Fibre box association's new packaging protects in-transit fruit. (Fresh Talk).
A new modular corrugated container from Fibre Box Association
(FBA), based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., called the Corrugated Common
Footprint, reduces in-transit bruising and improves cooling rates for
the distribution of fresh produce. Minneapolis-based Supervalu has
recently informed its produce suppliers that the Corrugated Common
Footprint is the preferred type of modular corrugated packaging for the
majority of its fresh products, with returnable plastic crates (RPCs)
used primarily for wet pack products and traditional containers used
only in specific circumstances. "Supervalu's goal is to
transition the majority of our fresh produce to modular corrugated and,
to a lesser extent, to RPCs by the end of our fiscal year, Feb.
23," says Greg Murphy, Supervalu's corporate transportation
manager produce/floral. "Our initial efforts will be directed
toward conversion of the key tonnage items with lower volume items
evolving as we move forward. Adoption of this strategy will leave us
with an integrated system of packaging that maximizes the positive
attributes of each container type relevant to the product it
contains," he explains.