With an emphasis on freshness and quality, Great Lakes Smoked Meats, a family-owned wholesaler of superior smoked meat products, has grown quickly since its 2010 inception.
So when Great Lakes Smoked Meats began having issues with its packaging, it was an immediate concern. The products were reacting to ultraviolet light, giving the freshly smoked meat a spoiled appearance. In addition, this lead the company to discover their packaging machine was not performing up to it's standards and the packaging itself was not holding up.
"We realized our equipment had not been working properly," said Kim Kordeleski-Gonzalez, Great Lakes Smoked Meats representative. “The packaging appeared to be sealed as the product ran through the machine, and weeks later we would find broken seals. Unaware that the temperature setting of our machine was programmed too high, with the assistance of Flavorseal, we later found this was the cause of our packaging issues. The packaging seals were burning together instead of fusing together properly, resulting in damaged product and lost time.”
"We realized our equipment had not been working properly. The packaging appeared to be sealed as the product ran through the machine, and weeks later we would find broken seals."
When Flavorseal representative Ryan Frank learned of these packaging issues, he not only suggested a UV protected film that would prevent discoloration issues, but recommended a free packaging audit to troubleshoot and address any other performance issues.
During the audit, Frank and the Flavorseal tech support team reviewed Great Lakes Smoked Meat’s entire packaging process, from the type of film used to the machine settings and process.
The Flavorseal team then went to work resetting the machine to run properly. By replacing the air hose which was incorrectly sized and cracked, reconfiguring the temperature of the machine, and adjusting the amount of water running through, Flavorseal was able to significantly improve the performance of the machine.
“In addition to getting our machine running more efficiently, the tech team completely oiled down the chains and machine, and changed the whole engine,” said Kordeleski-Gonzalez . “They also sharpened and realigned our blades for a cleaner cut – and at no additional cost, just due to the fact that we buy film from them. That in itself saved us money.”
Since selecting a UV-protected film, adjusting machine settings and repairing machine components, Great Lakes Smoked Meats has seen a significant improvement in the appearance of its product and the performance of its equipment, which has greatly reduced costs for the company. And, most importantly, their packaging is exceeding expectations.
“We were shutting down the machine five to six times a day, and having to pay for any maintenance or trouble-shooting issues we had. Since Flavorseal has set the machine up properly, it has been running smoothly every day and it’s a huge improvement.”
Great Lakes Smoked Meats packaging – no longer enclosed with a burnt seal – looks great and now maintains the freshness and quality the company was built on.
"Since Flavorseal has set the machine up properly, it has been running smoothly every day and itís a huge improvement."