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Vermont-Based Energy Bar Brand Increases Production and Reduces Costs With Automation

Garuka Bars®, based in Vermont, needed to increase its production while requiring minimal service and support. Industrial Packaging introduced a flow wrapper to help them grow with ease!

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About Garuka Bars®

Garuka Bars®, based in Vermont, create hand-made, delicious energy bars with ingredients that include all-natural raw honey, peanuts, dried cranberries, and brown rice crisps. Their brand is named after one of the few remaining mountain gorillas that live in the volcanic forests of the Virunga Massif in Rwanda.

This wholesome brand donates a percentage of each sale towards gorilla conservation!

Tom and Steve from Industrial Packaging have been super helpful in every phase of ownership, have gone above and beyond in helping us dial the machine into our specific uses.

Owner, Garuka Bars®

The Challenge

We are a small business of 5 people, and we were hand sealing our energy bars using a small continuous band sealer and preformed poly bags.  The sealer was not that great, the seals were inconsistent, and we could run about ten a minute. The packaging cost us about 10 cents per unit.  


It seemed like the only next step available to us from this tiny band sealer was a used full-sized flow wrapper, that was more affordable but would come without support.  We don’t have a technician on staff, so that seemed risky.  A new full-sized sealer was too large for us and much too expensive.  


How We Helped

The team at Industrial Packaging, Tom Carroll, and Steve McQueen, were able to find the ideal flow wrapper for our needs.


The 350-TC flow wrapper was the perfect solution for us. It was a smaller footprint, an affordable price, and came with a company that stands behind it with available phone support and a regional local service technician.  

350TC Flow wrapper- Industrial Packaging Case study

The Results

Since installing, our packaging costs have gone down to about a penny per unit, and we are able to run about 40 units per minute. We have the option to run even more, but 40 is all we need for now.  

Tom and Steve from Industrial have been super helpful in every phase of ownership. They have gone above and beyond in helping us dial the machine in for our specific uses.  

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