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Packaging Supplies Miami: Food and Safety

Packaging Solutions for Food Safety

Finding superior solutions for safe food distribution, handling and storage will always be crucial for foodservice providers as well as their suppliers. Food contamination could be avoided by using proper controls, and product packaging is an integral part of that. The effort commences with the minute the food is processed and packaged and continues to the time of consumption.

Product packaging makes it possible for pre-marinated roast, ribs, seafood, poultry, and so forth to get packaged inside a vacuum-packed film bag that can go directly from refrigeration to your oven to cook. Once you open up the package and serve the product, you know it is the first time it has been touched since it was hygienically packaged at the start of the process. Additionally, due to the fact meat packaged in this way have been cut, portioned, seasoned and seared from the manufacturer, kitchen time and labor has been saved and cross contamination has been avoided. What’s more, employees no longer risk knife injuries. Ovenable packaging is available in especially useful for limited-time-only menu promotions by providing operators greater control over inventory and labor.

Heat range Monitoring

Temperatures control is yet another vital concern in food safety. Operators realize that perishable foods must be stored continually chilled to inhibit microbial development. Nevertheless, up to now, there wasn't any quick and easy method to determine if food items had been subjected to unsafe temperatures during shipping, handling or storage process.

A sealed temperature system for food cargo shipments features a time and temperature sensor along with a radio frequency identification tag. The tag can be ordered pre-configured for the product’s temperature spec. The food provider simply presses the button, initiating the tag, to begin keeping track of temperature. Once the product arrives, the operator can press the button again to find out if the merchandise has stayed inside the desired temperature range. Scanning the tag using an RFID reader uploads the data to a cloud-based storage site that records temperatures the merchandise has been subjected to as well as the length of time it's been subjected since it left the plant. You can do this without having to open the package. This provides providers assurance that the food they are putting into their operations offers totally integrity of never being abused.

Versatile Food Bags

A packing solution which offers food safety in addition to essential back-of-the-house advantages is flexible pouch packaging, for soups, sauces, stews, condiments, fruit purees and much more. As for sensitive foods such as guacamole, tomatoes as well as fruit purees, flexible packages possess an oxygen scavenging technology included in the film which safeguards from oxidation, enabling them to remain fresher for extended durations.

Pertaining to food items which are heat treated, whether through aseptic, retort or even hot-fill processes, versatile film packaging which provide secure shelf life and are more beneficial compared to outmoded as well as awkward No. 10 cans. When compared with cans, flexible pouches are definitely more compact, space-efficient and lighter in weight to take care of, ship and store. In contrast to cans, pouches lay flat within a cube, so you're able to fit much more merchandise into much less area. They’re additionally simpler as well as safer to use - absolutely no can opener is necessary, or will there be metal shavings to contaminate the food. Additionally, the food inside a flexible pouch can be heated a lot more quickly than inside a large, dense No. 10 can, the flavor, texture and nutritional value is better preserved.

Reliable Packaging Machines For Food

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When it comes to packaging machines for food, strict packaging regiments must be kept to ensure freshness for consumables. Since there is a nonstop demand from society for these perishables, food products are being processed and manufactured for human consumption daily.  For this reason it is vital for every food industry business to ensure the safety and freshness of its product line. This is detrimental when it comes into building a brand of reliable eatables.

The factors in packaging for food

Technology and science have come a long way working together to formulate solutions to improve the different steps that are taken in processing, manufacturing, and packaging machines for food. The processing step is the converting of raw ingredients straight into food prepared for human consumption. After that step is done protecting the food from actual physical, chemical, microorganisms’ manifestation of the product the packaging step is critical component. The packaging also has to secure any nutritional components within the food product besides keeping it fresh for the mouth watering taste buds. Apart from all this protection and security from the outside world, marketing of the product to be appealing to the consumer is critical. The marketing appeal can make or break the product. The product packaging has to be appealing in order to attract and keep the consumers’ eye and attention, as well as function as an effective shipping container. With the digital printing industry experiencing massive growth, it gives brand owners a chance to make various choices in a cost effective way for their labeling and design.  Well-designed packages with eye catching colors can be used as a promotional tool to add value and convenience for the user. A stand out design in product container and /or labeling could result in product differentiation which could result in increase of sales. Of this reason there is no point to skimp and attempt to cut cost in this ever so important market area.

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Heineken pushing the limits in interactive packaging.

Heineken Ignite: Heineken’s Interactive Beer Bottle Redefining Intelligent Packaging

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Heineken recently became the first beer company to create an interactive and intelligent bottle. In April, Heineken successfully launched their new packaging campaign, paving the way into uncharted frontiers of technology and social interaction. The Heineken Ignite bottle stands out as it interacts with its environment, other ignite bottles, and people.

Their main idea was to create a social interaction experience unlike any by incorporating the power and potential of mobile technology with social interaction.

The new Heineken Ignite bottle is designed with a micro sensor which works on a wireless network enabling it to detect when the holder raises the bottle to toast, when a sip is being taken and even respond to music playing via LED lights set within it.

Each Ignite bottle comes with a plastic base which houses the hardware and the software required to make this amazing interaction realistic.

The base comes packed with 8 LED lights, a accelerometer sensor and a microprocessor which work in unison to detect different motions and communicate with a secondary transceiver.

After its successful launch, Heineken Ignite is expected to roll out in early 2014.

This video will show you how amazing this intelligent packaging is in action.


How Heineken Ignite works

Accelerometer detects movement

When a reveler raises the bottle to sip from it or when making a toast, the microsensor, which runs on the 8-bit microprocessor, senses these movements and lights up the 8 LED lights set within the bottle, making it glow.

Remote control

The Heineken Ignite interactive bottle can also be remotely controlled. Once activated, the bottle lights up in sync with music beats, creating a show of lights like a Christmas tree. Ignite bottles will easily be remote controlled by a DJ enhancing the light show and creating an experience unlike any ever seen before.

Pack a Thanksgiving Punch

If you polled most Americans, they would say that food is the most critical component of Thanksgiving, followed by football (and hopefully family ranks in there somewhere, too). For GTI, Thanksgiving is a glorious display of gratitude … for packaging!  It’s a day that offers numerous opportunities to flaunt our creative, solution-based packaging expertise to family and friends. 51b5f26a74c5b65d73000da3._w.540_s.fit_-2thanksgiving day kids table

For instance, you know those guys from Burgers & Beers who use kraft paper for a table cloth? We put that to work at the kids’ table with some crayons, feeding the inner artist as well as the hungry belly, occupying these restless rascals for a good while. You can easily throw it right into the trash receptacle when dinner is done.

Even chic designers are getting into the kraft paper craze by running shorter kraft paper rolls right down the middle of the center of the main table as a table runner. Some creatively ambitious adults may secretly snag some crayons from the kids to create some handprint turkeys of their own.

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Sports and Thanksgiving complement each other like turkey and stuffing, like gravy and mash potatoes, like pumpkin pie and whipped cream. But watching sports isn’t going to burn those calories, and even tag football is kind of lame anymore. So how about hitting the backyard with a bundle of bubble wrap for a serious game of Bubble Football? Experience the hard hits of full contact football without sending cousin Freddie (or yourself) to the hospital. Trade those expensive pads and helmets for layers of bubble wrap and tape for protection. Now you have the uniform of a true packaging gridiron warrior!

Or, how about challenging your mother-in-law to a friendly game of Bubble Sumo Wrestling? Sure to create some awkwardness at first, it’s guaranteed to work out family tension. Follow the same instructions for Bubble Football, but add a few more rotations of wrap around each willing participant and face off to see who reigns supreme.

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Good luck in making this Thanksgiving the coolest ever with simple packaging sure to pack a punch.

PACKAGING TOMORROW

Image Packaging is just not what it used to be.  In fact, for most, packaging was just an added cost and support expense that came with manufacturing and distribution operations. You needed a fairly basic receptacle to contain and transport your goods.

Unless you’ve had your head stuck in a corrugated box for the last two decades, you may have noticed that things have changed dramatically in the landscape of packaging!  No longer is packaging just a means of protection, it must now be convenient, safe, clever, eye-catching and environmentally-conscious. Indeed, packaging has become one of the most significant factors to companies’ success. Packaging can actually make or break your product sales given the vast plethora of product choices in the now-global market today.

GTI’s Packaging Engineers and Specialists are key staff resources, constantly providing expert, creative solutions to our clients on how to package their products in a way that will not only help them get their package to its destination intact, but also create a distinguished design that consumers can’t resist. GTI Industries President Steve Zuckerman said, “These staff members combine Madison Avenue marketing tactics with warehouse and transportation street smarts. You need both in order to create the most attractive yet functional packaging. We’ve even laughed about creating a C-level position called CPO (Chief Packaging Officer)—but maybe that’s not too unrealistic given the growing importance of packaging.”

Our team of Packaging Engineers and Specialists recently returned from PACK EXPO in Las Vegas, where we noticed five other trends heavily influencing our industry.

1  ROBOTS - It wasn’t long ago that Mr. Jetson was having it out with Rosie, the robotic maid, on The Jetsons cartoon show. Now, we’re seeing pick and pack robots working the line in greater frequency. Big corporations are moving quickly in the direction to automate with robots which, in turn, pushes small businesses to do the same

2  GREEN – Packaging is increasingly being evaluated for its sourcing, makeup, its weight and end of life—its ability to either break down or get recycled. Companies may also be looking to reduce their own carbon footprint which is greatly affected by packaging and distribution. Consumers are putting the burden on companies to provide green packaging, although they might not want to pay more for it (sigh!).

3  SAFETY – With recent scares of food contamination courtesy of unsafe packaging and the health concern over plastic and other containers laden with chemicals, food manufacturers are particularly concerned with how they contain and ship food safely. A technology called ‘vision inspection’ uses cameras that operate like a human eye looking at markings, tightness of a vacuum seal or contaminants. Packaging can also provide cues to where a product came from and can give a sense of accountability should something go wrong (example, tainted baby formula from China).

4  BRANDING – Companies employ various tactics to stand out on the shelf. These may include celebrating anniversaries, going back to a retro or classic look, rebranding in a new way, limited edition packaging, new flavors or twist on the item, and seasonal or holiday or event-driven packaging.

5  SIZE—As households shrink and folks move back to urban environments and those that are   particularly affected by the economy buy more last minute instead of stocking up, the sizing of packaging has shifted smaller in many instances (despite what you see in your suburban Costco).

GTI Industries has been around the block to know that the second we hit ‘post’ on this blog, a new trend will surface in the industry. In some ways, the packaging industry was slow to move forward in breaking new ground, but its subsequent growth has been exponential thanks to market demands. As leaders in the industry, GTI Industries lives and breathes this stuff every day, enabling us to provide expert advice to customers evaluating packaging needs.

 

Biting Down on Food Packaging

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Chew on this: In the recent 12 months there have been more than 600 food recalls in the U.S. and Canada.  Many of these are brought on by foreign object contamination such as metal fragments, plastic or glass.  In fact, Kellogg’s recently issued a recall for boxes of Special K Red Berries cereal due to possible glass shards.  Nestle pulled Lean Cuisine mushroom ravioli (500,000 dishes!) off the shelves when three customers reported finding glass in their food.  Clearly, food processing and packaging can be a pretty dicey business. These stories reflect what can happen when hazardous objects, bacteria or nasty chemicals find their way into food packaging.

Today’s food processing and handling facilities face many challenges to food safety including lack of employee training, contamination of raw materials, poor plant and equipment sanitation and poor plant design and construction.  In fact, large retailers such as Wal-Mart and Costco are now requiring food-packaging companies to step up their efforts to protect consumers in what seems to be an increasing industry trend. They’re taking note of the numerous, complicated risks posed by food packaging, including food-borne illness and knowledge pathogens and investigating better detection capabilities, global supply chain issues, protection of reputation and reduced quality assurance costs.

This is where SQF comes in.  Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification is a globally recognized level of food safety certification that’s rapidly capturing the attention of manufacturers and distributors of food.

“SQF provides a systematic approach to employee training, inspections, mandatory recalls, record access and administrative detention and product traceability,” explained GTI Industries QA Manager Manny Martinez. “GTI Industries undergoes a yearly audit of our food safety program that covers all aspects of the company—and we mean all—including procedures, protocols, recall and quarantine plans, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points and crisis management plans.”

Martinez added that this requires a daily commitment.  “Within each of these plans are numerous standard operating procedures that are followed day in and day out by every employee to ensure that our facility remains safe for all of our food contact packaging that is stored within our premises,” said Martinez.  As a result, food-processing companies are increasingly choosing GTI Industries for their food packaging needs because of these stringent protocols.

“This level of third party certification allows GTI the ability to stay within the necessary guidelines that are required for customers who are SQF certified or those who are looking to get certified,” Martinez added. 

This is just one more reason why GTI is the leader in packaging within our region.  We are not only the trusted primary source to those in the food industry, but we have the safety records to back it up.  The proof … is in the pudding (if it comes in our packaging).

 

GTI’s JIT and VMI Programs Mean MMIYP

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Actually, none of the above -- these little acronyms ultimately translate into MMIYP (More Money in Your Pocket) for customers who look to GTI for warehousing and inventory management solutions.

Here’s why. Have you ever considered the tough-to-pin-down actual cost of carrying your inventory? There’s facility expenses, transportation, storage, equipment (and maintenance), shipping, labor, insurances, taxes, inventory and cycle count expenses, and losses—to name a few of the costs that deplete your bottom line.

This is where GTI Industries comes in. President Steve Zuckerman said, “Since we run a sizable warehouse operation, we know these numbers, we know what affects these numbers, and we know that our customers face similar but sometimes unnecessary costs. We have proven solutions to the inventory management process to effectively reduce customer costs.”

So, how do we do it? With JIT (Just in Time deliveries) and with VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory). With JIT and VMI, customers maintain just the right amount of packaging supplies on hand to get them through the week. They avoid the expense of having to carry more supplies in inventory just to get a volume discount price. These lowered inventories can lead to significant cost savings in the end, decreasing warehouse space and resource needs.

In addition, GTI can reduce purchasing costs. Because the vendor receives data and not purchase orders, the purchasing department spends less time calculating and producing purchase orders. The need for purchase order corrections and reconciliations is removed which, guess what, further reduces purchasing costs.

A long-time GTI customer recently noted successful cost and time savings with VMI, “I just want to relay to you how well the VMI Program has been a benefit to our company. The inventory of our packaging and shipping materials has reduced. We have experienced more inventory turns and almost no out of stocks. The burden of checking inventory for placing our stock order has been transferred. We greatly appreciate the service level that you give.”

So, consider taking advantage of GTI’s JIT and VMI.  Reach out to a GTI representative to schedule an onsite evaluation and together we can draw up the program that works for you.

We’ll get back to you PDQ (pretty darn quick) on how we can help you put MMIYP.

CORRUGATED RULES

If there was a job title of ‘Cardboard Specialist’, GTI’s Pedro Carvajal, would be the holder. Pedro’s been with GTI for 7 years, and he’s our go-to-guy for all things corrugated. In fact, he’ll be the first to point out that “cardboard box” actually refers to the stuff that cereal and board games come in and that “corrugated fiberboard boxes” are the containers that we incorrectly believe to be cardboard. And while Pedro sadly sees the world in the same tone of brown, he explores the vast universe of honeycombs, flutes, single face walls, linerboards, ECTs (Edge Crush Test), calipers, and points. photo-7Pedro witnesses first-hand that standard and custom corrugated cartons are some of the largest commodities that GTI moves. We caught up with him recently during a close inspection of the tensile strength of a five panel folder and rigid bliss box (don’t ask).  “We get in and dissect every layer of the cartons we sell so we can match the best product to our client needs,” Pedro explained, magnifying glass in one hand and X-Acto knife in the other. “We are experts in knowing the quality of paper and media used in different industries. We’ve actually been able to down-gauge board combinations in order to cut customer costs while maintaining a sturdy, reliable box that works.”

Way before Pedro was an expert; pleated paper was patented in England for sweatband lining in top hats in about 1856. In 1871, corrugated fiberboard made of pleated paper with a single liner sheet on one side was patented in New York.  Then in 1874, a second liner was added, making this the form of corrugated we know today. But, it wasn’t until 1894 that the first corrugated box was created. Since then, corrugated cartons have evolved into one of the preferred shipping containers of choice (and rainy day forts for kids).

Today, corrugated cartons are produced in various paper grades and combinations.  They are not only an integral means of secondary packaging used in the transporting of goods, but for many products they are used as primary packaging.  Because of its low cost, recyclability and ability to market its content with printing and laminating, GTI is betting that corrugated will reign as king of packaging for another 100 years.

With the strategic approach that GTI provides to corrugated cartons, we have optimized storage capacity for our customers while still meeting their packing requirements. At GTI, we have cartons “down-packed!”

Packaging Before There Was Plastic

For those in the packaging industry, the time before plastic is often referred to as the “dark age”, a time so far back that we think of it in a historical way. Today, plastic products touch almost every part of our daily lives.  Without them, life would not be the same.  But how did we manage without plastic?  Well if you go back, paper may be the oldest form of what we refer to today as “flexible packaging”.  Plastic on the other hand is the youngest form of packaging in comparison to other materials like paper, glass and metal.  Discovered in the 19th century, plastic was actually reserved strictly for the military.  Then came the Tupperware ladies in the ‘70s who blew the lid off convenient leftover storage in homes across America. And now, in today’s world, plastic packaging has made products available en masse due to its inexpensive and convenient nature. In fact, the growth of our packaging industry can be directly linked to the rise of plastic!

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Can you recall the days when chocolate pudding came packaged in a tin can?  What about when milk came bottled in glass containers?  Not since plastic met packaging!

GTI Sales Manager (and resident packaging historian) Wendy Bello recalls the state of things when she started in the packaging industry over 25 years ago, “Staples and stitching wire were the  primary source for sealing cartons for shipping. It was really frustrating because there really weren’t quality tapes at the time that could withhold the weight of some boxes.  So in every packing house from peppers, limes and avocados, to yucca, oranges and grapefruits you would find all cartons closed with staples.”

Staples posed a risk for the packers and also damaged food.  Wendy says, “These staples were piercing the upper layer of the produce.  Staples would rust and could even penetrate the food product.” In the end, staples became a hazard for the packaging industry, and necessity became the mother of invention.

So tape manufacturers began to produce a higher strength quality of plastic tapes with stronger adhesives that could seal cartons to withstand the rough packing environment and the weight of the product that was being packaged.  This made a huge impact, particularly on the food industry that could now eliminate the risk of injury and food contamination.

Simply put, packaging has certainly changed since plastic’s debut. Factors, such as the needs and concerns of people, competition in the marketplace, shifting lifestyles, inexpensive production materials, as well as discoveries and inventions have contributed to the rapid growth of plastic packaging. And just as no single cause influenced past development, a variety of forces will be required to create the packages of the future. Plus, as leaders in the industry, no doubt GTI Industries will be at the forefront of bringing innovative packaging options to our customers.

Capturing Today’s Buyers with Innovative Packaging

Untitled 15.001 Yesterday’s baby boomers now have babies that are all grown up. This population referred to as Generation Y, Millennials or Echo Boomers are today’s buyers. Making up more than one-third of the population, they are the first generation to be raised with computers and mobile devices. They are receptive to internet campaigns and social media. Most importantly they are brand loyal and respond to innovative packaging and advertising campaigns. How do you capture the attention of the Gen Y-ers? For a brand to be successful in today’s market you must win over your target consumer or they simply will not buy. Marketing strategies that led a previous generation to buy are no longer effective. You must transcend all norms to succeed in attracting an audience in this changing environment, and this includes getting clever in the packaging department. “The packaging you use is no longer a means for transportation of your goods. The world continues to move faster, and research shows that packaging has a significant impact on consumer choices,” said Steve Zuckerman, president of GTI Industries, a Miami-based Packaging Distributor of Equipment and Supplies. Zuckerman noted that packaging can often be your potential customer’s first introduction to your brand, and your package needs to shout attention to stand out amongst the competition. Know your target customer and consider how you want to be portrayed, what feelings and messages you want to communicate. Do you want to imply environmental consciousness? Are your potential buyers interested in sleek, contemporary designs or simple, practical packaging? What colors, shapes and sizes do they like? Considering these principles of staying relevant in today’s buying environment, GTI Industries recently refreshed its own logo. Zuckerman said, “It was out with the old and in with the new, so our own internal marketing team developed a sleek, new look to our logo simply by changing the font. This new look fits today’s style. We love the boldness it adds to our name.” GTI customers will soon see the new look reflected in the packaging of Duralock, Durawrap and Griptape brands. In the end, if a brand is able to create distinctiveness through a product's package, the company gains a competitive advantage in the market. The reward of success goes to businesses that are forward thinking, utilize their consumers' insights creatively and know their target market. Recently, we at GTI Industries revamped our own logo. We were bound to the font we used for nearly 20 years. It was out with the old and in with the new, so our own internal Marketing Team developed a sleek new look to our logo simply by changing the font. This new look, fits today’s style. We love the boldness it adds to our name. See more changes to GTI’s look coming soon in the packaging of our Duralock, Durawrap and Griptape brands. curabsdiel

What’s summer without a BBQ?

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On Friday July 12th GTI’s Warehouse Manager, Jeff worked up a sweat. He showed his master chef skills out on the back dock of our warehouse where we fired up the old Weber. Not only was the food great but also, so was the company. GTI puts together these small events from time to time so that our teams can spend some quality time sharing. It helps us bring our employees together, out of the usual routine of business. It’s known that companies that share good times together work better as one. At GTI, we strongly believe that to be the case. With over 40 employees under one roof, it’s important to keep good spirits and we manage to do just that. Jose, a new member at GTI who recently filled our Purchasing Manager position was overheard quoting “I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them a BBQ, and have a party.” Well, a party we had! Thank you to the great management team at GTI who sponsors these events and to all who participated in the preparations of the phenomenal food. Surely a great way to spend a summer day!

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The Maker of Angel Soft® Bath Tissue Introduces New Angel Soft® Facial Tissue

ATLANTA, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The maker of Angel Soft®, the leader in the affordable premium bath tissue segment, is excited to introduce the newest member of the Angel Soft family: Angel Soft Facial Tissue. The new facial tissue delivers all of the softness and strength at the value that Angel Soft Bath Tissue fans have enjoyed for the last 25 years. The product launch features an integrated marketing campaign starring the Angel Soft Angels in digital advertising, social media channels and in-store signage.

"More than 39 million households rely on Angel Soft to provide them with a bath tissue that offers both softness and strength at a great value, and we are pleased to now offer them those same benefits in a facial tissue," said Patrick Davis, vice president of new category development at Georgia-Pacific. "This latest Georgia-Pacific innovation provides them with a quality product from a brand they know and trust at a price that appeals to them."

The new product offers two varieties, lotion and non-lotion, in many stylish packaging designs to complement any home's decor. Both lotion and non-lotion varieties are available in single boxes and multi-packs. Five special-edition packages featuring designs for Back to School are also offered, as the quality and value of Angel Soft Facial Tissue make it a great fit for the classroom.

Angel Soft Facial Tissue is available now at select retailers nationwide, and consumers should check with their local retailer for pricing. For more information about Angel Soft Facial Tissue, visit www.angelsoft.com, and to hear from current Angel Soft fans and learn about upcoming promotions and deals, visit www.facebook.com/AngelSoft.

System Integration & Consulting

GTI Industries provides integrated solutions that are carefully engineered to streamline your handling operations. We specialize in custom packaging lines that facilitate state of the art manufacturing and logistics. GTI designs, assembles and integrates automation utilizing existing equipment to optimize efficiency and improve your productivity. Our experienced Equipment Specialists work with you to understand your needs. We evaluate your current packaging process and provide consultative guidance on how to achieve the most cost effective solutions to augment your production requirements.

Building unique systems that work for you by using your existing equipment and integrating it with new equipment to reduce your shipping costs, makes GTI your value added partner. Whether you are expanding operations, streamlining your current setup, upgrading equipment or building a new system, we can provide you with the right equipment and layout.

Our Equipment Specialists backed by our Service Department with years of experience and training are knowledgeable about the packaging process for many different industries. They are educated in current industry standards and know what works best to get the job done. As a result, no matter what your packaging challenge is, we provide you with the information needed to successfully package your product safely, securely and attractively.

Call us to schedule a site visit and evaluation with one of our Equipment Specialist today!

GTI Gives

We are approaching the season of giving.  In this joyous time of the year we find it important to take the time to also keep in our hearts those less fortunate. This year, in the spirit of giving, GTI is proud to announce that we are holding a food drive.  We invite everyone to participate in our "GTI Gives Back Food Drive To Feed the Homeless". All donations collected will benefit one of South Florida's most respectable and  oldest charities, Camillus House. Camillus does much more than offer a free meal, medical care, a shower, or drug treatment, it offers a second chance to the desperate, the lonely, and the ones society has left behind. Many of the less fortunate who come to Camillus House have nowhere else to go. We are excited to partner with such a deserving charity and we hope you find it in your heart to participate in our Thanksgiving Food Drive. Details: Donations can be dropped off at the GTI offices or given to your sales person or driver during a scheduled meeting or delivery. Special trips cannot be made by our trucks to pickup donations. With your donation, GTI will credit your account $25.00 towards your next purchase of $250.00 or more. Limit one credit per customer. 

New & Pre-Owned Equipment

GTI Industries is a leading supplier of new and pre-owned equipment used to automate your packaging lines. Representing the top manufacturers of packaging equipment, we carry a tremendous variety of elite machinery.

GTI connects our customers to the products needed to run their businesses more effectively and efficiently. At GTI, our goal is to provide you with equipment that will best suit your needs and provide your business with all of the latest information and technology available to help ease your workload and increase your productivity.

What we don’t hold back on is quality. Whether new or pre-owned, our equipment will present you with outstanding results. And, GTI will provide you with the right equipment for your budget. As a committed supplier we will show you the value of automating your packaging lines by providing you with a return on investment report that will spell out why automating is the way to go.

Along with equipment GTI will supply you with the proper consumables needed to ensure that you use only quality products on your machines. In addition we provide direct support for the installation, training, preventive maintenance and ongoing service you may need at first and long term.

GTI is what you are looking for in a packaging partner.

Global Hand Washing Day

Happy Handwashing Day! Yes, today is Global Handwashing Day and it’s the 5th year that this day has been celebrated on October 15th. While most people are aware of the importance of washing their hands, very few people use both soap and water which is the MOST effective way to remove bacteria.

Handwashing with soap is such an important way to prevent disease transmission, especially for children under the age of 5. Diarrheal diseases and respiratory diseases are the top two killers of children around the world (over 2 million children around the world die from these diseases each year).

Simple handwashing with soap and water can prevent the spread of disease and decrease the number of children who will get sick. This is true in both developed and underdeveloped countries and is an inexpensive and reliable way to prevent disease transmission.

Handwashing with soap could reduce the incidence of diarrhea by 30% and respiratory infections by 21% in children under the age of 5 years.

So, as we approach the peak time of year for both respiratory and diarrheal disease in the United States, let’s all pull out the soap and remember to wash your hands! Set an example for everyone, especially your kids, and teach then all about good handwashing and them importance of using soap and water.

When to Wash Hands at the Workplace

Recommendations:

  • Each time you use the restroom
  • Before and after staff meetings if food is served
  • After scanning newspapers or magazines in your break room
  • Before and after your lunch
  • After using your friend’s keyboard or tools
  • Before and after a meet and greet activity in your office
  • When using shared office equipment like copiers, phones, etc.

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Benefits of NSF Certification for Consumers

GTI Industries, Inc. is certified by NSF-Cook and Thurber, an

independent third party auditor, for our Quality Control Defense and Criteria Plan.  With this,

GTI meets and exceeds the most stringent requirements for the food and pharmaceutical industries and government agencies.

As a best in class distributor partner, GTI complies with the regulatory requirements for maintaining appropriate

sanitation and pest control as well as the documented capability to recover products,

if needed in accordance with the FDA-NSF/ANSI guidelines.

No other independent testing programs require companies to comply with the strict standards imposed by NSF and its product certification programs. From extensive product testing and material analyses to unannounced plant inspections, NSF is the only third-party testing organization to undertake a complete evaluation of every aspect of a product's development before it can earn our certification.

Most importantly for you, NSF Certification is not a one-time activity. We do not just test a single model of a product and give it our okay. Our certification programs require regular on-site inspections of the manufacturing facilities. In addition, certified products are periodically re-tested against the requirements of the most current version of the applicable national standard. If for any reason a product fails to meet one or more of our certification criteria, we will take whatever enforcement actions we deem necessary to protect the public, including product recall, public notification, or de-certification.

Please note that NSF does not rate or compare the products we certify. We understand that each consumer has unique needs, so we developed our programs to verify that each product we certify meets the requirements of the applicable national standard. In addition, if a performance claim is being made for a product, such as a water treatment device, we ensure that the product actually is able to meet that claim.

Credibility is what NSF Certification is all about.

NSF uses the terms "certified" or "listed" in connection with a product, good, component, system, material, compound or ingredient ("Product"). A Product that is certified or listed means that NSF: (1) reviewed the Product, most often through a sampling of the Product; (2) determined at the time of the review that the Product complies with the relevant NSF consensus standard and/or protocol ("Standard"); and (3) conducted or will conduct (as more specifically set forth in the Standard) periodic audits to review whether the Product continues to comply with the Standard. After NSF certifies or lists the Product, NSF authorizes the manufacturer of the Product to use the NSF Mark on or in connection with the sale, use or distribution of that Product. The NSF Mark conveys that an independent, third-party organization (NSF) has determined that the Product complies with the relevant Standard.