Craig Box of Fort Smith announced Wednesday (June 25) that it had inked a five-year deal with Eureka Pizza to be its exclusive pizza box provider.
The deal extends an already-established relationship between Craig and Eureka that dates back to December 2010, when the company began producing pizza boxes for the company locally.
Previously, the company had its boxes printed by a large national company in Kansas City, which then shipped the boxes to Eureka's Springfield, Mo.-based food distributor, who would deliver boxes with the food for an extra charge.
At the time, Eureka Pizza was using about 2 million pizza boxes per year, or almost 5,500 each day.
In a statement announcing the new exclusive deal with the pizza company, Craig Box President Eddy Craig said the company would "print well over 1 million pizza boxes this year" for the company and said the deal was a benefit for both companies.
"It's great having a local high volume customer and this agreement gives clarity and stability to both parties," he continued.
Eureka Pizza President Rolf Wilkin said working with Craig Box made sense from a quality and customer service standpoint.
"We love the fact that Craig is local, just like us, it's great keeping dollars local for the benefit of us all."
Wilkin added that Craig's customer service couldn't be matched, especially in the middle of snow storms when Eddy Craig has personally delivered extra boxes.
"You don't get that kind of service with an out of state company."
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.