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PPS East wins new plastic fish crate pooling contract

18 January 2011

Grimsby-based PPS East recently secured a contract to provide returnable plastic fish crates to Belgian company Levenstond Seafood, a supplier of Scottish salmon to Belgium’s many supermarkets

This new contract with Levenstond Seafood represents a major breakthrough for PPS in an overseas market for returnable plastic boxes, where previously salmon had been transported in single-use expanded polystyrene (EPS) boxes.

Following a recent report carried out by the Humber Seafood Institute commissioned on behalf of PPS, comparing the carbon footprints of one way trip EPS boxes and PPS returnable plastic fish boxes, the results were remarkable. It reported an 89% improvement using PPS boxes as opposed the EPS boxes and contributed to significant cost savings. (Copy of the report available on request)

Previously, Levenstond Seafood were faced with the problem of disposing of the EPS boxes and have now asked PPS to contact another of their Scottish salmon suppliers with a view to providing them with a similar service for returnable plastic fish boxes, again replacing EPS boxes.

PPS East, previously known as the TFA Box Company until being acquired by the PPS group earlier this year, recently relocated into new premises and invested in state-of-the-art industrial wash lines. This is where the used plastic fish crates from Levenstond Seafood are washed, prior to being returned to Levenstond’s salmon supplier in Scotland.

PPS Director Iain McArthur reported, “The core business of PPS involves the management of returnable transit equipment (RTE) – such as plastic crates and boxes, plastic pallets, bins or pallet boxes. We rent such equipment to clients, manage it in the field or at third parties, collect used equipment and wash it to the highest standard (ISO 22000) at either site in Grimsby or Measham in the Midlands, before returning it to the equipment pool.

In recent years, there has been an increasing popularity in returnable packaging and pressures towards sustainability in the supply chain and as a result, PPS have been able to offer customers the benefit of its 30 years combined experience of equipment pooling and management. Also, we have been able to demonstrate a successful track record with references from existing long term clients of all sizes and from various industrial sectors.

This new contract to supply product and services to Levenstond Seafood is hopefully first of many more to come as PPS East and PPS Midlands are totally geared up to offer a service of the highest industry standard that will provide complete customer satisfaction.”

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