But gaining the ear of grower-shippers isn’t easy.
“Lakeside Organic is more receptive to the ideas we’re proposing than some of the larger scale producers,” said Brian Walker, manager of technical services and product design at Green Bay Packaging. “The bigger growers know what they do, they’ve got traditions and stick to them. But we also recognize that our products need to be improved, so we want to put ourselves in an environment to see how they perform.
“It’s a trial in California, but this is product we have been shipping and using for several years,” Walker said. “It has proven field application, but the environment here is a bit different than in the Midwest. It’s an opportunity for us to get into some heavyweight applications.”
The boxes are certified recyclable by the Fibre Box Association.
Annie White, director of the Coalition for Resource Recovery, said the demonstration was a step toward matching recyclables’ success with poultry in the produce industry.
The recyclable boxes are cost-neutral compared to wax boxes, Cormier said.