(Nov. 5) CHICAGO — At one end of its enormous booth at Pack Expo International in Chicago, Smurfit-Stone was busy promoting its new VPS.5 corrugated container system.

Designed to meet the Fibre Box Association’s common footprint standard, the box has become popular among the club stores since its introduction earlier this year, said Mike McLeod, assistant manager and senior consultant for the packaging consulting group.

“It’s very versatile,” he said. “You can have more durability (than other boxes) with the same or less material.”

McLeod said Smurfit-Stone can make boxes for apples, oranges and a variety of other commodities that use less corrugated packaging than boxes currently being used. In addition, the boxes can be used to ship and display other items, such as bagged salads.

McLeod said the boxes are ideal for display because they can be made to have four open sides, end-windows or no windows, all on the same machine.

In addition, the boxes are made with reinforced corners at eight points, rather than four, for increased stacking strength and durability.

McLeod said the containers, which can be made to meet the FBA standard or to customer specifications, take about 30 seconds to assemble by hand. The boxes can also be assembled by a Smurfit-Stone case erector with either manual or automatic feed. For more information, call Smurfit-Stone at (877) 772-2952.