Endangered Species ChocolateTM does not only measure success by dollar signs. As evidenced by its name, the premium chocolate company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, donates 10 percent of its net profits to species and habitat conservation efforts. In addition, the company carefully sources only the highest quality organic and all-natural ingredients from farmers that practice sustainable farming. As a result, Endangered Species prides itself on being a successful business that puts fewer chemicals into the earth, protects rainforests and provides solid jobs.
The result is delicious and ethically-produced chocolate that has quickly grown in popularity and allowed the company to experience tremendous growth. Recently, more and more consumers were craving its 0.35-ounce Organic Chocolate Squares, known as Chimp Mints and Bug Bites, to the point where demand began outpacing production. Endangered Species reached out to its partner Bosch Packaging Technology for an automated solution that more than tripled output.
Partners in packaging
Since its humble beginnings in 1993, Endangered Species has relied on Bosch’s Doboy Stratus, an entry level and compact horizontal flow wrapper, to package its beloved Chimp Mints and Bug Bites. Since going national in 2005, the company has more than tripled in size. To meet increasing demand, Endangered Species worked closely with its local Bosch agent Keith Goodhart of RPMI Packaging Inc., and decided to upgrade to Bosch’s Pack 401 horizontal flow wrapper integrated with a Pack Feeder 4 six belt feeder, a system capable of automated product transfer and simplified cleaning and maintenance.
As a result, the automated solution accelerated production from 120 pieces per minute to 400 pieces per minute, with the potential for output levels up to 550 products per minute. “The Pack 401 wraps our products faster than we can currently produce them,” says Bryan Fuller, director of operations, Endangered Species. “This positions us for our anticipated growth over the next few years.”
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