“War on Plastic Reaches Packaging Industry”

“War on Plastic Reaches Packaging Industry”

November 19, 2018

Labels and Labelling Magazine approached Associated Labels and Packaging here in Vancouver after discovering the news regarding our innovation in Stand-up Pouch products. The following is a segment taken from the article. These are the changes that we require to move closer to a world with less waste. Step by step we will get to that place.

Article:

“…Still, the multi-laminate constructions of flexible packaging are too difficult to separate and recycle at most municipal facilities; the majority end up in the landfill. It’s with that in mind that Vancouver-based Associated Labels and Packaging has created what it calls North America’s first non-GMO, ‘backyard compostable’ stand-up pouch.

Associated Labels and Packaging says the ‘earth-friendly’ pouches start composting in sixty days, and depending in climate and conditions, will turn into compost within 180 days. The pouches are created with layers of eucalyptus trees and corn starch. ‘To empower consumers to divert their packaging waste from landfill to compost is a huge step in the right direction,’ says Associated Labels sustainability manager Jay Ashworth.

He says the product is popular with many socially and environmentally responsible companies. Associated Labels and Packaging can run the substrate through its new HP Indigo 20000 digital press, and also has a variety of offset and gravure printing capabilities.

‘People are starting to become more aware of the impact packaging has on the environment,’ Ashworth says. ‘I think it’s been gaining moment for a while now. Debating climate change is irrelevant; we just need to start doing what is right for the environment. And now people are willing to invest in material that won’t stay in a landfill forever.’”

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Margaret – Update on our Student Sponsorship

October 16, 2018
Wow! Our team here at Associated Labels and Packing is so proud to be part of this initiative.
We our touched that our reaching out is actually making a difference in someone life and their surrounding community!
The project “One Girl Can” was founded by Lotte Davis, CEO and Co-founder of AG Hair. Their mission: “to empower girls through education to break the cycle of poverty and gender inequality in Kenya and Uganda.”
To see Margaret’s progression see our past articles from 2018 and 2017;
Update on Margaret
“We’ve just come back from Africa and are excited to have a letter and photo from Margaret to share with you! We were so proud to see her continue to perform well in school, but we were particularly struck by how her confidence is growing, along with all the other girls in our program. We believe this is due to in part to the mentoring workshops we offer our girls every year, but also to the tangible promise of a better future that One Girl Can has given her.
As her champion, you are an important part of her journey. Margaret knows that this future wouldn’t be possible without your support, and as you can read, she is beyond grateful for this.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for giving Margaret the chance to earn a living, help her family escape poverty, and earn respect for the contribution that she and thousands of other girls will now be able to make in their society.”
Thank you for believing that One Girl Can!
With warm regards,
Lotte, Gabriela, Nicola, Florence & Irene
The One Girl Can Team

Update: One Girl Can, and the Gift of Education

May 24, 2018

Associated Labels and Packaging is happy to announce we will be sponsoring Margaret for another year of University. Margaret lives in Kenya, Africa; she is pursuing a degree in Business Administration. The project “One Girl Can” was founded by Lotte Davis, CEO and Co-founder of AG Hair. Their mission: “to empower girls through education to break the cycle of poverty and gender inequality in Kenya and Uganda.”

We are excited to see Margaret progress and build her foundation in education.

 

Shaun Ashworth – President for the Right Reasons

May 16, 2018

“I walk the floor every single day and treat people with respect, because they are deserving of that.” 

                                                        ~Shaun Ashworth, President of Associated Labels and Packaging

Shaun first started working at Associated Labels and Packaging in Junior High School. He would take the bus from Coquitlam to its original location in East Vancouver. From his humble beginnings cleaning floors; Shaun used his strong work ethic and strategic thinking to propel himself through the company.

He went from shipping & receiving, to plate making, rewind machine operator, printing press operator, production manager, procurement manager, operations manager and then sales. 26 years later, he is now President and employs 210 people on three shifts seven days a week in over 80,000 square feet of production space. 

When the company first started in 1980, it employed three people and focused on pressure sensitive labels. Over the years AssociatedLP moved into flexible packaging, this included bar wrappers, stick packs, tea sachets, shrink sleeves, stand-up pouches, and lidding film. 

Environmental sustainability is very important to AssociatedLP, and is why they developed North America’s first Non-GMO, fully backyard compostable stand-up pouch. AssociatedLP is the largest premium label and packaging facility in Western Canada and the Pacific North West.  

 

What aspect of the company is the most meaningful to you?

People, to see them become better and passionate about what they do. The buy-in to our culture and the family feeling that is created. Seeing the advancements in people and the little wins here and there.

What is your biggest learning outcome?

You can always be or do better. There is always continuous improvement. That’s what I have learned. The status quo is not a good way to go, it’s the way of the Dodo bird.

What is important for others to know about you and your company?

It’s not all about making money and clawing your way to the top and throwing people to the side. It’s about doing business in an ethical way. By that I mean being well balanced in everything you do. Pushing forward environmental sustainability and socially responsible initiatives are very important to me.

What is your vision for the company?

To do our best, and make our best better. Continuously improve. Success in everything, personal and professional. Being better in your personal goals; and in business just go that extra mile to be more professional, efficient or more approachable. Just be better.

 

“I am doing all of this for the right reasons, not the wrong reasons. Just being a good human, being kind to people, giving back to communities.”

      ~Shaun Ashworth, President of Associated Labels and Packaging

 

 

 

BiV Award – Biggest Manufacturers in Metro Vancouver

Our Company

Associated Labels and Packaging has been recognized by Business in Vancouver in the category “Biggest Manufacturers in Vancouver.” We have three facilities that operate nearly 24/7 and 365 days a year. Our humble beginnings started in 1980 with three employees and one press located in East Vancouver. Now we have expanded to over 200 employees and over 40 presses and associated machines. Our company offers labels and packaging such as bar wrappers, stick packs, tea sachets, shrink sleeves, stand-up pouches, and lidding film. To show our commitment to the food and beverage industry, our company became IFS PACsecure certified. This is the highest global standard a company can achieve in creating “food safe” labels and packaging.

Forward Motion

We took four years to research and develop North America’s first Non-GMO, fully backyard compostable stand-up pouch. We have created outstanding customer service and premium products. AssociatedLP has become the largest and leading label and packaging supplier in Western Canada and the Pacific North West. And we look forward to future awards as we continue to improve through state of the art technology and interdepartmental training. Recognizing and problem solving for our customers lead times, cost or shelf life is where we shine. We look forward to helping customers reach their best possible label and packaging outcomes.

Thank you to Business in Vancouver for recognizing our companies achievements!

Jay Ashworth – Sustainability Manager

 

 

 

We Are Now Certified “Food Safe”

May 7, 2018

 

Associated Labels and Packaging is proud to announce our successful acquirement of the International Featured Standards (IFS) PACsecure Certification. In other words, our company has become “food safe” in the most vigorous global standard one can achieve.

What does this mean? 

In a nutshell, our facility produces labels and packaging which ensure food safety requirements are met within our customers product supply chain.

How do we fit in the picture?

Imagine you are in the grocery store holding a food product such as a stand-up pouch full of quinoa. Now think vertically in the supply chain. These raw materials had to be sourced, processed, packaged safely, and then shipped across the country to grocery stores.

Our companies roll is to ensure protection from biological, chemical and physical hazards within our label and packaging facility. This is because our labels and packaging will enter a facility that handles food products. In the case of our stand-up pouches, bar wrappers and lidding film; our packaging will come in direct contact with food.

Why is this important?

Globalization has meant that our food is being sourced from all corners of the world. Standards about what food safe means across industries and the world vary. International Featured Standards PACsecure raises the bar in meeting new stringent government regulations to protect consumers.

Next Level?

Associated Labels and Packaging thrives at being second to none; taking these difficult steps in becoming IFS PACsecure certified solidifies our place at the top of our industry. We look forward to helping customers thriving to reach their own personal best.

 

For more details, please contact info@associated-labels.com

Written by Jay Ashworth, Marketing and Sustainability Manager

 

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Associated Labels Launches HP Indigo 20000 Digital Printing Press

January 11, 2018

 

Associated Labels and Packaging, a leading labels and packaging converter in Western Canada, has completed installation of an HP Indigo 20000 digital press, as it expands its sustainability offering, including digital printing of flexible packaging on eco-friendly materials.

The HP Indigo 20000 digital press doubles digital capacity for Associated Labels and Packaging, operating until now its digital services with two HP Indigo WS6800 digital presses. The 30-inch press will also allow the converter to deliver digitally printed flexible packaging and pouch applications to complement its wide-web flexo printing.

‘The addition of the Indigo 20000 will allow us to provide the market with unlimited short-run packaging. In the past, it was cost prohibitive due to minimum orders. With this technology we can now produce smaller runs for market testing and development, and also stay profitable on smaller runs from existing key customers,’ said Shaun Ashworth, Associated Labels and Packing president.

The Vancouver-area converter, serving western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, has invested in a sustainability program as a strategic company mission, developing a unique backyard compostable stand-up pouch product. The film is also running on the HP Indigo 20000, opening new marketing opportunities.

According to Jay Ashworth, marketing and sustainability manager, specialty brands, including boutique organic and natural products, are increasingly interested in a fully sustainable packaging solution as part of their product marketing. ‘With digital printing on eco film, these innovative products can enjoy high-quality packaging SKUs, test market interest and also stay true to their eco-values.’ he said.

Since starting in a small label printing plant in Vancouver in 1981 Associated Labels and Packaging has grown to over 100,000 square feet, with 24 hour-a-day press runs.

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Update: One Girl Can! Margaret, the Gift of Education

December 14, 2017

Associated Labels and Packaging is so pleased to be part of this project founded by Lotte Davis, CEO and Co-founder of AG Hair. The gift of education is a gift that continues to give in terms of personal strength and surrounding community.

A Market First — CKF and AssociatedLP Unveil Peel and Reseal Lidding Film for Earthcycle

October 10, 2017
For Immediate Release:

CKF’s Earthcycle TM brand of certified compostable and recyclable moulded fibre punnets for fresh produce are now available with tamper evident peel and reseal top lidding film.

HANSPORT, NS (October 10th, 2017) – While peel and reseal top lidding film is a well established product in the fresh produce market, due to technical challenges, it has been limited in use to only plastic punnets. Through dedicated development by Associated Labels and Packaging Ltd. with CFK’s Earthcycle TM product line, the companies are pleased to launch a new lidding film that strongly adheres to an Earthcycle TM moulded pulp container but can be easily opened and then resealed with a light touch, multiple times. This is a first-in-market product for a peel and reseal lidding film for non-laminated moulded pulp packaging.

A peel and reseal film solution expands the use of the Earthcycle TM punnets to larger club packs while making it even more consumer friendly. “A peel and reseal lidding solution has been on our target development list since we first presented a top sealed Earthcycle punnet in 2013” says Brad Dennis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CKF Inc. “We know that with more consumer demand moving towards snacking that a resealable lid is necessary.” Resealable lidding film also offers the consumer convenient storage while the packer and retailer can easily stack the packages in transit and at retail. Merchandising of the final produce is not compromised as the large top seal window provides maximum visibility with an environmentally responsible package.

“Environmental stewardship is a founding principle of our company” says Shaun Ashworth, President of Associated Labels and Packaging Ltd. “It is the reason that we gravitated to the Earthcycle product—with its solid environmental credentials. We wanted to find a way to extend the environmental benefits of the Earthcycle packaging to a wider market and to speak to growing retailer demands by offering a peel and reseal feature for our top lidding film.” An Earthcycle TM punnet with a peel and reseal lidding film uses

90% less plastic than a comparable plastic clamshell which means a reduction in waste to landfill and an increased use of renewable resources.

Samples will be on display at PMA Fresh Summit in CKF Booth 5747 and will be featured in the “Fresh Ideas Showcase.” Representatives of both companies will be on hand to answer further questions on the new product.

About Associated Labels and Packaging Ltd.

Since 1981 Associated LP has always looked for ways to stay on top as industry leaders. Another market first for the company took four years of R&D to create North America’s first Non-GMO, home compostable, stand-up pouch. The two year peel and reseal lidding film challenge is yet another example of our willingness to invest and bring positive change for the industry and the environment.

Associated LP is a premium label printing and flexible packaging company locally-owned in Vancouver, Canada. The foundation of the company is based on the PEQ Triangle of “People, Ethics, and Quality” which work together in every aspect of our business. Industries served include food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, personal care and household cleaning supplies.

Contact Information

Patrick Woods – Director of Sales & Marketing, Agriculture Division

sales@associated-labels.com

1-800-661-4764

www.associated-labels.com

Social Media: @associatedLP

About CKF Inc.

CKF Inc. is a diversified Canadian-owned manufacturer that proudly offers a wide range of
moulded pulp, foam and rPET products to meet the specific demands of retail consumers, food service operators and the packaging industry. CKF is part of the Scotia Investments Group of Companies.

R.A. Jodrey established Canadian Keyes Fibre Company Limited in the summer of 1933, during the worst of the Great Depression years. The Company began with a single plant in Hantsport, NS – manufacturing pie plates and cake circles for bakeries. CKF has experienced uninterrupted growth since its establishment and now operates 5 plants across the country—Hantsport, Rexdale, two in Langley and Delta—employing over 650 people. Nationally recognized brand Royal Chinet® is one of CKF’s best known products and stands as a symbol for many Canadians of family, friends and joyous occasions.

Contact Information

Brad Dennis

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

bdennis@ckfinc.com

(416) 249-2272

www.ckfinc.com

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Congratulations City of Coquitlam!

September 21, 2017

Associated Labels and Packaging was happy to support the efforts in the City of Coquitlam’s first attempt at the international Communities in Bloom (CiB) competition. Our company was on the tour showcasing our honey bees to the judges, they suited up and came into the compound for a closer look.  The theme for Coquitlam for this years CiB was pollinators so the fit was perfect! We sent the judges off with a jar of last seasons honey, as well as, some samples of our fully backyard compostable, non-GMO,  stand-up pouches. They were impressed!

The City of Coquitlam came in second and achieved Five Blooms – Silver and an “Outstanding Achievement Award for Urban Forestry.” We congratulate the city, and the staff for all their hard work in creating such a wonderful and inclusive program. The city is a greater place for all the time and effort invested.

Check out the judges tour, and see if you can pick out our bee keepers 🙂

For further reading there is also the press release by clicking here

 

 

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