Corrugated Produce / Handling Trays
Cardboard tray packaging perfect for handling various items
Cardboard trays are a great choice for safe and easy handling of a wide range of items. Commonly used for fresh produce and foods (including for display and delivery), corrugated trays are also used for handling parts and components in manufacturing applications.
Manufactured to bespoke sizes and in material to provide the optimum level of strength / suitability for your business, you can also specify numerous options including water resistant coating, external print and hand holes etc. Read More
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More information on cardboard produce trays
Traditionally used for displaying fresh produce in supermarkets and other retail locations, the increase in food subscription services and ecommerce deliveries means that cardboard trays used for fresh or other produce are increasing in popularity.
Being simple to load thanks to the open tops, they are also easy to handle thanks to (optional) integrated hand holes. Efficient transit / storage is also possible thanks to the inherent stacking features.
GWP will manufacture your produce trays to any size you require – to meet either your own or your customers specific requirements. A suitable material grade will also be chosen based on your specific application, providing optimum strength and protection in transit, when stacked in storage, or when displayed in store.
This approach also means that typically your corrugated trays can be used over multiple trips / journeys, further enhancing your environmental credentials (the cardboard material is fully recyclable and from FSC certified sources too).
The longevity and performance of your cardboard trays can also be enhanced through the use of specialist coatings, particularly by adding water resistance. It is of course possible to add a wide range of print as well, including logos, branding, handling instructions and so on.
Please note that GWP trays are suitable only for pre-packaged products, or those that will be washed, peeled or shelled before use.
Alternative uses for cardboard trays
The versatility provided by stacking cardboard trays also means that they are used in a number of applications beyond the transit / delivery of fresh items.
Their ability to be easily loaded, stacked and handled has seen them being used in a number of industrial packaging applications as well.
This includes the movement of parts, components, tools and fully manufactured products around production areas in a wide range of varying industries.
This type of application also benefits from using the water resistant Liquiguard coating (as this also enables the movement of greased / oiled parts), whilst anti scuff coating can also protect from surface blemishes and marks (e.g. such as on painted or highly polished surfaces).
So regardless of your intended application or industry, cardboard trays are a truly versatile packaging solution.
Key Benefits of cardboard trays at a glance
- Widely used for fresh produce (those that will be shelled / peeled / washed only)
- Perfect for home deliveries of fruit, vegetables, flowers etc., or display in store
- Also widely used for handling of parts / products in industrial applications
- Easy to handle with hand holes etc.
- Can be safely stacked due to tailored material strength and corner features
- Can be further enhanced with water resistant coating
- External print option to carry product / part names, branding, instructions etc.
- Fully recyclable and biodegradable, whilst also suitable for multiple uses
Questions about cardboard trays
Many businesses are surprised that cardboard produce trays can actually be used for a number of applications… which itself tends to raise a number of questions. The most common of these (plus answers) are below.
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What are cardboard trays?
Cardboard trays are effectively an open topped box that allows for items to be easily loaded and removed. Frequently used for the transit and display of fresh produce (e.g., fruit, veg, flowers etc.) they can be supplied flat for easy assembly with no tape / gluing etc. required.
Can cardboard trays be safely stacked?
The design of most cardboard trays means that they incorporate sturdy sides and integral stacking corners. When coupled with the correct material grade, this means that your trays can offer excellent stacking strength and performance.
Are your produce trays food grade certified?
Whilst GWP’s cardboard trays are not food grade certified (i.e. for direct food contact), they are suitable for any food that will be shelled, peeled or washed before use (e.g. bananas, potatoes etc.) Pre-packaged products are obviously OK too.
Can I use these for ecommerce deliveries?
Cardboard trays are increasingly being used for home delivery of fresh produce as part of meal kits and food subscription businesses. They are also particularly suited to delivery of flowers. Their use has become more popular with the advent of increasing online purchases.
Are cardboard trays suitable for handling industrial parts?
Many businesses are unaware that cardboard trays are a great option for the handling and movement of components around their manufacturing facilities or as part of their wider supply chain. The ability to be stacked and easily moved makes them a low cost alternative to returnable packaging options.
What weight can corrugated trays take?
GWP can design and manufacture a cardboard tray that will provide the optimum strength / cost balance for your particular products or requirements. This can involve using single or double walled materials in a number of grades or including structural elements to improve performance as required.
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Options for enhancing your corrugated trays
Regardless of your intended application, there are a number of ways in which you can enhance any cardboard packaging trays that you use at your business. Please see below for a number of options to consider.