Up till June 2018 Diet Chef provided only diet products, supplied at ambient temperature. About 120 SKU’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are daily supplied all over the UK and occasionally also abroad. The company decided to extend their product line with frozen products, easy to prepare in the microwave.
They conducted a thoughtfully study about the available suppliers of selected food ingredients, selected carefully delicious, healthy and tasteful menus and invested time and efforts in the logistic track.
The frozen 8 SKU’s are packed early afternoon between 13H00 and 14H30 and are picked up late afternoon around 16H30 by a regular non-cooled distribution company. Within 24 hours they are distributed all around the UK (except for the islands). Since Diet Chef uses dry ice for this application, the packers are well trained in the safety procedures, the dry ice is packed in a wrap and a warning label is added inside the box.
Fiona Boyd, Head of Product Innovation at Diet Chef, Edinburgh, UK
Diet Chef performed intensive tests with 3 solutions: WrapPak pads, EPS boxes and wool based liners. Because of the high costs and the environmental unfriendly appearance, the EPS boxes were eliminated. Since the WrapPak paper outperformed the wool based liners in 3 consecutive tests and provided a more cost friendly solution, the final choice was made unanimous.
Diet Chef now use the WrapPak solution for more than 4 weeks and received no complaints. Our bi-weekly due diligence, show constant positive results and the data provided by dataloggers with packages confirm the temperature stability of the products. And, in addition, our CEO is really enthusiastic about the solution, if fits perfectly in our mission to provide a safe and environmental solution”.
Packers at Diet Chef, Edinburgh, UK
The new product line of frozen Diet Chef meals really took off, so we needed a flexible and cost efficient solution for packing the products. With the intensive support of the distributor and Ranpak we are able to provide a temperature controlled solution and are able to achieve our growth targets which involved: