Ravenwood assisted Granby in finding a solution to not only meet its needs but in doing so, created a totally new label concept in the ‘land of linerless’. A world-first in shaped linerless labels.

Granby decided to move away from applying traditional self-adhesive top and bottom labels for a particular product launch, opting to make the switch to linerless. The new sausage range called for a creative and shaped machine applied cardboard sleeve.

The family run sausage producer wanted its new range of sausages to have on-shelf appeal and visual impact, for standing out against the competition. And they were keen for the freshness of the product to shine through as current trends state that health conscious consumers like to see what they are buying as opposed to opaque printed packaging.

Granby’s Managing Director, Eoin Kavanagh approached Paul Beamish, Ravenwood’s Founder. They discussed Granby’s requirements, resulting in Eoin purchasing a Nobac 500R ready meal/slideable applicator for applying the labels. Unlike traditional sleeves that are both costly and labour intensive due to the need for manual application, these labels score by comparison as they are machine applied and come supplied on a roll. In fact, reels weigh up to 40% less and subsequently take up 40% less space. Landfill disposal costs are also greatly reduced.

With the machine taken care of, Ravenwood were then tasked with Granby’s sleeve/label design. Eoin wanted the packs to take on a unique look that would also allow consumers to actually see the product. With that in mind, Ravenwood decided to shape the leading edge of its slideable sleeve. Granby appointed MPH Fulfilment, a Ravenwood approved linerless printer for producing the labels. MPH and Ravenwood then worked together in shaping the sleeve to the required design.

The slideable sleeve with the shaped leading edge boasts a whole host of benefits. The pack takes on a more aesthetically pleasing look, resulting in more attractive presentation at POS. Ingredients and food are also visible for showcasing the freshness of the product. And due to Ravenwood labels featuring no backing paper, there’s increased surface print area (top and underside) for adding recipes, nutritional information, promotions and money-off coupons.

Paul Beamish, Founder of Ravenwood said: “It has been a pleasure to help assist Granby with their new product launch. Not only have they adopted our linerless technology but in meeting their needs and requirements, we have launched a completely new type of slideable linerless sleeve. We hope to work with Granby again in the future.”

When Ravenwood asked Eoin if there were plans to adopt Ravenwood’s linerless technology to any other Granby products, he said:

“Absolutely, the flexibility and different sleeve and labels formats with this machine, including the cost savings and presentation enhancement, makes this a ‘no brainer’. The Nobac offers a cost-effective alternative to its backing paper counterparts and the sleeve design has given us the ability to bring our pack presentation to a whole new level.”

Granby sausages featuring the Ravenwood new shaped linerless labels are now on sale in Ireland. They can be found in more traditional outlets and farmer’s markets. Granby report excellent sales figures to date.


Granby is a small family run company located in Dublin city centre. It was started in 1933 by John Kavanagh and is currently in the third generation of family ownership. They occupy a 55,000 square foot premises with a factory shop on site. Granby manufacture a range of pork and beef products which include fresh traditional sausages, speciality sausages, flavoured sausages, pre-cooked sausages, black and white puddings both raw and pre-cooked and beef burgers. They operate from two separate factories in the same location, one for raw and the other for cooked production. Both facilities are EU licensed, BRC (higher grade) accredited. Visit their website here www.granbysausages.com.

For further information contact Natalie Bell, Marketing & Events Manager on +44(0)1284 749144.

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