Our new Large Letter plug plant pack has won the award for Innovation at the recent GroSouth Exhibition. This new pack complements the Plantpac range of plug plant packaging designed specifically for growers that sell by mail order. We are the leading UK manufacturer supplying this market. The entire Plantpac range is available for on-line purchasing from a dedicated website www.plantpac.net
The award winning Large Letter plug plant pack is new for 2016. It has been designed to carry 6 plug plants in a pack that will fit the size of a Royal Mail large letter. This keeps the postal costs down to the lowest possible rate whilst still affording the plants a high level of protection required for transit by post. There is no need for any additional packaging with the Large Letter pack as it only requires an address label and a stamp. At the current postal costs (November 2016) a pack with a total weight of between 250 and 500 grammes would cost just £1.51 to send in the post. The Large Letter pack has been an immediate success with customers such as, You Garden, being quick to seize on the advantages that it offers in cost reductions for plug plant transit packaging. Off the back of the huge success of the Large Letter Pack we have prototyped a 12 plug version of the pack that will offer even greater economy for its customers. The new 12 pack, the LL312 should be available for the 2017 growing season from the on-line store.
Innovation and quality design and manufacture has been the key to Macpac’s success. This has been recognised with a number of awards over the years, the latest of which is the Innovation award from GroSouth. The origins of the Plantpac range date back several years when a major plug plant retailer, dissatisfied with their packaging, asked Macpac to design more efficient and reliable packs that would provide better transit protection. The resulting packs set a new benchmark for plug plant packaging. The initial range was developed to include 8 different packs in configurations of 3,6 and 12 plug options including 2 9cm x3 pots for larger plants. One of these is self contained with the clamshell protecting the whole plant from root to foliage and the other is a 3 pot arrangement that fits neatly into a corrugated box. The box has been cleverly designed to adapt to the length of the foliage. For shorter foliage plants 2 packs can be fitted into the same box positioned at either end for even greater economy. Optional corrugated outer packaging can be supplied to make the packs completely secure when in transit. The clamshells are designed with a simple but very effective closure system that can be easily operated even when wearing gloves, which speeds up the packing process. All the packs have excellent ventilation to keep plants as fresh as possible. Individual packs can also be personalised with an engraving in the design adding brand value at a small extra cost. In addition to the plug plant range we supply a selection of propagator packs. These are available in 4 different sizes and are configured to propagate 21, 33 or 42 plugs. They are also supplied in different heights to accommodate varying plant heights. Macpac hold extensive stocks of the Plantpac horticultural packaging range making them available for short term delivery.
All packs are manufactured from recycled PET film. Every pack can be completely recycled after use, which adds weight to Macpac’s environmental credentials. In addition to the 12 plug Large Letter pack Macpac are looking into designing and prototyping 10 and 11cm versions of the 9cm range. This decision was taken following market research conducted at the various horticultural shows we attended during 2016.