Two years ago we started the journey of getting direct food contact certification by enrolling all of our employees in a 2 month training program. Followed by over $150,000 in capital investments for the exterior and interior of the building.
The efforts of all the staff were well worth it. With completion of the final audit last week by NSF International, Shepherd scored 95%. This SQF (Safe Quality Food Certification) not only allows us to produce products for the food industry, it vaults us to the top of an elite list of thermoformers that have the SQFII certification. SQF is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and Administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).
From the September 11, 2015 Plastic News article by Bill Bregar.
Jim Throne, left, won the SPE Thermoforming Division’s Lifetime Achievement Award while Barry Shepherd, right, was named Thermoformer of the Year.
ATLANTA — Barry Shepherd, who with his wife Denise, founded Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging Inc. in Toronto 30 years ago, thinks he knows why he is the Thermoformer of the Year: Because his family’s story represents what countless other thermoformers have done since the early days.
“It’s been quite a journey, but it’s been a journey that so many of us here in the plastics industry have traveled,” Shepherd said in an acceptance speech during a Sept. 1 awards dinner at the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Conference in Atlanta.
For the full Plastic news article can be seen by clicking here.
Our latest production line has arrived from Italy. Training is under way this week with the production and engineering teams.
The machines capabilities will improve efficiency and lead times with the help of Shepherd’s experienced staff. Some interesting photo’s of unloading machine from the container.
Sign Up For Our Thermoforming Seminar
Our next free “Thermoforming 101” seminar date is fast approaching ! We will be meeting on Thursday October 29th at the Hampton Inn in Brampton, Ontario for the morning, followed by a Plant Tour at our facility in the afternoon (Shepherd is located across the street from the hotel, see map at the bottom of the page).
Please RSVP or if you have any questions. Feel free to contact Simon Mangos at 905-459-4545 ext 233 or Brenda Silveira at 905-459-4545 ext 225. Click here if you want to sign up online.
·Materials for Thermoforming
Operations like heat sealing, Heat welding, Direct print and other tamper-proofing methods.
Improving North American economy and Shepherd’s move into the food market with SQF certification have prompted the company to purchase a new thermoforming line from the Italian machine manufacturer OMG. The high efficiency line will add the much needed production capacity made necessary by the increase in food packaging business that the company is currently experiencing.
The machine is expected to ship to Canada and be running food trays by late this summer. It will also open up machine time on other lines which will improve delivery to our repeat customers.
Shepherd Thermoforming can attribute a big part of its success to the many long term employees who form the team that keeps everything running smoothly. The company was founded 30 years ago by the Shepherd family who continue to be involved in the business. Three people have 20 years of service, several are within 3 years of that milestone and a number employees have at least 10 years with the company.
Nathan, Kumar and Rupan have been with Shepherd for over 20 years
The following people have been with our company over 15 years:
The following people have been with our company over 10 years:
At Shepherd we are once again stretching the limits of the thermoforming process by adding coated paper to the list of materials we are capable of converting into packaging products.
Fibreform® is a paper product produced by BillerudKorsnäs of Sweden with a heat seal coating that can be heated and thermoformed on conventional in-line thermoforming machines. Preprinting and heat sealing to thermoformed trays provides an extremely attractive and functional package.
The 100% virgin material is ideal for the most stringent food packaging requirements. Draw ratios are limited but applications include lidding for food and confection trays. Contact Shepherd to have a sales representative show you a sample of preprinted, powerformed Fibreform by Shepherd.
To learn more about Shepherd’s creative packaging ideas go to: www.shepherdthermoforming.com
Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging will be exhibiting at the International Dairy, Deli and Bake Show in Atlanta for the first time this year. With SQF (Safe Quality Food) certification to be awarded in the next few weeks we will be anxious to show visitors our custom design and production capabilities.
The ramp up is beginning at Shepherd. With SQF (Safe Quality Food) certification within weeks of full approval, Shepherd Thermoforming is gearing up for our move into the food market. Our mushroom trays are now showing up in supermarkets in Canada and the US. A number of tools are built and running various sizes to meet customer needs for automation and service.
Our food customers who require the SQF seal of safety can have the packaging designed to satisfy their filling and marketing requirements all by our experienced engineering and production staff.
To download the schedule for SQF certification please click here.
We are pleased to announce that Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging Inc. will be exhibiting at the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia June 7-9, 2015. It is the largest show in the world serving these food markets.
With Shepherd on track for obtaining SQF2 certification, the show will be our first exhibit targeting packaging for direct food contact.
For more information about the show click here, we will be at booth #4365.