UK’s fresh fruit and vegetable supplier William Reynolds has implemented a reusable transit packaging (RTP) crate scheme with Schoeller Allibert in a bid to cut down waste and keep produce fresh.
As a result, Reynolds estimated that it has sent out 750,000 fewer cardboard and wooden boxes to customers and saved cardboard and paper over the 2012.
Besides reducing cardboard waste, using the Maxinest containers helps to improve product cooling, as well as protecting produce in transit.
Schoeller Allibert regional sales director for the UK Simon Knights said if fruits and vegetables are packaged in cardboard or solid wood or plastic crates, the lack of air circulation speeds up the deterioration rapidly.
"One of the overarching benefits of the Maxinest is that because of the way it is shaped and stacked, product cooling and ventilation is much improved," Knights added.
The Maxinest tray consists of holes that allow air to circulate and improve cooling. It has been developed to offer a new way of delivering fresh produce.
Reynolds is using the new Maxinest Plus+ conveyor based version of the Maxinest which has a base that is designed for smooth operation on all conveyor types.