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14th Nov 2017

Clipper tea gift box

Originally conceived as a rigid box design, Qualvis instead opted for a lid and block wall base construction that could still provide a premium gift feel to the pack.  With the pack being a flat folding construction it was fully able to optimise the supply chain process, whilst ensuring that Clipper could maintain their on-brand consistency.

To separate the six varieties and to hold the infusion envelopes securely in place, a vacuum formed insert was considered, although this idea was discounted as the addition of a ‘plastic’ element did not reflect Clipper’s organic ethos. As an alternative, Qualvis designed an innovative carton board insert. This carton construction was formed out of a single piece of board and could be packed at high speed. The fitment was developed to be double-carton thickness to minimise any odour migration of the different tea varieties within the box set.

At retail, the initial limited print run of 10k units sold out. Looking to increase growth in this category, Clipper has since turned this into a regular production.

Qualvis’ creative director, Richard Pacey, said: “We have a fantastic working relationship with Clipper, which is largely built on trust. We turn their ideas in reality, whilst ensuring that we adhere strictly to their sustainability messages and stringent ethical brand values. The result in this case is great looking gift box that is both supply chain efficient and fully recyclable.”

Based in Leicester, Qualvis Print & Packaging specialise in high-end print and packaging for the food, cosmetic, multimedia, horticulture and DIY/household markets. Their customers include Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Clipper Teas, Maldon Salt, John Frieda and other leading brands.


18 Oct 2017


Leading carton manufacturer, Qualvis Print & Packaging, recently hosted a visit from the Queen’s cousin, HRH The Duke of Kent, at their Leicestershire manufacturing site.

Alongside other engagements, the Duke had expressed a wish to visit a successful UK manufacturing company during his time in the county. On account of their recent achievements, including being presented with this year’s Leicester Mercury Business Awards ‘Company of the Year’ Award, Qualvis was selected.   

On arrival, The Duke of Kent was introduced to the Mayor of the Borough of Charnwood, Councillor Pauline Ranson, and directors of the company, including the former chairman, David Short, chairman, Jason Short, and general manager, Marcus Short. 

Following a short presentation, His Royal Highness was taken on a tour of the factory where he met with staff and was shown the company’s design, print and production capabilities. Key aspects of the company’s recent investments were also pointed out during his walk round, including a KBA Rapida 106 7-colour press and the firm’s double digital packaging line featuring a Xerox iGen 4 sheet-fed digital printer, side-by-side with an iGen5 automated line.

Following the visit, Jason Short commented: “It was a real honour for Qualvis Print & Packaging to host The Duke of Kent and to showcase how innovative a company we are. He was particularly impressed with our unique ‘Qube’ design and the high level of investment we’ve made in future technology and software to provide creative solutions for our customers. It was a special day all round.”

The Duke of Kent was accompanied on his visit by the Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton.


17th Oct 2017

Cornish 7An innovation that started life as a practical alternative to conventional rigid tube packaging and largely aimed at the drinks industry for bottle conveyance, has become a hit at retail with confectionery manufacturers. Designed and produced by print & packaging firm, Qualvis, the ‘Qube’ as it is known, is currently with two leading producers – Harrogate-based The Serious Sweet Company and Dutch chocolatier, Baronie. Launched at retail pre-summer under the ASDA Extra Special brand, sales of the packs and product combinations to-date has been successful, resulting in additional products being launched.

The Qube is a flat fold tube design, featuring a gold metallised polyester carton tube base with matching gold tinplate lid. Providing considerable supply chain and environmental benefits over conventional rigid tube packaging systems, the design has generated a great deal of interest from various brands, having been one of ten shortlisted products at this year’s Packaging Innovation’s ‘Innovation Showcase’ in London.

Qualvis’ creative director, Richard Pacey, said: “We are delighted with the interest in the Qube. We had complete faith in the design from the outset. It ticks the right boxes from a supply chain perspective by offering manufacturers an alternative to rigid packaging. All that was needed was an appropriate application, as in this case provided by confectionery manufacturers. Given the interest in the pack, the design appears to have much potential for other applications.”

Based in Leicester, Qualvis Print & Packaging specialise in high-end print and packaging for the food, cosmetic, multimedia, horticulture and DIY/household markets. Their customers include Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Clipper Teas, Maldon Salt, John Frieda and other leading brands.


02 May 2017

MD Jason Short and the Qualvis teamLeading print & packaging firm, Qualvis, has won ‘Company of the Year’ at the recent Leicester Mercury Business Awards. Celebrating success, recognising achievement and highlighting innovation throughout the business community in Leicestershire, the event is widely recognised as one of the UK’s most important regional awards.

Leicester Mercury managing director, David Simms, said that “…the night paid tribute to the resilience and spirit of local Leicestershire business”, adding that “…Qualvis in particular, has excelled as a business so it is only right that they should have been picked as our ‘Company of the Year’ – congratulations go to the management and the whole team there”.

Jason Short, Qualvis’ managing director, said: “After 5 years of hard work and million’s of pounds of investment, it’s a huge honour to receive this award on behalf of everyone at Qualvis. The ‘Company of the Year’ award recognises every employees efforts and dedication to help build a successful future.”

Qualvis, who occupy a 76,000 sq ft site in Thurmaston, Leicester, were runners up in the ‘company of the year’ category last year. The business has recently become the first packaging company globally to install a double digital packaging line. The workflow investment features a Xerox iGen 4 sheet-fed digital printer, side-by-side with an iGen5 automated line. The company has also invested in a seven-colour KBA Rapida 106 litho press, which will be used for printing confectionery, distillery, cosmetics and high-end food packaging. Both the digital packaging lines and the KBA press represent a total investment of almost £5m in seven months.


8 August 2016

Leading print and packaging business, Qualvis Print and Packaging, has announced that it has retained its BRC high hygiene level certificate to the Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials for the manufacture of litho-printed cartons for food and non-food packaging applications.

The company achieved a ‘AA’ grading – the highest accolade awarded by the British Retail Consortium – making them one of only a handful of carton manufacturers to do so.

Retaining this certificate streamlines the supplier approval process and makes it is easier for food companies to meet the requirements of the BRC Food Standard while also helping retailers and food manufacturers to adhere to their legal obligations.

The standard specifies HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point), good manufacturing practices, plus the hygiene, safety and quality requirements for packaging manufacturers who supply the food and consumer products industries.

Qualvis’ managing director, Jason Short, said: “Gaining a ‘AA’ grade shows that we are resolute in delivering the highest possible standards in all that we do. It is vitally important for us to ensure that our processes and procedures meet the highest standards and achieving an ‘AA’ grading only serves to reinforce that commitment.”

A family owned print and packaging company, Qualvis Print and Packaging has focussed on quality and established a reputation for superior products and exceptional service. Its cartons are used and trusted by some of the UK’s most well-known brands and are seen in various industries such as food, cosmetics, publishing and confectionary.


7 July 2016

29461-003-1Leicester-based Qualvis Print & Packaging has recently ordered a KBA Rapida 106 7-colour press, which is due to be installed in February 2017. Equipped with automation features designed to increase productivity and efficiency, the plinth-mounted seven-colour press with twin coaters expands Qualvis’ finishing options and product portfolio.

The technical features on the press include non-stop and logistics systems, DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed, fully automated plate changers, QualiTronic ColorControl for inline colour control with extensive reporting software, as well as press networking with pre-press and the company’s MIS via LogoTronic Professional.

Qualvis’ managing director, Jason Short said: “We are very impressed with the quality and performance of the Rapida 106, which will be used for printing confectionery, distillery, cosmetics and high-end food packaging.

“We have kept a close eye on KBA since our last press purchase in 2012 and wanted to make sure this new press was going to set us apart from the competition and would be a game changer for us.”

Qualvis manufacture a wide range of high-quality packaging for food, beverages, media, cosmetics, confectionery and household goods. The company will be exhibiting at Packaging Innovations at London’s Olympia on 14-15 September 2016 on stand D16.


26 April 2016

Leading print and packaging business, Qualvis, has created a new range of packs for the Maldon Salt Company. Designed by Pearlfisher, the packs for Sea Salt Flakes, Smoked Sea Salt and Whole Black Peppercorns deliver an attractive artisanal look and feel, whilst providing improved consumer convenience.

Although the original Maldon Salt packs are iconic to the sea salt market,  Maldon Salt wanted to communicate their values, heritage, artisan and natural cues with a premium pack feel, whilst also offering a more consumer friendly experience.

Qualvis has created the premium feel by reverse board printing the pack design on to Accurate™ by MMCartonboard UK – the ideal choice for a highly attractive surface. Fine Maldon-Salts-Bannerdetailed foil blocking and 3D contoured embossing complete a quality and tactile effect for enhanced on-shelf appeal. The consumer friendly solution was achieved with the addition of a Concora-style, easy tear-opening feature to the top panel, for easy re-closure and seal for improved product security and hygiene. The packaging is manufactured with low migration inks and varnishes.

Maldon Salt Managing Director, Steve Osborne, said: “We are delighted with our new packs. We enjoy a great working relationship with Qualvis and have seen some excellent team work on this project. Qualvis has offered a variety of innovative paper and finishing solutions, while ensuring that all print trials achieved the perfect result. It is fair to say that we have seen best practice in action: excellent turnaround, first-class customer service and delivery of a quality and reliable product.”

The new packs have been launched in major UK and international retailers and have already received positive feedback.


17 March 2016

Business AwardsTwo packaging companies have been shortlisted as finalists for the ’Company of the Year’ accolade at the 2016 Leicester Mercury Business Awards. Both firms, Qualvis Print & Packaging and Clifton Packaging, join the remaining finalist, Town & Country Petfoods, in vying for the top prize.

With 13 award categories that are designed to celebrate businesses from across a range of sectors, the annual Leicester Mercury Business Awards aim to celebrate success, recognise achievement and highlight the innovative people and companies in Leicestershire who are putting the region on the map by boosting the economy while making a positive contribution to the local community.

The Company of the Year Award celebrates the business that has performed outstandingly throughout the year. It aims to recognise a firm that has stood out from the crowd and has developed a strong business presence with proof of particular achievements including strong market share, economic turn-around and innovative approach.

The awards final takes place at The Platinum Suite, Cobden Street, Leicester on Thursday 21 April and is expected to be attended by more than 700 people.

Commenting on his firm’s success, Qualvis’ managing director, Jason Short, said: “We are delighted that we have been shortlisted as one of 3 contenders for the highly prized Company of the Year Award and to have two packaging companies as finalists speaks volumes about the good health of our industry.

“As this event is on ‘home turf’, for us it carries a great deal of significance, not least in recognising the positive contribution that Qualvis makes to the local community. Good luck to all finalists.”


27 January 2016

Bear Claws packsLeading print and packaging business, Qualvis, has created a new range of packs for healthy snacking brand, BEAR. The packs, which are the latest addition to BEAR’s product line-up, are known as BEAR Claws – a range of tasty fruit and vegetable combinations.

Intended for children aged 4 – 9 years of age, Claws are designed to entertain youngsters, and engage them with their food. With graphics that were created by B&B studios to complement Qualvis’ carton design, every pack of Claws includes a variety of monster body shapes based on 4 very different unique characters, including eyes, tails, horns and spikes – so that kids can build their own monsters.

The boxes also include reversed panel orientations to accommodate feature monster feet with ‘funky toes’ that protrude. From a SRP perspective, the addition of stand-out feet make it look like they’re sitting on the shelf, thereby delighting children whilst out shopping with their parents.

As an important supply chain consideration, the feet have been designed to back fold flat so the packs can be packed into an outer without damage. In addition, the packs can be filled using a high speed automated packing line, ensuring that the design does not compromise the commercial aspect of the range.

The packaging is manufactured using FSC accredited material, reverse printed for a natural feel using low migration inks and varnishes.

Qualvis’ technical director, Richard Pacey said: “This project was a lot of fun to work on and we are delighted with the result. The funky design creates maximum consumer engagement  and end-user interaction, whilst being fully optimised for packaging supply chain efficiency.”

Qualvis Print & Packaging are exhibiting at Packaging Innovations on 24-25 February on Stand L48. Register for the show here.


11 January 2016

DSC_0073Leicester based print and packaging company, Qualvis, has fully switched to the use of 100% low migration food safe inks in their production process. The conversion, which went live on 1 Jan 16, took 6 months to complete and involved 1800 spot colours, all coatings, varnishes and metallic inks.

The issue of ink migration has been debated in trade media and within organisations for a number of years. The main driver for the move was to comply with the EU standard EC1935/2004 and minimise the customer’s risk of ink migration.

Richard Pacey, Qualvis’ technical director, said: “We have always had one press dedicated to low migration inks and a separate low migration ink mixing kitchen. To be pro-active, fully compliant with legislation and give protection to all of the brands that we deal with, we have made the decision to fully switch to the use of low migration inks throughout our production process.”

Download our full Low Migration Ink presentation here.

Qualvis Print and Packaging is a 100% family owned print and packaging company, producing high quality cartons and sleeves across a range of industries including food, cosmetic, multimedia, horticulture and DIY/household industries.

Qualvis will be exhibiting on stand L48 at Packaging Innovations at the NEC, Birmingham on 24-25 Feb 16. Register for the show here.


29 October 2015

IMG_0017As a self-promotion initiative, leading carton packaging manufacturer, Qualvis Print & Packaging, has created a scarily themed ‘goodie-carton’ to promote their brand this Halloween. The crash lock design incorporates the full range of print finishes that the company offer.

Produced on silver metalized board, the front and reverse of the carton are printed with low migration inks and include inline matt and spot gloss finishes. The feature pumpkin graphics showcase debossing, 3D contoured embossing, off-line spot UV high build varnish and fragrance burst matt varnish with peppermint and ginger fragrances.

To complement the ghoulish design, a soft touch laminated sleeve band wraps around the carton, incorporating black gloss debossed foil blocking. The branded band gives details of all the finishing processes used in creating the design.

Alongside delicious goodies inside, each carton contains a unique promotional code, printed on an insert card by Qualvis’ inkjet glueline coding machine. By using a dedicated email address, the code can be registered to enter a competition to win a spook-tastic prize!

Qualvis’ MD Jason Short commented: “Halloween is a popular time of year for special promotions, so we wanted a distinctive and interactive package that would allow us to show off the extent of our print and finishing capabilities. We had the carton design on show at Packaging Innovations London this year and it was very well received, so we will be sending them out just in time for trick-or-treating.”

Qualvis Print & Packaging is a 100% family owned print and packaging company, producing high quality cartons and sleeves across a range of industries including food, cosmetic, confectionary, multimedia, horticulture and DIY/household industries.

Utilising the very latest equipment they offer innovative designs from their award winning in-house design studio through to quality print finishes for maximum shelf impact.


14 September 2015

Qualvis, one the UK’s leading print and packaging companies, will be showcasing two new packaging designs at Packaging Innovations on 16-17 September at London’s Olympia, exhibiting on stand E7.

Inflight Tray

The first is an airline in-flight tray, designed to give a premium ‘gift’ feel to the usual ordinary in- flight meal or plastic snack trays. The tray is fully recyclable and printed using low migration inks to ensure food compatibility. Distinctive airline branding opportunities give the ability to use high end finishes.

The other being a one piece flat folding, auto erecting patented carton tube design, known as the ‘Qualvis Distillery Tube’. Providing an optimised supply chain, the ‘Tube’ is designed to be a cost effective competitor to rigid tubes, offering similar levels of strength, with the finishing benefits of folding box board, such as detailed embossing and de-bossing.


27 May 2015

Pupils at Rothley Primary School, Leicestershire, recently got a close-up look at how packaging is made when they visited nearby carton manufacturers, Qualvis Print & Packaging.

As part of their design & technology project the children had been tasked with designing and producing their own cereal carton. To create an actual learning opportunity, the school made contact with Qualvis who offered to host a visit for 48 year 4 pupils from the school.

The day, entitled ‘An Introduction to the World of Packaging’, began in the Qualvis boardroom where the children were kitted out with protective clothing, including hair nets and hi-vis jackets, ready for a factory tour. The children met the design team to understand how cartons are created, followed by visits to the ink department, pre-press, printing presses, cut and crease operation and the finishing department.

The tour, which was completed in two trips, was led by Andy Dent, BPIF Cartons Ambassador for Leicester.

“It was terrific to see the younger children so excited about their visit to the factory,” said assistant headteacher, Colin Shaw. “It has enthused the children to build their own templates and understand the whole process in designing and making packaging. The visit was a real insight into real learning.”

Keen to work more closely with the local community and surrounding schools, Qualvis has since formed a partnership with the school and will be welcoming them to Qualvis annually. One key feature of future visits will be a carton design competition, where the winner will have their carton produced by Qualvis as part of the design & technology curriculum.

Qualvis’ managing director, Jason Short commented: “The day was very successful all round. We are committed to playing a positive role in the community within which we operate, an integral part of which is helping to promote our industry for future generations. One of the best ways to achieve this is by opening up our factory doors. We’re all looking forward to working with the school on future projects.”

Qualvis Print & Packaging was ranked 78 in East Midlands’ Top 200 fastest growing businesses in a region wide report unveiled recently by the East Midlands office of business and financial advisers Grant Thornton, in partnership with the CBI East Midlands.