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Source for boxes (flats)

Posted by olpea zone 6 KS (My Page) on
Fri, May 14, 10 at 13:06

I apologize if this has been asked recently (I don't know how I'd search the archives for this. The search term "boxes" turns up 25,000 hits) but I need a source for boxes to sell peaches and tomatoes.

I'm thinking of a flat type of box (so that the fruit won't have to be stacked) that would hold about 12 tomatoes or peaches. It doesn't matter if the box is plain, or labeled with something else. Some of those strawberry flats might work well. I'd like to put those dimpled cardboard liners (they're dimpled for large fruit) in the bottom so the fruit doesn't roll around. I can cut the dimpled cardboard liners to fit the boxes.

I just need a small amount (only about 200-250 boxes).

Does anyone have a good inexpensive source for a box of this type, or for dimpled cardboard liners?

Thanks.


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RE: Source for boxes (flats)

I use quart and pint pulp tills for tomatoes. A quart holds around 1.5 to 2 pounds of bug maters, a pint is perfect for cherry and saladette type tomatoes.

I used to use bread racks but found, especially with the delicate heirlooms, that people would handle them to death and I would take home up to 50% as damaged. With boxes few people handle the tomatoes and it is far quicker to sell by the box than by weight so you are not losing sales while weighing produce.

The bread racks I either found or got from restaurants and bread stores throwing them out

Here is a link that might be useful: Monte Packaging


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RE: Source for boxes (flats)

  • Posted by olpea zone 6 KS (My Page) on
    Sat, May 15, 10 at 9:40

Thanks for the link Boulderbelt.

I agree, you don't want people handling soft fruit. Ripe peaches bruise even worse than heirloom tomatoes.


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RE: Source for boxes (flats)

If you live near an Amish Produce auction, check with them. They buy in quantity and then sell in smaller lots without alot of markup. That's where I get my boxes.

Also, if you want a wholesaler's name, Monte Packaging out of MI will send you all kinds of supplies. But you will pay for the shipping, which I've found isn't cheap. I live close enough to drive and save the shipping. They are also online at montepkg.com.


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