Grimsby based reusable seafood packaging business PPS East Limted, known for supplying bulk plastic fish boxes, trays, tubs and pallets, has expanded its product range to include smaller lidded boxes after researching the needs of the market.

The new boxes, branded as Re-Fresh, were unveiled at the Brussels seafood trade fair, and are available in 3kg and 6kg volumes.

The boxes feature new re-sealable leak-proof type lids for each box, with the lids having a tight seal which prevents liquid leakage, but can easily be removed on opening.

These boxes are successfully supplied clean to fish suppliers in Iceland, France, Norway, and various producers in the UK, with PPS being responsible for collecting the boxes after use for hygienic washing at their dedicated BRC accredited washing sites.

Both the boxes feature the same footprint dimensions but vary in height, so they can be stacked and palletised together saving space and protecting the product.

Transport costs can also be substantially lower as the full durable boxes can be stacked higher when palletised due to their strength and when empty, nested together to save space.

PPS claims using the Re-Fresh boxes leads to a massive reduction in packaging waste, with the PPS Re-Fresh boxes able to be resealed and used as a leak-proof box for up to 10 years, being recycled afterwards.

After identifying a need for smaller volume reusable packaging, , PPS applied for Regional Growth Funding from North East Lincolnshire Council, the local authority for the Grimsby area.

PPS was awarded an RGF grant for 70% of the small fish box project, receiving a payment of £140,000 was made for the design, development and the manufacturing of the injection moulding steel tool for the production of prototype boxes for trialing.

“We are so proud to have been able to develop and manufacture a totally new type of reusable fish box,” said Kate Williamson, Business Development Manager for PPS East.

“Now that we have the boxes, I would love for a forward-thinking seafood processor or retailer to allow us to trial the boxes through their supply-chain so we can measure exactly how much packaging waste, carbon and money can be saved by changing to the Re-Fresh boxes.”