Apple Fresh produce packaging app for apple packers processors: manage apple storage, reduce apple shrinkage, full Fresh produce packaging, packing, sales, shipping, and apple export.

Apple Fresh produce packaging for apple packers processors: manage apple storage, reduce apple shrinkage, full Fresh produce packaging, packing, sales, shipping, and apple export.


[Apple Fresh produce packaging app] 

[Flower packing] 

[Food manufacturing]  

[Meat packing]  

[Farm management]  

[Fresh produce RFID]

99% less fresh produce packing waste

Accurate fresh produce & food inventory management reduces fresh produce waste through better FIFO stock rotation, stock-takes, and inventory alerts. RFID pallet control (optional) for precision inventory tracking. 

Save time packing fruit & vegetables

Increase the efficiency of fresh produce inventory using options like scanning incoming bar-codes to reduce data entry & errors, integrate with scales for automatic weighing, ore RFID for automatic fresh produce inventory tracking.

Better fresh produce quality control

Guarantee quality fresh produce packing with flexible fresh produce inspection  testing systems from your cell or tablet. Customer feedback management, supplier quality control and more...

Reduce fresh produce packing errors

Project required inventory (and potential shortages to ensure correct fresh produce raw materials), schedule orders to be packed in batches, automatic alerts to production line managers for waste and batch analysis.

100% accurate fresh produce order shipping

Shipping teams are guided through the dispatch process.  Pick orders using a cell / tablet, PC, (optional bar-code scanning), automatic picking, auto email or print bill of lading, invoice, send automatic shipping notifications for customers, transport, and sales teams.

Reduce fresh produce packing administration costs by 40%

Automatic generation of fresh produce labels, pallet labels, bill of lading, invoice, picking documents, export documents, and more; reduces administrative burden.

Easy audit & mock recall systems reduces compliance costs.

Faster fresh produce inventory storage  inventory

Accurate fresh produce & food inventory management delivers reduced waste and increased employee productivity. Manage FIFO, improve stock-take accuracy, scan harvester data, and keep a watchful eye on your inventory... Easy stock-take identifies shrinkage and helps reduce waste from ageing. 

100% accurate fresh produce Fresh produce packaging

Maintain strict fresh produce Fresh produce packaging and high food safety standards always. Perform recalls based on lot/batch, pack date, invoice #, inventory #, pallet #, delivery date, purchase order #, or perform a recall on your own user defined data. Perform instant recalls both up and down the supply chain. Makes audits easy and instant. COVID-19 food safety & auditing available. 

Reduce fresh produce waste by 99%

Fresh produce packaging ensures there is no 'shrinkage', food inventory is FIFO managed, and expiring inventory always monitored.

Increase customer satisfaction

From increase fresh produce quality control systems, to online portal for customer orders, shopping carts, and quality feedback.

Better fresh produce quality now

Quality control and food safety has never been easier with built in industry standard quality tests, food safety checklists; or ask your consultant to  configure inspections to match your requirements.

100% accurate orders!

Guarantee only the correct inventory is shipped for each order, on time, every time.

No more rejections from deliveries to customers because a pallet has some incorrect inventory on it.

Apple Fresh produce packaging for apple packers processors: manage apple storage, reduce apple shrinkage, full Fresh produce packaging, packing, sales, shipping, and apple export.

Farmsoft fresh produce Fresh produce packaging is for fruit & vegetable packer, processor, import/export.  Full fresh produce Fresh produce packaging, auditing, Fresh produce packaging, and fresh produce business management app.

Quality inspection for fresh produce

Consistent and accurate quality inspection ensures higher customer satisfaction and adherence to industry, de-facto, and in-house quality control standards. Track supplier quality performance, customer feedback & complaints, create QC tests for any part of the fresh produce & food manufacturing process (incoming goods, raw materials, finished goods, expiry test, export/shipping tests), daily factory hygiene, machinery calibration, employee checklists... 

Fresh produce logistics

Manage orders, pack to order, picking and auto picking, dispatch & shipping process. Generate invoices, bill of lading, pick slips, export documentation and other sales documents... Dispatch teams are guided through the dispatch process ensuring every order is filled perfectly, and on time. Paperwork such as BOL, freight documents, export documents are automatically generated based on the customer and destination to guarantee no rejected shipments or issues at borders.

Fresh produce labels

Generate fresh produce SSCC pallet labels, GS1 case & PTI labels, bin labels, batch labels, traded unit labels, harvest labels and more. Use the built in industry standard labels for Walmart, Woolworths, Aldi, Tesco, Loblaws etc - or design your own with the built in label & report designer. Our team can design all of your fresh produce documents (including export documentation) to ensure farmsoft matches your requirements perfectly.

Fresh produce packing control

Sales, Quality, Profit, Dispatch, Pack, Farm...... Dashboards for sales teams provide instant impressions of customer orders and current inventory levels. The dispatch dashboard helps plan shipments, order of loading, and transport companies & drivers... The Profit analysis dashboard shows margins per unit and most profitable customers. Use our API to access your data however you like.

Fresh produce batch packing

Project required raw materials needed to pack/manufacture orders, potential shortages, schedule multiple orders to be packed in batches on selected production lines with a few clicks, automatically send new job alerts to managers, schedule additional harvests, analyze outstanding orders. Manage entire packing and manufacturing process with ease.

Fresh produce alerts monitoring

Automatic alerts for shipments can be sent to customers, transport providers, or even team members. Every time a batch is finished processing, receive an alert with the pack-out breakdown and percentages of grades & quality and waste. Alerts can include simple shipment notifications, or even invoices and original order details. Other alerts include order changes/modifications, yield reports, new order alerts, and low inventory alerts... 

Farm app option

Implement the farmsoft Farm Management suite to provide a comprehensive integrated business management solution from seed to plate. Includes automatic task management, best practices, budgeting, farm inventory, PHI enforcement, audits, residue reporting, USDA reporting, dashboards, farm profitability,  unlimited farms & companies, Fresh produce packaging, recalls and more... 

Fresh produce supplier quality control

Suppliers must know that your business measures & tracks their fresh produce quality at all times. Any trends that effect the quality of fresh produce can be quickly detected, automatically traced back to the fresh produce supplier (especially if a result of a customer complaint / feedback), management and purchasing teams are automatically alerted when a supplier quality issue occurs. Quantify and analyze your suppliers performance using the Supplier Quality Dashboard. 

Fresh produce finance apps

Share fresh produce finance data by direct integration with Xero finance app, or export AP & AR to Quickbooks, MYOB, SAGE, Multiview, Saasant, from the interface, or use our API to integrate with any finance or other app through inhouse or outsource, or request our team perform a custom integration for your fresh produce company. This is an optional module, please ask your consultant for additional details and discuss your specific requirements, additional costs apply for integration with new apps.

Fresh produce RFID

Automatic tracking of each pallet’s exact location. Makes loading orders accurate and easy, stops errors during shipping. Very low costs to setup your hardware using farmsoft’s innovative RFID for fresh produce solution. Pallets put onto truck are auto added to order, and checked for accuracy. Pick up a pallet and its RFID instantly selected. Add pallet/bin to production line and its auto added to batch for Fresh produce packaging.

Fresh produce API

Integrate with virtually any other app or software solution, or hardware using the farmsoft API. It's open! Anyone can use it. Your in house I.T. team, or any external I.T. vendor you want to help you with integration. Add your own reports, extract special data, or even create new interfaces between farmsoft and any app such as accounting, payroll, B2B, B2C. Other integration in farmsoft includes the ability to integrate with selected weigh scales to capture fresh produce net delivery weights.

Fresh produce bloch-chain

Increase customer confidence and prove the credentials of your Fresh produce packaging integrity and transparency with block-chain ledger technology.   We use the blockchain solution. (Optional module not included with standard Packing / Food Manufacturing ERP solution - please discuss your requirements with your fresh produce farmsoft consultant).

Improve fresh produce production planning

Efficient management customer orders, and the ability to analyze orders gives you new production planning tolls in farmsoft. Ensure each order is filled to exact specifications, on time, every time. Increase customer satisfaction and retention, and reduce stress in the packhouse with confident production planning using work orders/batch orders, sales contracts, sales orders, and sales order items. Are you manufactruing or processing chili products? Try farmsoft for chili processing. 

Accurate fresh produce Fresh produce packaging

Quality officers are guided through the quality control process, presented with images and instructions for each test, ensuring they know what to look for at all times, corrective actions are presented if a quality issue is detected. This makes training new fresh produce quality control officers fast, and ensures consistency in the quality control management processes for incoming fresh produce, post pack/post processing, storage, and dispatch. 

Efficient use of fresh produce cold stores

Maximize your cold store use and rotation of stock using farmsoft's pallet maps, and precision Fresh produce packaging tracking with expiring inventory reminders.

Cold store management software for fruit importers, exporters, packers, cross docking, and short and long term fruit storage.

Map cool rooms in 3D including row, column, and optionally level for stacked pallets.

Apple Fresh produce packaging for apple packers processors: manage apple storage, reduce apple shrinkage, full Fresh produce packaging, packing, sales, shipping, and apple export.

The farmsoft Fresh produce packaging app provides business wide quality management inspection systems for fresh produce, food manufacturing, seed processing, meat packing & processing, and flower packing.

Tesco food safety compliance food packers
Tesco food safety compliance for food manufacturers, packers, import, export, wholesale.  Tesco customers expect us to only sell products made to the highest quality and that are responsibly sourced. They trust us to ensure that all our products are safe and comply with all the applicable laws and regulations.

Within Tesco we have a number of highly skilled teams and colleagues across the globe that are dedicated to ensuring our customer expectations are not only met but exceeded. They manage the quality of products from the original product concept right through to our stores and customers.
Although this page is based on our UK business, a similar approach is taken across our international markets whilst ensuring all legal and cultural differences are acknowledged and catered for.  
Fresh Produce Bar Code Scanning

Fresh produce bar code scanning in agriculture easily delivers improved Fresh produce packaging in the fruit boxing and fresh produce packing space.  The FarmSoft team has add new features to the FarmSoft packhouse mobile (smart phone, iphone, tablets, and PDA’s) interfaces and new interfaces for in line bar-code scanning to allow rapid recording of packed fruit and vegetable via bar-code systems. Implement FarmSoft to make your fresh produce fruit packing easier and more efficient. FarmSoft delivers bar code scanning for packing sheds, packhouses, and fruit packers, exporters, importers and wholesalers.

Bar-code Fresh produce packaging

FarmSoft bar code Fresh produce packaging is rapid to implement, and easy to maintain. Implementing FarmSoft bar code Fresh produce packaging for fresh produce processing delivers increased accuracy of Fresh produce packaging, easy inventory management, and can result in reduced fresh produce waste.
FarmSoft bar code Fresh produce packaging provides multiple fruit labeling solutions which can be tailored to meet client inventory handling requirements.

Case level Fresh produce packaging

Case level Fresh produce packaging brings fresh produce processors, packers, and marketers easy and rapid Fresh produce packaging. Implement FarmSoft in no time at all, and start reducing processing waste!  Easy to deploy, farmsoft case level Fresh produce packaging is the best friend of any company looking to improve Fresh produce packaging in their food / fresh produce processing enterprise. 

Farm to fork Fresh produce packaging for reliable food safety and best handling practices for fresh produce – while reducing waste and increasing efficiency!  FarmSoft’s farm to fork Fresh produce packaging solution delivers bullet proof fresh produce Fresh produce packaging management in every way. FarmSoft’s farm to fork Fresh produce packaging solution channels staff through the correct farming and fresh produce handling processes ensuring maximum food safety and Fresh produce packaging is being maintained at all times.

Combine both FarmSoft Farm Software AND FarmSoft Fruit Fresh produce packaging to create a complete farm to fork Fresh produce packaging solution.

Fresh Produce Fresh produce packaging India – FarmSoft’s fresh produce management software brings new levels of Fresh produce packaging and efficiency to Indian farming and fresh produce packing, processing, and exporting.  FarmSoft guides users through the fresh produce handling procedures to ensure the safest, highest quality fruit and vegetables with minimum waste. From quality control, waste analysis, to fresh produce labeling – FarmSoft delivers for professional fruit and vegetable processors and packers. Download FarmSoft’s Fresh Produce Fresh produce packaging India specifications here.

FarmSoft India
Professionally manage and monitor all post harvest processes including quality control, storage, inventory, sorting, grading, washing, packing, sales, invoice, and dispatch.
Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce

Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce packing, processing, value adding.   Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce
Traceability requirements matrix in fresh produce

EASY Fresh produce packaging
Makes fresh inventory food safety compliance & audits easy.
Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce
Traceability requirements matrix fresh produce.
Blockchain for fresh produce Fresh produce packaging

Visit our official fresh produce blockchain site for the latest fresh produce blockchain information.
Ask your farmsoft consultant if your chosen block-chain protocol or format is supported.
Blockchain – Essential for Fresh Produce Fresh produce packaging
The Produce Fresh produce packaging Initiative, was designed to help the Produce Industry maximize the effectiveness of current traceback procedures, while developing a standardized industry approach to enhance the speed and efficiency.
Food Fresh produce packaging Software

FarmSoft food Fresh produce packaging software delivers bulletproof food safety and reduces business risk.  The FarmSoft is built on a solid platform of food Fresh produce packaging and safety standards. FarmSoft guides users through the food processing and manufacturing phases. The FarmSoft food Fresh produce packaging software suite specializes in processing and manufacturing involving fresh produce, fruit, and vegetables. Dried, cured, juiced, pulped, or even made into value added jelly and jams. Click here to download food Fresh produce packaging software specifications.

Fresh Produce Fresh produce packaging Bar-code

Fresh Produce Fresh produce packaging Bar-codes for fruit & vegetable packers, processors, and food manufacturers.  Fresh Produce Fresh produce packaging is much more than applying a label to the packed fruit or vegetable. FarmSoft delivers strict fresh produce Fresh produce packaging guidelines for supply chain end to end food safety & transparency.

Ensuring that the Fresh produce packaging chain has no gaps in it is important to reduce the risk exposure of your business. If there is a breach in the Fresh produce packaging chain, then the whole Fresh produce packaging enforcement system has failed and becomes a pointless expense. FarmSoft ensures 100% accuracy of Fresh produce packaging throughout the entire life-cycle of fresh produce, from pre-planting, to post sales Fresh produce packaging guideline adherence. FarmSoft ensures your business is not unnecessarily exposed, while minimizing compliance costs. 

GS1 Fresh produce packaging for fresh produce

FarmSoft GS1 Fresh produce packaging system does much more than just print labels! Manage your inventory, maintain Fresh produce packaging, pack, process, and store fresh produce. Perform sales and dispatch and invoicing. Reduce fresh produce waste.  FarmSoft GS1 Fresh produce packaging system does much more than just print labels! Manage your inventory, maintain Fresh produce packaging, pack, process, and store fresh produce. Perform sales and dispatch and invoicing. Reduce fresh produce waste.
farmsoft makes fresh produce GS1 Fresh produce packaging easy!

Increase the efficiency of fresh produce deliveries using options like scanning incoming bar-codes to reduce data entry, save time, and reduce errors. Scan incoming fresh produce deliveries or use "one touch" rapid inventory creation screens to increase accuracy & reduce data entry time.

FarmSoft track and trace provides end to end supply chain transparency for fresh produce Fresh produce packaging. Implement FarmSoft to guarantee the highest level of Fresh produce packaging both up and down the supply chain!  FarmSoft track and trace is a comprehensive fresh produce business management solution that caters for all operational processes from quality control, inventory, sales, dispatch, and orders. FarmSoft even provides food manufacturing, good manufacturing management, and value adding features. FarmSoft track and trace software provides many innovative features to bring easily maintained benefits to the fresh produce processor, packer, and marketer.

Using the FarmSoft Fresh produce packaging code, customers, and end consumers can track and trace fresh produce simply by scanning a QR code with their smartphone. The track and trace system will then present the customer/end consumer with the Fresh produce packaging or marketing information as chosen by the packer. This helps to improve customer confidence and provides supply chain transparency to promote the concept of food safety.
Produce Fresh produce packaging Initiative PTI

Produce Fresh produce packaging Initiative (PTI), HACCP, GlobalGAP, CanGAP, EuroGAP, BRC, Bio-Terrorism, ISO and more…Simple PTI solution - software for fruit and vegetable processing

Farmsoft delivers opportunities to reduce waste during the packing, processing, storage, and distribution phases. By enforcing best practices, FIFO (when practical), inventory expiry monitoring, and easy stock takes - your company has every opportunity to minimize waste and maximize profit. From bar code managed inventory, inventory labeling, to 3D pallet storage, farmsoft delivers on reduced waste.
Perform recalls in seconds, with the full confidence of accuracy and reliability. Minimize risk by ensuring accurate Fresh produce packaging is automatically captured. Pass audits with ease & reduce compliance costs using farmsofts Fresh produce packaging guidelines. 

Inventory Fresh produce packaging software for reduced post harvest waste

Inventory Fresh produce packaging software
The purpose of the Fruit & Vegetables implementation guidance is to provide best practice guidelines for industry-wide adoption for New Item Listing and update of existing assortment. This guide provides support to companies seeking to electronically exchange fruit & vegetable product information in accordance with GS1 Standards. The guidance applies to the full range of fruit & vegetable trade items. The guide outlines which attributes should be used for fruit & vegetable items and recommends best practices for the use of these standards to exchange static fruit & vegetable data between suppliers and retailers. Today, different platforms as well as different means to item identification exist when it comes to data sharing. Fresh produce packaging case study for Paramount Citrus, Fresh produce packaging case study for Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, SunFed visibility of produce throughout supply chain with case and item level Fresh produce packaging. 

Simple Fresh produce packaging solution

Simple Fresh produce packaging solution - software for fruit and vegetable packing
Processors and packers involved in the fresh produce industry deal with a lot of compliance and Fresh produce packaging issues. If the worst happens and a product recall needs to be effected immediately, they have to be able to trace where the raw ingredients of fruit and vegetables came from, what was done to them, when and where the finished products have gone.
Fresh produce processors and packers manufacturers are subject to quality audits and they can often practice recalls and food safety incidents. From a business perspective, these activities often can be expensive and cumbersome to comply with, without the use of a simple Fresh produce packaging solution that is integrated into the businesses fresh produce handling processes and guidelines.

Less waste, more Fresh produce packaging

Less waste, more Fresh produce packaging: Full featured software for fresh produce processing, packing, sales, export/import & distribution.  MINIMIZE FRESH PRODUCE WASTE

For handlers of perishable goods, reduce waste during packing, processing, cold store, order picking and dispatch phases. Enforce GMP and best practices, FIFO (when practical), inventory expiry monitoring, and easy stock takes to help minimize waste and maximise profit. Receive detailed alerts when waste is encountered through quality issues, or possible human error.

Fresh produce export documentation

Farmsoft makes fresh produce export documentation easy with new features that generate international standard fresh produce export documentation for fresh produce producers, processors, and packers.   Rapidly generate fresh produce export documentation on demand!

Farmsoft makes fresh produce export documentation easy with new features that generate international standard fresh produce export documentation for fresh produce producers, processors, and packers. The modern packing and processing facility is busy environment. Dealing with the excess of export regulations and paperwork requirements can often be a headache.

Reduce fresh produce waste, Orders - Quality - Production - Sales & shipping - Recalls & audits - Dashboards, analysis, business intelligence.   Reduce fresh produce waste, make production and shipments 100% accurate

Strict inventory management ensures FIFO and no orphaned fresh produce inventory, no loss of inventory due handling processes.
Production management ensures every order is filled accurately, dispatch is planned in advance, and correct shipments dispatched on time, every time.

Apple Fresh produce packaging app
Pre-sizing and Packing – Apple
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There are two main types of packing systems, Commit to Pack (AKA direct pack) and Presizing. For the Commit to Pack system, the warehouse contracts with the grower that they will pack their fruit at the time that the bins are first emptied. A disadvantage of this system is that if the packed fruit is not sold at that time, it will be returned to storage and it may have to be unpacked and sold for processing if there is no order placed for that fruit. For the Presizing system, once fruit are sorted for various sizes, they are returned to bins and placed back into storage until there is a need for that fruit. Presized fruit bins are often made up of pooled grower lots. This may require extra record keeping to maintain the food safety traceability of each grower lot within the pool. Note that apples are generally less sensitive to packing injury than pears (noted below) and can withstand the extra pre-sizing process.

Apples from field bins are dumped into the water tank: the first step in the packing and sorting process.
Granny Smith apples floating from the dump tack to the conveyors. (W.E. Jones-WSU)
Regardless of the packing system, the basic steps are the same. First, apples are brought out of regular or Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage when it is time to pack or presize. If the facility uses hydro handling, bins of apples are immersed into a water dunk tank where fruit float out to a conveyor belt. If the facility uses dry loading, full bins are tipped directly onto the conveyor belt. The apples are then moved to the sorting lines, where trained personnel remove and discard the decayed (if they haven’t already been removed), defective, damaged, and undersized fruit. These are referred to as culls. Insect stings, decay, and severe sunburn are all considered culls (learn more). Very small fruit are separated out for disposal or possibly for processing. Apples then proceed to cleaning (soaking in water containing food-grade detergents and disinfectants), rinsing with water and air-drying.

Packing lines vary in the types and amounts of chemicals used in the packing process (learn more). Certain varieties are sprayed with food grade wax to help prevent moisture loss, slow down respiration in storage, and to increase shine. Organic apples are not waxed and undergo a slightly different process (learn more here and here). Fruit is then graded and sized by hand or by using automated optical technology. There are national and state standards for apple grades. Grades consist of appearance, color, size, weight, and internal quality. Some varieties may have various shades of color, all with several grades and sizes. Computer controlled automated sorters are used by many facilities to analyze apple size, color and even internal quality (learn more). After sorting and grading fruit for the Presizing system they are returned to bins labeled specifically for their grade and size then placed back into cold storage until needed to fill an order. Commit to pack fruit proceed directly to the packing area.

Fruit to be packed are sent via conveyor belts to the packing area. Along the way, individual fruit are labeled by machine. The fruit are then placed in trays or bags either by hand or by a packing robot then loaded into boxes. Apples are commonly boxed by size. For example, seventy-two size 72 apples fit in a 42-pound carton. Full containers are labeled with information about variety, size, grade, grower lot number and facility for food safety and traceability. Containers are weighed and placed on pallets and then moved to the shipping area for loading or returned to cold storage if not being shipped right away.

Apple Fresh produce packaging app
Apples are packaged in all types of packages to reach the consumer. Meshes with handles that make the product very easy to carry, with a plastic string where all the characteristics of the produce are explained. Plastic bags are one of the most economic and common ways to take apples home. These packages usually contain more than a kilogram; for smaller amounts, they use cardboard, plastic or expanded polystyrene trays - the common white trays, but that may also be presented in other colours -, wrapped in stretchable plastic film or packaged horizontally (flow-pack).

In these small packages it is quite usual to mix different varieties or even various types of fruit (apples with bananas and citruses, for example), to take care of the needs of a small family, giving an option to diversity.

When apples are not pre-packaged, the point of sale receives apples in packages of 7 to 20 kg; in the section on " Availability’ there is a table with several examples.

Fresh apples are also part of fruit salads that are sold already prepared; in the United States apple pieces are marketed in small bags for children to take to school or, in general, consumed as a snack. These pieces can even be sold with chocolate sauce, raspberry, etc.

Apple Fresh produce packaging app
Apples help to keep the doctor away (when packaged the right way)
Apples are one of the most available and popular fruits out there. They are a delicious fall-harvest treat that can last basically all year when stored correctly. Some apples are great for pie, some are great for eating, and some are both! Most grocery stores carry a few varieties, but there are so many options out there you are sure to find one you like.

Farms have a few sales avenues for apples: There are pick-your-own apple farms, ready-picked apples, and farms can also wholesale their apples. Pick-your-owns apple farms will know they need that "instagram shot", so you want the packaging to look on point. Ready picked often go in baskets or bags. Wholesaling apples can be bags, baskets, or loose fruit on the shelf - for each we have the packaging to set you up right.

Below are a few of the packaging options we suggest for fresh apples.

Paper Apple Bag
These strong bags stand up to the weight and moisture of apples. Available in many sizes

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Apple Poly
Poly Apple Bag
Inexpensive and easy to fill bags, the drawstring is a popular choice to easily tie up a full bag of apples

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3L Cardboard Basket
Cardboard Basket
This basket portrays "farm fresh apples", a great packaging alternative to bags. Often the 3 or 4 Litre size

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Apple Trays
Apple trays to prevent bruising when shipping to grocery stores. Sizes specific to apple size

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Apple Bushel
Bulk Apple Box
Bulk size apple boxes are easy to fill and ship large quantities to your hungry customers

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wooden bushel for produce
Wooden Bushel
Wooden bushels are a gorgeous display for fresh apples, also available in other sizes!

Apple Fresh produce packaging app

Five Key Produce Packaging Features for National Apple Month
HomeShipping Boxes & Packaging Design Blog from Custom Boxes Now Five Key Produce Packaging Features for National Apple Month

Fresh fruits and vegetables require special handling during the shipping process. These delicate items can easily be bruised or damaged. Additionally, vegetables and fruits need the right packaging to protect them against environmental factors that could increase the risk of spoilage en route to their destinations. Because October is National Apple Month, the packaging experts at Custom Boxes Now have put together a list of the five most important elements to consider when packing these fruits for delivery to retail outlets or consumers.

Green-Friendly Packaging Options
Cardboard boxes are among the most popular choices for shipping apples thanks in part to the ease of recycling these materials. Cardboard is also biodegradable, making it a preferred choice among environmentally conscious firms. For many farmers and distributors, it only makes sense to pack all-natural apples in an all-natural packaging material like cardboard. By taking steps to appeal to the green-friendly demographic with biodegradable packaging, your company can improve its position in the competitive marketplace.

Superior Protection
Corrugated cardboard is often chosen when constructing custom boxes for products; its durability and resistance to crushing makes it an ideal choice for protecting apples on the way to market. Depending on the thickness chosen, the corrugated cardboard walls of the box can also provide added protection against bruising during the shipping process.

A Variety of Sizes and Shapes
At Custom Boxes Now, we specialize in creating custom boxes for products of all types to include fresh produce. Our boxes can be configured to hold just a few apples for consumer deliveries or sized to hold apples in bulk for retail distribution shipments. By varying the size and shape of packaging, apple farmers can distinguish their products from other in the marketplace while ensuring that fruit stays fresh and pristine all the way to the consumer.

Printed Graphics
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that all food packaging include UPC codes to allow shipments to be traced. The variety, grade and size of the apples must be marked on the primary container. The grower or shipper’s name must also be included. When all these regulatory requirements have been satisfied, the remainder of the box is an ideal canvas for your company’s marketing message. Full color graphics and corporate logos can set your apple products apart from the everyday and can make the most positive impression on consumers and distributors alike. Taking advantage of this opportunity to enhance your visibility can increase your sales and visibility among your target demographics.

Extended Shelf Life
Combining plastic containers with exterior boxes can sometimes extend shelf life for apples and other fruits. This can also provide added options for marketing apples directly to consumers in prepackaged amounts, ensuring the most effective presentation and marketing for these fruits in the supermarket environment.

The right packaging solutions can enhance the appeal of apples and other fruits and can ensure that they arrive safely at their retail destinations. By working with the experts at Custom Boxes Now, you can ensure that your products are well protected during National Apple Month and all through the year.