Foxpak Celebrate International Women’s Day

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The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, #ChooseToChallenge, centres around the idea that a challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge by calling out gender bias and inequality. We can also choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements.

At Foxpak, we are turning the spotlight on some of the female-led businesses we have the pleasure of working with, celebrating their achievements and highlighting the causes close to them.

 

Valentine Milanova – Daye

Valentina Milanova - Daye

Valentina Milanova founded Daye in 2017 with the intention of waking up a stagnant market by creating new and innovative female health products designed with women in mind. Their first product to hit the market was a newly developed tampon infused with CBD to help tackle period cramps. Daye now offers a range of products including a build your own period care subscription box, self-care kits, proviotics and CBD balm.

Not only is Daye a disruptive brand bringing innovative period care products to the market, but they also use their voice to advocate for pressing social issues including sustainability, BLM, gender and women’s health.

Speaking with Valentina, she says “on International women’s day, we’d like to highlight the gender employment gap by celebrating the work of a really impactful organisation. Working Chance supports women leaving the care and criminal systems by helping them find fair and meaningful employment. At Daye, we’ve made a commitment to hiring our production operators through Working Chance, thus providing employment opportunities to groups, which are typically faced with discrimination”

All Daye products can be found on their website at www.yourdaye.com. You can find out more about the social issues highlighted above by visiting Dayes Instagram account @meetdaye

 

Sian McCann – Wild Fuschia Bakehouse

Sian McCann Wild Fuschia Bakehouse

 

Wild Fuschia Bakehouse, located in the picturesque seaside village of Dunfanaghy County Donegal, opened its doors in 2017. The bakery offers a range of delicious homemade bread and baked goods, based on traditional recipes.

In 2018 the owner, Sian McCann, went on to develop a range of bread mixes that are “simple, wholesome and tasty and so easy to make”. Sian further explains that “all of the mixes are designed to be ready in under an hour and help with meal-times to make them easier, tastier and fresher. A busy schedule shouldn’t mean we have to compromise on the good things in life.”

Sian was delighted that the quality of the bread mixes was recognised in 2020 with three awards.

  • The Irish Stout Bread Mix won Silver at the 2020 Blas na hEireann
    The Irish Soda Bread Mix and the Irish Wheaten Bread Mix received 2 stars from the 2020 Great Taste Awards.

In addition to these awards, the bread mixes now hold “Guaranteed Irish” status, signifying the company’s commitment to the local community and Irish produce. The bread mixes have gone from strength to strength and are now available as part of the SuperValu Food Academy in the Donegal Stores, a number of independent retailers, and on-line from Amazon UK and their newly developed web store at www.wildfuschia.ie

 

 

Mari Hughes – Dan & Monstro

Mari Hughes Dan and Monstro

 

Mari created Dan & Monstro in 2015 as a result of trying to give her son Ben a vegetable-rich diet filled with the nutrients he needed. As a full time working mom, more often than not, Mari found herself popping into the local supermarkets to look for sauces that she could use for dinner. When asked about this Mari states “I found that many of the products available had a lot of salt, sugar and contained preservatives. I wanted a healthy, nutritious and convenient product, something that would give Ben the nutrition he needed – as a parent we want to give our family the best.” After exhausting all avenues, Mari resorted to making her own sauces, blending fresh vegetables with her own homemade pasta sauce.

Always wanting to start her own business, Mari decided she would sell her sauces at a local farmers market. Although she received great feedback on her product, the seasonal nature of the market was not sustainable in the long run. Soon after, Mari applied to the Bord Bia food academy and following a successful launch, her original pasta sauce, as well as her new curry sauce, are now listed in selected Supervalu stores and independent retailers nationwide.

Dan & Monstro is an innovative and exciting Irish food brand going from strength to strength. Between 2016 and 2019, Their sauces have received countless awards including Blas na hEireann Gold, Silver and Bronze, Irish Quality Food Awards, Free From Food Awards and the Business Allstar award two years running.

When Covid hit at the start of 2020, Dan & Monstro showed great resilience, partnering with online retailers such as shopinireland.ie making their sauces available for purchase online in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK. To find a list of stockists visit the Dan and Monstro website at www.danandmonstro.ie

 

 

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Foxpaks Response to Covid-19

Foxpaks Response To Covid-19

Foxpak is operating as usual despite the current lock-down in Ireland. We have been deemed an essential service to the food and beverage industry and remain fully operational throughout Covid-19. In order to protect the safety of our workers, we have implemented procedures and continuously take advice regarding best practice from the World Health Organisation, The HSE and the Irish Government. Below are examples of some of the procedures we currently have in place.

 

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The Effect of COVID-19 on Production and Lead Times

Our sales team are working tirelessly to keep customers updated on any potential disruptions to their orders due to delays in transit or raw material availabilities. Due to continuously changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, transport and production can be delayed at short noticed. If this is the case, our sales team will update you as soon as we become aware of such delays. If you have any questions please get in contact with your account manager.

For further information on our response to Covid-19 please contact us at sales@foxpak.com or +353 (0)41 981 9058.

 

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Foxpak Retain BRCGS Grade AA

Blog Post Feature - Foxpak Retain BRC grade AA

This week, foxpak became the first company in Ireland to achieve double-A grade certification in BRCGS Version 6 Packaging Materials audit.

 

BRCGS Certification LogoThe BRCGS guarantees the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria to ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. Certification to the BRCGS Packaging Materials Issue 6 standard is quickly becoming a fundamental requirement of leading retailers, manufacturers and foodservice organisations. Each year, Foxpak are audited to ensure we are developing and manufacturing safe, legal packaging made from materials that meet the quality levels that our customers have come to expect from us.

 

Packaging is a fundamental part of any brand. It defines product integrity, security and drives innovation. Consumers are attracted to strong and recognisable products that need to be consistent in size, colour and shape. Packaging is, therefore, an integral part of the manufacturing process. This is why foxpak works tirelessly to achieve a high standard, year on year.

 

By continuously achieving a double A grade in the BRCGS standard, we are ensuring that by choosing to work with us, our customers are getting the best possible packaging, quality and service. Take a look through our Product Range to see for yourself.

 

 

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