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New container offers advantages in performance and graphics

by | July 30, 2009
Maxco Supply Inc. in Parlier, CA, has announced the release of its new micro flute tri-wall container, which it said is stronger, lighter and more eco- friendly than other produce containers.

Another important characteristic of the new tri-wall configuration is the smooth exterior created by using micro flutes.

These micro flutes virtually eliminate flute lines, allowing for cleaner, brighter graphics and printing. This will allow for even better-looking packaging to grab consumers' attention.

"We have produced prototype containers that exceed 5,000 pounds top to bottom," Joe Sepe, general manager at Maxco, said in a press release. "Our previous containers did not exceed 3,500 pounds top to bottom strength. We are testing various combinations of lightweight liners and mediums to determine the optimum performance for this project. Water resistance and strength are what we are looking for in liners and mediums. We will not use wax impregnation, because we want a totally recyclable container."

"Customer requests are what drive many of Maxco's innovations," Mark Flaming, vice president, added in the press release. "In addition to our core industries of tree fruit, grape and citrus, we are growing in the strawberry industry. Our micro flute container will work very well for grapes, and it also creates new packaging options that should enhance packing strawberries in various weather conditions."