Fish is one of the most delicious and nutritious foods. It is present in all cuisines, including those that forego the use of certain types of meat for religious reasons. For this reason, the global cold chain for the safe packaging and shipping of fish is constantly growing. However, this sector of food production and distribution is also plagued by waste due to improper storage and handling. Our packaging specialists believe that a solution to mitigate loss already exists: plastic stack nest fish container.
The Fish Cold Chain – a Sector with Booming Growth and Significant Challenges
The numbers show that the global cold chain market is on a constant growing path for the perishable goods segment, especially fish. In 2021, this global market was valued at $253 billion. It is expected to reach an almost double value by 2028 – $437 billion.
Yet, the same sector is also facing a major issue: due to the highly sensitive nature of fresh fish, a lot of the global production is wasted. Poor warehousing practices, inadequate packaging and storage conditions cause tons of fish to spoil and reach the landfill instead of the supermarket shelves. In some countries, up to one third of the annual production is lost due to these issues.
Rethinking the Global Fish Cold Chain with Professional Packaging
At Logistic Packaging, every difficulty is a challenge to find effective solutions. And we believe that through technology, reliable packaging and adequate warehousing and handling practices, it is possible to reduce the amount of waste in the cold chain.
As the planet is facing a crisis of all types of resources, including food, reducing waste is not just a good idea for saving money – it is a necessity for the welfare of millions. Every stakeholder in the cold chain must do their job properly and collaborate with others.
Our job is to provide fish producers and distributors with reliable packaging – and this is exactly what we are doing. Our solution to preserving fresh fish along the journey from ocean to freezer is a specialized range of stack nest fish containers.
The Benefits of Stack Nest Fish Containers for the Global Cold Chain
We design and produce our packaging solutions with the ultimate goal of offering each product an adequate level of protection and helping businesses reduce their costs through supply chain optimization.
Here are the key features we incorporated in the stack nest fish containers with a view of improving the fish cold chain:
1. The Raw Material Is Approved for Food Contact
Fresh fish needs to be stored in containers made from materials that do not leak or transfer chemicals by contact. All the products in our range of stack nest fish containers are made from virgin HDPE approved for food contact.
2. We Added a Compartment for Ice
Fish can spoil very quickly if it is not stored and shipped at low temperatures. For this reason, stack nest fish containers have a special compartment to be filled with ice. This guarantees that the fish stays fresh from the moment when it is caught and until it reaches a cold storage facility.
3. The Containers Can Be Used in the Cold Chain
The stack nest fish containers were tested at low temperatures and proven to be adequate for use in cold storage and refrigerated delivery vans. This simplifies the supply chain, as there is less handling involved – there is no need to transfer the fish from one container to another.
4. Special Drainage Features Prevent Water from Pooling
Pooling water at the bottom of containers can damage fresh fish. To avoid this, our stack nest fish containers are provided with spillway and drainage holes. All excess water from melting ice is efficiently drained leaving the containers dry and safe for the storage and shipment of fish.
5. Smooth Walls and Stacking Method Prevent Damage to Fish
Fish is a very delicate type of food. They are very tender and can easily get crushed or marked, making them unappealing for customers. With this challenge in mind, we designed our stack nest fish containers with very smooth inner walls to prevent fish from denting, even at the bottom layer.
Also, the stacking method prevents the top layer of fish from getting market by the bottom of the container above this. To help workers, we added visual signs indicating the correct stacking position.
At Logistic Packaging, we are constantly investing in R&D to create new and more efficient professional plastic packaging solutions that solve storage and shipping challenges in all industries. Send us an email to start discussing with one of our packaging experts about ways in which we can help your business!