Excerpt from FRESH PLAZA article:
Reduction in plastic use is a growing trend in Europe and increasingly in other parts of the world. In line with this trend, in 2017 South African grape and citrus grower-exporter Schoonbee Landgoed investigated the possibilities to replace the conventional grape punnet lid with plastic film, thereby effecting a 30% reduction in plastic use.
“There is a big shift in the market place towards sustainable, recyclable, re-usable packaging and more toward less plastics specifically,” notes Gert, sales and marketing manager of Schoonbee Landgoed. “This is more a drive out of Europe than locally, but people catch on fast in the global market place with the media giving more focus on environmentally better options.”
The method necessitates some extra handling before sealing, but at Schoonbee Landgoed that is an opportunity for another quality check of the fruit. “This ensures an extra pair of eyes on the fruit before someone buys it in two to five days‘ time. Client satisfaction and quality always go together.”