SAMBRAILO PACKAGING HAS BEEN A TPO MEMBER FOR OVER 7 YEARS.
HOW DOES TPO ADD TO SAMBRAILO’S SUCCESS?
"Sambrailo has over 180
employees throughout 11 facilities in the US and Mexico. TPO
has provided invaluable support spanning beyond the HR realm
to functioning as a strategic business partner. With LaTonya
and the TPO team of experts at our fingertips, we feel
confident that we can access the most current regulatory
answers on the spot. Even more than that, we gain a
practical menu of employee relations considerations and
implications to weigh up against our decisions and actions
before we act. Our outcomes are always improved when we
enlist TPO’s involvement.
TPO has taken on a wide variety of assignments, with
outstanding and sustainable results. Examples include:
hiring of executives, compensation comparisons, our sales
bonus plan development, management by objective (MBO)
development, customized performance record tools, regulatory
compliance training & support, as needed conflict resolution
support – and being the sounding board for managers and
recommending creative solutions to problems."
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 86-year history, this family-owned
company has remained committed to providing superior quality
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
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.
also began printing on solid fiber fruit baskets, a
simple change which provided the shipper with branding
In the 1980's Sambrailo strengthened its presence in the
packaging industry with a series of innovations. First, they
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. They also introduce their
patented floral water pack, a design which reduced
packaging costs, improved shipping efficiencies and
ultimately improved margins for their customers.
Continuing in their tradition of responding to growers &
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 is perfect 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.
For 2009 Sambrailo Packaging is launching 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 3 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.