iFoodbag helps Swedes abroad to eat herring, meatballs and Swedish whey cheese
– Scandi-Shop has sent a thousand bags to Switzerland
Environment and stronger logistics are in focus when Swedish iFoodbag continues to deliver its unique refrigerator and freezer bag throughout the world. Now the company is approaching a patent license for the product, which now also transports classic Swedish goods all the way down to Switzerland.
A lot has happened since iFoodbag launched its unique refrigerator and freezer bag almost 18 months ago. The company was rewarded quite soon with a sought after EU grant and signed agreements with both national companies such as Volvo and mat.se as well as international companies such as Mondi, the packaging company. The company had a total revenue of 7 million SEK in 2016, but it does not end there as the company is constantly developing and has sold and started pilot tests on several continents by now. The ambition is to improve iFoodbag even more, thus not only giving users a better experience but also contributing to a sustainable environment and less carbon dioxide emissions.
”The global market for these types of environmentally friendly products is gigantic and we believe in a good future,” says Karl Fallgren, CEO and founder of iFoodbag. “We aim to work for our environment by planting more trees than we take down and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Another goal for us is to reduce food wastage and secure deliveries of both food and medicines in exposed areas of the world.”
One of the Swedish companies that has chosen to use the solution is Scandi-Shop, which supplies Swedish goods all the way from Helsingborg down to Switzerland, which is a tough logistical challenge. In order to keep the food cool and fresh, they use the Swedish iFoodbag, which is completely insulated and equipped with a cooling element to keep the right temperature all the way to the door. The first delivery of bags took place in October 2016 when Scandi-Shop started its journey.
”The most difficult thing for us was to figure out the logistics. We were looking for a solution and had trouble finding a solution so that the fresh food would not be destroyed, and it is very important to be able to send cold goods without compromising the cooling chain. Then iFoodbag appeared and the price was right, the quality was right and it’s also a big plus that the bags can be reused and that they are environmentally friendly, not only for Sweden but also in Switzerland and other countries that have much tougher recycling requirements. We have sent 1000 iFoodbags now and it has really worked perfectly since day one. We are very pleased and have achieved a superb result,” says Jesper Nordström, CEO of Scandi-Shop.
iFoodbag has submitted several international patent applications, of which the first in the series has now received a favourable opinion from the PCT Authority. The company’s application will now be reviewed by the national patent offices in the US, Australia, Canada, China, India and South Africa, as well as by the European Patent Office with the PCT Authority’s positive statements in mind. When the European Patent Office has granted the patent, the company can put the patent into force in 36 European countries.
”It is a comprehensive patent protection that will give iFoodbag AB the protection of the method and system for transporting refrigeration and freezer goods. It is important for business purposes that the patents have the ambition to protect effectively and make it impossible or difficult for competitors to make similar products and solutions,” says Michael Andersson, senior partner at Zacco Consulting.