"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. "
- Winston Churchill
This decade witnessed the boom of the E-commerce industry. No market was an exception to this positive change in the world and especially India. From footwear to clothing to vegetables and groceries, shopping habits changed forever. Door-step delivery being the brightest advantage, almost all the markets and sub-industries did succeed with this trend. However, compared to the non-perishable products, it becomes critical to supply and transport the perishable products in the E-commerce supply chain. And hence, vegetables and fruits require extra care and safety in their packaging and transportation. Let’s have a look at the safest vegetable and fruit packaging trends.
Packaging for Single Serving
Nowadays, with the growing isolated lifestyle of people, the portions in packaging have come down from family-sized to individual-sized. The vegetable containers now serve portions of vegetables that can be used in a single go and there will be no left-overs. The same is the case with fruit containers, where an individual can consume the whole packaging at a meal and there will be no wastage. This not only is consumer-friendly but also promotes no wastage and simplicity. Since the use of such products is predicted to happen in a short span, these are packed in plastic storage boxes. Plastic storage boxes are durable and preserve the food products in good condition without much damage for a considerable long time.
Packaging for Gifting
With the growing awareness of health and fitness, gone are the days when people considered chocolates as gifts. It’s quite a trend to gift vegetable baskets and fruit baskets as gifts. Woven storage baskets are used to store fresh fruits and vegetables that come with or without a plastic covering. There is also a trend to use a woven basket with lid to store vegetables and fruits. This isn’t a very famous trend yet, but people really love receiving such gifts.
We have all seen vegetables and fruits packed in a vacuum pouch. The products remain fresh for a week or so. The vacuum packing bags are usually sealed with the help of plastic or rubber bands. It is easy to use for consumers. Since this type of packaging is not very sturdy and long-lasting, it is preferred if there is no or less transporting involved.
Supply chain packaging
E-commerce business invites a chain of businesses and tasks. From the warehouse where the fruits are packed to the end customer, the chain isn’t short. For such handling and transport, the packaging has to be good, long-lasting, and sturdy. Cardboard boxes are the first on the list but those aren’t very helpful when the distance is long and the handling is harsh. Then come into the picture the wooden crates. Wooden crates are considered to be the most preferred packaging material for vegetables and fruits. Wooden box with a lid is usually used for delicate fruits and vegetables which need some breathing space through the container. Overall, wooden crate boxes with their varieties are widely used in the vegetable and fruits’ packaging.
Apart from these, there are also heavy-duty crates that are most preferred when it comes to the best packaging systems available. These crates, not only take the shocks during handling but are also known for large volumes and long product life.
In the last few years, like a decade or so, the vegetables and fruits’ packaging industry is growing at a rapid pace. With newer innovations in place, the packaging materials and designs are looking forward to taking a turn for the best.