The company recently added packing equipment and now can pack any pack style at any time, he said.
About 22% of the cherries that Morada Produce Co, Linden, Calif., packs are in clamshell containers, said Larelle Miller, saleswoman. Most of those were destined for club stores.
“Club stores have always taken clamshells,” she said.
Some international buyers also ask for smaller clamshell containers, she said.
At Delta Packing, Poutre said he, too, has received requests for clamshells for export markets — Korea and Japan in particular.
Stemilt still packs some cherries in what once was a standard container for cherries — wooden boxes, Pepperl said.
Though the pack now is a novelty item sold as gift boxes, not the 16-pounders that once were shipped to retailers.