CKF Brings Earthcycle Production Home To North America

HANTSPORT, NS – Leading Canadian food packaging company, CKF Inc. is pleased to announce that the Earthcycle ™ line of agricultural trays are now in production at its Hantsport, Nova Scotia, Canada facility and first production runs are being delivered to long-term client, Gourmet Trading, LLC.  The move is in line with the strategic intent of CKF’s acquisition of Earthcycle Packaging in May 2013.

“Our decision to invest in the people and the technology to manufacture Earthcycle ™ in Canada further delivers on our sustainability mission” says Ian Anderson, President of CKF Inc., “Consumers today have a wider definition of sustainability, one that incorporates socially responsible manufacturing and support of local businesses”, adds Anderson.  Based on research, it is known that consumers continue to demand that packaging at least be recyclable or compostable while becoming more conscientious about where goods are produced.  A majority of consumers want to buy local and support local businesses. 

“We were thrilled when we learned about CKF’s plans to produce in North America” says Brian Miller, President of Gourmet Trading, North America’s largest grower-packer of premium asparagus.  Gourmet Trading has been using Earthcycle™ trays for over two years in programs for leading natural retailers. “The environmental benefits of the Earthcycle™ line combined with North American manufacturing make it easy for our end consumers to make the sustainable lifestyle choices they are demanding.  Also, in buying from CKF, our supply chains are shortened, allowing us to manage our inventory and be sure of product when we need it.” 

About CKF Inc.

CKF Inc. is a diversified Canadian-owned manufacturer that proudly offers a wide range of moulded pulp, foam and rigid thermoformed plastic packaging products to meet the specific demands of retail consumers, food service operators and the packaging industry.  CKF is part of the Scotia Investments Group of Companies.

R.A. Jodrey established Canadian Keyes Fibre Company Limited in the summer of 1933, during the worst of the Great Depression years.  The Company began with a single plant in Hantsport, NS – manufacturing pie plates and cake circles for bakeries.  CKF has experienced uninterrupted growth since its establishment and now operates 4 plants across the country—Hantsport, Rexdale, Langley and Delta—employing over 650 people.  Nationally recognized brand Royal Chinet ® is one of CKF’s best known products and stands as a symbol for many Canadians of family, friends and joyous occasions.

CKF will be presenting our full line up of packaging products, including Earthcycle ™ at the PMA Fresh Summit 2014.  Booth #4556.

About Gourmet Trading LLC

Gourmet Trading Company, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, was founded in 1982 as a family business.  Their control over the supply chain of fresh asparagus and blueberries enables them to offer superior service to their customers and growers all over the world.  Strong grower relationships globally, a state of the art packing facility in Pasco, Washington, implementation of their own traceability system, management of their own farms in Peru and California, in-house warehousing through Gourmet Logistics, and continual investment in their business enables them to provide high quality asparagus and berries all year round.  For additional information visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Linkedin, and Pinterest.

Source: Gourmet Trading LLC