It’s an unnecessary hassle when parts snap off and forklifts puncture the bins used in harvesting and packing fresh produce, said Mike Begin, Northeast regional sales manager of Decade Products LLC, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Begin, based in Springfield, Mass., and Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm Inc., Hollis, N.H., discussed the new harvesting and packing bins at the Decade Products booth at the Jan. 15-17 Empire State Producers Expo in Syracuse, N.Y.
The MACXAce bins have integrated runners so that they don’t pop off like previous runners attached by pins when encountering too much pressure from a forklift. The bins also have reinforced ribbing for more sidewall strength to prevent bulging.
“It’s a new generation of long-lasting bins,” Begin said.
They’re a standard 40-inch-by-48-inch size that fits the typical pallet footprint, made of a recyclable material that can be melted back together when punctured and come in an array of customizable colors.
“Growers love the color options. It’s easier to get your bins back,” Begin said.