KanPak’s New CDG Refrigerated Dispenser With Ecomate® Insulation and New Smaller 1.5 Gallon Bag-in-Box Format Open New Opportunities for Bulk Cream Distribution
Arkansas City, KS (RestaurantNews.com) KanPak, an aseptic industry leader in coffee, tea, dairy and alternative beverage and dessert solutions, is proud to implement a lower cost CDG refrigerated dispenser with Ecomate® insulation in advance of the recent 2015 EPA and Montreal Protocol regulations. Getting ahead of the impending changes in 2014, KanPak tasked their engineering team to incorporate the new materials, and reduce the cost of the new equipment to meet the demands of existing and future customers.
Since 2005, Art McFerran, Executive Vice President and General Manager of KanPak’s equipment operations, has led the way for innovation in meeting industry and customer demands with KanPak’s equipment. KanPak Dispensing Group was the first dispenser company to deploy the “Ecomate” approach across all its dispensing lines early in 2014, in advance of the January 2015 guidelines and requirements. Initially, the change increased the cost of the machine, so McFerran challenged his engineering team and suppliers to find ways to reduce the cost of the dispensing platform. In the end, the key was to accelerate the review of all elements of the existing design to determine where there were opportunities to make changes that would bring the cost down without affecting performance or reliability.
“Working to update our equipment to meet the new standards gave our customers peace of mind that they never had to worry about any last-minute changes,” said McFerran. “We were able to make the time to not only adapt equipment per the new policies, but to make the equipment cost-effective for our customers without affecting the reliability they were used to.”
Recently, KanPak recognized many potential customers didn’t have the necessary demand to go through the 2.5 gallon bag-in-box of dairy products while the product remained in code, so KanPak developed a 1.5 gallon pack, as well. As of November 2014, KanPak started packing Half ‘n Half, Whole Milk and French Vanilla creamer products in a new 1.5 gallon format, opening up opportunities to work with smaller, lower throughput customers. With KanPak’s R&D and food science resources ready and available, KanPak is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for customers looking for a wide variety of new custom aseptic beverage solutions.
“Our company is constantly evolving,” said Larry McGilll, president and CEO, KanPak “If we see an opportunity that will help our customers be more successful and drive revenue growth, we’re not afraid to embrace it. We have a fantastic and versatile engineering group that is able to apply themselves to any problem, providing results that exceed even our expectations.”
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About KanPak LLC
KanPak LLC is the industry leader in aseptically packaged coffee, dairy and fruit beverages and desserts. Based in Arkansas City, Kansas with plants located in Arkansas City, Penn Yan, New York, Queretaro, Mexico and Xiantao, Hubei, China and offices and Distribution Centers in Wichita, Kansas, Mexico City, Mexico and Shanghai, China. KanPak’s dispensing equipment business is located in our Southbury, Connecticut facility.