Agricultural Containers

Flexcon’s AGRICULTURAL CONTAINERS include a range for food handling and processing applications — from produce and harvest to poultry, meat and seafood. Flexcon’s produce bins, trays, baskets, stack-nest totes and corrugated plastic containers offer an efficient means for protecting, storing, chilling, harvesting, freezing and transporting an endless variety of farm and food products.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep produce fresh while in transit?

There are always a few challenges faced when establishing how to best transport produce in a supply chain. It needs to be fresh, undamaged, at the right temperature, and take up as little space as possible. The innovative design of Flexcon’s produce bins keeps your product fresh while optimizing your supply chain, with an endless selection of products to fit your needs.

How can a container help optimize my supply chain?

Agricultural containers can handle a wide range of food handling and processing applications that can elevate your supply chain to the next level:

  • Transportation costs are lowered using nestable and collapsible containers.
  • Environmental sustainability is boosted with the use of plastic totes and bins.
  • Products are damaged less because of the container’s design.
  • Efficient totes support high-performance “pick and pack.”
  • Quickly and safely integrate containers with automated systems.

Does choosing the wrong container impact my employee’s safety?

Cheap materials often cause injuries. Containers are one of the most significant sources of workplace injury claims in the US. Cuts and scrapes from sharp or broken plastic or lifting injuries caused by overfilling of product. Creating a container with the perfect design for your process will do exactly what it’s supposed to — Keep your employees and your products safe.

Our Commitment
to the Agricultural Industry

At Flexcon, we believe in establishing high-quality relationships with our customers. If our company could be described in five phrases, it would be imaginative, innovative, versatile, high-quality, and committed. We have a special spot in our hearts for the agricultural business. We know how hard farmers, food manufacturers, ranch managers, winemakers, and more work every day to get their products in the hands of their customers. You pour your heart and your soul into your work every single day, and we want to help make your jobs easier in any way we can. We provide high-quality, FDA-approved containers in all shapes and sizes to help you with all your storage and transportation needs. Our goal is to establish relationships with each of our clients and to learn more about your business and day-to-day processes. Our close partnerships with clients allow us to understand what exactly is needed when it comes to containers. Over the years, we have listened to feedback from our agricultural clients. This feedback has guided the creation of our diverse line of aesthetically pleasing and highly functional containers.

48.5 Million
Containers and Counting

We provide millions of containers each year to clients in all types of industries. Our agricultural containers help with the transporting and storage of many different food items. Flexcon containers keep agricultural products clean, safe, and secure from the farm to the grocery store. The containers are durable and ergonomic. Upon request, we can provide containers with FDA-approved materials. We have everything from large bins to stackable produce containers to handheld swing bar totes for all of your agricultural needs. Whether you need a container to store grapes as you pick them in the vineyard or a large bin for transporting fresh seafood, we have you covered. Our containers will keep perishable agricultural products fresher longer.

As a company, our goal is to help our clients be more space-efficient through affordable and durable containers. We have been in the container business for over 50 years and pride ourselves on using high-quality materials to create a wide variety of containers. Our container solutions are versatile, meaning they can be designed and customized to meet your unique needs. Think about how you are using containers in your day-to-day agricultural business and consider upgrading to Flexcon containers. High-quality containers allow your products to be kept more securely, meaning by the time they reach your customers, they are just as fresh as they were at the beginning of the supply chain!

76% of the Fortune 500 Companies Can’t Be Wrong!

Did you know by using our containers, clients have been able to increase usable space by at least 30%? With stats like this, it’s no wonder we have relationships with many Fortune 500 companies. We want to help you make your daily processes more efficient and effective. With the proper containers, items such as produce, seafood, and meat can be stored and transported in a way that keeps the products safe and fresh. The containers are reusable and easy to clean. Each container has its own unique set of helpful features. Drain holes, proper ventilation, nestability, and weatherproof materials are just a few of the features our clients, including those in the agriculture business, love about our containers. Whether you own a small farm, large farm, greenhouse, produce processing center, etc., we have the perfect containers to make your operations more efficient. Save time, money, energy, and space by investing in high-quality containers. As we always like to say, 76% of the Fortune 500 companies can’t be wrong!

The need for more sustainable agricultural practices and stricter regulatory guidelines in food handling have also led to the increasing use of plastic for agricultural containers. Lightweight, durable container systems help farmers increase crop production and improve food quality. Agricultural containers also help conserve the environment and make food handling safer. Moreover, plastic containers allow farming operations to plant, grow, harvest, and ship across the 12-month crop growing cycle and improve the overall quality of farm produce compared to those using outdated container methods.

Flexcon offers agricultural container systems made of highly durable FDA-approved materials that are highly portable and easy to use. The containers are made of injection-molded plastics that don’t deteriorate quickly like their wooden counterparts. They also sanitize easily and don’t suffer typical problems common with wooden crates, such as porous surfaces that house bacteria, contaminants, and pests.

What Are Sustainable Agricultural Reusables?

Polymers address the need for long-lasting, strong containers that satisfy user’s needs without damaging the environment, health, and budget. Plastics contribute to protecting the environment thanks to their high energy-saving potential and inherent recyclability.

They also use less water and non-renewable energy in production, emit fewer greenhouse gases, and have a smaller carbon footprint and a facile end life. Reusable plastic containers play a critical role in these efforts, especially in the food supply. RPCs (reusable plastic container) are cost-effective, versatile, and food safe and use less energy to produce.

Today’s buyer is environmentally responsible, informed, and interested in health promoting practices. Using multi-use agricultural containers in agricultural processes is not only good for the environment but your business too.

Use of Reusables in Agricultural Activities

Many modern farmers rely on plastics to mitigate the rising effects of climate change and achieve better agricultural practices. Plastic in agriculture can be used in the following ways:

Growing

A range of our plastics is used on the farm to grow different types of crops. In the growing stages, you can use our uniquely designed reusable pots to start seedlings. You can also use plastic pots to grow crops and flowers for retail and landscape customers. Our trays and hydroponic growing systems are also used for growing special crops. Plastic used in mulching helps maintain humidity by reducing evaporation. It also encourages the ideal conditions for the plant’s roots and prevents weeds from competing for water and nutrients.

Harvesting

In the harvesting stages, farmers use our high-quality containers to collect and move the produce off the field. The highly durable harvesting and picking plastic crates, containers, lugs, picking baskets, bins, flats, trays, and more offer a safe way to harvest and store all types of farm produce, including fruits, vegetables, cereals, and more. These containers are equipped with ergonomic handles for ease of use. The bulk containers used for transporting produce are made from more durable materials to handle the extra weight. They are also equipped with vented sides for optimal air circulation needed to transport perishable goods such as vegetables, fruits, meat, dairy products.

Packing

Plastics may be used to manufacture pallets, drums, kegs or plastic bottles, handheld containers, pallet collars, boxes, wraps and straps, and many more. Our packaging is designed to offer value and last for several years. Importantly, its design and features allow for reusability and recyclability once it can no longer be used effectively. Reusable packaging can benefit the economy, environmental responsibility efforts, and social outcomes. Farms and businesses that use plastic save costs on packaging purchase and disposal expenses. For these packing solutions to work, businesses need to set up an ideal logistic system that allows end-users to return the packaging once used.

Distribution

Returnable plastic containers such as Plastic pallets and IBC crates are used to transport the produce in trucks to food outlets. Our multi-use plastic containers used for distributions are manufactured from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) that offers high strength to prevent damage to products being transported. These containers are designed to be stackable for easy packing on the distribution trucks. They are also easy to clean and capable of retaining their full strength while wet and dry. Notably, our high-quality crates have adequate venting for best airflow. The interiors of the plastic container are designed to be smooth to prevent damage to any fresh produce packed inside. Apart from boosting sustainability efforts, using returnable plastic containers for farm produce distribution comes with the following benefits:

  • Uncompromised safety during transport – the agricultural plastic crate boasts vents on sides and walls to ensure the fresh produce gets adequate air that prevents mold and mildew growth
  • Reliability in cold storage – RPCs can be transported in frigorific trucks without risks of damage
  • Easy handling – the plastic crates come with ergonomic open handles that help your employees place them on selves safely and quickly.

Storage

Notably, the farm produce is usually stored in vented containers in cool facilities until it can be distributed to the local retail outlet. Some of our containers designed for use in storage facilities can be clear, frosted, or colored. Some have airtight lids that work great for farm produce stored in refrigerators and freezers, where airtight lids are needed to prevent moisture loss.

The plastic containers at Flexcon are also designed to store well together and can help you organize your storage area. Some available brands come with a design that allows for neat stacking that help you optimize your space. They are also lightweight and easy to handle as compared to other options such as glass containers.

Retail

Notably, farm produce arrives at retail locations using RPCs and Totes, which are then packaged in ideal plastic containers. Plastic packaging allows food to stay longer on the shelves and ensures farm produce doesn’t go to waste. They also offer the following benefits:

  • Preservation – the RPCs preserves produce and reduce wastes for the buyers to get more time to use or consume them
  • Prevents damage and waste – the plastics ensure the produce and food are kept together, and spillages are avoided.
  • Transportation – the containers allow transport over great distances so that businesses have access to a broader market
  • Displays information – the containers also display important information about the product for marketing purposes. For example, information on nutritional content can be displayed on the packaging.

Common Types of Agricultural Containers

There are several types of plastic containers designed for a range of agricultural applications. The following are a few common types:

Agricultural bulk containers

Agricultural bulk containers are ideal for heavy lifting on the farm. They are primarily used in the field, storage, and other farm produce processing activities. Our bulk containers boast large capacities, ergonomic design, fork compatibility, and pallet style bases.

Harvest totes

Harvest totes come in various shapes and styles. Common types include lugs, picking baskets, bins, flats, trays, and more. They come in a small design that enables portability and easy handling. Our harvest totes are highly customized and often designed with types and sizes of products in mind. For example, flat totes are ideal for delicate berries; mid-sized options are suitable for harvesting tomatoes, etc.

Collapsible RPCs

Collapsible crates take up much less space when empty and folded up. The hinged walls snap easily into place when empty to save you tons of space transport and storage costs. Our collapsible crates are made of high-quality FDA-approved materials.

Why Reusables?

Reusable storage and packaging products offer several benefits over traditional wood-based packaging. Ideally, plastic containers clean easily and won’t rot, splinter, or absorb moisture and odors. The products can be used in various agricultural applications from the fields, vineyards, orchards, greenhouses, pastures to storage facilities.

You can leverage the RPC to ensure top product quality for several of your agricultural products, such as legumes, grains, fruit, fungi, and vegetables. Additionally, plastic containers come in myriads of style and designs, from industry-standard bulk containers, handheld containers to agricultural harvest bins specifically customized to meet the needs of your produce.

They are also equipped with lidded and open tops, solid and vented walls, and nestable and stackable storage options to provide adequate amounts of lighting, cooling, and ventilation needed to guarantee the quality of your produce. Specifically, all our products are FDA-compliant and kosher-certified and are designed with ergonomic features that provide ease of use during transportation storage.

Featured Benefits of Containers Made With Reusable Materials

The primary concern of farmers and sellers of farm products is maintaining freshness and preventing farm produce contamination. The answer lies with container reuse. Ideally, the RPCs are designed to protect the farmer’s produce during harvest, processing, transport, distribution, and marketing. The following are few other featured benefits of RPCs:

  • Cleanability – one of the foremost benefits of RPCs is their ability to be easily cleaned and sanitized. Unlike the porous wood surfaces that are impossible to disinfect, plastic containers come with smooth surfaces that are quick and easy to clean, and sanitize
  • Stackability – nesting empty plastic trays allow you to save up to 76 percent of space. Ideally, containers come with designs and styles that allow for stacking. They nest inside each other and allows you to save on space and cost or return transport
  • Compliance – agricultural operations currently have to contend with myriads of regulation and compliance requirements. Ideally, plastic containers for agricultural applications are made with FDA APPROVED materials. Using one means that you are compliant with laws set by industry regulators such as USDA, HACCP, and FDA.
  • Customization – plastic also allows for customization to fit your specific needs. Ideally, you can hot stamp, print, label, or engrave information or codes on containers to promote your farm produce and reach your target customers in the retail and service sector. Additionally, your business will achieve a more professional appeal when you use our plastic trays than using paper cartons and bags.
  • Cold Storage Designed – some of our RPCs are optimized for cold storage and transportation of produce. Such containers can handle low temperatures ranging from up to -140degrees Fahrenheit without any damage. They are ideal for the transportation of products that are susceptible to contamination and spoilage, such as meat and dairy products.

How to Clean Flexcon Agricultural Containers

Cleaning agricultural containers is easy and quick. To achieve a commendable job, follow the steps below:

Brush off the container

Use the right brush to remove all dirt and any produce material stuck on the container’s surfaces. Visible debris affects the effectiveness of detergents and disinfectants and should be removed.

Clean the container

Use soap or an all-purpose cleansing agent and water to thoroughly cleanse both the container’s insides and outsides. You can either use mechanical methods to wash the counters or wash them by hand.

Sanitizing the containers

Dry the container before applying an ideal disinfectant. Sanitizing the container ensures it is free from all stubborn germs and microorganisms that can affect food quality.

How to Purchase an Ideal Container System

Several factors should be kept in mind when buying an agricultural plastic container. These include the size, weight, and FDA compliance. Others are durability, available storage space, design and style, cleanability, and stackability. Our support team can help you make the best decisions for your operation and budget.

Flexcon offers quick quotes and ongoing consultation to help make informed buying decisions. We ship containers from storage warehouse locations across the country to expedite getting our product to your doorstep, once an order is confirmed. After you receive your order, you can count on our customer support team for continued support.

Contact Flexcon for High-Quality Containers

Flexcon designs high-quality reusable storage bins and containers for every stage of the agricultural life-cycle—planting, harvesting, packaging, and transporting to market. Get containers that are customized to fit both agriculture and business requirements.

Flexcon specializes in developing fully integrated systems that span 100 percent of your agricultural produce handling and storage process. Speak to a person. Looking for containers for an existing system or help to design a new agricultural storage container system? Call for a quote today! Phone 908-258-6357 or Fax 871-7171. You can also go online to receive a quote.

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