RPA: Reusables Protect the Next Generation of Clamshells

Produce business Jan - 14In a recently published article in Produce News, RPA President commented on the use of reusable containers in the shipping of  fruits and vegetables.  “Most berries are displayed in clamshells that are delivered in reusable plastic containers,” says Jerry Welcome, president of the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA), Arlington, VA. “Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are delivered to the store in a rigid container that won’t damage the product. They [shippers] would take the consumer package, which is the clamshell, and put it into a larger reusable plastic container. You’re not going to get berries coming in bulk.”  The article is in the January edition of Produce Business on page 44.