Fruits & vegetables are prized for their numerous health benefits. In the store, consumers are attracted to their vibrant colors, and for producers, protecting fruit & vegetable’s appearance is of the highest importance. This requires dependable packaging that’s fit-for-purpose, provides safety, suitability, and durability.
HELLAGRO S.A. provides an extremely wide range of punnets – fully recycled polyester (RPET) and paper punnets.
Polyester (PET) punnets have replaced the older polystyrene (PS) and polypropylene (PP) ones. They constitute an excellent packaging for fresh fruit and vegetables since they both protect the product and are appealing to the consumer.
PET punnets have openings and slots for the necessary ventilation and cooling of fresh produce. They can either remain uncovered (such as those for strawberries) or closed with a corresponding lid, a mesh (extruded or elastic), food wrap (cling film), and film (flow-pack or heat-sealing).
Recently, the plastic punnets are made of 100% recycled polyester (RPET), in compliance with the market trend to limit plastic, without losing anything of their transparency and excellent mechanical properties.
The paper punnets are fully recyclable, suitable for packaging fruit and vegetables. In different dimensions and types, open-top and hinged, they are working to all packing machines. Ideal for grapes, cherries, apricots, kiwis, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.
On top of this, the packaging can be easily designed to showcase the visual appeal of fruits and vegetables without needing a fully see-through concept.
RPET VS Paper Punnets
Paper punnets show more environmental benefits comparing to RPET, since they can be 100% biodegradable in the case of no PE-coating.
Moreover, they can be printed and gain the look and feel of a custom-made product.
How to choose the right product
Retailers and brand owners of fresh produce demand packaging that holds up to the rigors of transportation, meets their sustainability requirements, and looks good on the shelf. Both RPET and paper packaging meet all the above specifications, while at the same time they have the corresponding certificates of suitability for the absence of heavy metals and harmful chemicals for consumer safety.