86 YEARS OLD,
AND GETTING BOLDER

We’ve got a long history, but we’ve got our eye on the future. While the world
has changed, who we are and what we value remains tried, tested and true.

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CKF VALUES

Adaptive
Collaborative
Forthright
Results driven
Committed
Accountable

Made In Canada

We are proud of where we’re from. Our
five Canadian plants serve the entire
globe, offering a wide range of pulp fibre,
RPET and foam products for Packaging,
Retail and Food Service.

Focused on Sustainability

In 2013, we created a Sustainable
Development Plan. Our goals? A more
positive impact on the environment,
greater social awareness and improved
business performance.

courage

Created from Courage

In the summer of 1933, R.A. Jodrey found himself in
the depths of the Great Depression. A man with a
fearless entrepreneurial spirit, he shrugged off dust
and doubt to establish Canadian Keyes Fibre
Company Limited (re-named CKF Inc. in 1982).

Leading in Safety

Zero harm is our target, and we believe it is
achievable. In 2014, we were awarded the
Mainstay – Safety Award Excellence, the
highest safety honor in Nova Scotia. It is a
signal of our leadership in best practices when
it comes to workplace injury prevention, timely
and safe return to work, and a culture of
workplace safety.

Founded on Forward Thinking

After World War II and an economic boom,
Jodrey jumped on a hot new trend, backyard
grilling, and begun producing disposable
picnic and dining ware.

Growing for the Future

The company began by manufacturing pie plates and
cake circles in a single plant in Hantsport, Nova Scotia.
We now manufacture over 1000 skus in five plants across
Canada: two pulp, one RPET, and two foam.

community

Connected to the Community

Through donations, sponsorships and the volunteer
spirit of our staff, we support cause that matter to
our clients, employees and communities. Local food
banks are especially close to our hearts (and
stomachs). Over the past few years, we have proudly
contributed to this cause through corporate
matching donations and corporate food drives.

CKF VALUES

Adaptive
Collaborative
Forthright
Results driven
Committed
Accountable

Made In Canada

We are proud of where we’re from. Our five Canadian plants serve the entire globe, offering a wide range of pulp fibre, RPET and foam products for Packaging, Retail and Food Service.

Focused on Sustainability

In 2013, we created a Sustainable Development Plan. Our goals? A more positive impact on the environment, greater social awareness and improved business performance.

Created from Courage

In the summer of 1933, R.A. Jodrey found himself in the depths of the Great Depression. A man with a fearless entrepreneurial spirit, he shrugged off dust and doubt to establish Canadian Keyes Fibre Company Limited (re-named CKF Inc. in 1982).

Leading in Safety

Zero harm is our target, and we believe it is achievable. In 2014, we were awarded the Mainstay – Safety Award Excellence, the highest safety honor in Nova Scotia. It is a signal of our leadership in best practices when it comes to workplace injury prevention, timely and safe return to work, and a culture of workplace safety.

Founded on Forward Thinking

After World War II and an economic boom, Jodrey jumped on a hot new trend, backyard grilling, and begun producing disposable picnic and dining ware.

Growing for the Future

The company began by manufacturing pie plates and cake circles in a single plant in Hantsport, Nova Scotia. We now manufacture over 1000 skus in five plants across Canada: two pulp, one RPET, and two foam.

Connected to the Community

Through donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of our staff, we support cause that matter to our clients, employees and communities. Local food banks are especially close to our hearts (and stomachs). Over the past few years, we have proudly contributed to this cause through corporate matching donations and corporate food drives.

NEWS

  • Award Winning Earthcycle™ Plastic Free Packaging Extends Product Line to Protein 07.07.2020

    • HANTSPORT, NS (July 7th, 2020) –Responding to industry and consumer demands for less plastic packaging, CKF Inc., worked with key retailers to develop an Earthcycle solution for meat and seafood. Still a thermoformed moulded pulp tray, the new Ultra White Earthcycle trays are made from 100% virgin fibre, giving them an eye-popping white, which strikingly highlights the final packaged meat or seafood item.
    • In working with a large north eastern grocery chain, the trays were tested for performance and appearance. For protein applications packed at site, the Earthcycle Ultra White trays met the 5 day shelf life requirement. The new Earthcycle trays, in addition to being a different colour to the original Earthcycle, are also heavier, which makes them up to 20% stronger. Available in industry standard sizes, the trays can easily be incorporated into a retail offering, especially for organic meats and Ocean-wise® offerings.
    • “It is a balancing act” says Brad Dennis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing when commenting on the structure of the new Ultra White Earthcycle trays. “Adding coatings or laminates to our Earthcycle offering detracts from the superior end of life value proposition of our material. We chose to go to market with a clean, mono-layer material that offers the consumer an easy recycling alternative in the paper stream. The new protein Earthcycle trays are best used in conjunction with a soaker pad and ideally used for in-store packing”.
    • The Earthcycle Ultra White trays are widely recyclable in waste paper streams. Made from sustainably sourced North America pulp, the trays add to Earthcycle’s already extensive product line of trays and punnets for the fresh produce sector.
  • Compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act

    • To Whom It May Concern:
    • CKF is committed to the eradication of slavery and human trafficking and is in compliance with the requirements of the 2010 California Transparency in Supply Chain Act.
    • As a Canadian company, the rights and privileges of employees are protected by Provincial and Canadian Federal Laws, and we are bound and required to follow all Canadian efforts on the eradication of any form of Forced Labour, Human Trafficking and Child Labour. At a national level, such efforts are covered by the laws implemented by the Canadian Federal and Provincial Governments. Some relevant programs are mentioned below:
      • ● Children’s Rights and Business Principles
      • ● The Official Development Assistance Accountability Act
      • ● National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking
    • By complying with the above, CKF also complies with the 2010 California Transparency in Supply Chain Act. In accordance to these guidelines, CKF Inc. performs the following tasks:
      • ● Verifies that all first tier suppliers are in compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act.
      • ● Obtains Supplier Self Assessment Evaluations to verify supplier compliance with company standards for trafficking and slavery in supply chain.
      • ● Has all suppliers certify that materials incorporated into their products comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business, as well as Canada and California
      • ● Maintains procedures to manage those contractors who fail to comply with company standards regarding slavery. Contractors or Suppliers who fail to comply with this Act will be removed as Suppliers.
      • ● Ensures that all company employees who are responsible for supply chain management undergo regular training on human trafficking and slavery.
      • ● Has enacted a proper reporting and investigation system for employees to use if they become aware of any unlawful, unethical or inhumane conduct, including the ability to complain anonymously at the local company or headquarters levels.
    • If any further explanation on this field is required, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
    • Yours Sincerely,
    • Krista Mills
      Vice President, Supply Chain
      kmills@ckfinc.com
  • CKF Inc. Responds to City of Vancouver’s Request for Food Service Containers 05.14.2020

    • In response to the City of Vancouver’s urgent request to provide foodservice containers for the City’s growing number of homeless:
    • After years of actively spearheading efforts to not only reduce but eliminate the use of single-use items amongst businesses, the City of Vancouver is now seeking urgent donations of single-use items and bottled water for its COVID-19 emergency efforts.
    • The municipal government is asking businesses and the general publix to donate takeout containers, disposable cutlery, and food packaging for the purpose of its operations of providing free or low-cost meals in a hygenic and safe way to Downtown Eastside residents and other homeless and vulnerable populations.
    • CKF has donated 585 cases, roughly 130,000 Polystyrene foodservice trays, to this worthy cause. CKF continues to be committed to assisting all Canadians during this Covid-19 crisis. From producing face shields to protect front line workers to providing safe, sanitary foodservice packaging; CKF actively embraces social responsibility as an integral component of our sustainability strategy!
  • Shannon Boase with CKF Inc. Discusses Increased Demand for Packaging 05.12.2020

    • “There is no reason to sacrifice sustainability for security”
    • Demand for packaging has increased in the past few weeks as consumers increase at-home meals and feel insecure about buying bulk product that others may have touched. Although the coronavirus doesn’t transmit through food, retailers’ demand for packaged products is soaring. “We are seeing an increase in demand for packaging across the board,” says Shannon Boase with CKF, Inc. The company manufactures traditional foam packaging, rPET plastic as well as a sustainable alternative in the form of thermoformed and rough molded pulp.
    • Shift from bulk to packaged
    • “First of all, we are seeing an increase in demand from our existing customers,” said Boase. Because of increased demand for packaging from the retail side of business, companies are starting to package products that weren’t typically packaged. According to the results of a Canadian market survey from Abacus Data, consumers do perceive some risk in unpackaged fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh vegetables not in packaging were considered too risky by 14 percent while 57 percent of survey respondents said they are somewhat risky. The numbers for fresh fruit were similar (15 percent versus 58 percent respectively). Fresh vegetables and fruits in plastic packaging on the other hand, were only considered too risky by 4 and 6 percent respectively, suggesting consumers feel safer buying packaged product.
    • Supply interruptions for Foam and PET
    • “We also picked up business from new customers who are using foam and PET packaging but are facing supply interruptions,” Boase shared. Demand for foam and PET has increased significantly for all food products. “We have viable sustainable substitutes to foam and rPET like our Earthcycle thermoformed molded pulp trays and punnets as well as our Shopak rough moulded pulp trays.” As an example, Boase mentioned the mini cucumber segment. “Many greenhouse growers were packaging in foam and PET, but because of supply shortages, we’ve been able to fill their demand with our Earthcycle trays.”Not only is the availability of molded pulp trays plentiful, Boase also makes a case for this type of packaging being the safest. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the coronavirus can remain viable and infectious up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 2-3 days on plastic.
    • More demand from Europe
    • Earthcycle, CKF’s sustainable packaging brand, is certified home compostable to European standards and is widely recyclable in wastepaper streams. “We are the largest thermoformed molded pulp manufacturer in the world. Since all our plants are deemed an essential service by the Canadian government, we will be able to supply the fresh produce industry with the packaging they need,” Boase said.Outside North America the company has noticed increased demand for packaging in Europe. “We are shipping by ocean freight from Halifax to Europe. Our Nova Scotia plant is only 45 minutes away from the Halifax port and from there, it’s 10 days on the water to most major European ports.” In addition to Nova Scotia, CKF, Inc.’s production plants are located in British Columbia and Ontario.
  • CKF Launches Front Line Face Shields in Support of Fight Against COVID-19 04.14.2020

    • In under 2 weeks, the company has designed, re-deployed and produced personal protective equipment (PPE) in support of health care professionals and essential services during this public health crisis
    • HANTSPORT, NS (April 14, 2020) – CKF Inc. is united in its efforts to help protect front line medical workers and essential services by launching the newly developed Front Line Face Shield. In less than 2 weeks, the Company designed, tooled up and began the pilot manufacturing of the protective gear at its plant in Delta, BC. Made from recycled PET (rPET), the face shields are easily assembled in 60 seconds and will be available from CKF’s Delta, BC and Rexdale, Ontario locations. The face shields come with assembly instructions and are available in cases of 144—6 bags of 24— so they can be easily distributed to individual departments or locations.
      “I could not be more proud of our team,” says Ian Anderson, President of CKF., Inc. “We all heard the call of front line medical workers for much needed PPE so our staff got to work. They quickly mobilized resources, reached out to our trusted suppliers and developed a plan to re-deploy our manufacturing capacity to produce the much need face shields”.
      Working in collaboration with local industrial design firm Tangram Design and national material suppliers, the concept for the face shield came together quickly because CKF, like any Canadian company, is motivated to give back to the dedicated healthcare professionals and others keeping us safe and fed during this time of crisis. CKF, deemed an essential service, is also doing its part in support of the food supply chain by ramping up production and service for much needed food packaging such as meat and produce trays and egg cartons.
      The Front Line Face Shields are set to start full production this week with capacity for up to 1 million face shields per month.
    • About CKF Inc. CKF Inc. is a diversified Canadian-owned manufacturer that proudly offers a wide range of moulded pulp, foam, and rPET products to meet the specific demands of retail consumers, food service operators and the packaging industry. CKF is part of the Scotia Investments Family 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 5 plants across the country – Hantsport, Rexdale, two in Langley, and Delta – employing over 800 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 Appoints Produce Packaging as UK Exclusive Distributors for Earthcycle ™ 11.28.2018

    • CKF’s Earthcycle ™ brand of home compostable and recyclable thermoformed moulded fibre packaging is now widely available in the UK market through Produce Packaging’s extensive on-the-ground distribution networkHANSPORT, NS (November 27th, 2018) – CKF Inc., is proud to announce the appointment of Produce Packaging as the exclusive distributor of Earthcycle ™ in Wales, England and Scotland. Established in 1991, Produce Packaging has created a reputation for fast, efficient service as well as market leading intelligence on industry and retail trends. With key distribution points in Kent, Lincolnshire, Herefordshire and Angus, Scotland, Produce Packaging offers next day delivery with their own fleet of trucks. “What initially attracted us to Produce Packaging were referrals from fresh produce packers and growers when we asked for names of the best distributors in the UK” says Brad Dennis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CKF. “We then quickly realized that Produce Packaging is a quality organization with a wide distribution network and deep connections to the grower and retailer communities”, adds Dennis.CKF’s thermoformed moulded pulp line, Earthcycle ™ meets the growing consumer demand for less plastic—the packaging is certified home compostable, is widely recyclable in the UK waste paper stream and is plastic free. Through extensive packing line trials, it has been proven that the Earthcycle punnets match automation speeds of plastic punnets for de-nesting and offers a consistent and strong bond in top sealing system. In shelf and transit trials, it has been shown that packaged in Earthcycle, produce stays fresher, longer– 20% longer than when packed in plastic. Made from a blend of virgin and wood pulp, Earthcycle is made with either FSC controlled or FSC certified wood sourced from “low risk” areas of Canada and the US. Transit times to Produce Packaging’s Lincolnshire and Kent warehouses from the CKF plant is only 12 days.“Produce Packaging is thrilled to be working with CKF and more specifically the Earthcycle range of packaging” say Mark Tierney, Managing Director of Produce Packaging. “We see where the trends for reducing plastic in the packaging industry is going, and it is important for our company to be on the forefront of bringing innovation to our clients. We believe that the Earthcycle line is superior in its design, finish and quality and so offers our clients the ability to easily incorporate the packaging into existing automatic de-nesting, top seal and other packaging format lines.”CKF and Produce Packaging are dedicated to giving the UK consumer what they want—packaging that helps reduce waste to landfill and waste in oceans.About Produce PackagingProduce Packaging is a division of H.L Hutchinson, a privately owned company that celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2018. Produce Packaging offers next day delivery of food packaging materials from our nationwide depot network using our own fleet of purpose build vehicles.Providing the best possible level of customer service to both our supply partners and our customers is the corner stone of our business. We pride ourselves on bringing Innovative products from European and worldwide manufacturers to the UK Food production industries.