The European market for fruit and vegetables is valued at around EUR 100 billion, but around 10% of the produce never reaches consumers, in part due to inferior packaging.
BillerudKorsnäs has a solution to the problem: SoliQ™ is a unique concept aimed at optimising packaging solutions for each supply chain, specifically for fruit and vegetables. Special SoliQ marked corrugated boxes are designed and manufactured according to stringent quality standards and specific supply chains making sure that the contents are protected throughout the journey. The result leads to fresh produce arriving in better condition, contributing to increased profitability for customers and a reduction in the environmental impact.
The starting point is always what needs to be transported and how. Different produce has different requirements in terms of humidity, temperature and ventilation while in transit. The longer time spent in transit, the higher the demands on the packaging solution. Strong BillerudKorsnäs fluting resists moisture for prolonged periods and the right design can cut material use by around 15% while still generating better performance.
SoliQ™ solutions are delivered by an international network of production partners; a network of quality assured packaging manufacturers that BillerudKorsnäs is coordinating and cooperating with.The design and specification rely on the expertise at BillerudKorsnäs´ Corrugated Solutions Services.
Just look at some of the benefits:
Example 1: Benefits for the global exporter (Apples, grapes and tomatoes)
There is a potential yearly savings of €530 000 (annual vol=10mil units) using the BillerudKorsnäs certified and monitored supply chain. This also means on-site optimisation of machinery and technical assistance for best performing erecting machines.
Example 2: Benefits for the European importer (Citrus)
There is a potential savings of €310 000 (annual vol = 2mil units) based on €260 000 generated by reduced produce waste, time, handling, and transport costs. An additional €50 000 was created by productivity improvements.