While single-face laminating technology has been used for close to a decade only in the last couple of years has demand for it begun to accelerate. As a replacement for laminating spot labels to double-faced corrugated single-faced laminating eliminates an entire layer of paper. Instead the "label" is replaced by a litho-printed liner that's laminated directly to the corrugated medium as a full sheet providing 100% print coverage. Single-faced laminating combined with fine F-flute corrugated is attractive because it combines the graphic appeal of folding cartons with the strength of corrugated. One packager who had to choose between paperboard and single-faced corrugated was Canadian meat packer J.M. Schneider Inc. Kitchener Ontario. It had been selling frozen prepared meat and poultry in 13/4- to 3-lb portions in 150#-test E-flute double-wall corrugated containers with spot litho labels. In addition to packing about 30 SKUs of its own meat products-sold across Canada at club stores and groceries-the company also produces meat products for private-label accounts. After experiencing sharp price hikes in corrugated the company evaluated alternative forms of packaging to keep costs in check. It considered switching to paperboard folding cartons; ultimately it selected a single-faced laminated F-flute box from its existing corrugated supplier Image Pac (Toronto Ontario Canada) the specialty packaging division of MacMillan Bathurst (Mississauga Ontario Canada). Although the litho printing process is the same the "labels" now cover 100% of the box exterior providing a more polished retail look.