Yorkshire Packaging Systems are delighted to announce the installation of new shrink and stretch wrapping equipment at Food Store International Ltd, based in Sutton Coldfield. 

Food Store International are the go-to supplier of many grocery retailers, sourcing, fulfilling and delivering a wide array of food and non-food products and services to them competitively, efficiently and reliably. As a B2B supplier of ambient, frozen and perishable goods, Food Store International’s products are found in major supermarkets, high street stores, wholesalers and distributors both in the UK and overseas, including Costa Coffee, Hilton Hotels, Carrefour and IKEA. 

Food store International contacted YPS aiming to upgrade their existing wrapping equipment to increase capacity and speed. The semi-automatic inline sleeve sealer they owned was too slow to cope with growing demand for their most popular products, including trayed cans of drinks. Following a site visit, YPS recommended a fully automatic sleeve sealer, which achieves wrapping speeds of up to 15 packs per minute with the flexibility to wrap singles and multipacks. YPS also identified that a stretch wrapping machine would improve efficiency in Food Store International’s despatch department by automating the pallet wrapping process. The portable S6 robot wrapper was an ideal solution to tackle their entire product range, delivering self-propelled wrapping power for pallets of any size and shape, coupled with a compact footprint and a FDS mechanical brake suitable for pre-stretched film. 

The shrink wrapping machine was delivered only three days after an official order was placed and was installed by YPS’s specialist engineers the following day with comprehensive training delivered simultaneously. The pallet wrapping robot followed shortly later, in spite of expected long delays related to COVID. A two visit service contract was included without charge to ensure ongoing preventative maintenance for both wrapping operations. Since the initial upgrade, Food Store International have also invested in a motorised infeed conveyor from YPS to further automate their shrink wrapping line and are seeing great returns on speed and efficiency targets.

Larne Patrick, Sales Manager at Yorkshire Packaging Systems added ‘Food Store International supply some of the largest grocery retailers in the world, so it’s important that their in-house packaging facilities measure up. It was a pleasure to help them achieve their goals with our high-quality shrink and stretch wrapping systems.’