US-based Vermicrop Organics saved cost and time by switching from rigid plastic bottles to printed pouches for its compost tea product, Vermi T Solution.
The specially blended compost tea is said to help environmentally conscious gardeners to switch to a greener, more cost-effective flexible packaging structure.
Vermicrop Organics co-founder and COO John Perrino said the company switched to a spout-and-pouch combination/fitment pouch, designed by Flair Flexible Packaging as a solution to a very expensive and labor-intensive distribution system.
"The garden shops that sell our VermiT Solution each have their own brewers so they can brew on-site. We used to have to send them our kits, which included the empty bottles in half- or whole-gallon sizes, for filling. We’d manually label each of the bottles in our warehouse. The time, the cost of warehousing empty bottles, and the shipping expense were unsustainable," Perrino said.
The new half-gallon triple-layer laminated pouch with a 22-mm recloseable/reusable pour-spout fitment enables the company to print the pouches with vibrant, eight-color graphics.
With the new pouch the company is able to warehouse one shipment on less than two pallets, the equivalent of a full truckload of their old rigid bottles.
Vermicrop Organics distributes a line of nature-inspired horticultural inoculants and growing media throughout the US, Canada, and portions of Europe.