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As the latest Ashes series continues, we thought it would be great to share our latest line up with you, our selection process covers the following criterion:

Systems and Quality control: Team fc are very proud of our BRC AA 100% compliant status, however we never take our accreditation for granted. We continually review our systems and procedures to ensure they match the changes within our business as it continues to develop and evolve, we strive to continually improve the business and drive that improvement by continually reviewing our KPI’s analysing trends, gaps and inconsistencies.

We set ourselves targets which are shared throughout the business to ensure everyone within the business has a clear vision of what is required to achieve the standards we require. Our Team know what the future looks like as we drive development to cover all aspects of our business: product, staff, plant and machinery and process. Our customers’ can be assured that their product is produced through our processes in a safe and hygienic environment and to the highest quality standards available.

The quality of our service – we will not let you down:

“FC Cartons, time and again has gone the extra mile to get cartons delivered on time in full without ever letting quality standards slip”

“FC Cartons have such a depth of knowledge and expertise that if a problem exists on a job we have delivered, they will review and see if a solution exists which would resolve the issue without a complete re-print, saving valuable time and money”

Using our knowledge, experience and expertise: Our innovation centre offers a level of specialist finishing solutions which is unrivalled in the market place. Quite simply we have become the finishing solutions problem solver where customers’ and potential customers’ approach fc to establish the technological possibility of achieving a specific finishing solution

Putting investment first, so you don’t have to: we have continually invested in the latest and best plant and equipment available, we now have the most complete and comprehensive finishing solutions facility available in the market place.

Customer Relationship Management

Our comprehensive CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system enables us to record and respond to our customers’ needs with greater efficiency. This integrates fully with our existing system and enables us to capture all customer related information, quotes and documents in one place. Our processes can be transparent with our customers’ systems to give the end user a seamless process. We can adopt our customers’ requirements from data collection to quality control or we can adapt our systems to ensure that our customers’ and the end user’s needs are met.

Would you like to work in real time?

We do work in real time with some customers’, where they have requested this facility – giving them live production and despatch data, which has improved their own efficiencies and their customer service.

So would you like the opportunity to work with Team fc in real time?

Contact: Sales@fccartons.co.uk

So with all the selection criterion considered, this is our Ashes Team, why not put us to the ‘test’:

  • BRC AA Accreditation
  • Innovation Centre
  • New Production Hub
  • Window Patching
  • Die-cutting & creasing
  • Multi-point Gluing
  • Collarettes
  • Pick & Place
  • Nested trays
  • 4 & 6 Corner
  • Experience & Expertise
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Team fc can deliver a new dimension in nested trays

Plastic or a new fresh cardboard, paper based biodegradable product – which do you prefer

When we installed our latest Heiber and Schröder CE1000 nested tray forming machine, which is equipped to run twin stream, our innovation team set about developing modifications that have comprehensively changed the running capability and flexibility of what we can finish to perfectly dovetail with our customers’ requirements. However we have been surprised at the speed and demand for change from the plastic option to cardboard, paper based biodegradable products.

This versatility enables us to handle a wide range of sizes and substrates, including those made from coated materials which are used for fresh, chilled or wet foods and often designed with an integral lid or window. These materials also offer a more sustainable form of packaging as they are recyclable and biodegradable.

Primarily nested tray cartons will contain food substances which, thanks to our BRC ‘AA’ 100% compliance, you can be assured your nested trays will be run to the highest quality hygiene standards available.

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So if you want your nested trays to have a new dimension email: david@fccartons.co.uk or Sales@fccartons.co.uk

The move from Plastic to the paper based biodegradable option continues to gather pace and no wonder with soft fruits staying fresher for up to three days longer in cardboard, paper based products, scientific research has indicated that paper based trays keep fruit fresher and safer than reusable plastic crates (RPCs) and can significantly reduce contamination from pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms. Cardboard, paper based offers a more biodegradable option and will therefore continue to make a massive impact from an environmental perspective.

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Further evidence and support has shown that plastic free aisles have led to an increase in sales (reported by The Grocer 9th March 2019) and of the world’s population 7.2 billion, 82% of customers are concerned about wasteful packaging (Food and Drink Network UK Volume 19 Issue 02)

For more information on what we could deliver for you email: david@fccartons.co.uk or Sales@fccartons.co.uk

Or telephone: 01332 850648 we would be delighted to discuss ways we could help you deliver a new dimension in nested trays

Green objectives update

Team fc are truly proud and committed to continually improving our Environmental credentials:

  • Having planted 512 Trees over the last twelve years, we are proud and pleased with the Environmental impact this has made and the contribution it makes to our carbon neutral status.
    We have now committed to Planting a further 200 trees at Bawdon Wood, with the planting commencing in November 2019 we will be in a position to give you further updates in future issues.
  • Waste Re-cycling has always been an area where we have continually strived to improve, we continually set new performance targets and have now achieved a result where 99.8% of our waste is recycled. We still want to improve, another 0.2%! Is the target for Team fc. We are also really proud that all our recycled production waste is back in the supply chain within one month.
  • Our brand new 36,000 Sq. Ft. Production Hub has LED sensor sensitive lighting throughout which will save both energy and cost.
  • We have a 2019 objective to completely remove single use plastic from our Business, we will update you in future Newsletters of our progress.
  • We are delighted to confirm we are working towards accreditation of the latest 14001 Environmental Management Standard. As part of this process we continue to monitor all of our targets and procedures to ensure we achieve the standards we set ourselves.

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Welcome Aboard

Tash Taylor – Sales Administrator


Tash has moved back to a Sales admin role after a short stint as a buyer for a motorcycle manufacturer. Whilst she has only been with us seven weeks Tash has settled really well into Team fc. Previous to that she has had 10 years sales admin experience in the oil & gas industry.

Keen to get her hands dirty and knuckle down with the job and also on a rugby pitch. Yes Rugby, also an F1 fanatic who also enjoys walking. Tash lives locally with her other half Jason.

Q & A with Team FC

Q: Are Biodegradable Plastics Good For the Environment?

Conventional plastics are made from petroleum based products derived from oil. They will either take hundreds of years to break down or, in the worst case, never decompose. Biodegradable plastics are made from conventional petroleum based plastics, but also contain chemical additives. These additives cause the plastic to break down more rapidly when exposed to air and light, but could take anywhere between 2-5 years to break down, if not longer. The other type of biodegradable plastic is known as bioplastic. Bioplastics tend to be made from plant biomass, such as corn starch, sugar cane or wheat, and should either completely and rapidly break down naturally, or be compostable. However whether a product is biodegradable or not ultimately depends on where it ends up.

Biodegradable plastics are not good for the environment as they are rarely recyclable, and biodegradable does not mean the same thing as compostable. Compostable goods are often a better choice than biodegradable ones, but only if you can compost appropriately. So the answer we firmly believe is to take plastic out of the equation and use cardboard, paper based biodegradable products.

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