California-based berry grower-shipper California Giant is field-testing prototype cardboard clamshell containers for fresh strawberries.

The clamshell, called Ready-Cycle, was introduced by Sambrailo Packaging. It’s received attention by many in the industry, and Cal Giant has conducted its own real-world shipments partnering with a key foodservice customer and Sambrailo. 

Cal Giant spent several months working closely with Markon Cooperative testing the two-pound clamshell in the field for shipments to its distributor partners.  After some adjustments were made to the container to ensure fruit integrity, a recent test shipment showed positive results, with the customer committed to introducing the container during peak berry season in 2019.  

“We are happy to partner with Markon and Sambrailo Packaging to help make a difference and find new solutions for recyclability and ultimately being sustainable” says Tom Smith, director of foodservice at Cal Giant.  “There is definitely a cost issue associated with this package but it’s exciting to see an organization focused on making a difference the first priority.”