Flying Farmers Association visit to Produce Packaging
Produce Packaging were delighted to host a visit from the Flying Farmers Association at our Marden HQ on the 20th April. Along with our colleagues from H L Hutchinson we welcomed visitors from across the country.
Landing at nearby Headcorn Aerodrome, 12 aircraft and 28 members of the FFA had arrived from as far afield as Warwickshire to enjoy a combination of their passions – flying and farming. For the full story click here…
Spalding Depot Extension - Update April 22
In addition to the many invisible tasks that are completed every day, sometimes there big ones. The roof is complete on the new extension and it won’t be long before it’s weather tight and floor and fitting can commence. We can’t wait to move in and use the full potential of this investment to streamline and our operation and increase efficiencies across the business. Follow the whole project here…
100% pass rate so far! Investing in our people is always a priority and we are very happy to be training our own HGV drivers for the future. We are also investing in vehicles to provide the flexibility needed to ensure first class customer service. Meet our new drivers here…..
Spalding Depot Extension - Update April 22
Despite the date, this is a genuine update! The whole steel frame is now up and ready to be clad and made weather tight. It’s been perfect to date and a little “weather” won’t stop us now. We are very happy with the progress and can’t wait to see the roof on! Follow the whole project here…
Spalding Depot Extension - Update March 22
The first tangible results following months of groundwork are rising into the spring sky! The first steels for the Spalding extension have gone up this week and the weather has conspired to help for a change. Follow the whole project here…
Spalding Depot Expansion - Update March 22
Piling almost complete and additional drainage going in too. Big Toy (as the piling machine has come to be known) towers over the existing building as it starts its work. Follow the whole project here…
Ops Manager - Position now filled
We would like to thank all of the applicants for the role of Operations Manager based at our depot in Marden, Kent. The position is now filled but we were impressed by the quality of candidates. Thank you for your interest and we wish you every success going forward.
Spalding Depot Expansion
Another new year and another new project! Expansion of our Spalding depot and updates to its facilities and systems has begun. Keep up to date with the journey via the button below, or follow us on Twitter and Linked In
Car Charging Points at Marden
Investment in our Head Office site has continued with the installation of three car charging points. The anxiety of “will I make it?!” has been removed for colleagues and visitors alike. First to the ‘pump’ was Gordon and his Tesla…
Alan Sharp Retires
After 18 years of valued and professional service, Alan Sharp has hung up his keys to the fleet and retired to put his feet up. A well earned rest after his calm and charming manner has been delivered countless times along with innumerable products to hundreds of customers.
The team gathered to say thank you and to wish him well for his long and happy retirement.
New trainee HGV drivers
Why buy, when you can train? To ensure that we have the right people looking after the future of our business, we have elected to train our own drivers. In this increasingly competitive market we can ensure that our future fleet understands our industry.
Waddington Europe MONOAIR (TM)
Waddington Europe, long standing partners of Produce Packaging, have made recycling easy with their new padless soft fruit punnet range. No more bubble pads required! The MONOAIR(TM) range will be available for the 2022 UK soft fruit season from Produce Packaging.
Head Office Development pt4
Finished! A tad overdue (but isn’t everything at the moment?) but complete and everybody is in their new home. It really is quite a transformation. Spacious, light and with hugely improved facilities, Marden will continue to be home for Produce Packaging for years to come.
Partners in punnets
Waddington Europe (part of the Novolex Group) have been promoting the benefits of working with strong, reliable partners. For over 10 years Produce Packaging have been this partner in the development and distribution of the WE soft fruit punnet range. Both have seen significant growth in this sector and are still developing the range and seeking new opportunities…
New Customer Services Administrator
Becca joined us in May at our Head Office in Marden, Kent. With a background in customer service and sales, she is ideally suited for internal or “tele” sales whilst also supporting our external sales team whilst they are on the road.
Alan Cole has over 25 years’ experience of buying and stock management experience predominately in the IT Infrastructure environment. Alan joined the business at the end of April and is already enjoying the role.
Head Office Development pt3
Following further upgrades to the warehouse areas and facilities – great progress has been made on the new office suite. Insulated walls are all up and the windows have gone in prior to the exterior face-lift. Extensive electricals have preceded the installation of the fresh air system and the suspended ceilings are almost done. Starting to look less like a site and more like a building! Even Unit 10 looks happy. Two weeks to finish phase 1 then the old offices will get their much needed upgrade in phase 2. Everyone is very much looking forward to it!
Head Office Development pt2
It has been a little while coming but so very pleased that such progress has been made. The external changes are subtle but important, however the real story is inside. Occupying what previously was largely a thoroughfare in our smallest warehouse, the new steel frame for our expanded office and conference suite is now in place. When combined with the refurbishment of the existing office space, it will be 3 times as big, 3 times as bright and using the latest in technology and facilities. This will help us to ensure we have a comfortable and productive work space for many years to come. We hope to see some walls up shortly!
New Buying Manager
We would like to congratulate Denise Powell on her appointment as Buying Manager for Produce Packaging!
Denise has over 20 years of buying experience in the fresh produce industry including various roles in packaging. Having previously worked for Fresh Plus, Berry Gardens and Poupart Ltd she has gained a wealth of experience in the sector.
New Business Development Manager for Scotland and the North of England
We are delighted to announce that Kyle Murdoch has joined the PP team as Business Development Manager for Scotland.
Kyle is an experienced and passionate sales, business development and marketing professional with over twelve years’ experience working across various industry sectors. Kyle will be working alongside Lee Cooper to further support our existing customers, as well as looking to develop our fresh foods customer base in this important area of the country.
2021 Berry Yearbook
Lee Cooper – Business Development Manager at Produce Packaging – is featured in the 2021 Berry Yearbook. The article covers the progress of and decision making in material choice for the UK soft fruit packaging industry and some of the challenges faced in 2020. Read the full article here…
Head Office Development
The redevelopment of our Marden site continues despite the weather! In January 2021 we embarked on a program of developments and improvements to our Head Office site in Marden, Kent. Lead by a need to improve our ergonomics and provide for the next 30 years growth, we are installing brand new offices and public areas, new access to the site separating commercial transport from individual vehicles, new warehouse traffic links, improved staff facilities and the latest in technology. All with the purpose of providing even better service to our loyal customers and the scale to service our new ones. Whilst these significant changes take place, we will of course maintain our usual high standards of service.
New Year - New Branding
Produce Packaging have ambitious plans for 2021 – first out of the blocks alongside this new website is the launch of our updated branding. Some of the sharp-eyed will no doubt have seen this already as it began to appear in December 2020. In the coming weeks you will see this replace all of the old branding, from Business Cards to Boxes. Our previous logo has served us well for nearly 15 years and this, like previous versions, is an evolution to match the ambition and vision of the next chapter of our growth.