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The Maple Dude Customer Story

Maple syrup is a staple in almost every American kitchen. It is a beloved condiment that goes great on your classic pancakes and waffles, but the vision of our customer The Maple Dude takes syrup from the kitchen to the trails. The Maple Shot is a 1 oz. pack of 100% pure Wisconsin maple syrup that you can bring with you anywhere. It’s perfect for hiking, camping, or to throw in your purse for a quick on the go energy boost! We are proud to create the paperboard packaging for this delicious product!

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Tim Sternitzky, owner of The Maple Dude, took his passion for harvesting maple syrup that was passed down for generations in his family, and created this company dedicated to a superior product. Learn more about the passion and vision that drives this amazing company in this video.

Our relationship with The Maple Dude team is a perfect example of what a successful partnership should look like. Our sales rep, Mariah Wolfe, who works with The Maple Dude shares some insight on our relationship: “Working with Juliet for The Maple Shot project has been seamless! She is very quick to reach and is always thorough and clear. We couldn’t be happier that she called and were excited to have the opportunity to bring their display carton to life. I’ve learned so much from The Maple Dude website and YouTube channel about the process and equipment used for their products. Their YouTube videos are entertaining and hilarious! Definitely a company to watch!”

Our contact Juliet at The Maple Dude was kind enough to share some words about her relationship with our team: “The team at Mankato was great to work with.  They made us feel like they were excited about the product and project direction. They were always polite and friendly, had fast response times and worked with us to offer solutions while understanding the needs of a small business. Competitive pricing and offering options such as recycled materials were important to us. Mankato delivered on this as well as a quality product.”

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This company truly exemplifies a brand that is true to themselves and puts the quality and representation of their product first. By doing this, they are able to create the successful company culture and growth that they aim to achieve. We are honored to be a small part of this and look forward to watching all of their innovative to come in the future! Shop their Maple Shots on Amazon today!

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Intuition Ale Works Customer Story

The American craft beer movement over the last decade has made huge waves in the beer production industry. As the number of privately owned, local breweries continues to rise throughout the nation, we have the honor of working with a great one: Intuition Ale Works from Jacksonville, Florida.

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Building Our Relationship

Our relationship with Intuition Ale Works began in 2017 when their Chief Operating Officer, Brad Lange submitted a “Get a Free Quote” form on our website. Our Customer Service team member, Mariah Wolfe, responded to the request and the fun began!

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Brad Lange and Mariah have worked together since 2017. Mariah says Brad is “extremely attentive, communicative and friendly. We very much enjoy printing their fun and vibrant cartons and following Brad and their team on the Intuition Ale Works social media channels for what’s happening in Jacksonville.” We are honored to have been featured on their Instagram in April of 2018 to showcase their variety packs featuring the Daybreak Gose.

Their Side of the Story

Brad kindly shared his story of how he chose us to partner with Intuition Ale Works for the launch of their seasonal variety 12-pack in 2017:

” Just over two years ago, we decided to launch a seasonal variety 12-pack that would be distributed in large grocery chains throughout northeast Florida. At the time, no other craft brewery based in Florida had ever produced a 12-pack. It was really hard for us to find the right packaging partner because we weren’t able to to rely on the usual “word of mouth” recommendations that breweries share with each other. 
We decided to conduct a national search, and asked a dozen packaging companies for samples and pricing. I remember being immediately impressed with Mankato for several reasons. Their responsiveness and customer service was amazing. They were able to answer all of my questions very quickly and provided five or six different package templates for us to choose from. When I explained that the heat and humidity in Florida was often harsh on package materials, they helped us choose a material that would best withstand those extreme conditions. They also worked very closely with our artist to create a custom design template that would be easy to use. 
We ran our first package in November 2017. Since then, Mankato has produced seven different branded 12-packs for us The feedback that we’ve received from customers has been tremendous. I can’t recommend Mankato highly enough. Their customer service is impeccable and the quality of their products is second to none. “

Thank you , Brad, for these kind words! We are so honored to work with you and the Intuition Ale Works team, and look forward for many more projects to come.

Our Projects

One of our favorite things about working with Intuition Ale Works is the fun and creative packaging designs that we can help them create for their twelve pack of 12 oz. cans
that incorporate their original, seasonal artwork for the Summer, Fall, and Winter.

An element that makes working with Intuition Ale Works and other craft beer breweries so rewarding is that we truly feel like part of the team. On every project we have completed with this amazing team, our opinions have been valued, and the working atmosphere is always fun, inspiring, and respectful – even from thousands of miles away.

If you are thinking of starting your own craft brewery, or maybe you have one and are ready to make the move to liquor store sales, contact us or submit a quote request form and we will reach out to discuss how our packaging solutions and design team will help you to stand out on the shelf.

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GreenOps Ammo Customer Story

When we find a customer who is just as committed to producing products that will cause as little harm to the environment as possible, we know we have found a good fit. This is exactly what happened with GreenOps Ammo. The GreenOps team came to us in February of 2018 looking for an eco-friendly package for their ammo. Here’s more about why this company was set on eco-friendly packaging.

Based in Williamsburg VA, this startup shotgun ammunition company is revolutionizing the shotgun shell industry. Founded by a group of marine scientists, chemists, and hunters, this team had a vision of creating a shotgun shell that contained no lead and had a wad (the outer casing) that was not made of plastic. After much hard word and dedication to their vision, they succeeded: “We use wads that are non-toxic and biodegradable on land and in water (including in the ocean). Moreover, our patented technology reduces visual pollution from the get-go and provides superior patterning relative to competitive products” (GreenOps).

One of the coolest thing about these patented shotgun wads is that they biodegrade on land and in water. Unlike other shotgun shells that are advertised as biodegradable,  the GreenOps wads completely biodegrade and do so faster than the leading competition.

One big source of inspiration for the creation of these biodegradable wads is the history of shotgun wads. Before they were made with plastic, “shotgun wads were all made from biodegradable materials such as felt, cork, or cardboard” (GreenOps).

As with our commitment to using 100% recyclable materials in our packaging, GreenOps is just as committed to being environmentally conscious as we are. We are so honored to work with a company that is literally changing the game for shotgun ammunition, and cannot wait to see what they produce in the future! See our ammunition packaging below.

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Sweet Mass Production Customer Story

As we approach Veteran’s Day, we want to highlight one of our wonderful clients who honor our Veteran’s every day. Located in Providence RI, Sweet Mass Production, LLC (SMP) (dba ABandforBrothers.com) manufactures military medals that are given to troops around the world for all their accomplishments. SMP’s mission is to “raise the quality standard of your hard-earned military awards and insignia.” This women-ran company is truly uncompromising when it comes to the quality of their medals – they want the military personnel who receive their 100% American Made medals, insignia, and memorabilia to feel the quality and dedication that went into their product.

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The SMP team.

Mankato Packaging produces the cartons that these medals are packaged in along with the inserts they are attached to – see both pictured below.

All the packaging we produce for SMP is printed on 100% recycled material! Our Customer Service & Sales specialist Mackenzie Drager had the opportunity to meet the women of SMP in May 2019 to get an insider’s view of this women-run business.  Mackenzie says this team is amazing to work with because they are super responsive and appreciative of their relationship with our team.  

Mackenzie pictured second to the left.

A fun story about how we landed this amazing company as a customer. One of the four employees at the time was tasked with finding a carton supplier and she really didn’t have any idea about what she needed.  She called a few different companies and was hung-up on because she wasn’t sure how to articulate what it was that they needed.  She then found our website and called us! Mackenzie walked her through a few questions, and during the entire conversation, the SMP employee was so thankful that she wasn’t getting hung-up on again! This group is so thankful for our timeliness and responsiveness because with the Military work demands very strict deadlines. 

Learn more about the great company at ABandforBrothers.com. We also want to say Thank You to all the Veterans who have bravely and selflessly served our country!

Banks Outdoors’ Customer Story

Banks Outdoors has been a Mankato Packaging customer since March of 2018. This incredible company is based out of Cannon Falls, MN and manufactures hunting blinds, ice houses, deer feeders, and more products for lovers of the hunting and outdoors.

Banks Outdoors first reached out to us because there were looking to start selling some replacement parts for their hunting blinds in stores and needed packaging to do so. We custom designed packaging solutions for their replacement curtain kits, stealth screens and a storage shelf. 

To minimize back and forth on size, we were able to get product samples from the Banks team to ensure that the packaging dimensions fit their products perfectly! For the larger shelf sleeve, our maximum sheet size limited our capabilities, and we couldn’t design a carton to fit this product. So we brainstormed a solution that would showcase and protect the product. The solution was a custom sleeve created with as much print surface as possible for graphics to catch the attention of Banks’ customers. Check out the images below to see the sleeve in production!

These products are printed in four color process (CMYK) with a matte finish. Contact us to learn more about our process and to get a quote for your own custom packaging project!