CMI Solidifies Position as Key Packaging Supplier for Tropical Smoothie Cafe® With 17 Innovative Items

St. Petersburg, FL – [February 2, 2024] Custom Made Inventory (CMI), an emerging leader in packaging solutions, proudly announces its recent collaboration with Tropical Smoothie Cafe®, securing CMI as a key source for packaging solutions for the renowned chain. This new relationship has led to the development of 17 new disposable packaging items, marking a significant milestone for both companies.


Project Overview:

The collaborative project between CMI and Tropical Smoothie Cafe® aimed to establish uniform marketing messaging across various substrates while addressing the critical factors of maintaining optimal food temperature and moisture content during delivery. Despite the challenge to boost performance while minimizing costs, the project was executed with precision, resulting in substantial cost reduction.


Key Features of the Project:

  1. Enhanced Brand Messaging: Created a cohesive and recognizable brand image.
  2. Temperature and Moisture Control: Innovative packaging solutions maintained product quality during transit.
  3. Cost Savings Initiative: Project success contributed to cost-saving goals.
  4. Elevated Functionality: Enhanced Tropical Smoothie Cafe® delivery services.
  5. Strengthened Supply Security: Reduced the risk of product damage during delivery.

“CMI has quickly become a key supplier to Tropical Smoothie Cafe®.” said Kristi Kingery, SVP of Supply Chain at Tropical Smoothie Cafe®. “They understand our unique business needs and deliver unparalleled customer service to meet those needs. We’ve quickly learned they are a ‘yes’ supplier that drive to deliver the combination of service and solutions.”

The collaboration underscores CMI’s commitment to delivering high-quality packaging solutions. The company looks forward to continued innovation and partnership opportunities within the foodservice industry.

About CMI:

CMI – more than traditional packaging. Delivering cost-efficient and supply chain secure solutions across all substrates.

In 2013, CMI, then a printing company, was approached by the president of PDQ restaurants with a unique packaging dilemma: they needed custom-sized boxes for their chicken tenders, a need unmet by his food service provider and impractical for manufacturers due to high minimum orders. Seizing this opportunity, CMI stepped in to bridge the gap, offering tailored manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, and supply chain insights. This pivotal moment marked CMI’s transformation from a printing specialist to a full-service packaging provider.

Today, CMI stands as a leader in packaging solutions, catering to small, medium and national brands. CMI’s journey from a simple printing company to a multifaceted packaging expert reflects its commitment to innovative, customized solutions for its clients.

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