Pack Optimization – Introduction of the International Tray

Optimising the packing process and getting more fruit onto a tray or pallet, without affecting the quality of the kiwifruit, poses a continual challenge for Zespri and the broader kiwifruit industry.

Case Study

Working closely with pack manufacturers across New Zealand, Janet Clendon (Global Packaging Manager, Zespri) and Rob Carter (Commercial Support Manager, Zespri) have instigated a new tray for exporting kiwifruit to Asia and the United States.

The International Tray is designed to fit more trays per pallet. This equates to over 1,900 additional pieces of fruit per pallet, or an increased volume of 11% per container. The main benefits are:

  • Greater freight efficiency and reduction in transport costs
  • Approximately 25% less pallets used for the same amount of fruit
  • Less fuel required for forklifts to move the same amount of fruit into coolstores, onto trucks and into containers

The new trays have been trialled since 2005 and will be fully integrated in 2009. Improvements have been made to strengthen the new trays after feedback from customers.

“Pack optimisation saves on storage, freight and transport costs for both the supplier and customer, without compromising on the quality of our kiwifruit, making sure we are able to provide our customers and consumers with the best fruit possible” says Rob Carter, Commercial Support Manager Zespri.