The European manufacturer of innovative plastic packaging for the food industry Færch Plast A/S has been granted a patent for a ground-breaking tray design that ensures ultra-low stacking. To food manufacturers, a reduction in stacking height makes handling, storage and internal transportation increasingly effective while reducing the environmental impact of the trays.

Jesper Emil Jensen, Sales Director North, ROW & Marketing at Faerch Plast says: ”We are incredibly proud that we once again are able to offer the food industry an innovative and now patented product. The solution allows trays to be stacked with an unprecedented tightness. As a consequence, three times as many trays can be stacked in the same stack, cardboard box and container. The low stacking height also reduces the need for internal transportation and storage by 67%”

Substantial reduction of stacking height

Faerch Plast has more specifically changed the tray design to include a secondary recess on the outer edge of the tray. With this change, Faerch Plast has achieved a reduction of stacking height from the present industry standard of 5 mm to 1 mm. However, achieving this significantly lower stacking height has not in any way affected the quality or the uniformity of the trays.

”We know that quality is vital to our customers. In a fully automatic production facility, avoiding production stops is essential. When trays are tightly stacked, a precise quality is paramount. The patented tray design ensures that the trays are produced in a uniform quality that enables flawless denesting. This provides an effective and profitable production process”, Jesper Emil Jensen says.

Sustainability in the value chain

As each individual pack takes up significantly less space, a number of environmental benefits are achieved. The amount of transit packaging is reduced as well as the number of kilometres for transport and the need for storage. This leads to a direct reduction of the total environmental impact of the trays with up to 67% on logistics.

“We continuously work to minimise the environmental impact of our products wherever possible. With the new packaging design, we have taken yet another important step towards ensuring sustainability in the value chain”, Jesper Emil Jensen says.

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