Our specialized packaging is designed to protect fresh produce while maintaining visual appeal and freshness.
Keeping It Fresh
Corrugated is a superior packaging material for produce because:
- It is food-safe.
The paper components used to make corrugated board are bonded at temperatures up to 200 °F. That’s hotter than most pathogens like E. coli and Salmonella can withstand.* In addition, all of PCA’s full-line plants (with the exception of recent acquisitions) and approximately 50% of our sheet plants are certified to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards.
- Corrugated offers flexibility.
Unlike some produce packaging, which is only available in a few standard sizes and styles, corrugated containers can be custom designed to maximize protection, optimize shipping space and promote the shipper’s brand. This provides maximum performance with minimum material usage.
- Corrugated containers are available when you need them.
Our flexible operations support expedited orders and short lead times.
*Fibre Box Association
From the Field to Retail — All in One Container
The less produce is handled, the longer it stays fresh.
- Easy-setup one-piece containers to facilitate field packing needs
- Special ventilated designs that help preserve freshness and protect in-store sales appeal
- Barrier coatings for enhanced moisture protection and added packaging durability
PCA offers custom-designed solutions as well as packaging that complies with the Fibre Box Association’s Corrugated Common Footprint Standard. The uniform footprint dimensions and stacking tabs make for efficient loading, handling, storage and shipment on standardized pallets.
Heavy, Bulk-Shipped Produce Packaging Options
Collapsible, one-piece doublewall and triplewall containers offer incredible containment and stacking strength for heavier produce items. Add multi-color direct print or a preprinted liner to create a container that doubles as an in-store display.
Enhanced Moisture Protection
Most of PCA’s standard and custom-designed produce containers can be special coated or wax cascaded for enhanced moisture protection and package durability.
Wax-cascaded containers are ideal for:
- Hydrocooling and top-icing applications
- Enhanced moisture protection
- Added package durability
- Field packing, high-moisture or humid environments
- Maximized compression strength
Stock produce packaging and supplies
Total Produce Packaging Solutions
PCA’s packaging and supply centers keep a variety of commonly used containers and packaging supplies in stock for customer convenience. Our stock agricultural packaging program includes fruit packaging, vegetable packaging, wet service and farm stand packaging.
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Committing to Food-Safe Packaging With GFSI
With our customers’ growing interest in food-safe packaging, PCA made an extensive commitment to become certified to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).