Food & Beverage: TUFF DUNNAGE Compared to Traditional Packaging

May 7, 2024

Food and Beverage Industry Packaging Solutions

Peninsula Plastics and our TUFF DUNNAGE packaging solutions enhance supply chain processes in the food and beverage industry. Compared to thermoformed reusable dunnage, traditional expendable packaging falls short in a few crucial categories. This blog highlights the benefits of returnable pallets regarding safety, health, reusability, and more.

Safety First

When it comes to the transportation of food and beverage goods, safety is non-negotiable. Traditional wood pallets present several disadvantages in keeping products safely secured. One of the main disadvantages of using wood skids is their susceptibility to pests, such as insects and rodents. When pests infest wooden pallets the structural integrity of the pallet can be in question. In addition to structural integrity concerns, the usability of your goods can also be at risk. Other safety concerns arise when moisture is present. Moisture absorption can lead to board expansion, splitting, and warping which affects pallet stability.

In contrast, Peninsula Plastics’ TUFF DUNNAGE is crafted from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), a durable and recyclable plastic material. Our pallets, lids, and trays protect well against pest infiltration and moisture due to strategic design elements. Products are moisture and humidity-resistant to support structural integrity, which increases the longevity of your packaging solution. With TUFF DUNNAGE added to your logistics processes, safety is guaranteed to be enhanced.

Health and Hygiene

While handling food and beverage goods, maintaining hygiene standards is of the utmost importance. Standard wooden packaging, with its propensity for bacteria growth and moisture retention, doesn’t always meet cleanliness standards. Successful packaging should be intended to be a line of defense against damaging elements and should not compromise product quality and safety.

However, with Peninsula Plastics’ products, ergonomic designs combined with a durable structure enhance the health and hygiene of perishable and non-perishable goods throughout a supply chain system. Non-porous surfaces resist moisture absorption, preventing mold growth and ensuring the integrity of the products it carries. For example, the antimicrobial build of our GMA Pallet protects against unfavorable conditions that can affect the goods being transported and sitting in storage. Additionally, TUFF DUNNAGE is easy to clean and sanitize, promoting a hygienic environment and providing peace of mind to businesses and consumers.

Reusability and Sustainability

In today’s eco-conscious landscape, sustainability is non-optional, it’s an essential responsibility to promote green initiatives. Wooden packaging, while biodegradable, comes with its own set of environmental setbacks. Sourcing the needed material promotes deforestation. In addition to playing a part in deforestation, wood pallets are formed with a structure that leads to unnecessary waste with a high replacement turnover ratio. When damaged wood packaging needs to be disposed of, pallets are often thrown away, contributing to filling landfills.

Since 1980, Peninsula Plastics has been an advocate of sustainable solutions through creating durable and reusable packaging products. Our TUFF DUNNAGE is manufactured rigidly, to overcome harsh environments, and to be used time and time again. Its longevity and resistance to wear and tear ensures a prolonged lifecycle, reducing the need for frequent replacements and minimizing waste. Also, by facilitating a Buyback Program, we allow our customers to recycle their outdated and/or damaged dunnage. Material that is recycled is reprocessed and reused in our manufacturing process. Clients can receive a credit back for their returned material.

We are committed to continuously advancing our environmental practices by actively investing in sustainable efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. Some of the active sustainability efforts we participate in relate to striving to be a zero-waste facility in our daily production practices. We accomplish this by recycling fall-off materials. Fall-off materials include shavings, debris, and scrap that are collected throughout each stage of the process. Materials that are collected are reclaimed and reutilized.

Choose a TUFF DUNNAGE Packaging Solution

In the competitive landscape of the food and beverage industry, Peninsula Plastics stands as a reliable packaging provider. With its exceptional safety, health, and reusable qualities, TUFF DUNNAGE redefines the standards for packaging. Say goodbye to the pitfalls of traditional wooden skids and embrace the future of durable, returnable solutions with Peninsula Plastics. Join us in our mission to revolutionize the way your products are protected and transported.

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