Published On: Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Great Little Box Company Helps Craft Beer Industry Thrive
BC - The Great Little Box Company Ltd. (GLBC) is providing out-of-the-box packaging solutions for customers, including craft beer creators.
In the past few years, the company has put a heavy emphasis on serving craft brewers, establishing itself as the go-to packaging company for the industry.
Founded in 1982, GLBC designs and manufactures custom packaging, labels, folding carton & rigid boxes, corrugated and protective packaging along with distributing a full range of shipping and moving supplies.
GLBC has been growing along with the craft beer industry. They are heavily involved with the BC Beer Awards, and are strong supporters of the BC Craft Brewers Guild, offering special benefits to guild members.
“This industry has really exploded and we are excited to be a part of it” says Quayle. “We don’t just want to be a supplier in the industry, we want to be a partner and involved in helping it thrive.”
GLBC manufactures all the packaging from Labels, Folding Carton, Corrugated and Protective Packing with Packaging Specialists who are experts in each product. Because everything is manufactured in house, the company can match up colors of each component, ensuring brand consistency.
The Innovative Solutions Centre at GLBC is a team of design specialists including prepress and structural designers who work with clients to create unique packages to fit their individual needs.
Several years ago, when Victoria’s Phillips Brewing launched their innovative Snowcase Beer Advent Calendar, the team at GLBC had the resources to make it happen.
Phillips Brewing based their calendar on a European model that featured beers from 24 different breweries.
“We had all these recipes from past beers that we created, so we chose 24 that would provide some nice variety for our consumers,” says Matt Lockhart, Marketing Director at Phillips Brewing.
GLBC started working on the project in February of that year, corresponding with Philips to design a box that would be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
“We had been working with GLBC for years before this point,” says Lockhart. “We loved working with them on this project because of their willingness to work with us through the design process and their ability to listen to what we’re going for. They synthesize that concept into an actual box that we can use specifically for that function.”
The company has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1982, when Robert Meggy started GLBC with one employee and a few machines.
The company has grown astronomically since then, and now operates out of a 250,000 square foot head office in Richmond where everything is manufactured with branches in Victoria, Kelowna, Everett, Washington and now serving Alberta.
“We are well established and well known in the industry,” says Quayle. “We’re a one-stop shop, and we manufacture almost everything we carry, except our shipping supply products.
GLBC has received dozens of provincial, national, and international awards,
They were also recognized 13 consecutive years on the Globe and Mail’s Canada’s Top 100 Employers list.
“We’ve been so successful because we are continually trying to find the best way to serve our customers, and because we endeavor to treat our people well,” Quayle says.
“Our mission as a company is: Grow our People, Grow our Business. Everything we do revolves around this. We’re always considering how our decisions will impact our employees and how it can benefit our customers.”
The GLBC team believes that investing in people is the key to growing their business as happy, well trained, and inspired employees provide the most outstanding customer service.