Corrugated packaging and the food industry

Posted by Ken Wheeler on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 @ 2:33 PM

Getting produce from a local farmers field to your local grocer requires a streamlined process. It’s not just as easy as you may think: picking, packing and shipping.

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In response to retailer demand the Corrugated Common Footprint Standard was introduced in 2000 as a means of recommending a uniform footprint – including dimensions and inter-stacking features – for corrugated containers to facilitate efficient loading, handling storage and shipment of produce on standardized pallets.

Produce like fresh fruits and vegetables are shipped on standardized pallets from the source of the growing area – or the initial packaging location – to the retailer. This usually takes place through a distribution center including containers that are redesigned to display the produce at the retail location.

What are the benefits of Corrugated Common Footprint containers?

1) Marketing opportunities at point of display
Designed to go from the field to the warehouse, Common Footprint containers can be a display-ready without repacking. The magic of corrugated packaging offers the perfect venue to promote your brand with colorful high impact graphics for maximum shelf-appeal.

2) Custom Design
The Common Footprint delivers consistency to the retailers without compromising the container’s ability to meet specific packaging requirements.

3) Recyclable, Renewable
A very large proportion of manufactured corrugate is recovered for reuse, making corrugated packaging one of the best recovery and recycling substrates of any packaging materials. And, grocers among retailers recycle an even higher percentage of the corrugated material that comes through their stores.

4) Common Stacking
Common Footprint protects the product. They all share an interlocking tab/receptacle design that provides exceptional load stability and they won’t overturn during transport or the handling process.

5) Protective Packaging
Corrugated substrates have a built-in cushioning system, with it’s fluted construction. Corrugated products provide superior protection that minimizes from the riggers of shipping and handling.

6) Cuts Shipping Costs
Low shipping costs are attributed to their lightweight, cube efficiency and stacking strength. Corrugated packaging shipped back, creating expenses. In fact, grocers will typically earn money when the used boxes are recovered for recycling.

7) Consistent
Any corrugated manufacturer can produce Common Footprint containers. Growers and shippers can continue to use their packaging supplier that they already know and trust. Regardless of the variety of the box and the supplier, mixed pallet loads remain stable and consistent ensuring a safe delivery.

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