Choosing your packaging might not always be as simple as it sounds. That’s because lots of things need to be considered. Of course the size and shape of your product are the obvious things to look at. If your product doesn’t fit properly into the package then that package probably isn’t the best choice.
However that isn’t the only thing you need to consider. For example, some kinds of packaging are made on fast machines. Alternatively, some are made predominantly by hand. It makes sense that those made on machines will be cheaper. However you will also find yourself needing to purchase many more pieces, because they are sold in much larger quantities. Therefore, if you only need a small quantity of packages, you could find yourself paying less for the ones made by hand. This is just one of the things you need to think about.
So let’s look at the different options:
Molded verses fabricated:
When choosing your packaging, the first decision to make is probably this one. It relates to what we have already discussed. That is it has to do with quantity.
Molded packaging includes any of our blister packs and clamshells as well as some of our trays. The lids and bases of plastic cylinders are also molded. This kind of product is made on machines with some of the process being completed by an operator. It is fairly quick to produce once the machinery is set up. However, because the setting up process takes time, it is only cost effective if the packaging is sold in larger quantities.
At Shiloh Plastics, our minimum order quantity for any of our molded packaging is 1,000 units, or a full box quantity. You will find all of our box quantities listed on our website or on our downloadable product list. If you would like to see our pricing you will need to ask us for our complete price list.
Fabricated packaging includes plastic boxes, pillow packs and the bodies of cylinders. They are cut by machine one or two at a time. After that they are hand glued. Therefore, they are much more hands on to make. The result is a more costly package. However the benefit is that we can sell them to you in much smaller quantities. Therefore a fabricated package may just suit you perfectly if you don’t need a large quantity.
Clamshell or Slide-in-Card
If you decide that you are going to use a molded blister pack, then the next decision you need to make is which kind. This decision could be taken out of your hands if you are looking for something straight off the shelf. That’s because you will be governed by what sizes are available in each range.
However, if you find yourself able to choose, there are some pro’s and cons for each style. These could help you with your decision.
Clamshells are a popular choice because product is totally enclosed in plastic. One benefit of this is that the backing card can be made of a much lighter material, saving money. In fact if your product is still in the early stages, and your turnover is quite small, you could even print your backing card on ordinary photocopy paper.
Slide in card blisters require a stronger card. That’s because the card actually becomes part of the package. A benefit though is that the blister itself will often be a little stronger than a clamshell blister due to the different manufacturing process.
We recommend at least stapling all of our clamshells to secure them. So there is no benefit there over slide in card blisters. However you can heat seal clamshells. We stock a hand operated spot crimper that can achieve this goal if you wish to avoid staples. Slide in card blisters can’t be heat-sealed. They must be stapled.
If you decide to have custom tooling made for a blister pack, a tool for slide in card blisters is usually less than for a clamshell. This too could influence your decision.
Which Kind of Box?
If you decide that you would like to use a box when choosing your packaging, how do you decide which style? The main things to think about are whether the product comes to you flat-packed or already assembled.
The benefit of a flat-packed box is that it will take up less space in a carton when we send it to you. This means that the freight for your packaging coming to you will be cheaper. Boxes in this category include basic flat-packed boxes, boxes with hanger holes, fabricated display boxes and most of our novelty boxes (excluding the triangle box).
Boxes that have already been assembled aren’t able to be flat packed. That means that they will be more costly to ship to you. Remember that when freight is sent, it’s not only the weight that is considered when pricing. The size of the box also adds to the cost. Fully assembled fabricated boxes don’t stack. Therefore, the major item being shipped is actually air inside the packages. This air takes up a lot of space, and so freight can be costly depending on how far away you are.
The benefit of a fully assembled package is that it could be more sturdy, giving better presentation. This could depend on what you are packaging, and how you are packing it though. Boxes that come fully assembled are lid and base boxes, fixed base boxes, the triangle novelty box as well as cylinders.
Another thing to consider when choosing your packaging is whether you want your product to hang from a hook or stack on a shelf. The obvious choice for a hanging product would be a blister pack. However it’s not the only choice. If you only want to purchase 100 or so packages, then a fabricated option could be more attractive. Some fabricated boxes are made with hanger holes. Plus they can definitely be made as custom with hanger holes if you’re prepared to make a contribution towards the tooling.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a package that will stack on a shelf, a fabricated product will work perfectly. Plastic boxes and cylinders definitely make the product stand out. If your product is made for display, then a fabricated box or cylinder may be the package choice for you.
Do You Need Tooling:
An additional benefit to fabricated packaging is that the tooling is much less expensive. While we have quite a large range of packaging already in our range, you may not find exactly what you are looking for. If this is the case, you could consider having tooling made to suit your product perfectly. For anything molded, it makes sense that a mold and a knife will be required. This is a once off cost to yourself. For fabricated packages we just ask for a contribution towards tooling. This can be a much less costly option. However if you will need a lot of packaging, paying for tooling for a custom blister pack may still be the most cost effective package in the long term.
So these are a few things to consider when choosing your packaging. We hope you find them helpful. Of course, if you give us a call at Shiloh Plastics we will be happy to guide you through the process of finding the right package for you.
Everyone loves our novelty boxes. So we’re happy to let you know that we’ve just added a new one to our range. This box is similar to our existing holly box. However it’s much bigger. Also it’s designed to stack. The holly trim sits flush on top of the box. We’ve tried putting some biscuits in one, but they would be perfect for a swiss roll. We think truffles would be great too so long as they’re not too delicate. You may need to stack them inside. Rum balls would be great too.
We made a loaf shaped cake in a tin about 7.75 inches by 3 inches.It was a little snug, but the box still held it quite well. There are so many ways that you could use this box to showcase your Christmas treats.
These large holly boxes come in two parts. There is an inner part that is molded into a deep tray. Your goods can easily be put in that. Then the outer layer has been specially designed so that it can be sent flat packed. You simply need to open it up and pull it up from the bottom. Two pieces of the holly motif lock together to close the box.
The base of this holly box is about 180mm x 80mm. It tapers towards the top which is about 210mm x 112mm. From top to bottom this box measures about 80mm. The minimum order quantity is 100 boxes. If you think you could use a box like this, contact us today for a price.
If you haven’t seen our full range of novelty boxes, you can see it here.
Recently we added some new display boxes to our fabricated range. These boxes are great for cakes and biscuits. However they are definitely not only for those things. They are great for showcasing a product. Our larger boxes tend to be used for gingerbread houses or square cakes. These ones would be great for a smaller cake. We’ve put a few biscuits in them to show what they look like, but really you could put anything in them.
These boxes have been really popular since we released them. One reason is that they can be flat packed. Display boxes have a similar look to cylinders. The obvious difference is that they are square. However cylinders are freighted fully assembled. That makes the shipping rather expensive. Because these boxes come flat packed, your shipping will probably be cheaper and you will achieve a similar look.
The minimum order quantity is 100 boxes. You can see our full range of display boxes here. Also don’t forget we have a large range of other plastic boxes. You will find flat packed boxes, lids with separate bases and some really special novelty boxes among our range. Give us a call to discuss exactly what you need and we will try to help you find it.
If you don’t find a box that suits you perfectly, we can design a custom box for you. We will just ask you to pay a contribution towards tooling. If you’d like to talk with us about that, we can give you a quote on what you could expect to pay. All pricing for our standard range is available on our price list, so ask us for a copy.
Macaron boxes are now available from Shiloh Plastics
They are made to suit our macaron trays. These trays come in sizes that fit six, twelve or twenty-four macarons. We are excited to bring you this news as we know how popular macarons have become. If you are a baker and make these tasty treats for the market we know that you will be looking for a great way to package your macarons. Therefore, these macaron boxes along with our trays may be the answer that you are looking for.
Currently two sizes available
At the moment we have two options. Firstly, we have a flat packed box that will fit the six cavity tray plus six macarons. This box is the one featured in the picture above. As stated it will come flat packed. For more information on this box style, check out this link on flat packed boxes. Note that this box opens from the short end rather than the top keeping your macarons safe. The minimum order quantity is 100 boxes.
The second option is made to hold our twenty-four cavity tray with 24 macarons. This box is made of a separate lid and base. The lid fits over the top of the of the base like a shoe box. The only difference is that the bottom edges of the lid go all the way to the bottom rather than the lid just sitting on top. To get an idea of what that would look like, take this link to our complete list of Lid and Base boxes to see a picture. The minimum order quantity for this box is also 100 boxes.
Other sizes can be made
While we only have two boxes at the moment, it is possible for us to make other sizes. Also, our current trays 45 millimeter macaron with a depty of 25 millimeters. This is a small macaron. If your macarons are particularly large they may not fit. Therefore, boxes as well as trays can be made in your preferred style. If we don’t have what you’re looking for at the moment, give us a ring. We can discuss with you what is required to make your perfect box. Our current trays 45 millimeter macaron with a depty of 25 millimeters.
When used together these boxes and trays are able to protect your macarons as much as possible. They also look fantastic on the shelf as you can see from the picture above. Talk to us today about which products would suit your macarons.
When purchased together, you can buy as little as 100 boxes and trays. However if you only purchase the trays, the minimum quantity for these is 1,000.
New Macaron Trays
We are excited to add macaron trays to our range. Macarons have become so popular. Their meringue like taste and consistency makes them a favorite for those with a sweet tooth. Because they are so delicate they need special packaging to keep them safe. A package that holds the macarons separately so that they can’t move or touch each other is the ideal option. We can now offer you three specially designed trays to hold your macarons.
Each cavity will hold a macaron with a diameter of up to 45mm and a height of 25mm. There are three sizes to choose from. Our largest tray holds 24 macarons. Then there is one to hold 12 and another to hold 6.
A complete package
If you would like to totally enclose the macaron, you can do so by using two trays. Both will line up perfectly. You will need to tape them together though as they don’t lock in together.
Alternatively, we have fabricated boxes to hold our 6 and 24 cavity trays. The minimum order quantity is 100 boxes or 1,000 trays, unless you buy boxes and trays together. If you buy both, then the minimum order quantity is only 100 of each.
See more photos and infomation on our macarons here.
The Ezy-Aussie prawn peeler is a wonderful utensil to have in your kitchen to help you peel prawns. To see how good it is, just take a look at Troy peeling a few on the video above, and you would have to agree with us.
From taking off the whole shell to leaving on the head and tail or just the tail it makes the job so much easier, not to mention that it will even remove the vein for you.
Many don’t realize it, but Shiloh Plastics is the owner of the Ezy Aussie Prawn Peeler. It was never our intention to own one of the products that we pack. It just kind of fell into our laps. The original owners and designers of the peeler, three men from Coffs Harbour, where previously our customers. As well as producing their blister packs and supplying their backing cards, we packed the product and dispatched it for them. They really only had the un-packaged product delivered to us. One of their customers was our current demonstrator of the Ezy Aussie Prawn Peeler, Troy Steel. Troy has been demonstrating the peeler in regional and trade shows for years. You may have seen him on your travels. He has also demonstrated the peeler on a number of television shows.
After we had been looking after the peeler for the original owners for some time, they decided they didn’t want to continue with their business any longer. When finding a buyer for it failed, they offered us a reasonable price for it, and we decided to take it on. So Shiloh Plastics is the official owner of the Ezy Aussie Prawn Peeler.
The Ezy Aussie Prawn Peeler is a great Australian invention that helps you peel prawns quickly and cleanly.
So if you ever see Troy demonstrating our peeler in your local show, say g’day to him and let him know that you know us.