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Suma catalogue – not as green as we wanted!

Submitted by on December 3, 2009 – 5:42 pm4 Comments

potato_heart_mutationThe wrapper on our latest Jan/Feb catalogue was going to be sent out in a different, more eco-friendly wrapper, like the last edition. The substrate we wanted to use (“Bioplast”) is produced from a revolutionary (and exclusive) new material which is derived from potato starch.

However, we had to change our plans because of the coffee sample included in the mailing. The sachet turned out to be too ‘puffy’ for the machine that seals up the wrapper, so we had to use a self-sealing polythene bag instead. But we’ll go back to using the Bioplast material in a couple of months time. So – if you took our advice and put the bag in your compost bin, we urge you to go and fish it out!

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  • Jon Knight says:

    Here’s hoping though that you enjoyed the coffee sample! It’s from one of our 9 new coffees launched this January – all single country, Organic and Fairtrade. They’re currntly on promotion until 1/5/10 at a really good value £2.79 rrp for 227g. (Apart from decaff)

  • Maria says:

    Dear Suma,
    I have just been introduced to you by a friend of mine and although I think your range of products and food is really good what I cannot understand is why you print your catalogue. There are good systems of digital publishing (Yudu is very professional but you can choose Issue etc..) which allow you to put the catalogue on line and order directly as if you have the same catalogue in paper. I am sure that you will still have to print some catalogues for people without a computer but it is not many and you can reach all your customers through the data base you have every month. Ah by the way if you need to change some codes or pages from the previous month it is easily done without having to reprint. Have a look at, it will help also to keep your costs down.
    Thanks for your attention

  • Graham says:

    Hi Maria,
    The catalogue used to be the only way we could keep in touch with customers, so you might think that with the advent of websites, downloadable files, web ordering and virtual shopping baskets, the printed version would be redundant. But as we’ve found, people still love to handle and read a hard copy version. It’s a much more convenient way of comparing one thing with another than a computer screen, plus, as you pointed out, not everyone is comfortable with the digital age.
    However, we’re always keen to reduce the number of copies we send out. We’re working on a new layout that will reduce the page count by 30 or 40, saving paper and postage. And if anyone would like to stop receiving their posted version, please let us know at and we’ll stop posting you out a copy. Instead we arrange for you to get an email every couple of months to alert you when the electronic version is published.
    Thanks very much for the link also, we will look at it in more detail. It looks like great software!


  • I know this is an old post but we don’t use or need your p[aper catalogue either. Your online price list and picking lists work perfectly for us. Paul

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