Food is not necessarily fresh, smoked or frozen – sometimes it is alive and kicking! And that places special demands on the packaging.
The British company Monkfield Nutrition has some special demands of the Faerch plastic trays it purchases. The fact is that the contents of the trays will be alive! Monkfield Nutrition breeds crickets, grasshoppers and other insects which they then sell live in plastic containers as reptile food, and this requires the trays used to be of a special quality – otherwise the contents can simply escape. After more than 15 years’ collaboration, the company continues to choose Færch Plast as its supplier of insect containers. The trays for the reptile fodder are produced at Faerch’s factory in Denmark, with Monkfield Nutrition is itself responsible for punching breathing holes into the trays before packing the living insects.
The best in the market
“We seldom bind ourselves to longterm contracts with suppliers, but we have made an exception this time. We have tried out competing products, and we have no doubts that Faerch’s containers are the best in the market in terms of quality, durability and value for money. In fact, we have had customers who complained when we tried out other containers, and they demanded we went back to using trays from Faerch,” explains the director of Monkfield Nutrition, Joe Wise, who goes on to say, “They don’t get crushed, have good ventilation and a tight-fitting lid with smooth sides when closed, which prevents the living contents escaping. Crickets in particular have a habit of gnawing their way through sharp corners.” However, it is not just Monkfield Nutrition’s customers who benefit from the efficient trays. Nature and the environment also benefit from Monkfield’s choice. The plastic containers are in fact made from rPET, which means that they contain around 50 percent recycled materials.