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.