CPI introduces CFQ

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has introduced the Common Footprint Quality (CFQ) standard for the UK’s fresh produce industry, providing further confirmation that the tray being used will provide safe and high performance packaging for fruit and vegetables.

Three Corrugated companies in the UK – DS Smith, Saica Pack and Smurfit Kappa – have all adopted the quality standard to create a benchmark for packaging that takes into account both the produce to be packed and the distance it travels. The strength and durability of trays carrying the CFQ stamp will be rigorously tested to ensure it is fit for purpose and in optimal condition for handling and transportation when it leaves the corrugated manufacturer.

These companies all believe that adopting CPI’s CFQ standard will further improve the efficiency of the fresh produce supply chain for growers and retailers by allowing common footprint trays from different suppliers to be stacked safely and quickly, maximising space in both storage and shipping.

CPI collaborated with the FEFCO, which introduced a Europe-wide CFQ mark last year, to ensure that trays from various origins can also be stacked safely by defining a standard base size along with the size and position of tabs and receptacles.

CPI’s Director of Packaging Affairs, Andy Barnetson, said, “The new CFQ mark demonstrates that the UK corrugated industry is picking up the baton to provide the best possible packaging solutions for customers. We are providing the accreditation in support of the logo, which is further confirmation that the packaging is strong enough to cushion and protect fruit and vegetables throughout their journey.”

Recent research commissioned by FEFCO found that corrugated trays offer an effective hygienic solution, reducing the risk of contamination during delivery of fresh produce. This can extend the shelf life by up to three more days when compared to plastic returnable transit packaging. CFQ accredited trays deliver the protection and shelf appeal needed by delicate fruit and vegetables, giving growers and retailers confidence that their fresh produce will arrive in store in optimum condition every time.

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