Frequently Asked Questions
What is Q-Bic best suited for?
Q-Bic will save space and costs for most consumer-packaged goods, and we deliver for most categories: Berries, salads, pet food, cereals, cut fruit, dairy products, etc. We can deliver with a hinged top lid, a separate top lid - or with sealing.
Sealing can be:
A) Closed sealing
B) Sealing with vents or
C) Sealing with MAP (Modified Atmosphere Packaging).
Why is Q-Bic the optimum packaging for berries, fresh food, and salads?
Fresh food, salads, and berries often travel long distances from the producers to the markets. With our packaging solutions, we make sure to send less air and reduce costs, but the design of our clamshells/trays and the airflow in the cubes ensure fast and even cooling into the clamshells - and efficient transport of moisture out. Among other things, we have test sent blueberries from Poland to Norway and have optimized our design to improve the shelf life of fresh food, berries, and salads.
How many trays are in a cube and how many cubes are in a distribution package?
There are always 6 individual trays in a single cube. You can have as many cubes in a D-pack as you prefer and for some products, you can also skip the cardboard on cubes. (E.g. the 36 clamshells of 4,4 oz blueberries in a single box/D-Pack)
The cube of 6 consumer packs is also a perfect 6-pack for many categories and products.
What sizes can be produced with Q-Bic?
Q-Bic design and produce trays in most sizes, but we always have an angle of 45 degrees in the individual trays.
The cubes will normally be between 5x5x5 and 24x24x24 cm to fit standard pallets.
What is the price for Q-Bic trays?
We aim to offer the Q-Bic trays at competitive prices. Additionally, our clients will benefit from major cost-savings due to more products per pallet and thus reduced costs related to:
2) Logistics & storage.
3) Packaging material and energy consumption/emissions.
How are new Q-Bic trays designed and produced?
Q-Bic will outsource the production and we tailor the Q-Bic packaging sizes to fit the various categories, products, and demands. Each new Q-Bic size and design (e.g., hinged top-lid vs sealing, with or without vents, number of chambers, etc.) will need a unique design and likewise a matching tool for mass production. Q-Bic will design new trays in collaboration with a suitable supplier based on the area of location, expertise, and possibly requests from our clients if they wish to use their own partners for this.
How small volumes of Q-Bic trays can be delivered?
Q-Bic will build and own a “tool bank” so based on existing tools (i.e., existing Q-Bic-trays) we will be able to deliver Q-Bic trays also in smaller volumes, from 10.000.
For new trays with a new design, there is an initial tool cost to develop an advanced tool for mass production, and this cost must be distributed between Q-Bic, the packaging supplier, and the brand owner after further agreement on further cooperation and estimated annual volumes.
How do we proceed if we want to consider a prototype for a trial?
Depending on the volume of the trial we will agree on the quality of the tool. For smaller volumes, we can create tools at a lower cost that will handle a limited production with more of a manual production process. If the trial is a success, a new high-end tool needs to be produced to handle mass production.
For brand owners with higher annual volumes (millions), we agree per case on how to develop the first 30-50 prototypes for Q-Bic and client approval -or change/optimize, before we produce the rest of the volume with a high-quality tool. If we change and optimize the design after the first 30-50 prototypes, we will create new prototypes for final approval by Q-Bic and the brand-owner.
For volumes of many million trays annually, the cost will be spread over the production of trays in the first 1-3 years.