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LVF has secured a contract to supply ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturer, CoolDelight Desserts, with the lids for all its individual portion ice cream pots.

The thermoformed packaging manufacturer has worked with Ramsbottom-based CoolDelight for many years; producing clam packs for ice cream rolls and, most recently, ice cream pots. The new contract will see LVF supply all of CoolDelight’s lid requirements into its production sites in both Manchester and Belgium.

Nigel Coates, managing director of LVF, said: “It’s always great winning new business, but doing it by extending your workload with an existing customer is that bit more rewarding as it bears testimony to the quality of your product and service.”

“And in this case, it showed the trust CoolDelight has in us as the lids required significant technical development to ensure they fitted perfectly, and were secure enough for the ice cream pots to be picked up by the lid during packing.”

The lids, which are produced on LVF’s latest Kiefel KMD78 Tip Stacking machine, are manufactured from RPET, which contains up to 85% post-consumer waste, and are fully recyclable. The challenge that LVF faced was to produce a lid that could be applied at speed to an expanded polystyrene pot that can have slight variation in size around the rim. As well as being easy to apply, the lid must also be a guaranteed secure fit as during the packing into cartons phase the pots are picked up by the lid.

“We invested heavily in both machinery and our toolroom last year, and this has played a significant role in winning this additional business,” added Nigel. “We now have the technical capacity to design and develop bespoke solutions for customers; both current and potential; that can solve design issues, increase recyclability and reduce manufacturing costs.”

Stephen Binns, managing director of CoolDelight Desserts, said: “We’ve worked with Nigel and his team at LVF for a long time and have always been impressed by the friendly service and high quality products supplied. As such, when it came to moving our lid business to another thermoformed packager, we had no hesitation in picking up the phone and asking them to get involved.”

Author: Nigel Coates

Nigel is the founder and managing director of LVF Packaging, having founded the business with his father in 1987. Renowned for his forthright opinion on a host of industry related topics, which have led to him being sought for comment by local newspapers and trade magazines. Most recently he has spoken out against the Plastic Packaging Tax in Packaging News and on the demonisation of plastic as a packaging material in the Yorkshire Post.