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    Christmas 2015 Closure

    Adam Heath - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    We will be closed for manufacturing and stock orders

    from:

    12pm on 23rd December 2015 

    until 

    9am on 4th January 2016. 

    Orders received before 11am on Wednesday 23rd December will be despatched for delivery 24th December (UK only - subject to stock, subject to location).

    Orders received between 11am 23rd December and 9am 4th January will be despatched (subject to stock) on 4th January for delivery Tuesday 5th January.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    FSC Certifcation

    Adam Heath - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    Meridian offers FSC certificated packaging

    Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a certification scheme for the ethical, legal, and sustainable supply of wood-based products. It was born out of a desire to create a system which could credibly identify well-managed forests as the sources of responsibly produced wood products. This was because in the 1990s concerns arose about de-forestation and there was no robust means by which those operating an ethical and sustainable supply chain could demonstrate this – and help to shine a light on those who were not.

    By displaying the FSC logo on your packaging, you’re underlining that the trees used to produce that packaging have been replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally and that protected areas of forest have been maintained to protect rare wildlife and plants. FSC protects the rights of indigenous people to use the forest. If they have sacred sites in the forest these are exempt from felling. From an ethical point of view the forest owner must also use local workers to run the forest, and provide training, safety equipment and a decent salary and is duty bound to support the community in other ways, such as through the development of schools.

    The FSC forest management and chain-of-custody systems are endorsed by the WWF, Greenpeace and The Woodland Trust.

    All the wood is tracked from the forest to the store. Every link between the forest and the consumer is certified to make it clearly identifiable which wood is FSC certified and which is not.

    So what this means is we would add the FSC logo to your packaging, allowing consumers to verify that the certificate held is valid and the packaging has been produced using FSC certificated raw material.

    The scheme is designed to give you the absolute confidence to know that the materials used to produce your packaging are ethically, legally and sustainably sourced and have been supported by a credible and robust system of checks and balances to underline this confidence.

    Further information can be found at:

    https://ic.fsc.org/fact-sheets.344.htm

    Meridian Heading in One Direction

    Adam Heath - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    One Direction may be heading their separate ways (cue heavy hearts) but at Meridian we're sticking together and continuing to grow strongly.

    Another year is drawing to a close and it's a time to reflect on whether we're moving in the direction we had planned as the eggnog was put aside way back in January. We're delighted to say the answer is a resounding 'yes' and we're hugely grateful to you - our loyal customers - who've made it so.

    This year saw us achieve some key improvements:

    • released a hugely improved brochure format with tabbed sections making it easier to find exactly what you;re looking for
    • launched around 150 new products to offer something new and different for your customers
    • made significant improvements to our vac-forme trays to ensure the best quality trays are being placed in our boxes
    • began to phase in base and lid cards to our fold-up boxes to allow customers not using vac-formes (i.e. bagging products) to benefit from colour throughout the box, inside and out
    • improved our ballotins, changing them to a European style with a solid base to prevent cocoa powder or crumbs from leaking and to give them more stability
    • banded our bases and lids in packs so you find it easier to unpack and account for what's been despatched to you
    • achieved FSC certification so we can offer manufacturing orders produced through the chain of custody certification scheme when this is a requirement from your customers and/or the retailers

    With just as much in the pipeline for 2016, we'll continue to focus on delivering the best service, highest quality products and most flexible production possible so you have no reason to go anywhere else.

    Thanks as ever for your commitment and feedback which helps us to make these improvements year on year.

    Christmas 2013 Shut-down

    Adam Heath - Thursday, December 12, 2013

    Meridian will be closed from 12pm on 23rd December 2013 until 2nd January 2014. 

    Get your orders in before 11:00am on 23rd Dec and we'll do everything we can to get it to you on Christmas Eve.

    Thanks for making 2013 an enjoyable year of further growth!

    New Facebook Integration

    Adam Heath - Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    We're pleased to announce that customers can now login and register using their Facebook accounts, making the experience of shopping with us easier than ever.

     

    Existing Meridian Account Users Wishing to Link their Facebook Account

    Please note: if you are an existing user and your Facebook account uses a different email address, the accounts will not be linked so past orders will not be accessible if you click the Login with Facebook button before you have linked your accounts.

    If you wish to link your Facebook and  Meridian accounts, please log in below using your Meridian username and password and then click the Link Facebook Account button on the View Orders page. You can only link your Facebook account to a one Meridian account.

    Once your account is linked you will be able to use the Facebook login button located throughout the site

    New Users

    New users can simply register using the Facebook login button located throughout the site and complete additional address details as required in the My Account section.

     

    Olympic Surcharges

    Adam Heath - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Please be aware that from now until after the Paralympic Games there are areas to which a Delivery Surcharge will apply, and Delivery dates may be affected by tightened Security.

    Please click here for more information.

    Meridian Intro Video

    Adam Heath - Friday, August 19, 2011

    We've just launched our new video giving a brief introduction to Meridian and explaining what we mean when we call ourselves a short-run confectionery packaging specialist.


    Short volume packaging can be anything from 50 cartons to 50,000 in a single run (sometimes a little more). By having short set-up times and lower cost tooling than the larger packaging manufacturers we can offer very competitive pricing at these volumes, unbeatable 2/3 week lead times, and the same high levels of quality that go with being certificated to BRC/IoP standards.

    We are a printed folding carton and transparent packaging specialist and produce custom or "bespoke" packaging. We focus largely on the chocolate packaging and confectionery packaging markets in order to retain our edge as a genuine confectionery industry specialist. Our high levels of customer service separate us from other suppliers and we have a real desire to keep on doing things better.

    Click this link to take a look at the video


    Confirmation of charity donation following survey

    Adam Heath - Thursday, August 18, 2011
    Just a brief update to confirm that a cheque for £25 was sent to St. Richard's Hospice following the completion of the online survey by 25 of our customers. However small a contribution this is in relation to the great work they do, I'm sure it will be gratefully received so thanks to all of you who took part in the survey.

    The responses to the survey were also gratefully received by us as we were able to better understand the factors that lead to choosing a packaging supplier. This allows us to better tailor what we do and to try to communicate this to a wider community of confectioners and food manufacturers.

    Thanks again,

    Adam Heath.

    Supplier Selection Survey Released (charitable donation for each valid response)

    Adam Heath - Thursday, March 31, 2011
    We've just released a new survey which we would be very grateful if you could complete. For each completed, valuid response we receive we will be making a donation of £1 to St. Richard's Hospice.

    The survey is designed to establish the key selectio creiteria that you use when choosing a packaging supplier and purchasing packaging.

    It should take no more than 5 minutes of your time so we hope you will spare us the time to participate.

    To take the survey go to http://meridiansp.co.uk/supplierselectionsurvey

    Thanks in advance,

    Adam.

    Packaging trends white paper released

    Adam Heath - Monday, February 28, 2011

    Meridian today announced the relase of a white paper looking at future trends in confectionery packaging.



    The paper, Future Choc: Confectionery Packaging Trends Ahead in 2011/12, is designed to assist Meridian's customers in identifying and responding to some of the major trends driving packaging innovations within the chocolate and confectionery segments.

    It is also designed to stimulate discussion around key aspects of contemporary packaging design, notably packaging minimisation vs. low food waste, the drive for transparency in product and packaging materials sourcing, and the need for perpetual adaptation in winning and holding consumer attention in an age of increasing mass-customisation.
    The forecasts are restricted mainly to those areas of operations covered by Meridian which are most relevant to confectionery manufacturers and retailers: cartons, display packaging, two-part box and lid packaging. Primary focus is also on retail packaging as opposed transit packaging.
    The paper can be downloaded from Meridian's own website - or viewed online at: http://meridiansp.co.uk/packagingtrends.

    A series of blogs will expand on some of the key points over the coming weeks and add some personal opinion into the mix - trying to balance the desk-based insights with customer and practitioner feedback.

    For more information contact:

    Adam Heath
    Operations Manager
    Meridian Speciality Packaging
    info@meridiansp.co.uk
    tel: 01684 578441


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