Detmold Group, a global foodservice packaging force, starts from small Adelaide factory in 1948

Second and third generation members of the Detmold family – Rodney, Zoe, Sascha and Pippa – still involved in running the Detmold Group.
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Detmold Group is an innovative South Australian-based family-owned and -operated business, started in 1948 in Adelaide, now supplying some of the world’s largest brands – KFC, McDonald’s, Hungry Jacks, Burger King and Starbucks –  with premium packaging solutions.

Colin Detmold founded C.P. Detmold Pty Ltd that grew rapidly, making toilet rolls and other paper products in a small factory in Flinders Street, Adelaide. In 1955, the company moved to Brompton. After those premises were bought by the state government in 1970, the Detmold Group moved to headquarters at 45 Chief Street, Brompton, where it remains family owned and operated.

he group expanded into other states of Australia, with an extensive product range. Its Detpak division was formed in 1981, dedicated to packaging for the foodservice industry. In 1984, the business expanded from Australia into Singapore, with a factory established to support the needs of McDonalds in the region, After continued expansion. the Detmold Group have sales offices in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, India, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands and USA. 

Detmold offers more than 1000 paper and board packaging solutions including cups and cup accessories, cartons, bags, napkins, trays and wraps. Its design and printing service has a reputation for high-quality custom-printed packaging. Detpak has been an innovator in the foodservice market; the first to bring waxed wraps to the Australasian market.

Other market-leading innovations include the Ripple-Wrap™ hot cup, which continues to set the benchmark in the coffee-to-go market. In 2017, it introduced a RecycleMe paper plastic-free coffee cup that was revolutionary in breaking through manufacturers' hrough manufacturers' resistance to this recyclable product.

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