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BRC Audit 2018

Marsden Packaging: Another AA BRC Grade for 2018

Double A’s For Marsden Packaging Once Again

February marks the return of the much anticipated British Retail Consortiums (BRC) annual audit, and as we move into Spring, the results are released to those involved. Marsden Packaging have been privileged enough to have been awarded full marks since 2010, and we are elated to report that 2018 is no different. Achieving the coveted AA grade for yet another year serves as welcome recognition for the hard work that everyone at Marsden Packaging puts in to make our company an industry leader.

The BRC certification and grading system is a globally recognised award, which is now used in over 120 countries worldwide across 22,000 suppliers to the food industry – to consistently receive the highest grade possible really does illustrate Marsden Packaging’s committed approach to providing the best in packaging quality assurance.

In addition to achieving the double A award, we have just completed one of Marsden Packaging’s busiest Valentine’s/Easter periods ever – producing in excess of 500,000 Valentine’s Day products and 3.7 million Easter Eggs. All delivered to their respective customers on schedule and in full. To be awarded AA this month, whilst working through such a busy time is something we are immensely proud of and equally delighted about.


Christmas at Marsden Packaging is all wrapped up!

Christmas 2017 started early for the team at Marsden Packaging. It began back in June when we began the production process for just short of two million individual items for a broad range of customers and High Street retailers.

Amongst the products we have had the pleasure of packing this season, Advent calendars have been a key trend and featured strongly with retailers this year. We’ve been trusted with the production of close to 200,000 Advent calendars for this holiday season, a fact that we’re very proud of!

We are delighted that we have been able to meet all of our customers’ requirements “In Full and On Time” throughout the season.

We feel very accomplished now that the busy Christmas period is completed, but we now move straight into Valentine’s Day and the Easter production!


Marsden Packaging Wins International Award in Chicago

Marsden Packaging are delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded the highly coveted Packstar Quality Excellence Award by software suppliers Nulogy. The international award recognises the company who has best leveraged Nulogy solutions to deliver a high quality of service, earning the position of most trusted supplier to their customers.

We saw off global competition for the title, which considers the use of Nulogy resources relating to the quality and safety of packed goods and the attention to detail in the level of service which clients receive.

Nulogy noted the reputation we’ve built for delivering a very high quality of service to our customers and our continued efforts to leverage our innovative use of technology to help drive an even higher standard. In particular that we were able to exceed the expectations of one of our major global food brand customers, Weetabix Food Co, being the first to comply with new data-upload requirements in its SAP system.

One factor contributing to the award was the use of technologies to improve product traceability, production efficiency and achieving business growth. The use of Nulogy’s QCloud has led to a 50 percent reduction in time spent on quality checks and data preparation allowing the sharing of metrics with customers much more quickly and this was a decisive contributor to the award win.

The award was given at a ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, on May 8th and follows the award of the highest rating from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) certification last month.

“Between our AA certification from the BRC and now a prestigious international award it’s been a really terrific few weeks for us at Marsden Packaging” said owner Michael Briggs, “my congratulations go to all of our team here in Blackburn.”

“Nulogy is privileged to work with some of the most innovative and forward-thinking supply chain leaders, who are able to leverage our solutions to drive an even higher standard of order execution.” said Nulogy CEO Jason Tham. “It is my honor to recognize Marsden Packaging with the ‘Quality Excellence’ award for their outstanding achievements in quality control over the past year.”

We’ve also received praise from our clients, with Weetabix Co-Manufacturing Supplier Manager Sarah Rice-Smith noting “given the challenge to comply with our new data input requirements in 3 months, we were very impressed to see that Marsden Packaging was our first supplier to meet our requirements and amazingly did so in 1 week. Very well done”!


Here’s the full length version of the video above: find out how we’ve improved quality control processes, customer service and profitability by leveraging QCloud and PackManager.


Global Food Safety Initiative standard

Marsden Packaging awarded highest grade again by BRC

We’re delighted to announce that following our evaluation in February, Marsden Packaging has again been awarded an AA grade in the annual British Retail Consortium (BRC) audit. This much sought after grade is the highest which can be awarded by the Consortium.

The BRC is the leading trade association for UK retailing. With BRC certification now being used by over 22,000 suppliers to the food industry across more than 120 countries internationally it is also globally recognised and respected certification.

The Certificate of Conformity takes into account a variety of factors relating to the safety and quality of stored foods in determining the grade awarded, with Marsden scoring very well across the board. Four areas of services were evaluated for the grade, Bakery, Dried Foods and Ingredients, Confectionery and Breakfast Cereals and Snacks.

“Consistently achieving the highest BRC grade demonstrates Marsden Packaging’s continued commitment to offering their customers the very highest levels of Quality Assurance.” commented Marsden Packaging’s owner Michael Briggs. “We’re very proud of the performance of our products and of the standard of service which our clients receive, so we’re delighted to have this validated by an esteemed and established body in the form of the BRC. It’s a credit to the hard work of all of our team in Blackburn”.


Contract Packing pre Christmas

Christmas 2014 Contract Packing Completed!

Here at Marsden Packaging we’re delighted to announce that we’ve completed all of our Christmas 2014 packaging projects in full and on time. This fantastic achievement has been achieved by our highly dedicated team, who’ve risen to the challenge despite the ever-increasing demands from our customers for us to provide packaging that’s more innovative and more complex.

So how have we managed to meet these demands? It’s all down to the flexible nature of our workforce and the state-of-the-art equipment and systems we use. When put together, this means we’re able to offer our clients an unbeatable range of services, designed to meet tight deadlines whilst providing the very latest innovations in product packing.

Some of the biggest names in retailing have benefited from our services during the busy pre-Christmas period this year including ASDA, BHS, Boots, Debenhams, Elizabeth Shaw, Next, Primark, Sainsbury, Tesco and Waitrose to name but a few. We’re hope they’re all as delighted as we are and we’re looking forward to working on their packing in 2015.

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our clients a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2015.

Co Packing

Co-packing with Marsden Packaging to expand your packing capacity

We take great pride in our professional approach to contract packaging and we’ve designed our range of services to meet the individual requirements of our customers.

Marsden Packaging is based in Blackburn, Lancashire and our state-of-the-art co-packing facility enables us to offer both chilled and ambient production, making us one of the few contact packing companies in the UK to offer such a diverse range of services. We understand that safety is paramount – especially where food products are concerned – and we have three separate cold storage areas to allow for product segregation if required. For additional reassurance, our control and monitoring systems have been linked to an external surveillance provider to ensure round-the-clock product safety.

We work with some of the biggest names in the UK food industry, including Nestle, Cadbury, Heinz and Kellogs and our experienced team are highly skilled in all aspects of product packaging. Our range of services includes different options to suit your requirements and we have the expertise to pack a vast range of products, from food items and toiletries, through to promotional literature, magazines and household items.
Our full range of co-packing services covers flow wrapping, shrink wrapping, bagging, clip strips, labelling, downsizing and re-packing. We are also able to undertake product modifications by hand and our previous contracts have included promotional and seasonal work.

We have invested in the very latest weighing and bagging equipment and our high-tech co-packing plant has been equipped to ensure accuracy, reliability and efficiency across all of our services. Our versatile, highly controllable computer aided weighing machines offer total accuracy and can be used to weigh a wide range of products to the highest degrees of accuracy and consistency.

Packaging your products in a way that is both attractive and durable is simple, thanks to our bagging, flow wrapping, shrink wrapping and over packing services. Hand packing is particularly suited to breakable or fragile items and is perfect for packaging unusually shaped products or gift sets. Our hand packing service offers exceptional value for money and here at Marsden Packaging we’re happy to discuss your individual requirements.

For a more traditional look plastic jars or bottles are pretty hard to beat and are a popular way to package a wide range of products such as sweets and confectionary. We also have a range of state-of-the-art cartonning machinery, designed to assemble, glue and then fill cartons of all shapes and sizes. The ideal solution for packing food, household items or toiletries, our cartonning machines are operated by a skilled team with experience of handling a wide variety of carton products.

At Marsden Packaging we’re proud of our reputation for offering high quality, reliable co-packing services to businesses throughout the UK. If you would like further information on any of our services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Contract Packing Team

Contract Packing with Marsden Packaging

Marsden Packaging Limited have been offering a range of efficient, reliable contract packing services for many years and our clients have included some of the biggest names in the UK food industry.

Our services are designed to cover the contract packing needs of our customers and we’re proud to be amongst the select few contract packing companies in the UK with the capability to offer ambient and chilled packaging services alongside storage facilities and a national transport service.

Here at Marsden Packaging we’ve invested in state-of-the-art multi-head weighing machinery, designed to offer superb efficiency, accuracy and value for money to our clients.  Our multi-head weighing service can be used to accurately weigh products from just 5 grammes up to 2,000 grammes and allows for unparalleled consistency throughout your product range.    When used with our bagging service, multi-head weighing is ideal for packaging a huge range of different products with intricate accuracy.

We use fast, efficient bagging machines to produce product bags to meet the exact requirements of our customers.  Our contract packing services are designed to offer versatility and we have the capability to create a range of high quality product bags, from the standard ‘pillow’ style bags, through to quad bags, tucked gusset bags and pouches.

Our range of contract packing services also includes cartonning and over recent years we have invested in several state-of-the-art ‘sachet in carton machines,’ designed erect and then fill cartons in a wide range of sizes and styles.  Our skilled, experienced staff will ensure that your products are handled with the utmost care and we believe that our cartonning services offer an exceptionally efficient method of assembling and then filling cartons.

Cartons are an eye-catching way to package a range of products from food and toiletries through to household products.  Thanks to our high-tech cartonning machines, we are able to offer our clients the option to assemble cartons in a wide range of different designs of carton, from the traditional square or rectangular through to wave or hexagonal-shaped styles – the choice is yours.

If you’re looking for an efficient yet cost-effective way to pack your products we think you’ll find our flow wrapping services hard to beat.  A key area of our contract packing services, flow wrapping is ideal for a whole host of different products, from food or beauty products, through to free gifts or promotional items, designed to be included with another product.

Clip strip product displays are the ideal way to make the most of impulse buys made at the point of sale and we can clip strip items into a range of different display lengths, suitable for displaying products either behind a bar, end or mid-shelf.  Over-wrapping and shrink-wrapping can be used to top-wrap products with a neat, attractive finish and is the perfect way to group multiple units together.

If you would like to learn more about how Marsden Packaging can help you with your packing needs, please call us on 01254 264687, or email us using the contact form.

Global Food Safety Initiative standard

Marsden Packaging get straight A’s again!

We’re very pleased to announce that Marsden Packaging have once again been awarded Grade A in our recent BRC Global Standard for Food Safety annual audit. This standard is recognised around the world as a premier Global Food Safety Initiative standard for food safety and quality systems. What’s more, this year’s audit was made all the more exceptional because we got a score of ZERO non-conformances and observations!

Michael Briggs, managing director of Marsden Packaging Ltd attributed the outstanding BRC accreditation to a great team who are committed to continuous improvement.

This award puts Marsden Packaging at the forefront of contract packers serving the food industry in the UK; we’ve developed an enviable reputation for quality, customer satisfaction and innovation.