Re Pet wraps up green packaging market

repet300The pet food manufacturer Re Pet has reported 40% year-on-year growth with demand for its food grade packaging “rocketing” after adapting its systems to meet standards set by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

The firm, which employs 20 people at its Houghton-le-Spring factory, makes recyclable plastic sheeting for the packaging sector, which is usually used in the manufacture of food cartons for supermarkets.

After securing the accreditation with backing from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), the firm said it had been able to open new doors for Re Pet and boosted annual sales to the £5m mark just two years after the business was officially launched.

Managing director John Forrest said that the need for supermarkets to hit new sustainable targets was “a major opportunity for us”.

He continued: “Currently the UK imports two-thirds of the PET material used and we intend to change that by offering great products competitively.

“We are also continually launching new products, including non-metalised coloured sheet and ongoing industry trials for non-metalised gold.”

Re Pet spent £2.7m on new extrusion equipment and a dedicated training programme for all staff. Future plans include a further £2.4m acquisition of new machinery and the recruitment of a senior manufacturing manager.

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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