Case Study: National Meat Processor

How A Top-Five North American Meat Processor Eliminated Cardboard in Favor of Reusable Packaging

The Challenge - 
Traditional cardboard combo bins caused quality concerns, operational issues and significant waste in meat facilities.

The Solution - 
The processor saw an opportunity to implement a reusable alternative that would solve a variety of challenges in addition to having a positive impact on their bottom line. Partnering with CHEP would enable them to build a unique container solution for the protein industry - resulting in a powerful supply chain partnership that provides both operational and financial benefits.

Typical combo bins require bailing and disposal

This North American meat processor was previously using the industry-standard cardboard combo bins to ship their bulk cuts between plants. Although these containers are widely used for all types of beef, pork and poultry, they often create a variety of concerns. With cardboard bins, the processor was experiencing challenges and added costs related to:

  • Product loss
  • Food safety and quality
  • Excessive labor
  • Significant waste removal

Although cardboard is the most common choice to ship bulk meat, there have long been reusable options available. The primary challenge, however, is reusable asset ownership adds the complexity of managing assets and ensuring they are cleaned and sanitized properly.

In contrast, the solution CHEP provides is unique to the industry as it includes container rental, logistics management, cleaning and storage of containers between uses. The result is a process with all the convenience of corrugate and all the benefits of custom-designed reusable bins.

Through a collaborative effort with this national meat producer, CHEP developed a robust automated cleaning and sanitization line located in close proximity to many major meat processing facilities in the central United States. With this state-of-the-art facility, meat manufacturers can rest assured they will always have the containers they need, in the right place and at the right time.

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