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BY FRED SEARLE

Thursday 18th February 2021, 17:44 London

Huntapac enjoys best Christmas ever

Volume sales up 12 per cent in December, with packhouse investments helping veg supplier keep pace with rising demand

Huntapac enjoys best Christmas ever

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Root veg supplier Huntapac has reported its best-ever Christmas period, enjoying a 12 per cent increase in volume in December 2020. 

Huntapac, which specialises in growing, packing and distributing root vegetables, brassicas and salads, saw 10 million packs leave its Lancashire factory for customers across the UK in the run up to Christmas Day.

The company said it “comfortably met” the increased demand for its wonky carrots thanks to its investment in new machinery during 2020. This included adding four new GIC packaging machines to its end-of-line operation. 

GIC installed two of its GIC4100 vertical form fill and seal packaging machines in November 2020 as Huntapac added the 12th line to its Preston factory.

The pair of GIC4100s are, like all of Huntapac's other lines, fed by a Newtec weigher which delivers packs to two lanes, bagging 40 packs per minute.

Huntapac operations director Will Hunter said: “Christmas 2020 was our best-ever festive period, and thankfully, due to our investment over the last few years, we were able to meet the increased demand comfortably."

Lincolnshire-based GIC manufactures an extensive range of vertical bagmakers, for bags ranging from 150mm to 600mm wide, in both intermittent and continuous motion variants.

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