Producers and processors of softer fruits and vegetables will soon have access to new plastic folding hire hat bins that are longer lasting and easier to erect than a cardboard hat bin. The plastic hire bins weigh less than a wooden bin and help to protect product integrity.
CHEP, represented in Australia by CHEP Asia-Pacific , is set to add the FB3 plastic folding produce bins to its selection of products in the first half of 2010. The new plastic folding hat bin is about half the height of CHEP’s FB2 and has been designed specifically for softer fruits and vegetables and to help maximise supply chain efficiency.
Peter Gaddes, CHEP’s Market & Product Development Manager explained that the company is expecting strong demand.
“The industry’s been asking for some time for a re-usable eco-friendly bin that’s small enough to hold softer fruits and vegetables without running the risk of the contents being squashed under their own weight,” Mr Gaddes said.
“The incumbent cardboard hat bins are one-way, single use products that have to be ordered in large quantities to make them cost effective. This can mean a substantial capital outlay at the start of the produce season.
“Depending on the success of the season, it can also mean customers being left with excess units that need storing for 12 months or running short and creating issues down the supply chain.
“The other current alternative, wooden bins, are heavier and can’t be folded to save storage space.”
Mr Gaddes continued to explain that FB3 plastic folding hat bins will deliver multiple benefits for the produce industry. Australian designed and built, the plastic folding hat bin has a standard Australian footprint that will enable customers to stack onto the tried and tested FB2 on which its design is based.
“The FB3’s stacking capabilities are vastly superior to cardboard – up to five high in transport and a maximum of 10 high in static storage,” Mr Gaddes said.
“This not only decreases the need for third party storage but, in transport, substantially improves supply chain costs by reducing the number of trucks needed to move product from A to B.
“When not in use FB3s fold down and can be stacked 20 high for storage. They take less than a minute for one person to erect when needed.”
As with other products in CHEP’s portfolio, customers have total flexibility to order any quantity they require, when they need them. If the season fails, they can simply return the units.
These collapsible food bins will be available from the same Australia-wide CHEP network that currently handles the FB2.
FB3 plastic folding hat bins weigh 40 kilograms, compared with 55 to 60 kilograms for a cardboard hat bin and pallet, and even more for a wooden bin.
The plastic construction allows the plastic folding hat bins, which are delivered wrapped, to be stored outside. Even in moist cold storage of a cool room these plastic folding hat bins maintain their integrity.
CHEP expects to take delivery of the FB3 plastic folding hat bins in June 2010 and is taking orders now for producers and processors.