S&L Catering, a manufacturer of packaged sandwiches based in West Yorkshire, UK, has turned out to ULMA to upgrade its sandwich packaging capabilities.
S&L Catering turns out thousands of sandwiches of all kinds using its brand name Northern Bites. Under a National Health Service contract awarded to the company, its products find their way into hospitals nationwide and they are also on the menu at a number of northern universities, notably those in Leeds and Huddersfield.
Vending companies are also among those who know the value-for-money provided by Northern Bites and, with business booming, its partners Richard Lisle and Simon Shaw - who founded the enterprise nine years ago - were looking round for extra packaging equipment, particularly something which could handle the run of wedge-shaped sandwiches.
Shaw, whose catering background complements his partner's experience in sales, explained: "We wanted increased speed and convenience and that is what we have bought by going for Ulma's TF-Plus 320 automatic thermoformer, which has been fitted with an easy-open feature. And we have not regretted the move, now the machine has settled in, it has been a very good choice for us."
Not that S&L would have expected anything else, as they are 'old' friends of Ulma. "We bought an Ulma flow-wrapper two years ago," said Shaw.
"We know the company's products and we knew Derek Paterson (Ulma's UK managing director) so when we were looking for something new we naturally went to see Ulma first.
"We saw the TF-Plus at a show in Birmingham, found it could do the job we wanted it for and were pleasantly surprised to find it came in very competitively priced and with the right specification for S&L compared to the market leaders. However, we knew we would be getting typical Ulma quality, as the Atlanta flow-wrapper has never let us down in nearly two and a half years of seven days a week useage. It has been the most reliable machine we have ever bought."
The TF-plus's stainless steel construction serves well for corrosion resistance, sanitation and ease of cleaning, and is one of the top sellers in the Ulma range both for food and non-food packaging. It can cope with both flexible and rigid packaging and its control system is easy to operate, the company claims.
Derek Paterson said: "It is always rewarding when a customer returns with another order. It helps to prove that we are getting it right and, with the TF range of machines, we now know we have some good solid references in the market. Time and again we find that their solid construction, flexibility of specification and ease of use makes them the most suitable thermoformers for a wide range of applications."
Spanish company Ulma Packaging has grown into a group, with subsidiaries in 14 countries throughout the world. With 40 years of experience and with a team of over 400 people, the company offers a wide range of solutions for virtually any packaging requirement in the food and non-food sectors.