Ripe and Ready
Nature isn’t perfect, but when we go shopping, the hunt for the firmest, bruise-free fruits begins. The recipe may require chopping or blending, but only the ideally formed veg make it into the shopping basket. A droopy head on a bunch of flowers will be rejected, until they end up in the clearance bucket.
Fundamentally, we’re a picky bunch. We want fresh produce and we want it to look good. For this reason a lot of perfectly fresh and tasty food is wasted every day.
Acceptance of minor imperfections would help to reduce this waste. In addition growers need to invest in sturdy packaging to transport fruit, vegetables and flowers from field to store or market. Effective packaging really can play a vital role in reducing food waste.
Cardboard Produce Trays
Offering more protection than a wooden carton, and far better environmental credentials than a polystyrene box, cardboard pallets and produce trays are a popular packaging option.
Stacking – Typically a cardboard produce tray has reinforced corners for added strength. This element of the tray design also allows for multiple boxes to be easily stacked on top of each other without damaging the box or the goods inside.
Retail Ready Display – The top of the produce box usually remains open. This makes it simple to present the goods at the point of sale. The customer can then select the items they want from the supermarket shelf or a local farmer’s market stall.
Designed to Fit – Cardboard produce trays can be manufactured in a wide variety of widths, lengths and depths. This allows the producer to find the ideal solution for their particular crop. A long, slender design could be ideal for flowers, whilst a deep produce tray would be suitable for larger vegetables like cabbages. As cardboard manufacturers, Aylesbury Box Company offers standard and bespoke packaging options.
Easy Handling – With cut out hand holds, cardboard cartons and produce trays are convenient to lift and move. This not only saves the handler from backache, it also increases the chance that the box will be handled correctly. Kept upright, with a lower risk of being dropped is another way of ensuring the produce is undamaged in transit.
Excessive food waste is costly and unnecessary. If you are growing and transporting fresh produce, can Aylesbury Box Company help reduce the volume of waste?