Schoeller Allibert, a world leading manufacturer of plastic returnable transit packaging (RTP), will be highlighting the need for safe and hygienic harvesting and distribution solutions for fruit and fresh produce at this year’s Fruit Focus.
The fruit industry’s leading technical event will be held at the East Malling Research Centre in Kent on Wednesday 20 July, with one of the main talking points being ‘a supply chain…that’s fit for the future’. Showcasing its dedicated fruit harvesting and distribution solutions on stand 502, Schoeller Allibert will be demonstrating how its ‘field-toshelf’ RTP range can achieve cost and time savings throughout the supply chain while protecting produce and maintaining optimum levels of hygiene.
Available to view on stand will be the new MaxiLog® bulk container, which is 20% lighter than previous generations, helping users to reduce fuel costs and carbon footprint. Inside, the food contact-approved container features curved corners and sloped horizontal surface to optimise hygiene and speed up the cleaning process while preventing water retention.
MaxiLog® is particularly suited to the harvesting and distribution of top fruit including apples and pears, and visitors to Fruit Focus can take advantage of an exclusive price promotion which has been extended solely for the event.
Also on show is Schoeller Allibert’s fruit picking tray which is ideal for berries and other soft fruit thanks to its narrow ventilated sides and smooth surfaces which can safely contain even the smallest berries with excellent air circulation for freshness. Here too Fruit Focus visitors can take advantage of low prices offered at the show, with a special price promotion on trays available in a variety of colours.
Each tray offers a capacity of up to 23 litres with a weight of just 0.9kg, reducing transit packaging costs when replacing corrugated trays.
Both MaxiLog® and the fruit picking trays are fully recyclable at the end of their long working lives, further enhancing the environmental benefits of using plastic RTP in the fruit supply chain.
Damian Gilbertson, Sales Director UK & Eire of Schoeller Allibert, said: “These products are designed to go from fruit growers and processors straight to supermarket shelves, so reduce the amount of handling required. This not only helps take cost out of the supply chain, it reduces the danger of damage to more delicate produce as it makes its way to the consumer. As the packaging is returnable, they are also designed to maximise space utilisation by achieving greater vehicle fill on return trips.”