Advantages of plastic crates for fruits and vegetables

When it comes to packaging fruits and vegetables, the choice of packaging material is a critical decision. Among the available options, plastic crates stand out as an excellent choice for several compelling reasons. In this blog post, we'll explore four key reasons why plastic crates are the superior packaging choice for fresh produce.

4 reasons why plastic crates are the best packaging solution for fruits and vegetables

By choosing plastic crates for fruit and vegetables, you not only ensure the freshness and quality of your products, but also contribute to a more sustainable and efficient supply chain.

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Advantages plastic crates

1. Better for the product

Food safe:

One of the primary advantages of using plastic crates for fruits and vegetables is that they are food safe. These crates do not transfer harmful substances or chemicals to the fresh produce they contain. This ensures that your fruits and vegetables remain untainted and safe for consumption.


Plastic crates can be easily cleaned and sanitized, making them a hygienic choice for food storage. They meet strict hygiene standards, ensuring that your produce stays fresh and free from contaminants.

Less damage:

In comparison to alternatives like cardboard boxes, plastic crates result in less damage to the fruits and vegetables. Their sturdy construction and design protect the produce from being crushed or bruised during transportation.

2. Easy in transport and storage

Easy stackable: Plastic crates are designed for easy stacking, maximizing space efficiency during both storage and transport. This stacking capability minimizes the risk of product damage during transit and helps reduce transportation costs.

Modularity and space requirements: The modularity of plastic crates allows for a more efficient use of storage space. They can be easily arranged to suit the available space, optimizing storage capacity.

Volume reducibility: Plastic crates are designed for volume reducibility, which means that they can be collapsed or nested when empty. This feature reduces the space needed for storage and return transport, lea ding to significant cost savings.

Cold storage: Plastic crates can handle temperatures below 0°C, making them perfect for cold storage.

Digitalization solutions: Plastic crates can be easily integrated into digitalization solutions, offering efficient tracking and monitoring of your fresh produce throughout the supply chain.

3. Conservation of precious raw materials

Plastic crates contribute to the conservation of precious raw materials and promote environmental sustainability:


  • High reusability: Plastic crates have a long lifespan of up to 15 years or more, all without a loss of quality. This longevity significantly reduces the need for producing new crates.
  • High recyclability: Crates that circulate in a pool system can be easily sorted out and recycled, achieving nearly 100% recyclability. This minimizes waste and conserves resources.
  • Less  boxes in circulation: Plastic crates are often in circulation for a more extended period compared to cardboard boxes, which are usually single-use. This means fewer crates are produced and disposed of, reducing the environmental impact.
  • High return rate and easy repairability: Plastic crates have a high return rate, making them cost-effective for both suppliers and distributors. Additionally, they are easy to repair, further extending their lifespan and reducing the need for replacements.

4. Eco-friendly production: plastic crates pave the way for sustainability

The production of plastic crates is generally associated with lower gas emissions and energy costs when compared to alternatives like cardboard boxes. This eco-friendly aspect of plastic crates aligns with sustainability goals and environmentally conscious practices.

In conclusion, plastic crates emerge as the ideal packaging solution for fruits and vegetables due to their food safety, hygienic properties, transportation efficiency, sustainability, and eco-friendly production methods.

At Didak, you will find a wide selection of plastic crates, both standard and custom-made. In different colours (several colours possible in one crate), nestable or collapsible, with various perforations to ensure air can continue to circulate.

Do you have questions or would you like more information? Feel free to contact us at sales@didak.eu