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Boulder Brands Packaging Development

When Boulder Brands UK Ltd, a Gluten Free bakery in Deeside, won a contract with a major retailer to supply own-brand products, they needed extra resource to ensure the product was launched in time.  They did not want to take on a full-time temporary packaging technologist as there was not enough work for them to justify this.  I was engaged directly by the company to work 2-3 days per week, two days on site, the remainder working from home, initially for a few weeks. Whilst I was there I;

  • Project managed the launch of packaging for 23 new own label products plus subsequent redesigns
  • Specified packaging materials and dimensions for a number of bakery products over a variety of formats – flow-wrap, wicketted bags, cartons, high barrier vacuum pouches and shelf-ready packaging.
  • Wrote and approved the packaging specs
  • Managed the artwork approval process internally and with the retailer
  • Conducted the necessary line trials
  • Liaised with packaging suppliers to ensure packaging delivered to the site in time for launch

After the initial launch of 10 lines, I worked on the introduction of further ROB lines for the same customer, another major retailer and also on Boulder Brand’s own brand – Udis.

After a number of months, it became clear that a full-time packaging professional was now required by the business.  I assisted with the recruitment process and once the permanent position was filled, stayed on for another few weeks to ensure a successful handover period.