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Mexican greenhouse tomato grower partners with IFCO for tomato packaging solutions

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-09 Wed 11:15

Agros Produce LLC, producer of tomatoes grown in high-tech greenhouses in Mexico, has partnered with IFCO Systems, provider of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh food packaging, establishing a strategic partnership for the use of IFCO RPCs to pack and transport Agros’ tomatoes to retail grocery…

“Shallower plastic fruit boxes provide more space and a little less pressure”

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-11 Wed 08:42

Most fruit growers probably have large cubic crates. They mainly use these to store apples and pears for long periods in ULO cold stores. These are often crates with a height of 76cm. When the container is full, the bottom layer of fruit is under considerable pressure. Mondipal has come up with a simple…

Crate erector increases efficiency for folding crate users: automatic de-stacking and unfolding

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-09 Mon 13:25

The folding crate is gaining ground in the fruit and vegetable market. The reason is the considerable savings in terms of transport and space. But, users of these folding crates need to be aware of the large amount of monotonous and labor-intensive work, says Lan Handling Technologies from Halfweg. The…

Web seminar explores new RPC cleaning, sanitation process

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-29 Tue 17:07

IFCO and Ecolab have created a validated regimen for cleaning and sanitizing reusable plastic containers to prevent cross contamination.

The process ensures validated limits are maintained, according to a news release from the United Fresh Produce Association. The association is hosting Ecolab and IFCO for a seminar on its United Fresh 365 Live! platform.

The free web seminar is at 2 p.m. Eastern Oct. 8 and registration is online.

“As produce moves through the fresh supply chain there is a potential of cross contamination if proper preventative controls are in not in place,” according to the United Fresh notice on the web seminar.

During the seminar, Ecolab and IFCO will give an example of a documented example, in which the process was used on RPCs with the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus.

Speakers will be Jeff Mitchell, director of global food safety for IFCO, and Eric Schmidt, lead chemist for EcoLab.

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Tackling Supply Chain Challenges With Reusable Transport Packaging

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-11 Fri 10:07

Right now, it’s hip to be square or, better yet, rectangular. Reusable plastic containers (RPCs) and other suitably shaped transport packaging are poised for dynamic growth in the years ahead, thanks to the industry’s heightened focus on sustainability, along with a number of other trends pointing toward the need for more resilient supply chains.