With foodservice distributors, supermarkets, and restaurant chains mandating a shift to sustainable packaging, Interstate Container works Hand-in-Hand with growers and packers to transition from wax to wax-free coated Greencoat® produce boxes. During the SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference, Interstate Container will display a range of samples of the Fibre Box Association (FBA) certified recyclable and repulpable boxes at Booth # 437/439.
Strong Boxes that Perform
Greencoat corrugated boxes are a unique solution for the produce industry as they are coated, strong and also 100% recyclable. Interstate Container is the only company that offers a coated, recyclable option that can endure the rigors of packing, cooling and long-distance refrigerated shipping, mirroring the performance of wax-coated boxes. Interstate Container currently ships over 8 million Greencoat® boxes monthly from facilities in Cambridge, MD and Columbia, SC, as well as warehouses throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Southern US.
Reduced Packaging Costs
Greencoat boxes cost less than traditional wax cascaded boxes, offering farmers savings combined with a product that works. The administration burden, damage back charges and supply concerns associated with reusable plastic containers (RPCs) are also eliminated with Greencoat. In addition, the end user can recycle the box instead of paying wax disposal fees of up to $50-70/ton, and instead generate a steady revenue stream of $70-100/ton.
Lower Carbon Footprint
Unlike wax boxes, which cannot be recycled, Greencoat boxes are FBA-certified 100% recyclable and repulpable. Recycling 100 tons of Greencoat boxes saves 1,527 million BTUs, as well as decreases greenhouse gas emissions by 312 tons of MTCO2E and 85 tons of MTCE.
During the SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference 2017, growers and packers can schedule Greencoat trials alongside current packaging to test and compare strength and performance. In addition to double wall cabbage boxes in 10lb, 25lb, and 50lb sizes, Interstate Container produces ½ bushel, ¾ bushel, 1 1/9 bushel, green bean and many other produce packing options.
About Interstate Container
Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a member of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and as a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses.
Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager
128 Crews Drive
Columbia, SC 2921
Website: www.interstatecontainer.com; www.greencoat.net