Case Study

Consolidating Case Printing Processes Reaps Tasty Results For The Original Philadelphia Cheesesteak Co

Source: Videojet Technologies Inc.

A Philly cheesesteak sandwich is a culinary indulgence to some and a dietary staple to others. Thin slices of beef, chicken or pork piled high on an Amoroso-style roll with lots of melted cheese is a palate-pleasing treat that originated in Philadelphia, but can now be found in sandwich shops all over the world.

Many of those establishments are owned by Philadelphia natives who relocated but couldn’t find an authentic cheesesteak sandwich in their transplanted city and thus decided to open their own shop. When they create their sandwiches, chances are the tender, thin slices of meat they use are from The Original Philadelphia Cheesesteak Co., a niche manufacturer of Philly-style sandwich steak product with two USDA-inspected processing facilities located in the heart of the “City of Brotherly Love.”

For years, the company has used a two-step process to code corrugated containers to ship its products — printing date and lot codes directly on the box with a dot matrix ink jet printer, and then using a print-and-apply labeler to place a UPC bar code on the corner of the box. In 2007, the company consolidated those functions by switching to four Videojet® 2300 Series large character continuous ink jet printers from Videojet Technologies Inc.