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Growing market keeps businesses in growth mode

03/13/2012 01:42:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

Eco-friendly box

Steven Ceccarelli, president of Farm Fresh Produce, Faison, is promoting a new eco-friendly box for his European exports.

In the past, Ceccarelli used a smaller, more European-style box of only 6 kilograms, instead of the more American-style size of 40-pound boxes, according to Ceccarelli.

“My new box has been very successful because using a larger, 40-pound box allows us to use 1,500 less boxes per container, so we use less cardboard. And we can ship 2 extra tons of potatoes for the same amount of freight,” Ceccarelli said.

Ceccarelli also opened an office in Canada that will be ready for this season.

“I ship to Canada a lot, so it will help to have an office there. It isn’t increasing as fast as England, but there is still a lot of potential there,” Ceccarelli said.

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