Punchbowl Packaging is a proud family-owned and operated business based in the vege-growing mecca of Pukekohe, New Zealand. The business began in the 1980s with founder Rob Craig sourcing and distributing packaging to a number of local horticultural packhouses. A lot has changed for us since those early days; we have grown to offer a wide range of packaging solutions across many industries, but our core fundamentals and values are still the same.
Punchbowl Packaging is part of a vertically-integrated family of companies, spanning everything from orchards to post-harvest facilities to horticulture packaging solutions. This connection is part of our strength - when we develop a new product, our group of companies is the first to try it, test it, and iron out any speed bumps. By the time we present a new innovation to customers, we are confident it works.
Our roots dig deep in to horticulture, but our solutions focus has made us the packaging go-to across a number of industries. We strive to provide packaging solutions that truly deliver value to a business. To do that, we work hard to understand your business and your needs. For our friendly, hardworking team, collaboration with customers is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work. We get huge satisfaction from getting to know you, working with you and, most importantly, finding you solutions.
Kyla has only been with Punchbowl Packaging for a short period of time, but long enough to create a growing collection of jars, containers and samples, all evidence of her scientific research.
Her role is Development Projects Manager and covers everything from researching and testing new materials to applications for innovation funding and patents. All skills honed over the last 20 years working in similar roles for Tru-Test Dairy Solutions
Kyla and her husband Noel, a fellow engineer and innovator, live on their local lifestyle block with their 4 children: another budding engineer, artist, swimmer and mimic, along with a collection of animals and boats.
When she is not acting as chauffeur to the swimmer, or in, on or near the water as Unit Leader of Franklin Young Mariners, Kyla is generally found busy planting new trees on their site to offset their carbon footprint.
Since he joined Punchbowl packaging two years ago, Mark Roche has seen a surge in the number of customers wanting more sustainable packaging solutions. “Finding and developing sustainable packaging options is an increasing role, for an increasing number of people, in the business” Mark says. “We love the challenge of finding or creating packaging solutions which are better for the environment, cost-effective, and still strong enough to do the job.”
Mark is a packaging and automation engineer. He spent 15 years at Plant and Food Research, starting as a graduate and working his way up to head of its engineering workshops.
Mark and his wife Rachel have three sons. The Roche’s love “relaxed, cruisy” snapper fishing in summer, and motorbike trail riding all year round. The boys are starting to outpace Dad, so Mark says there’ll be an interesting couple of years of trail biking coming up.
“It’s a great sport,” he says. “We have a lot of fun out there.”