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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 delivers 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 for the shippers.
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 the new millennium, Sambrailo Packaging has introduced our patent-pending MIXIM "Snap-Flap" container. This one-piece, double-hinged container with its unique lid-closure offers inventory control, improved packaging efficiencies, labor savings, consumer appeal and addresses safety concerns. The Snap-Flap isperfect for value-added and shed-packed fruits and vegetables.
Recently, Sambrailo Packaging answered customers' needs and proudly introduced the MIXIM Classic "LV" 1-LB and MIXIM "FS" 4-LB Strawberry Clamshells. The "LV" Classic is a perfect fit for the larger variety berries and still nests into the classic 6-down tray. The 4-LB "FS" clamshell was designed to fit into the new wireless machine-fold 3-count trays, as well as the standard 2-count trays.
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 both high-speed volume and weigh-filled packing lines with minimal down-time and product loss. As such the RunRite is the most efficient and cost-effective clamshell on the market.
Today, Sambrailo has over 180 employees throughout 11 facilities in the US 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.