CPI to ensure high performance for corrugated packaging through CFQ standard
The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) will launch a Common Footprint Quality (CFQ) standard for the UK’s fresh produce industry to ensure safe and high performance corrugated packaging for fruit and vegetables.
Revealing the initiative at the London Produce Show at the Grosvenor House Hotel, CPI’s director of Packaging Affairs, Andy Barnetson, said the move will further improve the efficiency of the fresh produce supply chain by allowing common footprint trays from different suppliers to be stacked safely and quickly, maximising space in both storage and shipping.
The material can increase the shelf life of fresh produce by up to three days, while each corrugated box is used only once and then recycled, reducing the risk of cross-contamination of bacteria through product delivery – unlike returnable transit crates which might be used a number of times before washing.
The other advantages of corrugated packaging - flexibility and innovation - have helped several UK’s leading companies, such as Pauleys, improve delivery times and respond more quickly to customers’ needs.
“Corrugated is the perfect fit for fresh produce. Nothing beats it for strength, space efficiency and stacking. Rolling out the CFQ standard is further proof that the industry is not resting on its laurels and is determined to ensure the best packaging solutions for all fresh produce companies", Mr Barnetson underlined.