Scotland Feels The Chill So Its Food And Drink Can Continue To Flourish

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 Scotland Food & Drink Industry news

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Glenrothes-based chilled packaging specialists, Sorbafreeze, part of the Pitreavie Group, has seen a significant surge in business in the last two months as it assists Scotland’s food and drink sector to diversify during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As one of the country’s leading suppliers of specialist chilled packaging solutions for the food and drink industry, Sorbafreeze has taken on extra staff to meet demand, with a high proportion of this new business coming from brands that are considering packaging options for a host of temperature-sensitive goods for the first time.

More than 250 new businesses have made substantial orders with the manufacturer ranging from farm shops through to national artisan fresh food producers, wholesalers and catering firms. The business has been working around the clock to ensure Scottish food and drink businesses can continue to operate thanks to its chilled packaging products.

Michelle Ottolini, General Manager of Sorbafreeze, said:

“We have been inundated with orders for our Hydratec and Sorbatec gel packs and unique Chilltek Fastfill insulated boxes in the last two months from a wide range of Scottish food and drink companies. Throughout this time, we have fulfilled all customer orders within 48 hours to ensure businesses can diversify into online distribution and thrive throughout this very challenging time.
“It is incredibly encouraging to see so many food and drink businesses get in touch and support a Scottish-based manufacturer – a trend we have also seen across Pitreavie Group specialist packaging. It also reflects the way the country has adapted their businesses at great speed to achieve temperature safe doorstep delivery for customers.

“Like all businesses, we have had to look at our business model and very quickly evolve - our products are aiding many in the food and drinks sector to do just that. With so many businesses up and down the country making changes to the way they operate, we see a strong appetite from consumers for quality, fresh goods delivered directly to their doorstep. We see this demand continuing beyond these current lockdown restrictions.

“We can be of great help to many traders large and small, as they adapt their business models. We are the only BRCGS certified chilled packaging supplier in the UK; by manufacturing everything in-house from our off the shelf range to bespoke chilled packaging, we can reduce customer costs and minimise product lead times. We focus on what we are good at - offering packaging solutions that allow temperature safe transit for up to 48 hours. This enables the food and drink industry to meet the newly emerging demands of diversification.

“As well as a versatile range of off the shelf products available within 48 hours, we can also create bespoke insulated boxes, ice packs and temperature-controlled shipping solutions so we would urge anyone looking for a tried and tested route to diversity to get in touch with us and we will share the expertise and knowledge we have gathered over the last 27 years.”

Sorbafreeze helps Bark n’ Render diversify

Bark n’ Render are a catering company specialising in central Texas style barbecue meats providing a professional service for weddings, parties and various events including festivals and corporate.  

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the UK’s food industry upside down with restaurants, bars and caterers across the country are struggling to keep their businesses afloat. When lockdown was announced, Bark n ‘Render knew they had to diversify their business and decided to turn their attention towards creating a door to door delivery service.

The business started supplying a range of luxury restaurant-quality meals, including smoked barbecue meats - brisket, pork and beef ribs and sausages requiring just a little bit of preparation by the customer.

Quality is clearly important to Bark n ‘Render Managing Director, Miles Pemberton and when he approached Sorbafreeze, Pitreavie Group’s chilled packaging division, the team had an initial consultation with him enabling them to fully understand what he wanted to achieve.

Bark n’ Render required a robust solution that would take their product in perfect condition to their retail customers up and down the country. This solution had to ensure the goods would travel temperature safe for up to 48 hours and be rigorous enough to withstand parcel courier handling.

Sorbafreeze advised from their range of BRCGS accredited chilled packaging the perfect solution to ensure that Bark n’ Renders products would arrive at a food safe temperature in pristine condition. With volumes of orders increasing and time of the essence for Miles and his team, Sorbafreeze recommended their Chilltek temperature controlled foil insulated boxes, which offer a clean, professional image as well as time saving pop up solution. The team also recommended the ratio of pre-hydrated gel ice packs from the popular Hydratek range to use in conjunction with the insulated boxes. All manufactured in-house and delivered to Bark n ‘Render within 24 hours.

Michelle Ottolini, General Manager of Sorbafreeze said “We were delighted to help Miles and the team at Bark n ‘Render diversify their business with a door to door delivery service. Each chilled packaging product was manufactured in-house to meet Bark n ‘Renders exact requirements, utilising the best materials and highest standards. The team at Sorbafreeze look forward to helping Miles continue to diversify and grow his business”

Miles Pemberton, Managing Director of Bark n ‘Render, said: “What an incredible company! During a difficult time (Covid-19), Sorbafreeze have gone above and beyond to provide the best service I have ever received. Amanda and Jennifer have been key in providing this service and have also been a joy to chat to! Further to this, the products that they are providing are definitely industry leading. I have used a number of other products on the market and these surpass them. A number of my clients have mentioned how cold the product is even after 48 hours. Thank you very much, I look forward to working with you more in the future.”

All staff are working safely and responsibly and within the current social distancing guidelines.

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