range, stylish looking range of unique samples that are filled with goodies – come to stand H22 and pick up yours free!

These pouches in particular are made from a natural PE Polyethylene material, and feature a silver MET PET migration barrier which makes them food safe to BRC (British Retail Consortium) standards. They are then coated with a gloss laminate which makes them stand out, offering a stunning finish and colour fastness.

What else do they feature?

  • A handy resalable zip
  • A tear off notch
  • A gusset that enables them to expand with the contents
  • The addition of Color logic special effects, the metallic rainbow you see really stands out  – check out the electric blue and other shiny colours
  • Personalisation! Each pouch is individual, in this project we used:
    • Personalised names
    • Country flags
    • Product name (project name)
    • Individual product code
  • Barcode area
  • Low minimum order
  • No printing plates or origination
  • And wait for it – hidden QR code in the gusset – we can print inside!

How could you make the most of them?

  • Promotional campaign – special event or small batches – think ‘Share a Coke’
  • Security and traceability of each and every pouch
  • Competition codes
  • Product mock ups – different varieties without having to order tens of thousands
  • Market testing
  • Personalisation for each customer

A well known brand of tea has just placed a significant order, watch this space for more details about why they chose digital for their stand-up pouches.

And don’t forget to come and talk to us and pick up a sample on H22!  Or if you can’t make the show this time call 01902 365840 or contact us about your stand-up pouch requirements.

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16 Feb 2016

Stand-Up Pouches Hit the Headlines

Our stand-up pouches will be a key feature at the Label and Print show next week. The event preview, which came out today, features our digital pouches and we are also mentioned in the Packaging Europe . We are currently the only company in the world that can print these using Xeikon technology.

The event is designed to showcase the latest in packaging technology and stand-up pouches, quite simply, are a huge part of the future when it comes to food, beverages, healthcare, personal products, non-food, fertilisers and paints.

As stand-up pouches can stand up on shelves, they add an extra dimension to product awareness. The materials we use have great barrier properties and we are BRC accredited for food applications.

Why not grab some samples from stand H22?

Our pouches mean you can enjoy flexibility never experienced before with the ability to order short runs starting from just 1,000 linear metres – you no longer have to order more than you need. Ordering from CS will mean that you won’t  incur expensive plate costs and we can provide a delivery time that you will appreciate.

Our pouches are carefully printed on a pouch, which is then sealed and pressure tested. Stock holding is minimal and the imagination is your only barrier when considering campaigns, promotions, versioning, personalisation, limited editions etc

Come and see for yourself at the show – we are on stand H22.

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