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The Sambrailo story begins in 1923 when Charles Sambrailo first recognized the need to improve produce handling methods. He approached growers and shippers with packaging solutions such as paper liners designed to protect the produce as it was packed into wooden boxes. This forward thinking and action began Sambrailo's long-standing role as the produce packaging industry's innovation leader.
Throughout Sambrailo's history, this family-owned company has remained committed to providing superior quality innovative packaging solutions that deliver measurable customer benefits. In 1957, Sambrailo improved upon the old strawberry cartons by developing trays with glued and folded-over windows. This insightful creation reduced fruit damage and increased tray strength.
In the 1970's Sambrailo continued to raise fruit packaging standards with the introduction of a new strawberry tray with a dividing zipper on the bottom. This concept expanded merchandising options. Sambrailo also began printing on solid fiber fruit baskets, a simple change which provided the shipper with branding opportunities.
In the 1980's Sambrailo strengthened its presence in the packaging industry with a series of innovations. First, the company simplified carton assembly with the introduction of the one-piece hand-folded apple box. Next, Sambrailo developed the plastic dome lid for the solid fiber fruit baskets, thus making stacking possible and reducing mechanical damage. Subsequent packaging advancements include the single-layer long-stem strawberry tray, the development of insulated flower cartons, and the glued double-ended bushberry tray.
In 1987 Sambrailo revolutionized the packaging industry by introducing the first-ever plastic clamshell for fresh berries. Now products were not only stackable and well-protected, but visible to consumers.
The '90's saw Sambrailo Packaging increase the impact of packaging graphics with the development of pre-printed liners for strawberry trays. The company also introduced its patented floral water pack, a design which reduced packaging costs, improved shipping efficiencies and ultimately improved margins for customers.
Continuing in the tradition of responding to grower and shippers’ greatest needs, Sambrailo introduced the modular MIXIM Packaging System in 1998. This unique packaging matrix of clamshells, trays and pallets dramatically cut down on cooling time and product bruising while maximizing freight cube. Each patented feature results in cost savings throughout the distribution chain.
In 2009 Sambrailo Packaging launched a new line of "RunRite" Blueberry Clamshells. In a progressive and forward thinking collaboration with top machine manufacturers, these containers have been carefully engineered to run on high-speed packing lines with minimal down-time and product loss. As such, the RunRite is the most efficient and cost-effective clamshell on the market.
In 2014, Sambrailo Packaging is introducing its new Go Greener!™ product line for organic growers. With clamshells made for 100% post-consumer recycled PET from clear and green beverage bottles, these clamshells are a translucent green color and are instantly recognizable by organic consumers on the retail shelf.
Today, Sambrailo has over 180 employees throughout 11 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico, each supplying an unequaled range of packaging options for agricultural commodities. Through three generations of innovation, the philosophy of Charles Sambrailo still holds true: Listening to customer requests, focusing on technical issues and progressive research of "whatever is best for the produce." This motto continues to be the unifying motivation in the continuing success of Sambrailo Packaging.