Canadian Packaging

Sandford Orchards Cider Celebrates a Decade of Bag-in-Box Packaging

June 14, 2021   Logan Caswell

Sandford Orchards Owner Barny Butterfield was no stranger to boxed cider packaging when he contacted Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple in 2010. It was in fact his own supplier at the time (and customer of Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple) who put him in touch as his requirement for Bag-in-box packaging had gone from standard off-the-shelf to a more bespoke need.

By coming direct they were able to source packaging that gave them the ability to truly shout about their Devon roots and products, helping raise brand awareness and appeal to larger companies. When they were listed in Wetherspoons their volumes increased and they saw how much their new packaging had supported this, and the importance of good quality packaging to ensure their products are displayed well, arrive undamaged and taste just as fresh as they do when packaged.

In the 10 years Sandford Orchards have been a direct customer of Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple their packaging have undergone various visual design changes and in more recent years their packaging has been altered to help save business costs and improve performance.

By altering the dimensions of the Bag-in-Box being used by Sandford Orchards Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple are now able to get 57 boxes onto a pallet, which previously was 40 – a 40% increase in pallet load. This innovation, and collaborative working has helped reduce pallet requirements and save costs.


The box has also seen other innovations including:

  • adding an ice box flap so the product (when situated on a bar) stays at the correct and optimum temperature all day with a couple of ice packs being added


  • changing the board grade to a Kraft liner, which gives a higher water resistance and enables the pack to stay rigid while it is being chilled


  • using gloss lamination helps the box maintain its shape and protect the artwork from transit damage

“In the 10 years of using Smurfit Kappa Barnstaple as my Bag-in-Box® supplier I have developed a great working relationship with the team. They are always on hand to help with our next project and their expertise and knowledge is invaluable” Barny Butterfield, Owner of Sandford Orchards.

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