Award-Winning Meta® Pail with Smart Pail inside

Disrupting Traditional Packaging—Transforming the Supply Chain

The Meta® Pail is a semi-rigid, vacuum-formed, plastic pail insert with a hermetically sealed laminated film lid, housed within an 8-sided corrugated Meta container. Meta Pail transports semi-viscous, solid, and most liquid products currently shipped in plastic pails.

There is a massive shift in consciousness with regard to packaging, and CDF is proud to be a forerunner on creating this disruptive Mindful Packaging technology with overwhelmingly positive benefits throughout the supply chain. We’re excited about Meta Pail, and want to share everything we know so you’ll have all the information you need to use this innovative packaging to transform your supply chain. Think of this page as a guide to the award-winning Meta Pail.

That’s right, we’re not the only ones impressed with this flexible packaging solution. Meta Pail was voted the unanimous winner of Industrial Pack’s Best New Product of 2019 and was showcased in the feature area at North America’s biggest event for the industrial, transit, and protective packaging industry! The judges were impressed at its innovation and ability to address sustainable packaging concerns of customers by producing a more recyclable product while lowering supply chain costs on all fronts: operational, storage, handling, transportation, disposal.

What’s on This Page

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Benefits of Shifting to Meta Pail
Packaging for the F&B and Industrial Markets
Design Improvement Creating a Shift for the Supply Chain
Making Packaging Better for the Manufacturer
Making Packaging Better for the Distributor
Making Packaging Better for Sales & Marketing
Making Packaging Better for the Customer/End-User
Sustainability: Saving the Environment and Your Bottom Line
How to Shift Your Operations: Equipment Options

Benefits of Shifting Your Operation to Meta Pail

Lower your operational, storage, handling, and transportation supply chain costs—some benefits include:

  • Meta Pail weighs approximately 60% less than a plastic pail
  • Ensure absolute purity of your product
  • Less trucking: (use margin language) 16K+ nested Smart Pail inserts per truck vs. typical 6,500 pails
  • 33% more filled and sealed Meta Pails per pallet = savings on transportation costs
  • 8-sided container offers unique branding opportunities
  • Unique tamper-evident lidding film
  • Easy open and close, with lidding options
  • Manual, semi-automatic, automatic equipment options available based on operations size and production volume

Packaging for the F&B and Industrial Markets

Flexible packaging describes much more than just the physical aspects of what we produce for B2B customers at CDF Corporation. Flexible packaging also allows customers to fill without trapping air, gurgling, and sloshing. But what truly makes our flexible packaging “flexible” is the increasing number of applications they are being used for in the food and beverage sector. Flexible packaging has long proven its value in the wine industry. Now, more and more forward-thinking companies are considering its uses for other food products, including dairy.

Flexible packaging has long proven its value in the wine industry. Now, more and more forward-thinking companies are considering its uses for other food products, including dairy.

In fact, while its use extends far beyond food and beverage purposes, it’s perfectly suited for the many products in the F&B industry:

Solids and dry goods: croutons, diced fruit, frozen fruit, spices, pet food

Semi-Viscous: sauces, dressings, condiments (mayonnaise, pickles, relish), bakery goods (flavorings, fillings, frosting, toppings, puree, compote), and more

Liquids: dairy (yogurt, cheese, ice cream, sweetened condensed milk), dyes, pigments, and more

Industrial sector: adhesives, inks, and lubricants

Design Improvements Creating a Shift for the Supply Chain

Packaging, by its very nature, requires changing of hands. Your product needs to get from place to place throughout the supply chain. Optimally, the needs of every stakeholder are met with every stop along its journey. We know that packaging impacts all stakeholders in the supply chain. This was a primary concern when we designed the Meta Pail: to meet the needs of the many who depend on its innovative utility. We consider the needs and requirements of the:

  • Manufacturer
  • Distributor
  • Sales & Marketing
  • End-User/Customer

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Making Packaging Better for the Manufacturer

Manufacturers are concerned about managing the bulk packaging as it comes into their plants, gets filled, and ships out to distributors. They struggle logistically with the bulky, cumbersome storage of 5-gallon pails, which also create challenges in filling and delivery. Finding ways to decrease price and weight, while increasing manufacturing efficiencies, and maintaining proper sanitation is always on their minds.

  • Lowers supply chain costs: operational, storage, handling, transportation
  • Ensures the absolute purity of product
  • Saves space from less packaging—collapsible insert for improved space savings at both
    the processor and end-user
  • Unique Smart Seal technology provides excellent strength and product protection
  • Manual, semi-automatic, automatic equipment options available based on operations size and production volume; with project design, engineering, and full support through turn-key installation and line integration for automatic installations

Making Packaging Better for the Distributor

A good day for distributors is one when they meet all deliveries on time. Distributors like efficiency and demand it to maximize load capacity and decrease transport redundancies. It would be even better if they could deliver more product per truck, which would help decrease overall transport costs and save time and effort along the way.

  • One extra layer per pallet; 33% savings on transportation costs and operational efficiency
  • Shipping density on all incoming materials will increase by at least 15% when compared to pails
  • Designed to fit 48 filled units on a 40” x 48” pallet
  • Allows for double pallet stacking, maximizing your storage efficiencies
  • Less storage and trucking space: 1 pallet of Smart Pail inserts equals 2 1/2 pallets of plastics pails

Making Packaging Better for Sales & Marketing

Who doesn’t want increased product awareness? Each truckload of poorly labeled pails represents missed opportunities. Sales & marketing wants more than just a drab label slapped on the top or side of the plastic buckets—they wonder how to achieve more professional marketing and positive brand awareness on packaging. Also, the sales team needs better answers to questions about plastic containers overloading landfills, because even though they are recyclable, end users can’t be bothered with the proper disposal of big plastic buckets.

  • Private label opportunities
  • Market product with enhanced exposure
  • Optimizes retail shelf visibility, providing the opportunity to attract new customers
  • Improves sustainability scorecard—significantly reduces life-cycle environmental impact vs. plastic pails

Making Packaging Better for the Customer/End-User

Customers have their share of long days, complete with the ergonomic challenges of opening and closing containers, scooping product, and hoisting containers of bulk product. The smallest gain in task efficiency represents an appreciable improvement: lighter bulk containers, easier opening lids than those of 5-gallon pails that never come off without a fight, and more sanitary assurances for re-lidding. Storage and disposal present issues—either stacked too high and cumbersome to get to, or in the way until recycling day. Customers would rather spend energy on more important business concerns, like growth.

Customers in the foodservice and bulk product sectors want convenience and efficiency. The consumer at home, the corporate food and beverage manufacturer and distributor, and the end-use customer at the local restaurant or F&B producer all look for the same properties and benefits from their flexible packaging—among them are the needs for:

  • Food safety
  • Extended shelf life
  • Ease of use and handling
  • Dispensability
  • Resealability
  • Durability
  • Mobility and transport convenience
  • Decrease product residual and waste—full evacuation from packaging
  • Positive sustainability profile for packaging

  • Unique tamper-evident lidding film—ideal for foods and condiments
  • No separate lid to track or pick up contaminants
  • Easy open, easy close with large peel-reseal lidding structure—hybrid peel option with peel-reseal and one-pull features for ease of disposal
  • One-peel lidding option for one-time use products
  • Lighter weight than a 5-gallon plastic pail—easy handling

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Sustainability: Saving the Environment and Your Bottom Line

Everyone wins when we work collectively toward sustainability goals. When we all pitch in through simple practices and everyday business decisions, we all get there. Meta Pail is just one of CDF’s Mindful Packaging solutions that helps you meet your sustainability initiatives, for your business and the planet. Here are some sustainable packaging statistics about Meta Pail:

  • Less disposal volume, easier to recycle: 4 collapsed Smart Pails fit into the space of
    1 five-gallon plastic pail
  • Reduced impact on climate change (CO2 emissions) by 52% over rigid pails
  • 72% less solid waste than rigid pails
  • 64% less energy usage than rigid pails**
  • Recyclable components: HDPE pail and corrugated container
  • Ability to collapse or nest for minimized and efficient disposal/recycling—takes up less space in a truck, plant, or dumpster

**Environmental analysis performed by a third party

How to Shift Your Operations: Equipment Options

CDF and WestRock understand the role new equipment plays in a packaging change. WestRock’s Automated Packaging Systems division (APS) has expertise in plant layout, design, and equipment customization and integration. Together, CDF and WestRock will deliver a seamless turn-key installation and line intergration.

Financial justification is also a key component. Together, we will calculate the total cost of ownership, and ensure the Meta Pail solution meets your short- and long-term financial requirements. Additionally, we offer several purchase options, including leasing and product upcharge.

Once you’ve decided to shift to Meta Pail, CDF and WestRock will take the fear and guesswork out by providing pilot equipment for packaging validation and customer trials. After qualification, we will customize the right equipment solution to meet your production needs. Once installed, you will experience increased operational efficiencies and labor savings.

Semi-Automatic Shuttle Sealer

The Semi-Automatic Shuttle Sealer is a single-station, floor model, shuttle-type heat sealer designed for small- to medium-volume production requirements. These machines are specifically designed for tub applications using lidding material exclusively for WestRock/CDF Corporation. These high-quality machines are ideal for start-up operations, back-up equipment, cellular production lines, or low- to medium-volume in-house packaging.

Manual Shuttle Sealer

  • Perfect for small production
  • Speed: 1-4 Smart Pails/minute
  • Heavy-duty industrial design floor model
  • Manual film feed/scrap rewind
  • Automatic seal and trim
  • Clear or random print capability with option of registered print-film capability
  • Manual push/pull tub shuttle into/out of
    seal station
  • Option for applications requiring modified
    atmosphere packaging (MAP)
  • Low capital investment

Inline Sealer: (High Volume)

  • Fully automatic
  • Perfect for high-volume production
  • Max speed: up to 12 pails per minute
  • System Includes:
    • Smart Pail Insert De-Nester
    • AITS-21 Inline Heat Sealer
    • Pick N’ Place Pail Insert Loader

Semi-Automatic

  • Perfect for small to medium production
  • Speed: 1-4 Smart Pails/minute
  • Heavy-duty industrial design floor model
  • Stainless steel structure
  • Automatic film feed, seal and trim, and
    scrap rewind
  • Clear or random print capability with option of registered print-film capability
  • Auto tub shuttle in/out of seal station
  • Auto tub lift/eject system
  • Option for applications requiring modified atmosphere packaging (MAP)
  • Low capital investment

Disruptive Innovation

Consider this: what if making key changes in your supply chain sets you apart from competitors, setting you up for future growth? Are you actively making the sustainable packaging shift now—or will you be reacting to it too late? Find out how two innovative technologies integrate to replace plastic pails!

Contact us to explore what you can do to set up your company with a successful, sustainable Mindful Packaging system that will positively impact your entire supply chain. How will you reposition your company ahead of the sustainable packaging shift? We’re happy to consult with you on it; contact us now to discover your options!

Yes, let’s talk about Meta Pail!

META®PAIL WITH SMART PAIL INSIDE 

This highly effective Mindful Packaging solution delivers superior performance by:

  • Optimizing your supply chain via space savings, and transport and handling efficiencies
  • Reducing transportation costs
  • Lowering operational costs
  • Improving your sustainability score card
  • Transforming your future growth potential

 

Typical Meta Pail Markets

  • Condiments
  • Frosting
  • Diced fruit
  • Dressings & Sauces
  • Pet food
  • Adhesives
  • Inks
  • Lubricants

Benefits

  • Ensures the absolute purity of your product.
  • Unique tamper evident lidding film – idea for foods and condiments.
  • Easy open, easy close with large peel-reseal lidding structure.
  • Lighter weight than 5 gallon plastic pail.
  • 17,000 empty Smart Pails shipped nested to filler vs. typical 6,500 pails = less trucking!
  • Easy to dispose – recyclable, collapsible plastic & corrugated.
  • Space savings – collapsible Smart Pail takes up less space in a plant and dumpster!
  • Smart Pail will help you hit your sustainability initiatives.

Pail

  • Semi-rigid and collapsible, 2.5 to 5 gallon sizes
  • No weight restrictions
  • Nestable and light weight, weighing less than ½ lb. – over 18,000 per incoming truck

Lidding

  • Various lid film options including peel/reseal, peel and dispose lid, barrier and recyclable
  • Printed resealable film lid provides an excellent oxygen barrier that ensures purity of product- making it ideal for food applications
  • Unique tamper evident system integrated into the film lidding
  • No separate lid to track or pick up floor contaminants
  • Unique Smart Seal technology, provides excellent strength and product protection

Container

  • Meta case is formed from a flat die around a mandrel to precise dimensions
  • Precision formed corrugated case is stronger than a comparable RSC
  • Multi-faced 8-sided container offers unique branding opportunity

Shipping/ Palletization/ Stacking

  • Designed to fit 48 filled units on a 40” x 48” pallet
  • Collapsible pail for improved space savings at both the processor and end-user
  • Meta case allows for double pallet stacking, maximizing your handling efficiencies while improving your sustainability scorecard

Equipment Options

  • Semi-automatic (Meta 8 or KD 8)
  • Fully-automatic (Meta 8 or KD 8)
    • Systems available for several levels of output

The equipment is capable of running:

  • Mandrel-formed 8-sided corrugate pail and integrated thermoformed pail
  • Meta KD 8 case with integrated thermoformed pail
  • Hand erected Meta KD 8 with thermoformed pails

Support

  • Project design, engineering and support from beginning to end
  • Turn-key installation and line integration

Sustainability

  • Significantly reduces the life-cycle environment impact vs. plastic pails

Meta Pail with Smart Pail Inside

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Prior to use, the user shall independently determine the suitability of the products for the user’s intended use and user assumes all risk and liability whatsoever in connection therewith. CDF products are intended for single use application. Any reuse of the liner and/or fitment voids the warranty.