Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., a global leader in the production, marketing, and distribution of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, has recently announced a transformative partnership with Arena Packaging, a prominent North American company specializing in packaging, design, and pooling. The focus of this collaboration is the introduction of first-of-its-kind Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) specifically designed for bananas, aiming to revolutionize industry standards for this ubiquitous fruit while addressing key environmental and logistical challenges.
Traditionally, bananas have been shipped in single-use cardboard boxes for over 60 years, each holding around 40 pounds. The labor-intensive process of air-stacking these boxes in grocery stores took significant time. The new Banana RPCs not only provide improved airflow and extended shelf life for the bananas but also contribute significantly to reducing food waste, carbon emissions, and operational costs. The containers are not only reusable but also trackable, with an impressive life cycle of up to 15 years. Each container can be reused approximately five times per year, and damaged parts can be easily replaced and repurposed.
This collaboration represents a significant shift towards sustainability in the fresh produce industry. By replacing single-use cardboard with reusable plastic containers, Fresh Del Monte and Arena Packaging are taking a proactive step in reducing environmental impact. The implementation of Banana RPCs not only streamlines the logistics of banana shipments but also results in a healthier-looking fruit on the shelf due to reduced handling throughout the supply chain.
The strategic partnership demonstrates the power of collective efforts in driving positive change. Fresh Del Monte and Arena Packaging showcase that businesses can achieve more when they collaborate to address environmental concerns and improve industry standards. The Banana RPCs have already made their debut in retail stores in the South Texas region, providing consumers with an eco-friendly and convenient option to enjoy their favorite fruit.
To further explore Fresh Del Monte’s commitment to sustainability, interested parties can visit their website at freshdelmonte.com/our-approach/. This initiative marks a significant step forward in the ongoing effort to create a more sustainable and efficient fresh produce industry.