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Angus Soft Fruits becomes the first berry supplier to import strawberries using the new Sharpak Airlite tray

Angus Soft Fruits is set to become the first UK company to import berries using a new award-winning plastic-free tray that cushions berries to improve quality and recyclability.

Scottish berry supplier is adopting the SPA Airlite tray, designed by Sharpak Aylesham, for strawberries in its 2022-23 import season, starting with Dutch strawberries this autumn – a move that follows a successful pilot project using packaging for Scottish Strawberries in the summer of 2022.

The tray, which won ‘Rigid Pack of the Year’ at the UK Packaging Awards in 2021, has a padded base which protects the berries and eliminates the need for an additional bubble pad, making the packaging fully recyclable and reduces plastic weight by up to 20%.

Angus Soft Fruits estimates that it could reduce the amount of plastic in its import packaging for Dutch strawberries by around 5.72 tonnes per year.

The trays, which also contain up to 80% recycled content, are available in 227g and 250g packaging, with plans to test and potentially roll out other sizes in the future.

Some larger packaging will still use bubble pads, but Angus Soft Fruits said it is working closely with its packaging suppliers to remove pads where possible to facilitate recycling while ensuring that bays are always protected.

Dr Catherine Russell, Sustainability and Ethics Coordinator at Angus Soft Fruits, said: “We are passionate about promoting a high standard of environmental business practices in our farming and packaging operations in the UK. United and overseas.

“Packaging is just one of our five focus areas, which include reducing carbon footprint, supporting biodiversity, managing food waste, responsible packaging and changing behaviors. .”

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