Bag-in-Box Smart Inventions

“An innovative, flexible packaging that flattens the competition” is the best way to describe CDF Corporation’s bag in box design. The Cheertainer bag in box is a gusseted, form-fit multi-ply bag that is marketed towards chemicals, cosmetics, food & beverage and medical markets. Although relatively new to manufacturing in the Plymouth area, the product goes back to 1995 in Asia, relates Product Manager Iris Thomas. The product is patented and owned by Japan’s Hosokawa Yoko Co.

The Cheertainer bag-in-box holds a wide range of markets, ranging from food & beverages to paints, inks and petroleum. So what is the big draw to Cheertainer? Iris Thomas feels the Cheertainer is a “real hit” because of the sustainability movement, she continues, “it’s a flexible bag, and a replacement to rigid packaging.” She continues, “The bags use less plastic, which translates into saving in warehouse space and transportation, which saves fuel and money,” she says, “they generally have lower cost performance because they’re better in fill and dispensing. It dispenses almost 100 percent of product,” she explains, “There’s not a lot of product trapped in the fold. It’s also safer than rigid packaging.”  In Plymouth, CDF is capable of manufacturing five million bags a year; however the plant is a long way from reaching capacity.

Further advantages to the Cheertainer include, replacing rigid packaging like cube-shaped inserts, cans and plastic pails, the Cheertainer is suitable for semi-automatic and fully automatic lines. The design of the Cheertainer is essentially a flat bag, this design minimizes shipping and warehouse space requirements, the flexibility, and shape minimizes dead space, this allows for more products per pallet. Using the consumer has benefits for using the Cheertainer, the bag fills without using air which eliminates splashing and foaming, the bag has superior seam strength and the fitment is always in the correct position, furthermore the lack of internal folds improves the filling and dispensing of the product- the dispensing if so accurate ranging around 99.9% dispensing of nearly any product.

There’s more to Cheer about!

In the CDF family is Cheer Pack, also deriving from Hosokawa in Asia, a stand up pouch with a cap, good for dispensing yogurts, ice creams and jellies. Cheer Packs President Steve Gosling, has supplied its Cheer Pack to Dole Foods Canada which distributes its five flavors of applesauce in the pouch.

Gosling states, “We produce 1.2 billion pouches a year with this fitting and ninety percent is for children’s products.” The pouches can now be found at seven national food stores, including Whole Foods and Babies R Us. Steve Gosling described the pouches as convenient because of their reclosable application, the no spill advantage and the shelf life of the product is stable for 24 months.

Made with multi-layer laminate material, with an outer layer of polyester which is capable of high-resolution graphic printing, a layer of aluminum foil for excellent barrier properties, another layer of polyester for shock and pressure resistance and lastly, internal layer of polyethylene for direct food contact.

The typical markets for Cheer Pack include energy drinks, beverages, yogurt, and sorbet. Other markets include cosmetics, gels, inks, shampoos, lotions and creams. One of the advantages of the pouches is the tamper-evident, screw on top to ensure safe usage.

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